SteveGtennis is one of the oldest tennis results websites. I remember when I was playing tournament all over the place everyone player with a world ranking would just head to Steve G Tennis to see the latest results. However, this morning I noticed that the site is down and several hours later it is still down.

Is this the end of Steve G Tennis? I hope not!

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Here at TheTennisTimes in the next few weeks we are going to be launching a big and ambitious community project. The project will be called – Scouting

Im tired of going to the ITF site, ATP site, WTA site and Grand Slam sites and simply seeing completely wrong or blank players profiles. Thus, we are planning to start a player database, which will showcase thousands of players from both the ATP and WTA tours and will feature videos of those players.

If you would like to contribute to the database then please get in touch.

We are looking for help with collecting videos of players. If you have been to a tennis tournament in the past year or are going to a tournament, and have videos of players forehands, backhands, serves, etc, then please get in touch.

Thanks!

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Jarmere Jenkins is a player who has been playing a lot of matches in Australia of late and his ranking is starting to rocket up. Here is a nice video of him playing Tennys Sandgren recently.

I must admit… I did laugh!

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So he did it, Andy Murray has qualified for the WTF after a bad year of up and down results.  This will be his 7th consecutive year that he has qualified (and 6th time he will have played there, he missed last year as he was recovering from his back operation).  It has been a very edgy year for his fans, as they watched, waited and hoped for his recovery to finalise and for him to land back where he belongs – amongst the top players in the world part of the big 4 again.

It wasn’t until after the US Open that Murray seemed to have decided he needed to be in London, and made a concerted effort to get there, having won no titles at all in the 2014 season up to the Asian swing, he accepted a wildcard into Shenzhen and in an amazing final against Tommy Robredo he turned the match on it’s head!  Appearing to be down and out in the 2nd set tiebreak (he was at that point one set down and 6-2 down in the tiebreak), Murray saved 5 match points to win the tiebreak and then take the 3rd set in a stroll, to give him his first ATP title of the year.  From there, he seemed rejuvenated, and although he lost out in Beijing and Shanghai, he then took a wildcard into both Vienna and Valencia, winning both titles to take his 2014 season to 3 wins, 3 wildcards in just over 5 weeks – something never done before on the ATP tour, as there are usually 4 or 5 wildcard winners per season, not one player who wins 3 tournaments (and 2 back to back) from a wildcard.

Murray then moved onto Paris (and stood at 5th in the race ) and seeded 8th (depending on which rankings you were looking at, anywhere from 8th upto 6th ), and receiving a first round bye he needed to win 2 matches to ensure his spot for the 7th year running.  He managed this with 2 very straight forward, and quick, straight set wins.  This is a great achievement, and we know what part the number 7 has played in a very very large event in his career, could this be his year to win the WTF? or will he be too exhausted from the effort of the last few weeks playing so much tennis?  Only time will tell, but this author is pleased to say that Andy Murray is back where he belongs.

 

 

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Today the ATP awards were announced, there are several catagories to this prestigious end of year awards and the players are presented with the awards at the World Tour Finals at the O2 arena in London.  Several of the awards are voted for by the fans and the fans favourite player (once again) was Roger Federer.

However, one of only 2 awards actually voted for by the ATP is the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.  This year this award went to Andy Murray.  When 2 of his close friends were diagnosed with different types of cancer Andy wanted to help.  In 2013 he organised the Rally Against Cancer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bidj1KA2ngw  Where Andy and Tim Henman teamed up to play a doubles match against Thomas Berdych and Andys then coach Ivan Lendl to raise funds for Royal Marsden Hospital, where Ross was being treated (and he later went into remission).  When Elena Baltacha died earlier this year (at the young age of just 30) from Liver Cancer, he again organised a charity event, this time called Rally for Bally, held at several locations on the same day, saw past and present tennis players team up for doubles events, this event raised money for not only the Royal Marsden again but also for Elena Baltacha’s own tennis academy, so the work she had started would continue.

