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Li Na – The Purpose behind the Smile

Li Na at the Australian Open

At first glance, Andy Murray and Li Na may appear to have little in common. While they both play tennis and sit within the upper echelons of their sport, for example, they are also separated by vast geographical and cultural differences that are inescapable. Despite this, however, there is one other thing that unites them, as they both carry the hopes of an entire nation on their shoulders every time they step out onto the court. This is a great challenge with both players winning a Grand Slam title and in the case of Murray – two.

Li Na: Bridging the Gap between Western and Eastern Culture

While Li Na may not have reached the heights of Andy Murray or players like Serena Williams in the women’s game, however, she is arguably more influential than any other player in tennis. This is because her immense popularity has spread far beyond the passionate and dedicated fans in her homeland of China, and reached across into the depths of Western culture. By unifying fans across the globe with her talent, personality and Omni-present smile, she has emerged as an icon for an entire generation and bridged the considerable gap between Eastern and Western cultures.

This is no mean feat; even though Li Na is not the first sports start to transcend the reason for her fame. After all, the great Muhammed Ali achieved something similar when he fought George Foreman in Zaire, as his infectious personality and beaming smile won the hearts of African fans and an enthralled global audience. Modern sports stars such as David Beckham and Chris Hoy have also earned widespread global acclaim though the exploits, although Li Na is unique in that she has achieved this without reaching the pinnacle of her game.

The Last Word

In fact, it would be interesting to see how success affected Li Na’s global popularity and status as a multicultural icon. After all, anyone who purchased Wimbledon tickets this year and saw how German Sabine Lisicki was embraced by the British public will testify that the West loves nothing more than a courageous and charismatic underdog. This is undoubtedly a consideration for the future, however, and for now it must be enough to enjoy Li Na’s presence as someone who bridges a significant cultural gap and celebrate the purposefulness behind her smile.

Photo credit: globalite

Novak Djokovic: Nutrition – Gluten-free diet

Novak Djokovic at US Open 2013

Novak Djokovic gained the OnCourt Advantage by modifying what he put into his body in order to feel better, shed excess weight and achieve al lot more in his life. You can too, regardless of your current fitness level, health, weight and age.

Nutritional supplements such as creatine monohydrate and specific eating plans like Djokovic’s approach of eliminating gluten from his daily eating habits are part of the life of tennis pros.

The 26-year-old Djokovic reaped the rewards of being disciplined with his nutritional habits and continually looking into ways to refine his diet. The 1.88m Serbian loved pasta and bread but went gluten-free in 2010 after being disappointed in losing to Tomas Berdych in his second Wimbledon semi final, with the goal of realising his two childhood dreams: to win Wimbledon and earn the World No.1 ranking. Djokovic up until then was plagued by aches, breathing difficulties, fading stamina in long matches and with injuries.

After Wimbledon, Djokovic followed up by being the runner-up to Rafael Nadal who was at the peak of his career in 2010 at the US Open. During the 2010 US Open from the 1st Round onwards, an overwhelming agreement by sportswriters, tennis experts, commentators and past players was that Djokovic had lost too much weight and hence power since Wimbledon, so in their view had taken a backward step in his mission to win a scond Grand Slam singles title and contend for No.1. However, the standard idea of putting on muscle, hence weight to become stronger and more powerful is flawed.

The now 6-time Grand Slam singles champion, remained committed to his nutrition plan that definitely allowed him to shed excess weight, recover faster and sustain his energy to the end of each match. Most importantly, he really improved the critical physical performance factor in tennis – your power-to-weight ratio. This mechanical advantage provided him with far greater energy efficiency, agility and speed of movement and an indisputable edge over his opponents.

In 2011, many people agree that Djokovic had the greatest single season ever in men’s professional tennis history appearing even lighter then he was at the 2010 US Open. Not powerful enough to be successful in taking the next step hey? Haha. Djokovic certainly was laughing all the way as he achieved both the World No.1 ranking for the first time, won Wimbledon upon reaching his first final and prior to both of these winning both his singles rubbers in the 2010 Davis Cup final to help Serbia become chamopions for the first time in history.

The facts – in 2011 Djokovic won…

  • A career-best 10 singles titles from 11 finals;
  • 70 matches to just 6 losses;
  • 3 Grand Slams, Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open;
  • 41 consecutive match winning streak and 43 if you include his 2 Davis Cup Final wins;
  • A record 5 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same year;
  • 6 wins over the 2010 king of tennis: Rafael Nadal;
  • Was the first player to win 20 matches against Top 10 opponents in a season since 1985;
  • The World No. 1 ranking for 1st time (on July 4, 2011 after winning Wimbledon);
  • Set an all-time men’s record in season prize money with $12,619,803; and
  • Was crowned the year-end World No.1.

