Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nole wins Abu Dhabi Exhibition


Nole wins Abu Dhabi Exhibition

Novak Djokovic defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 to win the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi again.

Nole crushes David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from Almagro, who rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

"It is amazing, him coming here only a few days ago and having a late entrance to the tournament and performing this well yesterday and today," Djokovic said.

Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 in the second set on his way to evening the match. The third set was much tighter, with both players holding serve after eight games until Djokovic went up 5-4 and then broke Almagro to clinch the victory.


Photo AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mubadala World Tennis Championship Schedule


Mubadala World Tennis Championship Schedule

Thursday 27 December 2012

Tennis Village Opens Daily 10.30am

Match 1 – 5pm

Followed by Match 2 (not before 7:00pm)

Friday 28 December 2012

Tennis Village Opens Daily 10.30am

Semi Final 1 – 3:00pm

Followed by Semi Final 2 (not before 5:00pm)

Saturday 29 December 2012

Tennis Village Opens Daily 10.30am

3rd and 4th Place Match – 3:00pm

Followed by Final (not before 5:00pm)

Prize Presentation after the final match at approximately 7:00pm

World number eleven Nicolas Almagro from Spain has been confirmed to join the world-class line-up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship following the late withdrawal of Rafael Nadal due to a stomach virus.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship runs from 27th December to 29th December 2012.

Nadal out of Abu Dhabi with illness


Nadal out of Abu Dhabi with illness

Rafael Nadal withdrew from Abu Dhabi tennis exhibition due to illness.

"Rafael Nadal has been forced to make a last minute withdrawal from the 2012 event due to a stomach virus," organizers said in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Nadal, who has competed in all four previous tournaments, was advised by doctors not to travel or compete due to the illness."

"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete this year in Abu Dhabi," Nadal said in Facebook.

"I was really excited about returning to play and I always have a wonderful experience at the event and this is the first time I will miss the tournament.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rafa Nadal confirms return to tennis in Abu Dhabi



Rafa Nadal confirms return to tennis in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal will return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December after six months out with a knee injury.

Rafa has not played since Wimbledon because of a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation in his left knee.

"Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month," He wrote on his Facebook page.

"I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011," he added. "Would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!"

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Janko Tipsarevic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych will be there too.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Almagro beats Roddick to win Miami Exhibition

Almagro beats Roddick to win Miami Exhibition

Nicolas Almagro defeated Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-5 to win the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition.

The Spaniard broke once in each set.

Roddick was broken in the 9th game of the first set and again in the 11th game of the second set.

To advance to the final first Roddick beat Andy Murray while Almagro made it past John Isner.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Roddick beats Murray, makes Miami Cup final


Roddick beats Murray, makes Miami Cup final

Andy Roddick beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 at the Miami Tennis Cup exhibition event and will face Nicolas Almagro, who defeated John Isner 6-3 6-4, in the final.

Murray, trailing 2-5 in the first set, surrendered his serve in the eighth game when he sailed a backhand crosscourt wide.
In the second set, the Scott saved two break points from down 0-40, but couldn't convert the third to give Roddick a 5-3 lead. At 15-0, Roddick double-faulted twice in a row, but went on to win the final three points of the match with a service winner and two forehand winners.

"If we had gone three sets I would've had a full body cramp and it would've been awkward for all of you," said Roddick. "There's no comeback (to tennis for me). Andy was nice to me tonight."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Federer’s South America Exhibitions Schedule | 2012 Gillette Tour


Federer’s South America Exhibitions Schedule | 2012 Gillette Tour

For the first time, Roger Federer will come to South America to play in Argentina, Colombia and BRazil tennis exhibitions.

Here in Argentina everyone is super exited that the greatest tennis player of all times will be playing in Tigre with Juan MArtin del Potro. Tickets were sold out in just a matter of hours (they were very expensive) so they had to add another match which it makes his visit even better!

In Brazil he won´t be along as he will be join by Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Thomaz Bellucci, Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2012 Gillette Tour.

Check out the schedule for Roger Federer’s South America Exhibitions ...

Brazil - December 6

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan vs Bruno Soares/Marcelo Melo
Roger Federer vs Thomaz Bellucci

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photos: Monaco and Tipsarevic at "Clash of the Continents" press conference

Photos: Monaco and Tipsarevic at "Clash of the Continents" press conference

Tennis players from, Juan Monaco, Janko Tipsarevic, Daniela Hanchova and Peng Shuai attended a press conference held ahead of the "Clash of the Continents" exhibition tennis match yesterday in Singapore... Enjoy some pics...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Murray and Roddick to play Miami Cup Exhibition

Murray and Roddick to play Miami Cup Exhibition

Andy Murray and Andy Roddick will play a tennis exhibition called Miami Cup on a white court from November 30th through December 2nd.

