2013 ita all-tournament women’s team announced

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Tar Heel Toast: UNC’s Whitney Kay was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, held last week at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., (and hosted by UVA). Kay, a rookie at UNC, won her singles matches 3-0, helping her team bag their first Team Indoor Championship title and gain the No. 1 spot in the ITA Women’s Team Rankings.

Kay is joined on the ITA All-Tournament Team by the following singles players and doubles pairs:

Singles
No. 1 – Danielle Lao, USC
No. 2 – Kyle McPhillips, UCLA
No. 3 – Whitney Kay, North Carolina
No. 4 – Silvia Garcia, Georgia
No. 5 – Caroline Price, North Carolina
No. 6 – Clementina Riobueno, Miami (Fla.)

Doubles
No. 1 – Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria, USC
No. 2 – Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez, UCLA
No. 3 – Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, UCLA

This is the sixth annual ITA National Women’s Team Indoor All-Tournament Team as voted by head coaches from the 16 participating teams. Previous MOPs include Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech, 2008), Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia, 2009), Maria Mosolova (Northwestern, 2010), Hilary Barte (Stanford, 2011), and Robin Anderson (UCLA, 2012).

houston: juan monaco will defend title; monfils and querrey join field

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HOUSTON – Argentina’s Juan Monaco will defend his US Men’s Clay Court Championship title when the tournament returns to River Oaks Country Club April 8-14, and he will be accompanied in the field by American Sam Querrey and Frenchman Gael Monfils.

These three players join the previously announced commitments from top-ranked American John Isner and Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco in the singles field and American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the doubles field.

These singles entries put five players from the Top 25 of the current ATP World Tour rankings into the field for the tournament at River Oaks. As of Monday, Almagro was No. 11, Monaco No. 15, Isner No. 16, Querry No. 20 and Verdasco No. 24.

“We always take pride in exposing our fans to new players, so it is with great pleasure we can have guys like Monfils, Almagro and Verdasco making their River Oaks debut this year,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “We are also happy to welcome back familiar faces. Juan Monaco was a popular champion last year, and the group of Americans we have returning have long been fan favorites here in Houston.”

Monaco will try to be the first repeat champion of the event since the recently retired Andy Roddick won back-to-back titles in 2001-02. The win at River Oaks last year was one of his career-high four titles in 2012. He has reached at least one clay court final in seven of the past eight seasons, and six of Monaco’s seven career titles have come on clay.

Querrey teamed with James Blake to win the 2012 doubles title at River Oaks. He’s also enjoyed singles success, reaching the final in 2010. He has won seven titles while appearing in 12 finals in his career, and earlier this month helped the US reach the Davis Cup quarterfinal with a pair of singles wins against Brazil.

Monfils has finished in the Top 20 in the World in four of the past five seasons. He has reached 17 career ATP finals, winning four titles. He was a finalist twice early in 2012 before a knee injury forced him to miss nearly four months. He already has reached one semifinal and another quarterfinal early in 2013.

In last year’s final, Monaco defeated Isner, who in 2012 reached the Top 10 for the first time. Almagro has led the ATP in clay court match wins three times in the past five seasons and is one of only four players with over 200 career clay court wins. Verdasco has reached 10 career clay court finals and finished in the Top 25 in five straight seasons.

The Bryan Brothers are the World No. 1 doubles team and four-time champions at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship. They own the record for Grand Slam titles with 13 together as well as total career titles together with 84.

Individual session tickets and the very popular “Champ Pass” are on sale on now. The Champ Pass for the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship includes a ticket to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions. “The Champ Pass” usually sells out before the tournament begins. A limited number of season ticket packages are still remaining. Information on tickets can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294.

phillip simmonds named to staff at sportime / john mcenroe academy

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Long Island native and recent ATP Tour professional player Phillip Simmonds has joined the staff at the SPORTIME location in Syosset, N.Y., and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at the SPORTIME location in Bethpage, N.Y., it was announced by SPORTIME CEO Claude Okin. Fresh off a successful junior and pro career, Simmonds joins fellow pro Robert Kendrick, who has been Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset since September 2012 and who helped bring the 28-year old into the Sportime fold.

Born in Selden, N.Y., Simmonds won nine ITF Futures and three USTA Challenger titles while achieving a career-best rank of #200 in the world. He played in the US Open main draw singles in 2006 and in US Open main draw doubles in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Davis Cup team that reached the finals, Simmonds was semi-finalist at the French Open and Wimbledon juniors and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2002 and the Australian Open Junior Doubles in 2003.