 

 

Milos Raonic Puts Canuck Tennis on the Map

Milos Raonic at the Monte Carlo MastersCanadian tennis has produced a few notable players. Retired player Greg Rusedski used his amazing serve on behalf of Canada before switching his allegiance to the U.K. On the women’s side, Aleksandra Wozniak has won one Women’s Tennis Association event, but she’s never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament. However, over the past two years, a new tennis sensation has emerged from Ontario. His name is Milos Raonic — and he has the future of Canadian tennis on his racket.

Anyone who loves sports betting in Canada needs to keep an eye on this rising tennis star. Raonic made it to the round of 16 at both the Australian and U.S. Opens this year, peaking at No. 10 and bagging a big endorsement deal from New Balance. Raonic led the Canadian Davis Cup team to the semis, which is the team’s all-time best performance, although they lost to the Serbian team led by Novak Djokovic. With more aces per match than any other player on the tour and a wily new Croatian coach named Ivan Ljubicic, Raonic seems destined to pack some major star power.

What to Watch:

For the most part, Raonic has a good all-court game. Let’s take a look at his assets:

The serve. Raonic’s serve is currently the best in the sport. He regularly serves at speeds over 140 mph, and he clocked the fifth-fastest recorded serve in history at the Rogers Cup competition in 2012 when he hit a 155.3-mph bullet. He leads the ATP tour in aces, first-serve points won and service games held. He also wins the majority of his second-serve points because he takes advantage of the body serve.

Groundstrokes. The forehand is Milos’s favorite shot. He often serves down the T to set up his forehand and dictate play. Like most tall players, he has a high-risk, high-reward forehand. He hits a lot of winners but also a lot of errors off of that side. On the other side, his backhand is effective but not a significant weapon. Too frequently, he runs around his backhand to hit a forehand, a strategy compromised by his inefficient footwork.

Raonic has a long way to go before he can count himself as more than “a serve and a forehand.” He needs to improve his:

Footwork. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Raonic struggles with mobility. He has the wingspan to cover the net, but he has a difficult time hitting the ball when he’s not in good court position. As a result, he tends to miss opportunities to come forward and hangs out on the baseline trying to keep up with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Bad idea. He also tries to run around his backhand to use his forehand, but he’s not fast enough to be consistent on the runaround.

Fitness. During Raonic’s fourth round match at the U.S. Open this year, the 22-year-old could not keep up with the speedier Frenchman, Richard Gasquet. Improving his economy of movement, which goes back to the footwork, could help him not to expend as much effort on the court. Also, improving his backhand so he didn’t run around it so often would make his movement more efficient.

Aggression and mental endurance. Milos could be deadly at the net thanks to his height, but his fitness limitations make him too tired to run forward when he’s deep into a match. He gets into a defensive position on the baseline, where he seems happy just to finish rallies. Running back and forth playing defense is not a great strategy for a guy who’s 6 feet 5 inches tall. Milos needs to come to the net more often and put points away quickly. Ljubicic should be a great help to him as a coach who can bring out his killer instinct.

While Raonic stuck his toe into the Top 10 in 2013, he isn’t ready to be a consistent threat to Djokovic, Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Still, on any given day, he has the potential to beat anyone on the tour. His next task is to become a dominating force instead of “that guy” who pulls the occasional major upset.

Photo credit: Beth Wilson

About the Author: Yanos Stanich is a tennis analyst for several publications in Canada.

 

Washington Tennis Men’s Results 2013

Juan Martin Del Potro at Rotterdam

The 2013 Washington Open in the USA men’s singles and doubles results will be listed below for each day of the tournament to make it easier for you to follow who wins and loses, your favourite players progress and who upsets the seeds and who players had to beat to make it through to the quarters, semis and final.

The 24-year-old Juan Martin Del Potro is pictured lined up in great position to execute this double-handed backhand after taking a large stride inside the baseline to move in on the incoming ball on his favourite court surface

The 1.98m Del Potro is playing in his fourth Washington Open and for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2008-09. The right-handed Argentinean is the No.1 seed and favourite to win Washington for a third time in the past six years.

The current World No.7 achieved a career-high ranking to date of No.4 on 11 January 2010 and became the tallest man in tennis history to win a Grand Slam singles title when he came back from two sets-to-one down against Roger Federer in 2009 as Federer was gunning for his sixth straight US Open.