In addition to this Andy has helped to raise the awareness of UNICEF, United for Wildlife  and Malaria No More.  This autumn he also took part in Channel 4′s Stand Up to Cancer, by appearing in a sketch with Richard Ayoade.  In this Andy was seen with Richard auditioning people to take part in “Andy Murray the Movie”, and saw him making fun of himself (again – fans will know how much ribbing he took on “Mock the week” the times he has appeared).

Andy will receive his award next week at the World Tour Finals, and this author hopes that she will either get to see this, or him on the practice courts, or even one of his matches.  As I am going on the Thursday, I stand a chance of at least one of these options.

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Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic have welcomed a new baby boy to their family. Congratulations to the couple!

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Mother and child are said to be feeling quite well after a delivery without complications. Djokovic’s parents, Srdjan and Diana, apparently organized a “modest” celebration at the restaurant Novak, named for their son, in New Belgrade, a municipality in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Ristic’s parents, Miomir and Vera, are thought to be with their daughter and the main men in her life in Nice, France, where she gave birth.

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At the start of today, there was a small elite and exclusive group of 4 currently active ATP players who hold 30 or more ATP titles.  These 4 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadel and Lleyton Hewitt (now, did that last name surprise you?)  By titles we mean main tour 250, 500, 1000, olympic medals  and Grand Slams.

Novak Djokovic holds 46 titles his “best” year (to date) was 2011 when he won 10 titles that year including 3 of the 4 grand slams (only Roland Garros was missing from the collection), 2013 was his next best year with 7 titles with one grand slam title (Australian Open).

Roger Federer holds 81 currently, with his best year being 2006 where he won 12 titles including 3 of the 4 slams (again only Roland Garros was missing from the slam collection), 2004 & 2005 were his next best years where he won 11 titles each that year.  In 2013 the year he was struggling for form he won only 1 title which was in Halle.

Rafael Nadal holds 64 titles, with his best year being 2005 where he won 11 titles and his first grand slam (Roland Garros), 2013 was his next best year with 10 titles which included 2 grand slams (Roland Garros and US Open), his worst year was his first on tour in 2004 where he won just 1 title.

Then there is a gap to the 4th player Lleyton Hewitt he holds 30 titles, his best year was 2001 where he won 6 titles including US Open.  2002 was his next best year with 5 titles including Wimbldeon, followed by 2000 and 2004 with 4 titles.  This is a pretty impressive and small group of players on the tour currently.

Today, a 5th player joined this small and exclusive group and this author is very happy he has.  Andy Murray today joined this group, he won his 30th title today by winning the 250 event in Vienna.  His best year to date has been 2009 where he won 6 titles but no slams.  His next best years to date were 2008 & 2011 where he won 5 titles and no slams but he did reach the semi finals at Wimbledon.  2012 was the year he won his first slam (US Open), on the back of the Olympic gold medal.  His defining moment came in 2013 as he won (what to us Brits) is the big one, he brought the Wimbledon title home.  2014 has not been a great year for titles, but coming off the back of his recovery from his back surgery at the end of 2013 he has won 2 titles in less than a month (and the year isn’t over yet) – his 2 titles for this year so far are Shenzhen and the one he added today Vienna.  This shows that Andy is on the rise and back amongst the elite where he belongs.

Welcome to the group Andy.

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The Inaugural Shenzhen Open took place 28th September 2014.  In the final 2 players desperate for a win but for very different reasons.  The top seed left in the competition was Andy Murray, who had taken a Wild Card to even play this event.  His opponent was Tommy Robredo from Spain, both men hungry for the title.  Andy was seeking his first title since Wimbledon 2013, having landed in his first final since that historic day at this very tournament.  Tommy was also seeking his first title of 2014, but this was his 2nd final of the year.  This looked like it could be down to whoever wanted it most, I can tell you that Andy Murray fans were hoping, praying, shouting, screaming, hiding behind cushions and willing Andy to win this.  Things didn’t start off well for the 2nd seed as he was broken in the first game, however he managed to get things back level all the way to 5-5.  Andy then lost his serve to take it 5-6 and Tommy served out the first set 7-5.