Julian Wortelboer, president and CEO of Group NOS, a sports and entertainment promoter from Argentina, has announced the first edition of the Miami Cup.

Murray and Roddick will be joined by Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolas Almagro, Alejandro Falla and John Isner.

The tournament will be held at Crandon Park, home to the annual Masters Series, Sony Ericsson Open and the stadium court will be transformed from it's usual purple and green color system to white with red lines, painted within blue surrounds.

Julian Wortelboer has said, “We are honored to have not only some of the most iconic tennis professionals participating, but some of the most legendary individuals from the world of sport. With our introduction of the first ever stadium court in white, our signature colors will make the spectator experience unlike any other and establish Miami Tennis Cup as a must-see event each year in the world tennis calendar.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rafa Nadal BNP Paribas Showdown Interview


Rafa Nadal BNP Paribas Showdown Interview

Rafael Nadal will join Juan Martin Del Potro, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka at the BNP Paribas Showdown scheduled for Monday, March 4 2013 at Madison Square Garden.

While in his home in Mallorca recoverying from a knee injury, the former world number 1 talked on the phone to the media and this is what he said...

Nadal: I want to tell everybody thank you very much for inviting me to play in this great event. Roger told me it was a great event and I’m looking forward to being there especially not having the chance to play in New York at the US Open … I am excited to be there.

Q: You missed the U.S. Open. How do you feel about coming back into New York with the atmosphere that we have here with the exhibition match?

Nadal: As I said before, I’m very excited it’s something different it’s something special to play, it’s very special. All the exhibitions in every place are important to me … Playing at Madison Square Garden will be something very, very special, especially after not being in New York this year. That’s something bad for me that I didn’t play in the U.S. Open. It’s something that I felt really, really bad about when I had to take this position, but having the invitation to play in this fantastic event next year will be great. I’m very excited. As I said before, playing at Madison Square Garden is something that I’m very excited to do it. This is a special opportunity and I want to enjoy it.

Q: How do your preparations for an exhibition differ from when you’re preparing for a tournament like a grand slam?

Nadal: Well, it’s difficult to compare. When I play in exhibition, I want to go out, I want to play my best, I want to have fun, to create a very good show for the spectators and for MSG…All the things that I can provide…I try my best in every moment.

Q: Can you please tell us how you are feeling, and what is the status and state of your knee’s rehab?

Nadal: I’m working hard every day to recover as quick as possible…I am …feeling a little bit better now than the first couple of months. I’ve been very, very tough for me…because I feel that my knee didn’t move in the right way, right direction. But today is something different now. I feel the last couple of weeks I can feel the improvement in my knee…It feels very different now. The groove on my knee is something that I really can feel and it’s something that helped a lot of me to keep working hard, to keep doing everyday what I have to do. Today, at the moment, I am working to try to come back to practice in the tennis court for not very long periods of time.

Q: Do you have thoughts on the debate about prize money, and do you expect the players to be united as this moves forward next of course with the French Open?

Nadal: Well, the last couple of months I have been out of the competition, so I really have no idea about all of these discussions about the rights of the players…Today they have more information than me…In anything, the prize money, anything that can improve hours for the players…

Q: Do you think the players deserve more of the money from the grand slams?

Nadal: You know the thing is not what I think. What I think is nothing because I’m one player that… what is best for the Grand Slams, what is best for the players …It has nothing to do…we have a great and powerful ATP…I think they are doing the job for us…they are working hard to create a better tour…Improve the relationship with the Grand Slams…It would work with the support of the players. I really have no right to say it’s…it’s not fair, who’s upset, how much they have to put…I can say that they’re happy about our sport and they continue moving in a very good direction. I am happy to be part of this sport …Things that can improve? Always things can improve…

Q: Were there some deeper concerns that you weren’t going to be able to come back from this as well as you could in the past?

Nadal: That’s not an issue today. I never thought about that and the doctors never thought about that…I never really tired nobody so that’s something good for me…right direction…The only thing we tried to make conservative treatment…nothing serious…it feels that is working well…that’s what we tried and it seems like it’s working well…

Q: How soon do you expect to return to competitive tennis?

Nadal: I wouldn’t know. That’s something I will know when my knee is completely without pain. When I start to practice and I am … at long periods of time outside of the tennis court without competitions. I can imagine that when I come back on the tennis court, I will make period of time at practice to start slow and to improve and do more and more everyday … It could take 3 weeks, it could take one month and a half, I don’t know. Today what I think is continue with the treatment, continue with the…and when I don’t feel nothing, I’m hoping that will happen soon, I will come back on the tennis court…I will have a period of time to…and ready to compete.