SATURDAY, 3 AUGUST, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] [WC] J Del Potro d [3] T Haas (GER) 76(4) 63
[8] J Isner (USA) d D Tursunov (RUS) 67(7) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 63 64
M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) 63 36 10-6

FRIDAY, 2 AUGUST, 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [7] K Anderson (RSA) 76(0) 63
[3] T Haas (GER) d [11] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(5) 76(3)
[8] J Isner (USA) d [16] M Baghdatis (CYP) 67(5) 64 64
D Tursunov (RUS) d M Matosevic (AUS) 63 46 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d A Begemann (GER) / R Bopanna (IND) 64 76(1)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 63 64
G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 64 63

THURSDAY, 1 AUGUST, 2013

Singles – Third Round
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [14] B Tomic (AUS) 63 63
[16] M Baghdatis (CYP) d [2] K Nishikori (JPN) 61 62
[3] T Haas (GER) d [13] I Dodig (CRO) 64 46 75
M Matosevic (AUS) d [4] M Raonic (CAN) 75 76(7)
[11] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [6] S Querrey (USA) 63 62
[7] K Anderson (RSA) d M Fish (USA) 76(2) 61
[8] J Isner (USA) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 75 75
D Tursunov (RUS) d R Stepanek (CZE) 46 64 75

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d R Harrison (USA) 61 75
[2] K Nishikori (JPN) d [WC] J Sock (USA) 75 62
[3] T Haas (GER) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 36 75 63
[7] K Anderson (RSA) d [WC] J Duckworth (AUS) 63 36 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 67(5) 75 10-7

Doubles – First Round
A Begemann (GER) / R Bopanna (IND) d [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 62 67(4) 10-5
[WC] S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 64 63
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [WC] J Blake (USA) / E Butorac (USA) 76(3) 63

WEDNESDAY, 31 JULY, 2013

Singles – Second Round
D Tursunov (RUS) d [5] G Simon (FRA) 64 62
[8] J Isner (USA) d [Q] A Kuznetsov (USA) 76(2) 76(4)
M Fish (USA) d [12] J Benneteau (FRA) 63 75
[13] I Dodig (CRO) d T Kamke (GER) 26 62 63
R Stepanek (CZE) d [17] M Llodra (FRA) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 64 67(4) 10-7

TUESDAY, 30 JULY, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[4] M Raonic (CAN) d [Q] S Groth (AUS) 75 64
[6] S Querrey (USA) d D Istomin (UZB) 46 63 76(9) – saved 4 M.P.
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d [9] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 76(4)
[11] G Dimitrov (BUL) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(4) 64
[14] B Tomic (AUS) d D Goffin (BEL) 61 63
M Matosevic (AUS) d [15] N Davydenko (RUS) 64 75
[16] M Baghdatis (CYP) d L Lacko (SVK) 67(2) 62 64

Singles – First Round
R Harrison (USA) d L Hewitt (AUS) 63 75
[WC] J Duckworth (AUS) d [Q] Y Sugita (JPN) 62 62
[Q] T Smyczek (USA) d G Zemlja (SLO) 61 67(8) 61
D Tursunov (RUS) d [LL] J Levine (CAN) 76(5) 75
[Q] A Kuznetsov (USA) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 36 64 63
[WC] J Sock (USA) d I Sijsling (NED) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) 76(7) 62
M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 46 75 11-9

MONDAY, 29 JULY, 2013

Singles – First Round
D Goffin (BEL) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 64
M Fish (USA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 26 61 63
T Kamke (GER) d R Berankis (LTU) 36 63 62
X Malisse (BEL) d R Ram (USA) 46 63 62
D Istomin (UZB) d S Giraldo (COL) 63 64
R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) 76(3) 63
M Matosevic (AUS) d J Blake (USA) 62 76(6)
[Q] S Groth (AUS) d [WC] D Kudla (USA) 76(2) 62
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d [LL] R Williams (USA) 75 61
L Lacko (SVK) d A Falla (COL) 16 64 64

Doubles – First Round
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) / D Tursunov (RUS) 63 76(4)
G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 36 63 15-13

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Atlanta Tennis Men’s Results 2013

John IsnerThe 2013 Atlanta Open in the USA men’s singles and doubles results will be listed below for each day of the tournament to make it easier for you to follow who wins and loses, who qualifies, your favourite players progress and who upsets the seeds and who players had to beat to make it through to the quarters, semis and final.