The second set was much the same in the fact that both fought hard and this time we landed in a tiebreak.  Andy didn’t get the best of starts as he dropped his serve and it was soon 3-1 to Tommy.  Soon after it was 6-2 Tommy and the British were screaming at the TV, although some of them were feeling ill, shaking and some even thinking it was all over at this point.  4 match points down, Tommy needed one point for the title.  This seemed to spur Andy into action and remarkably he levelled the score to 6-6.  He was then another match point down at 7-6.  Again he saved this and soon the score was 9-9 (US Open 2012 first set tie break anyone?), then he managed to break again for the very mini break, he had set point on his own serve (which has been very inconsistent lately) – everyone held their breath.  He got the point for the set, it was going 3 – which I guess was only fitting for the first ever final here.

As a Brit, I was willing Andy on, he needed this title much more than we fans did.  He was still playing well and broke Robredo in the first game of the final set, and more importantly (from our point of view) he held his own serve to take a 2-0 lead.  Tommy then held serve for 2-1.  It was the last game he would win, Andy appeared to have broken Tommy’s will, and he hardly won any points from there on in.  Andy was soon at 5-1 with Tommy having to serve to stay in this.  He couldn’t do it, Andy broke him and won the title.  In his acceptance speech he recognised that Tommy deserved to win the match and that he (Andy) had been lucky in that 2nd set tiebreak.

This win gives Murray 250 ranking points and moves him to 10th in the Race to London.  Next tournament is Beijing masters (500)

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First Final of the Season

September 28, 2014

He’s done it! Andy Murray has made his first final since that historic Wimbledon 2013 final when he ended our wait for a British Wimbledon Champion.   Since that amazing day he has had an off season, firstly having back surgery and trying to recover from that, losing his coach (Ivan Lendl), appointing a new coach [...]

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Caroline Wozniacki Travelling to Tennis Tournaments in Private Plane – WTA and ATP Prizemoney Structure Needs Changing

September 22, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki really knows how to travel! Fly like a G6! Caroline posted this to her Facebook. Just shows top players have a completely different live to players around 100 in the world or below. Time to change the prizemoney structure ATP and WTA Tour!

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Ana Ivanovic wins the 2014 Tokyo WTA tour title (Photos)

September 22, 2014

Ana Ivanovic wins the 2014 Tokyo WTA tour title.

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Victoria Azarenka Wont Play Tennis for the Rest of the 2014 Season

September 22, 2014

Victoria Azarenka’s statement about the rest of the 2014 season: Hi everyone, I have some news to share…Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season. It has been a very tough year for me. I have been trying my best to improve day in and day out by [...]

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Samantha Stosur’s Four Go-To Exercises to Build Your Strength

September 18, 2014
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Li Na To Announce Retirement from Professional Tennis Tomorrow on Chinese TV

September 18, 2014

We have received a tip that Li Na will be announcing her retirement from tennis on the 19th of September. The announcement will be happening on CCTV-5, a sports channel owned by state broadcaster China Central Television. She is reportedly retiring because she is unable to continue competing due to her physical condition.

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Todd Woodbridge Tells You Want He Has Achieved – Then Tells You You’ve Done Nothing!

September 18, 2014
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Caroline Wozniacki Central Park Selfie While Training for New York Marathon

September 18, 2014

Only 6 weeks left until the New York marathon and Caroline Wozniacki is still in heavy training mode. Although she had some time for a quick selfie in central park while training.

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ATP Race for London WTF Finals – Andy Murray

September 15, 2014

So we are into the Asian swing, the last part of the tennis year, where the big names can gain any extra points they need to try and qualify for the World Tour Finals in London.  Andy Murray is currently WR 11 and quite low in the race, however, he was out for the last [...]

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Martina Navratilova Proposed to Her Long Time Girlfriend During US Open 2014

September 8, 2014

#TennisChannel's @Martina Navratilova proposing in the TC @usopen suite! Congrats!! #shesaidyes #happilyeverafter pic.twitter.com/bDfdCVfDAD — TennisChannelPR (@TennisChannelPR) September 6, 2014

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