“Adding a new, young coach, with junior and professional experience and accomplishments of Phillip Simmonds is a big boost for SPORTIME Syosset and for the John McEnroe Tennis Academy,” said Okin. “He has already shown us that he is a great teacher and motivator. He is a great guy and a great colleague and, best of all, he is a native Long Islander. We are pleased and fortunate to have Phillip at SPORTIME.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to return home and to start taking what I have learned from my decades of experience as a tournament player and sharing it with students at SPORTIME and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Of course I can’t wait to work with our juniors, but I am also having fun with our adult and recreational players,” said Simmonds. “So far I am very excited about this next chapter in my career in the sport.”

andy roddick, sloane stephens lead world teamtennis draft

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Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis courts this summer.

The former world number one was the top pick in today’s Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft. Roddick, who first started with Mylan WTT in 2000, will play for the Springfield Lasers. This will be Roddick’s 7th Mylan WTT season and his first since 2010.

“I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have played throughout my career so I’m excited to be back,” said Roddick. “I’ve always liked the competition and the fan energy. I love being on a team and am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July.”

Sloane Stephens, currently ranked No. 17, was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms with their first-round pick. The 20-year-old Stephens first played Mylan World TeamTennis in 2009 as part of an all-amateur USTA team.

The newest Mylan WTT franchise, Texas Wild, will bring the world’s best doubles team to their new home court in Irving, Texas. The Wild, who relocated to Texas this year after 20 seasons in Kansas City, protected the rights to Bob and Mike Bryan who are back for their 11th season.

Venus Williams, who led the Washington Kastles to their second straight undefeated season and championship title in 2012, returns to the nation’s capital for her 10th Mylan WTT season. The three-time champion Kastles will be taking a 32-match win streak into their 2013 season opener.

Two of the top Americans on the ATP Tour will once again play for the Sacramento Capitals. The Caps protected their rights to Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish. Querrey is ranked No. 20 on the ATP Tour and Fish is No. 32.

In a trade completed prior to Tuesday’s draft, the Boston Lobsters acquired the rights to Mark Philippoussis from the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Teams will complete their lineups next month when the Mylan WTT Roster Draft is held March 12 in Indian Wells, Calif. Dates for all Mylan WTT matches will be announced during the week of March 4 when the 2013 schedule is released.

Each of the eight teams will play 14 matches – seven home, seven away. Eastern Conference teams are the Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are Orange County Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers and Texas Wild.

The eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference
Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Selections (in Draft order)<ol>

  1. SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1st round selection)
  2. TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1st round protection)
  3. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (1st round protection - acquired rights via pre-Draft trade with Philadelphia Freedoms)
  4. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (1st round selection)
  5. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: no Marquee Player selection
  6. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: no Marquee Player selection
  7. SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (1st round protection); Sam Querrey (2nd round protection)
  8. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (2nd round protection)

Marquee Player Matches (dates TBD when schedule is released in early March; additional visits could be added before season):

  • BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (3 matches).
  • NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Visiting players are Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers) and Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms) for one match each in Albany, N.Y.
  • ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild), and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
  • PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (2 home matches). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).
  • SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (2-3 home matches); Sam Querrey (3rd week of season). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild).
  • SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1 home match). Visiting player is Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms).
  • TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1 home match). Visiting player is Venus Williams (Washington Kastles).
  • WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (1 home match). Visiting player is Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).

tennis channel to air rafael nadal’s return

Tennis Channel will air Rafael Nadal's return to competitive play in 2013

Tennis Channel will air Rafael Nadal‘s first single match back after being sidelined for seven months due to various ailments. Nadal, who already won a doubles match with teammate Juan Monaco, will play in the main draw of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile, on Wednesday at 4pm ET. This marks the return of Nadal after a roller coaster absence involving knee injury and a stomach virus, among others.