The 28-year-old John Isner is pictured playing an open stance forehand ground stroke that he considers his strength and on his favourite court surface. The 2.08m Isner is playing in his fourth straight Atlanta Open after being the runner-up to Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011. The right-handed American is the No.1 seed and favourite to win Atlanta with five of his six ATP Tour singles titles won on US soil. The current World No.22 and achieved a career-high ranking to date of No.9 on 16 April 2012.

SUNDAY, 28 JULY, 2013

Singles – Finals
[1] J Isner (USA) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 67(3) 76(2) 76(2) – saved 2 match points

Doubles – Finals
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 76(6) 63

SATURDAY, 27 JULY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] J Isner (USA) d [7] L Hewitt (AUS) 64 46 76(5)
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d R Harrison (USA) 63 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 64 76(6)
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 36 61 10-7

Friday, 26 July, 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Isner (USA) d J Blake (USA) 76(1) 76(5)
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d D Istomin (UZB) 63 36 63
[7] L Hewitt (AUS) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) 16 63 60
R Harrison (USA) d S Giraldo (COL) 63 36 76(2)

Thursday, 25 July, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] C Harrison (USA) 76(9) 46 75
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 67(7) 62 62
R Harrison (USA) d [4] I Sijsling (NED) 64 63
D Istomin (UZB) d [5] Y Lu (TPE) 75 62
J Blake (USA) d [8] E Donskoy (RUS) 63 62
S Giraldo (COL) d M Russell (USA) 57 63 30 retired

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d [1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 75 46 10-8
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) 63 62
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] K King (USA) / J Spir (COL) 75 63
R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) d D Kudla (USA) / M Russell (USA) walkover

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[3] I Dodig (CRO) d R Berankis (LTU) 61 67(3) 63
[7] L Hewitt (AUS) d [WC] R Williams (USA) 76(6) 64

Singles – First Round
M Russell (USA) d [6] M Fish (USA) 46 62 75
[WC] C Harrison (USA) d A Falla (COL) 61 67(7) 62
J Blake (USA) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 76(3) 46 76(4)
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) d I Karlovic (CRO) 62 ret. (fatigue)

Doubles – First Round
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 36 76(2) 10-2
J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) d M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 57 76(4) 10-6
R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) d D Inglot (GBR) / F Moser (GER) 64 64

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] Y Lu (TPE) d [Q] K King (USA) 63 75
[7] L Hewitt (AUS) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 64
[8] E Donskoy (RUS) d R Ram (USA) 63 64
R Berankis (LTU) d [Q] M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 26 76(8)
S Giraldo (COL) d J Sock (USA) 75 64
D Istomin (UZB) d L Lacko (SVK) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / C Harrison (USA) 63 61
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d Y Lu (TPE) / M Matosevic (AUS) 46 63 10-4

Monday, 22 July, 2013

Singles – First Round
[WC] R Williams (USA) d [WC] D Kudla (USA) 75 64
R Harrison (USA) d M Matosevic (AUS) 62 26 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d E Donskoy (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) 63 76(5)

Photo credit: kyle tsui

 

Atlanta 2013 Order of Play

Lleyton Hewitt at the US Open

The 2013 Atlanta Tennis Championships in the USA is the first men’s tournament of the US Open Series. Atlanta is one of thirty-nine ATP Tour 250 category tournamentsThe centre court is called the Stadium Court  at the Atlantic Station where Atlanta is being held for the second time and has a 5,000 seating capacity.

Below OnCourt Advantage lists the order of play or “OOP”, which is the sequential order that the matches are scheduled to be played and on what court for each day.

In the order of play list, all players except for the direct acceptances will have letters or a number in brackets in front of their names when they are a seeded player i.e. [1] for the No.1 seed, a wild card entrant [WC], a player who won through the qualifying tournament i.e. a qualifier [Q] or a lucky loser [LL].

The 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt is pictured after setting the ball in place winding his body up to explode into the ball during his service action.

The 1.8m Hewitt is playing in his third Atlanta Championships and is looking for his first ATP Tour singles titles since winning his 28th ATP singles title at Halle in 2010. The right-handed Australian is the current World No.64 first achieved the World No.1 ranking on 19 November 2001.