Q: You’re seven and three against Del Potro, I know it’s an exhibition, but does the competitive nature in you really wants to win this or is just more for the fans?

Nadal: Well, whenever you are in an exhibition you want to do the right show for the fans. You want the fans to have the best time possible watching the match, but sure I want to win … I think everyone will try their best. At the end of the day to play an exhibition match you want to have the best show for the fans … I will do my best possible to have the fans enjoy the match.

Q: Did you watch any of the U.S. Open at all, and how hard was it not to be there considering it’s the first one you’ve missed since you played your first one back in 2003?

Nadal: I watched a few matches. Sure, it was tough to take a position like them playing in one of the most important tournaments of the year to know I played in the finals the last three years it’s something bad … It’s hard…I had success the first part of the season … I have to work hard every day to be back as soon as possible on the tennis court and back to competition …

Q: Novak said after Andy Murray won the US Open that tennis would be more interesting in 2013 because now you have four guys who won majors. Do you agree with that and how much more interesting can it get with all four of you having won a major?

Nadal: I really don’t see a big difference. Even if Andy doesn’t win a Grand Slam before this US Open Andy was ready to win a Grand Slam … The level was no difference. Now that he won a Grand Slam that is not going to change my thoughts…when I go on a tennis court with Andy Murray … hopefully I will have the feeling that I can win. Even he doesn’t win the Grand Slam I think he is a fantastic player and his chances to win Grand Slams … are always high. He is a fantastic tennis player.

Q: To clarify – you’re not hitting on a tennis court but you hope to hit soon? And do you expect to play in London or Davis Cup or is that now impossible?

Nadal: Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes. Let’s go day-by-day. After missing the Olympics and after missing the US Open I don’t want to make goals to play a tournament. I want to go day-by-day in the gym and in the swimming pool … to continue with my recovery. I’m trying not to think that far and take it day-by-day … after not going to the Olympics and after not going to the US Open that was two important goals for me … I wish today the situation was different, but I’m going to go day-by-day …

Q: You’ve had a long time now since you’ve been resting your knee to think about this. Is there any chance because your knees have been a problem for quite some time that you will make a serious adjustment or change in your schedule for when you come back?

Nadal: My feeling is that the hard court is probably the most … frustrating to play for my knee and for my ankles. Today the hard court is probably one of the most important surfaces on the tennis tour. I really do not have too many chances to change my schedule. If I want to keep having chances to be in the top position in the rankings I really have to follow the ATP Tour schedule. I can make a few adjustments, but not much …

Q: Have you spoken to other athletes who have had the same injury and talk to them about how they felt after they came back or the time table?

Nadal: I have the right people I think and they are really confident about my recovery. There is no information on the different athletes … my recovery has been very satisfactory …

Q: Spain has drawn Canada in February on the vote. Does Canada have any chance at all against the powerful Spain under those circumstances?

Nadal: I’m sure. Yes, Spain has a great team….it’s going to be a difficult confrontation for the Spain team …

Interview by TennisPanorama

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nole to play Guga in Brazil exhibition

Nole to play Guga in Brazil exhibition

It looks like South America will be very busy at the end of the tennis seasson... First it was Roger Federer who announced an Exhibition tour that inclused Colombia, Brzil and Argentina, now it was Novak Djokovic who will be playing an exhibition match against Gustavo Kuerten in Brazil next November.

Nole will play Guga to help inaugurate a tennis court in Rocinha shantytown, one of Latin America's largest slums.

Djokovic will also play a football friendly before a Brazilian league match. He will join Serbian countryman Dejan Petkovic.

Kuerten is also expected to play Roger Federer in an exhibition in December.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Murray upset by Tipsarevic at tennis exhibition before Wimbledon

Murray upset by Tipsarevic at tennis exhibition before Wimbledon

Andy Murray was beaten by Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 10-7 at The Boodles event at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

Even he had poor results on grass in 2012 the Scott was just happy to get more time on court and didn´t take too bad his loss.

"It's always good to get matches in before a big event, especially against a top 10 player so it was a good test," Murray said.

"I was moving much better than I was a week ago at Queen's, I wasn't slipping around as much which will be important for Wimbledon.

"I'm hitting the ball very well and practice has been very good over the last few days.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nole to play Brazil tennis exhibition

Nole to play Brazil tennis exhibition

During a press conference at Roland Garros after his quarterfinal win, Novak Djokovic confirmed he will be playing a tennis exhibition in Brazil this year.

