Tennis champions : 25 Week 2016

Florian Mayer lifts his first ATP World Tour 500 trophy on home soil in Halle. "It's the biggest win of my career. I cannot believe it." Read: bit.ly/28OAgdr

German takes fifth match point for Halle title

On Sunday, Florian Mayer returned to the ATP World Tour winners’ circle, overcoming a stern test from countryman Alexander Zverev to clinch the Gerry Weber Open title 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

At World No. 192 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Mayer is the lowest-ranked tour-level winner since No. 240 Nicolas Mahut was victorious in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2013. The German veteran, whose second ATP World Tour title came nearly five years removed from his maiden triumph on the clay of Bucharest, is also the first homegrown winner in Halle since Tommy Haas in 2012. He takes home €386,925 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points, and is projected to rise more than 100 spots to the Top 100.

“I would say it’s the biggest win in my career to win a 500 event here in Germany on grass,” said Mayer. “If you see the list of champions in the past here and now my name is on the list, I cannot believe it.

“I had a hard time with so many injuries and not playing tournaments. So, it’s a special moment now for me to come back and win a 500 tournament. It helps a lot to be back in the Top 100 also. With one tournament everything changes now for my [Emirates ATP Ranking] and to plan for bigger tournaments in the future.” 

Andy #Murray celebrates his fifth #AegonChampionships title on his first Father's Day.

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Andy Murray came back from a set and a break down to achieve history on Sunday at the Aegon Championships. Behind a boisterous British crowd, the World No. 2 solved Milos Raonic‘s serve just in time to earn his fifth title in London 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.

Murray becomes the first man to win five titles at the tournament, which was established in 1890. His previous titles came in 2009, ’11, ’13 and ’15.

Aegon Championships Title Leaders

Andy Murray 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Andy Roddick  2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Lleyton Hewitt  2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
Boris Becker  1985, 1987, 1988, 1996
John McEnroe  1979, 1980, 1981, 1984
Roy Emerson  1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
Anthony Wilding  1907, 1910, 1911, 1912
Major J.G. Ritchie  1902, 1904, 1906, 1909

The win also marks Murray’s second tour-level crown of the season (Rome) and his seventh career grass-court championship.

“To do it means a lot… It’s a tournament that obviously means a lot to me. It’s been my most successful tournament,” Murray said.

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KEYS CAPTURES SECOND CAREER TITLE

Keys Captures Second Career Title

Madison Keys cemented her Top 10 debut with her second WTA title, easing past Barbora Strycova in straight sets at the Aegon Classic.

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain – Already assured of becoming the first American to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams in April 1999 by reaching the Aegon Classic final, Madison Keys went one better in Birmingham, defeating tour veteran Barbora Strycova, 6-3, 6-4, to win her second WTA title.

A quarterfinalist at last year’s Wimbledon Championships, Keys played near-perfect grass court tennis during the 79 minute affair, hitting 27 winners to 16 unforced errors and winning 13 of 18 forays to the net.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I think getting this many matches in a row was a huge opportunity that I think that can definitely help me at Wimbledon.

“I obviously really love the surface, so the more I get to play on it, the happier I am.”

GARCIA GRABS FIRST GRASS COURT TITLE

Garcia Grabs First Grass Court Title

MALLORCA, Spain – Caroline Garcia capped a near-perfect transition from clay courts to grass with her second title of 2016, easing past Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 6-4, to win the inaugural Mallorca Open.

“I’m glad to win any tournament; it doesn’t matter what surface!” a giggling Garcia told press after the match.

“When I arrived here, it was my first tournament on grass this year, so I wasn’t expecting to go this far or win the trophy. It’s a great achievement after a long and diffcult week, so I’m happy to be the winner.”

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”le Crocodile” Rene Lacoste

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Rene Lacoste, a member of the legendary Four Musketeers of French tennis, as well as the inventor of the metal racquet and the man behind a line of sportswear that became a status symbol, While the polo shirts made him famous later in life, the embroidered reptile harked back to his days as a tennis star in the 20’s, when he was called ”le Crocodile” because of his durability on the court. 

The relatively unathletic Lacoste, who perfected a baseline game more out of necessity than choice, was a three-time singles champion at the French Open, where he claimed his nation’s most cherished title in 1925, 1927 and 1929. He was Wimbledon’s singles champion in 1925 and 1928, and he captured back-to-back championships at the United States Open in 1926 and 1927.

Jean Rene Lacoste was born in Paris on July 2, 1904. He did not take up the game until he visited Britain with his father at 15. When he decided he wanted to pursue a tennis career, his father, a prominent industrialist, allotted him just five years to make himself a champion.