SUNDAY, 28 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 3:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

SATURDAY, 27 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 1:30 pm
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs [4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 PM
R Harrison (USA) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)

FRIDAY, 26 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Blake (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
S Giraldo (COL) vs R Harrison (USA)
Not Before 9:00 PM
D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

AJC GRANDSTAND not before 8:00 PM
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) – After Necessary Rest

THURSDAY, 25 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
R Harrison (USA) vs [4] I Sijsling (NED)
J Blake (USA) vs [8] E Donskoy (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA)
J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
[5] Y Lu (TPE) vs D Istomin (UZB)
M Russell (USA) vs S Giraldo (COL)
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
D Kudla (USA) / M Russell (USA) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [WC] K King (USA) / J Spir (COL) – After Suitable Rest

WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
[WC] R Williams (USA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
J Blake (USA) vs [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 00
Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] M Fish (USA) vs M Russell (USA) 64 24
J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
A Falla (COL) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs R Berankis (LTU)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs D Inglot (GBR) / F Moser (GER)

TUESDAY, 23 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) / C Harrison (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] M Fish (USA) vs M Russell (USA)
J Blake (USA) vs [Q] T Smyczek (USA)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 3:00 pm
[5] Y Lu (TPE) vs [Q] K King (USA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
J Sock (USA) vs S Giraldo (COL)
D Istomin (UZB) vs L Lacko (SVK)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
R Berankis (LTU) vs [Q] M Zverev (GER)
R Ram (USA) vs [8] E Donskoy (RUS)
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs Y Lu (TPE) / M Matosevic (AUS) – After Suitable Rest

MONDAY, 22 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – K King (USA) vs R Ginepri (USA) – Final Round Qualifying
Not Before 3:00 PM
R Harrison (USA) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
E Donskoy (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[WC] D Kudla (USA) vs [WC] R Williams (USA)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – T Smyczek (USA) vs D Young (USA) – Final Round Qualifying
Qualifying – M Ebden (AUS) vs C Guccione (AUS) – Final Round Qualifying

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – P Amritraj (IND) vs M Zverev (GER) – Final Round Qualifying

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Gstaad Tennis Men’s Results 2013

Mikhail Youzhny at Roland Garros

The 2013 Gstaad Tennis Championships in Switzerland men’s singles and doubles results will be listed below for each day of the tournament to make it easier for you to follow who wins and loses, who qualifies, your favourite players progress and who upsets the seeds and who players had to beat to make it through to the quarters, semis and final.

The 31-year-old Mikhail Youzhny ipictured just after making contact with the ball for this forehand approach shot displaying excellent racquet extension through the hotting zone to achieve a faster flatter shot to end the point or force his opponent into error.

The 1.83m Youzhny is playing in his eighth Gstaad Championships after beginning in 2002, with his best performance at Gstaad being a semi finalist in 2011. The right-handed Russian is the current World No.33 and achieved a career-high ranking to date of No.8 on 28 January 2008.

SUNDAY, 28 JULY 2013

Singles – Final
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d R Haase (NED) 63 64

Doubles – Final
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 64

SATURDAY, 27 JULY 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
R Haase (NED) d [5] F Lopez (ESP) 46 61 64
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 63

FRIDAY, 26 JULY 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[5] F Lopez (ESP) d [2] S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 26 43 retired
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d [4] J Monaco (ARG) 57 64 76(7) – saved 3 match points
V Hanescu (ROU) d D Brands (GER) 63 64
R Haase (NED) d M Granollers (ESP) 57 63 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR) 61 64
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE) 16 63 10-4

THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2013

Singles – Second Round
D Brands (GER) d [1] [WC] R Federer (SUI) 63 64
R Haase (NED) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 62
V Hanescu (ROU) d [8] R Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(2) 32 retired
M Granollers (ESP) d F Delbonis (ARG) 62 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE) d [2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) 75 75
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) walkover
F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR) d [PR] L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 63 64

WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY 2013

Singles – Second Round
[2] S Wawrinka (SUI) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 76(4)
[4] J Monaco (ARG) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
[5] F Lopez (ESP) d A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 63
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 46 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [4] D Brown (GER) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 61

Doubles – First Round
F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE) d [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / H Laaksonen (SUI) 62 64

TUESDAY, 23 JULY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[8] R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) 62 63
D Brands (GER) d [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 36 62
V Hanescu (ROU) d [Q] D Brown (GER) 76(6) 62
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d A Ungur (ROU) 64 67(2) 61
P Andujar (ESP) d [Q] V Crivoi (ROU) 61 62
F Delbonis (ARG) d T Bellucci (BRA) 75 76(2)
R Haase (NED) d [Q] J Souza (BRA) 64 76(7)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d K De Schepper (FRA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR) d [1] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 63
[2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) d A Kuznetsov (RUS) / A Ungur (ROU) 63 76(3)
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d P Mathieu (FRA) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 64
R Bautista Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d C Kas (GER) / O Marach (AUT) 63 46 15-13

