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“Right Time, Right Week” for Atlanta Tennis Championships.

Atlanta Skyline (Credit: Jennifer Chong/Creative Commons)

With the return of the Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta will be the first stop on the Olympus U.S. Open Series. I spoke with Bill Oakes, the event’s tournament director, about what is in store for fans and why it took so long for pro tennis to return to the capital of the South.

ATN: You just announced on your site that John Isner, James Blake and Robby Ginepri have committed to the event. When will you know the rest of the field and are there any “wish list” players you are still waiting to hear from? Continue reading

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Atlanta to Host ATP Event – Update.

Looks the last minute appeals from the USTA Southern Section have been heard as the ATP approved the transition of the former Indianapolis event to it’s new host city Atlanta according to TennisReporters.net.

The ATP 250 event will be held in mid-July and will be the official kick off tournament for the U.S. Open Series.

The real test will be for the event to attract not only top U.S. players but top players period as the last event in Indianapolis suffered from poor audience turnout.

If nothing else, it will be good news for Robby Ginepri, a Georgia resident and winner of the event this year, as he’ll get a chance to defend his title almost in his backyard.

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J.J. Qualifies while Kimmie’s Streak Ends.

The final spot for the season ending WTA Championships in Doha went to Jelena Jankovic after Vera Zvonareva lost her second round match to qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-2 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Jankovic who won her match against Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-3 clinched the remaining spot. She said afterwards “I was really happy when I heard that I’d made it to Doha,” Jankovic said. “It was very important for me.”

On the men’s side, Robby Ginepri and Janko Tipsarevic won while Marat Safin lost in his final bid to win his hometown tournament, losing to Evgueni Korolev.

At the BNP Paribas Open Luxembourg, Kim Clijsters’s win streak, which included her now fabled run at the U.S. Open, came to an end when she lost to Patty Schnyder 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6). Clijsters is not planning to play anymore events until the start of 2010.

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ATP Pros Strip Off For Muay Thai Fun

At the Thailand Open this week, some of the ATP pros took in a little Muay Thai boxing to help them get buff for the rest of the year.

Gilles Simon, John Isner, and Robby Ginepri all got into board shorts and threw some kicks at some Thai boxers half their size.

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I applaud the boys for getting sweaty for the ATP marketing machine, but really, could you see Federer doing this in his spare time?

That’s what I thought too. Let me know who you think has a muay thai boxing career in their future.

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Is U.S. Men’s Tennis Shifting? Probably Not.

I wanted to wait a few days before posting this to let the dust settle from Saturday’s men’s matches at the U.S. Open, most of them featuring current, future and possible stars of men’s U.S. Tennis. While some have commented that a shift is underway, I actually think the status quo will stick around for some time.

While Jesse Witten’s improbable run from the qualies into the third round of the Open and Taylor Dent’s remarkable comeback from back surgery were the feel good stories of the first week, it’s highly unlikely either of them will ever break into the top fifty. Robby Ginepri’s woes continue despite a nice title win in Indianapolis and few expect another semifinal Grand Slam run from him.

James Blake, who is coming back from a foot injury, was probably hoping for a nice run at the Open to get him back into the groove. But his loss in three sets to Tommy Robredo, in spite of a very late start time, does not bode well for his future. Blake, despite having a solid career, will never win a Grand Slam. He may hang around the top thirty for awhile, but he will really need to get to another level to reach the top ten again. And it’s shame because of any of the top players, Blake had all the gifts to really be number one. But, for whatever reason, it was not meant to be.

Despite John Isner’s dramatic breakthrough win against Andy Roddick, you have to realize that at 24, Isner is just now finding his game. His consistency and fitness is getting better as evidenced by his five set win, but it’s unlikely he will play every match serving 38 aces. Unless his forehand and/or serve and volley game become a major weapon, he will end up like Ivo Karlovic, a tough serving opponent, but someone who never gets past the quarters of big events.

Sam Querrey has had a great summer and is on the cusp of entering the top twenty. Whereas his serve and movement have improved, he still needs that something “extra” that the very top players have. I don’t know if Querrey has that yet. Maybe he will be like Andy Murray who matured and developed a stronger serve and great defensive skills. Querrey is only 21 so he still has time. He will probably be the American number two for a very long time.

Which leaves the American number one Andy Roddick. 2009 will go down as a great yet disappointing year for Roddick. Despite improved results, including reaching another Wimbledon final, Roddick still yearns for that elusive second Grand Slam title. Will 2010 finally be the breakthrough year? Maybe. Let’s put it this way. Andy Roddick is in amazing shape and barring injury will probably stay in the top ten for many years. But so will Roger Federer. And we all know how that matchup has gone.

Whether you love or hate Roddick, he will be the face of American men’s tennis for quite some time. What he does during then will be entirely up to him.

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Day 5 Predix – Don’t Get Too Excited

Perhaps it’s just as well that one needs a breather after all of the drama from yesterday on the women’s side because today’s lineup of matches at the U.S. Open doesn’t excite me too much. Unless you are a diehard fan of one the stars playing, you could probably miss these matches.

There could be some drama as Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez takes on Serena Williams which is a rematch of their notorious French Open match this year when Serena claimed that during a point the ball touched Sanchez, but Sanchez denied it, leaving Serena fuming and telling the umpire, “I better not see her in the locker room.” I think Serena will be in the mood for another beat down and win 0 and 1.

Venus Williams will get to test out her knee again against Magdalena Rybarikova while Rafael Nadal, who looks super fit, plays against Nicholas Kiefer.

In American action, I like Jesse Levine’s chances against Marin Cilic the number sixteen seed while Robby Ginepri has a shot against the number 32 seed Nicolas Almagro who Ginepri beat at the Australian Open two years ago. Taylor Dent will face off against Ivan Navarro.

Finally, comeback “kid” Kim Clijsters will face off against fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. If Clijsters and Venus win today, they will face off in the fourth round. Let’s hope they do.

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Day 3 Predix – Nadal and Safin Return, Clijsters’s Test

A lot of players on Day 3 will be up against their own countryman/woman which may add an extra drop of drama. Or not. Gael Monfils faces Jeremy Chardy which could be close depending on Monfils’s health. Vera Zvonareva will be up against fellow Russian and former top ten player Anna Chakvetadze. Juan Martin Del Potro goes against fellow Argentine Juan Monaco and the list goes on.

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will get to test out Venus Williams’s knee in the second round. Again with Venus, early rounds in Slams other than Wimbledon have been her undoing lately.

Rafael Nadal will face his friend Richard Gasquet in the first round later this afternoon. I’m surprised this wasn’t the night match along with Clijsters vs. Bartoli (see below). The Serena/Federer card should be a big yawn. Anyway, I’m sure Nadal/Gasquet will have it’s moments but I would be surprised if Nadal doesn’t pull this off in three.

Marat Safin opens his farewell tour against Jurgen Melzer. I actually like Safin in this unless he self-destructs like his little sister almost did yesterday.

Kim Clijsters takes on Marion Bartoli and I like Clijsters in this. Again if she gets past Bartoli then you have to like her against Venus in the fourth round.

And finally Robby Ginepri, who won in Indianapolis, opens up against Andrei Pavel, a 35 year old journeyman from Romania ranked 728.

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