Rene Lacoste and Wife at Davis Cup

30 Mar 1932, Paris, France – Famous French star and international champion so prominently in bringing the Davis Cup to France.

An avid student and, as his later ventures into the business world revealed, a capable innovator, Lacoste transformed himself into a world-class player within three years. His forte was a cagey counterattack from the backcourt, a spot from which he doled out his groundstrokes with a machinelike precision and indefatigability.

At a time when the Davis Cup competition was as important as the Grand Slam tournaments, Lacoste was selected to join the already formidable cast of Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon on the 1923 French squad. The addition of Lacoste sealed the creation of the Four Musketeers, Davis Cup’s most feared quartet. The high point of Lacoste’s Davis Cup career came with the defeat of the United States for the 1927 championship. France held the cup for five more years. Lacoste’s Davis Cup record was 32-8 in singles and 8-3 in doubles.

Playing doubles alongside the volleyer Borotra, Lacoste won the French Open doubles crown in 1924-25 and again in 1929, his final season of top-echelon competition.

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After leaving competition, Lacoste turned his attention to a variety of business projects. He founded the shirt company that bears his name and logo.

He never stopped searching for the formula for the perfect tennis racquet, a quest that began when he designed a metal model for Wilson Sporting Goods that made its debut in 1967 and was wielded by Billie Jean King when she won Wimbledon in 1968.

Besides designing racquets and golf clubs, Lacoste also wrote a tennis book, ”Lacoste on Tennis.”

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Quotes 

He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others.

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.

When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

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René Lacoste 

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Tennis champions : 1 to 3 Week 2015

There were 1000 reasons why top seed Roger Federer wanted to win the Brisbane International men’s final on Sunday night.

But it seems there are few excuses for the Swiss great if he does not add to his staggering 17 grand slam tally at the Australian Open judging by the world No.2’s triumph in the Brisbane decider.

Federer, 33, remarkably registered career win No.1000 by claiming his maiden Brisbane title – the 83rd of his career – by holding out world No.8 Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4 6-7 (2) 6-4 on Pat Rafter Arena.

KVITOVA WINS 15TH WTA TITLE IN SYDNEY

WATSON STRIKES AGAIN IN HOBART

Seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams has taken the title at the 2015 ASB Classic, defeating the number one seed Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

Simona Halep of Romania returns to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland during their singles final match at the Shenzhen Open WTA Tennis tournament in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province on January 10, 2015 (AFP Photo/STR)

Chennai: Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka after winning the ATP Chennai Open 2015 trophy in Chennai, on Jan 11, 2015.

Wawrinka defeated Slovenian player Aljaz Bedene in the final match. Score: 6-3, 6-4. (Photo: IANS )

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Fabulous Ferrer wins Qatar ExxonMobil Open
12 Jan 2015
World number one 10 David Ferrer of Spain on Saturday beat third seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets to win the $1.2m Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Ferrer, 32, completed a convincing 6-4, 7-5 win in 1 hour and 29 minutes.It was Ferrer’s 22nd career title win.

Viktor Troicki has capped a stirring comeback to tennis with victory at Apia International Sydney 2015, his second career title.

Troicki crushed fellow qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 in the final on Saturday night in a victory that will send the Serb rocketing back up the rankings.

The one-time world No.12 – who won his first title in Moscow five years ago – spiralled to 847th before his return last July from a year off the tour, but will find himself back in the top 70 on Monday.

In the first ATP final in history featuring two qualifiers, Troicki dispatched Kukushkin in 64 minutes after breaking the Kazakh twice in each set.

Qualifier Jiri Vesely has defeated world number 44, Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-3 6-2 to become the 2015 Heineken Open Singles champion.

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Tennis champions : 41 Week 2014

 

FEDERER WINS ELUSIVE SHANGHAI CROWN

Roger Federer claimed the elusiveShanghai Rolex Masters crown on Sunday as he won his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 7-6(6), 7-6(2) victory over Gilles Simon.

SAM STOSUR, QUEEN OF OSAKA

OSAKA, Japan – Last year Samantha Stosur made the Japan Women’s Open Tennis the first tournament she’s ever won twice, and she continued to make it her favorite stomping grounds this year, edging Zarina Diyas in the final on Sunday to lift her third career title at the International event.

RISKE WINS FIRST WTA TITLE IN TIANJIN

TIANJIN, China – Alison Riske captured the first WTA title of her career on Sunday, holding off a late surge from WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic to win the inaugural edition of the Tianjin Open.

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Karolina Pliskova Tennis wins thriller    

Linz, October 12, 2014 – The “24 Generali Ladies” in the Linz Tips Arena have a winner: Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic has one in almost two and a half hour final thriller, the Italian Camila Giorgi 6: 7 (4.7), 6 : 3 and 7. 6

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