MONDAY, 22 JULY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J Hernych (CZE) 76(2) 63
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) d P Mathieu (FRA) 63 46 62
M Granollers (ESP) d [7] L Rosol (CZE) 62 64
A Kuznetsov (RUS) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 36 62

Doubles – First Round
[4] D Brown (GER) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] A Ritschard (SUI) / A Sadecky (SUI) 16 76(4) 10-5
[PR] L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) d T Bellucci (BRA) / J Souza (BRA) 76(5) 64
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d D Brands (GER) / R Haase (NED) 62 64

Photo credit: Carine06

Gstaad 2013 Order of Play

Feliciano Lopez Spain Davis Cup player

The 2013 Gstaad Tennis Championships in Switzerland is one of thirty-nine ATP Tour 250 category tournaments and one of only two ATP tournaments held in Switzerland each year. The centre court is named the Roy Emerson Arena who won Gstaad a record five consecutive times and has a 5,000 seating capacity.

Below OnCourt Advantage lists the order of play or “OOP”, which is the sequential order that the matches are scheduled to be played and on what court for each day.

In the order of play list, all players except for the direct acceptances will have letters or a number in brackets in front of their names when they are a seeded player i.e. [1] for the No.1 seed, a wild card entrant [WC], a player who won through the qualifying tournament i.e. a qualifier [Q] or a lucky loser [LL].

The 31-year-old Feliciano Lopez is pictured playing a forehand approach shot off a low bouncing ball displaying excellent core and upper body balance and great concentration on the contact point, whilst representing Spain in Davis Cup.

The 1.88m Lopez is playing in his eighth Gstaad Championships after beginning in 2003 and making the quarter finals in 2011 and 2012. The left-handed Spaniard was the runner-up in Gstaad in 2006 where he was the runner-up in 2006. The current World No.29 achieved a career-high ranking to date of No.15 on 30 January 2012.

SUNDAY, 28 JULY 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) vs R Haase (NED)
Not Before 12:30 PM
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) – Court TBA

SATURDAY, 27 JULY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 PM
R Haase (NED) vs [5] F Lopez (ESP)

FRIDAY, 26 JULY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:30 am
[4] J Monaco (ARG) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
D Brands (GER) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
Not Before 3:00 PM
M Granollers (ESP) vs R Haase (NED)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE)
F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR) vs [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)

THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:30 am
M Granollers (ESP) vs F Delbonis (ARG)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [8] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
Not Before 1:30 PM
R Haase (NED) vs [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] [WC] R Federer (SUI) vs D Brands (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR) vs [PR] L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG)
F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – After Suitable Rest

WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:30 am
P Andujar (ESP) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
[4] J Monaco (ARG) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs A Kuznetsov (RUS)
Not Before 5:00 PM
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
[WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / H Laaksonen (SUI) vs F Mergea (ROU) / L Rosol (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 PM
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [4] D Brown (GER) / P Hanley (AUS) – After Suitable Rest

TUESDAY, 23 JULY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:30 am
[WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) vs [8] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
P Andujar (ESP) vs [Q] V Crivoi (ROU)
F Delbonis (ARG) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
D Brands (GER) vs [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI)

COURT 1 start 10:30 am
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs K De Schepper (FRA)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs A Ungur (ROU)
[Q] D Brown (GER) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
R Haase (NED) vs [Q] J Souza (BRA)
[1] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Polasek (SVK) vs F Bagnis (ARG) / J Delgado (GBR)

SPORTZENTRUM 1 start 12:00 noon
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs P Mathieu (FRA) / S Stakhovsky (UKR)
C Kas (GER) / O Marach (AUT) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – After Suitable Rest
A Kuznetsov (RUS) / A Ungur (ROU) vs [2] J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) – After Suitable Rest

MONDAY, 22 JULY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs A Kuznetsov (RUS)
[7] L Rosol (CZE) vs M Granollers (ESP)
P Mathieu (FRA) vs [6] M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] J Hernych (CZE)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
[WC] A Ritschard (SUI) / A Sadecky (SUI) vs [4] D Brown (GER) / P Hanley (AUS)
[PR] L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) vs T Bellucci (BRA) / J Souza (BRA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
D Brands (GER) / R Haase (NED) vs P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

Photo credit: Nacho y Adriana