The world number 1 will be in Brazil four days and the exhibition will be on November 15th.

"It has been confirmed that you are going to do an exhibition match in Brazil in November. Are you excited about it? Have you ever come to Brazil?"

Djokovic answered politely: "Well, yes, now that ...it's confirmed... it's the first time I can talk about it... I'm really excited because I have never been in Brazil.

I heard all the best things about your country. Of course, Guga is the biggest tennis legend there. I would like to play with him. It’s still not decided. Even if I play with Thomaz will be great.

Just the experience of being in Brazil makes me very happy."




Monday, May 7, 2012

Photos: Rafa presented Alma Nadal Tennis Exhibition at the Santiago Bernabeu

Photos: Rafa presented Alma Nadal Tennis Exhibition at the Santiago Bernabeu

Rafael Nadal along with Real Madrid players Xabi Alonso, Esteban Granero and striker Alvaro Morata Castilla attended the presentation of Alma Nadal to support the tennis player and the Realmadrid Fundacion in a charitable cause that will face Rafa with the current a number of the world.

The tennis exhibition will be played on July 14th at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium... Check out some pictures of Rafa during the presentation that took place at the Royal Box of the football stadium... Rafa also was with Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photos: Agassi vs Courier at Caracas “Stars of Tennis” Exhibition

Photos: Agassi vs Courier at Caracas “Stars of Tennis” Exhibition

Check out some tennis photos of Andre Agassi and Jim Courier during an exhibition match called “Stars of Tennis” in Caracas... Agassi defeated Courier 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nadal to play Djokovic at Real's Bernabeu stadium exhibition

Nadal to play Djokovic at Real's Bernabeu stadium exhibition

Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will try to set a record attendance for a tennis match when they face off at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium in July.

"The objective of this exhibition match is to set a spectator record for a game of tennis, exceeding 80,000," the nine-times European champions said on their website.

The charity event, to be played on July 14, is being organized by the Realmadrid Foundation and the Rafa Nadal Foundation, with the proceeds going to projects developed by both around the world.

Nadal is a well-known Real fan while Djokovic has been a guest of honor at the club's facilities, and once wore a Real shirt when he walked out for a tennis match at the Madrid Masters.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Confirmed: Federer vs Del Potro in Argentina in December

Confirmed: Federer vs Del Potro in Argentina in December

A few days ago we announced that Roger Federer was planning to come to Argentina to play a tennis exhibition with Juan Martin del Potro... Well today this amazing news was comfirmed for the happiness of all tennis fans here in Argentina!

Guillermo Marin signed the contract today with the former world number 1 in Miamiand the date will be December 12th 2012!

It was announced also that Federer will give a tennis clinic to young kids the day before of the match.

Today Federer also commented that he will play in Brazil.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Federer to play exhibition with Del Potro in Argentina

Federer to play exhibition with Del Potro in Argentina

Roger Federer's manager, Tony Godsick, recognized some time ago that the Swiss would dispute this December a handful of exhibitions in Latin America and Argentina could be one of his stops.

This possibility has gained momentum and enthusiasm will increase from next week, as the businessman Guillermo Marin and former player Jose Luis Clerc will travel to Miami, where Roger will play the Sony Ericsson Open, to try to sign the contract with the former number 1 (the meeting will be Thursday).

Marin was head of the organization of the exhibition between Sampras and Agassi, a year ago, in Tigre.

In December, Federer´s rival will be Juan Martin Del Potro and could be held also in Tigre, but on a larger stage.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Video: BNP Paribas Showdown 2012 - Roddick v Federer Highlights

Video: BNP Paribas Showdown 2012 - Roddick v Federer Highlights

Watch highlights of Andy Roddick's 7-5 7-6(7) win over Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Federer loses to Roddick at the BNP Paribas Showdown in NYC

Federer loses to Roddick at the BNP Paribas Showdown in NYC

Andy Roddick stunned Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6(7) at the BNP Paribas Showdown exhibition at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The American saved two set points in the second-set tie-break before sealing the win.

In his post-match interview, Roddick made fun of his 2-21 career record against Federer. “I’m obviously in Roger’s head,” he joked. “He had no idea how to play me and I capitalized on that… The whole night felt surreal. I could feel Jeremy Lin wanted me to win tonight. I felt his energy in the building.”

Federer said: “I loved my time [at Madison Square Garden] with [Pete] and to do it here with Andy, one of my greatest rivals, was great. We’ve had some great battles in great stadiums, and this is one of them.”