With an unprecedented seven French Open championships to his name and the best clay-court record in the Open Era (254-19; .930), Nadal is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time on clay, the surface used at this week’s event in Vina del Mar. He will face the winner of Delbonis/Pella. (Browse: VTR Open Singles Draw)

Leif Shiras will call the match for Tennis Channel. Encore presentations of Nadal’s comeback will air Wednesday at 8pm ET and Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10pm ET. The network had already planned to carry the singles semifinals and championship in Vina del Mar this weekend prior to Nadal’s entry into the tournament. That schedule is as follows (all times live):

Saturday, Feb. 9
5pm – Semifinal #1
8:30pm – Semifinal #2

Sunday, Feb. 10
4pm – Championship

college tennis: virginia men stays no. 1 for 4th straight week

(February 5, 2013) — For the fourth week in a row, the men of Virginia have claimed the top spot in the ITA College Tennis Rankings. A pair of Top 10 upsets has shifted a few teams with Duke dropping four spots, allowing Pepperdine and Kentucky to move up. On the women’s side, the rankings remain the same for another week, as a new poll will not be published this week with the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship to begin Friday morning, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA.

Follow the Leader: Following Virginia is (in order): USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Duke, and Mississippi State.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; Pac-12 – 5; ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten – 3; Conference USA and WCC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10.

New Additions: Two teams are making their first appearances inside the Top 75 this year while another is back after a month’s absence. Old Dominion went from unranked to No. 67 by scoring a big upset over former No. 27 Harvard, 4-3. The Monarchs’ Carlos Lopez Villa clinched the win in a three set battle which gave Old Dominion their first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. Also making their debut inside the Top 75 this year is UC Irvine, who, sits in a tie for 75th after a 5-2 win over former No. 70 Fresno State. The Princeton Tigers return to the Top 75 for the first time since the Jan. 3 rankings. Princeton went 2-1 last week during their tour of the Great Lakes State, coming away with a signature 4-3 win over current No. 48 Michigan State.

Back to the West Coast: For the second time in three years, the University of Washington will host the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle, WA. USC, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida, Cal, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Washington will all be vying for the 2013 ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 15-18.

Coming Up Next: The 2013 ITA Team Rankings continue next Tuesday, February 12th, with a new set of women’s rankings; there will be no new men’s team rankings next week. Singles and doubles rankings for both the men and women are also set to be published on the 12th and will be released every other week after that.

Division I Men’s Top 25 (1/30/13 Rank)
1. Virginia (1)
2. USC (2)
3. UCLA (3)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Pepperdine (7)
6. Georgia (6)
7. Kentucky (9)
8. Oklahoma (8)
9. Duke (5)
10. Mississippi State (10)
11. Florida (11)
12. Mississippi (12)
13. Cal (13)
14. Tennessee (15)
15. Texas A&M (16)
16. Texas (17)
17. Tulsa (22)
18. Baylor (14)
T-19. Stanford (18)
T-19. Illinois (25)
21. Michigan (20)
22. Auburn (21)
23. North Carolina (19)
24. Washington (23)
25. LSU (24)

wilson kicks off nationwide ‘spin effect tour’ to demo steam racquets

Wilson Racquet Sports today announced its nationwide “Spin Effect Tour” that will visit retailers and consumers in more than 200 venues, showcasing the brand’s game changing, Spin Effect Technology. Taking place from February through June, the Spin Effect Tour targets avid tennis players at tennis facilities across the country and will also be featured at some of the country’s leading junior developmental programs: Brookhaven Tennis Club in Dallas, Westheimer Tennis Club in Houston, Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Orlando, and the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton.

Wilson’s proprietary Spin Effect Technology racquets, the Steam 99S and Steam 105S, became available to consumers in January. Both racqyets dramatically increase spin for consumers of all levels, enabling players to add more than 200 RPMs on their shots without needing to change their swing. (Watch: Video review of Wilson Steam Racquets)

Wilson’s marketing and sales team will be leading the event to explain the benefits around the proprietary Spin Effect, the Steam S racquets, and they will also take players through the TrackMan experience which tracks ball rotation, height and arc of shots and was used in the development of Steam S racquets.

Players who participate in a Spin Effect Tour will also have an opportunity to win an autographed racquets from Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka. The tour welcomes players of all ages. For more information about hosting a Spin Effect Tour event, please contact wilsontour [at] wilson.com.

ricoh arena named venue for uk davis cup tie

 LTA Announces Ricoh Arena as site for 2013 Davis Cup tie between Team GB and Russia

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has today announced that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between the Aegon GB Davis Cup team and Russia will take place at the Ricoh Arena in the city of Coventry in the United Kingdom. The top player for Great Britain, reigning U.S. Open champion and 2013 Australian Open finalist Andy Murray, will not be participating in the tie.

The Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie will take place April 5-7, 2013, with the winners to compete in the 16-nation World Group Play-offs from September 13-15.  Great Britain secured promotion to Group I during their 2011 campaign and have received an opening round bye in this year’s competition.

Leon Smith, Captain of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team, said: “We are very excited to be taking Davis Cup to Coventry and taking advantage of strong home support.  It will be tough against Russia, who are arguably the strongest team in our group, but we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

Gavin Fletcher, LTA Tournament Director added: “Both the city of Coventry and the team at the Ricoh Arena have made us very welcome.  It’ll be great bringing the Davis Cup back to the Midlands, where we’ve  enjoyed tremendous support in the past. I know the team is looking forward to playing in front of a very vocal crowd against Russia.”

Jacky Isaac, interim chief executive at the Ricoh Arena, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing world-class tennis to the Midlands by hosting the Davis Cup. We are confident there will be a great crowd at our top-class venue to cheer on Great Britain in their tie against Russia and this is another fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Coventry on a national and international stage.”

Councillor Phil Townshend, Cabinet Member for Sport, commented: “We have a national reputation for delivering successful events and this will be another high profile one which will attract local residents and people from a wider area who love Tennis.  To host sporting events such as this also sits well alongside our stated aim of building on the legacy from being a co-host city for London 2012 as well as encouraging people to take part in sport and physical activity.”

Although the full Aegon GB Davis Cup team selections haven’t been announced yet, British No. 1 Andy Murray will not be competing in the upcoming tie against Russia. Murray said: “It’s a shame to miss out on the Davis Cup, as I always enjoy playing. I speak to Leon and the team on a regular basis and will definitely be available to play the next Davis Cup tie later this year.”

Aegon Team GB Captain Smith added: “We totally understand Andy’s position. He has worked extremely hard on his game elevating it to another level and we have all seen the fruits of that since Wimbledon. Andy’s success continues to inspire more and more young people to take up the sport and we look forward to welcoming him back into the team in September.”

Tickets for the tie go on general sale on Monday, February 4th via https://www.theticketfactory.com/default/online or on 0844 338 8838.  For group bookings please call 0800 358 0058 and for accessible bookings, call 0844 581 0700. Full price tickets start at £17.

rafael nadal’s first u.s. appearance will be in nyc

All eyes on NYC: The 2013 edition of the annual tennis exhibition at Madison Square Garden — the BNP Paribas Showdown — will feature Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka squaring off against Serena Williams and Juan Martin del Potro playing Rafael Nadal. This event on March 4 will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America as well as the inaugural World Tennis Day.

Nadal will be making his first appearance in the U.S. after a long injury layoff when he takes on del Potro in the upcoming BNP Paribas Showdown. Rafa is scheduled to participate in three events in the month of February including his return to the tour next week at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile followed by the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

In 2012 the former World No. 1 won a record seventh French Open title, but a knee injury prevented him from playing after Wimbledon. The start of the Spaniard’s 2013 season was delayed by a stomach virus. The 11-time Grand Slam champion joins Andre Agassi as the only players to have completed a career Golden Slam. In 2009, Argentina’s del Potro broke through to win the US Open title. After wrist surgery in 2010, he returned to his top form in 2012, winning four titles and reaching the quarterfinals in three of the four Grand Slams.

World Tennis Day: World Tennis Day will be held with the support of the International Tennis Federation to promote Tennis10s, which tailors the game to its youngest players with smaller racquets, lighter balls and modified scoring. The cornerstones of World Tennis Day are grassroots opportunities for young players to participate in the sport at the local level. The day is highlighted by BNP Paribas Showdown events in Hong Kong as well as the annual event at Madison Square Garden in New York. The World Tennis Day effort complements the ongoing Tennis Night in America initiative to promote 10-and-under tennis by the United States Tennis Association that has been held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas Showdown for five years.

BNP Paribas Showdown: The BNP Paribas Showdown exclusively features players who have either won Grand Slams or ranked No. 1 in the World, if not both. Entering the 2013 season, the 17 all-time participants of the event at Madison Square Garden boast a combined 101 Grand Slam singles titles, 696 titles overall and a total of 1,565 weeks ranked No. 1.

Info: The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames. Tickets start at $50.00 and are on sale now at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. More information about World Tennis Day events and the BNP Paribas Showdown matches in New York and Hong Kong can be found online at www.WorldTennisDay.com. The Hong Kong event will feature John McEnroe against Ivan Lendl and Caroline Wozniacki against Li Na.