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Cuevas Looks Ahead To Hamburg 2017

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Pablo Cuevas, last year's finalist, talks about his comeback form injury and looks ahead to the German Tennis Championships 2017. Watch live matches at TennisTV.com.

Atlanta 2017

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Isner Beats Ebden Newport 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights as John Isner wins his third Newport crown with victory over Matthew Ebden in the final. Photo: Ben Solomon

Ferrer Beats Dolgopolov Bastad 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights of David Ferrer's win over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad. Photo: SkiStar Swedish Open / Linda Carlsson

Preview: Follow US Open Series Action

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The ATP World Tour will heat up on the North American hard courts in the coming weeks, with the US Open Series set to get underway at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Now in its 14th season, the US Open Series links four North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. After hitting the courts in Atlanta, players move to a pair of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, followed by the Winston-Salem Open.

Jack Sock is the top seed this week in Atlanta, with three-time champion John Isner looking to return to the winners' circle at Atlantic Station after a final defeat to Nick Kyrgios last year. Also in action are a slew of #NextGenATP stars - Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Ernesto Escobedo, Reilly Opelka, Jared Donaldson and Hyeon Chung.

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Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in Canada, with Marin Cilic returning to Cincinnati, the site of his first Masters 1000 victory. In Winston-Salem, Pablo Carreno Busta won an all-Spanish final over Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic continues his quest to complete the career Golden Masters in Cincinnati, with Federer eyeing an unprecedented eighth title.

Follow the US Open Series at usopenseries.com and join the conversation with the hashtag #USOpenSeries.

The Handshake At The Net Uncovered

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Stars of the ATP World Tour reveal what they say to each other at the traditional handshake at the end of the match, and which player they treasure shaking hands with the most on ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot.

Peter Doohan: 1961-2017

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Peter Doohan, who recorded arguably the biggest upset in Open Era history over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away on Friday aged 56 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Tennis Australia issued a statement, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Peter was unbeaten in Davis Cup representation. He won the South Australian Open singles title and reached No. 15 in doubles, winning five titles during his distinguished career.”

Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, "Peter Doohan was taken too early. He commanded the respect of everyone, on and off the court, and his passing is a sad loss to the tennis world. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

The tennis world first learned of Doohan’s condition only nine weeks ago, when the Australian was told he had a particularly aggressive form of the disease.

The wiry serve-volleyer, who was staying in an ‎£11-per-night hostel and travelled to Wimbledon by bus, beat World No. 1 and two-time defending champion Becker 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round on 26 June 1987. It was the earliest defeat by a Wimbledon defending champion since 1967. "I kept telling myself he is not a [Ivan] Lendl or a [Henri] Leconte," Becker said after the match. "He can't keep volleying like this. He'll crack just once, and then it will be easy." Becker had beaten Doohan 6-2, 6-4 in The Queen’s Club first round two weeks earlier.

Dubbed ‘The Becker Wrecker’, upon his return to Locker Room 2 at the All England Club, Doohan received a standing ovation and was later given a civic reception in his hometown of Newcastle, in New South Wales, after reaching the Last 16 (l. to Zivojinovic).

RIP mate! You were the better player ...#PeterDoohan pic.twitter.com/97I3wKF7Uo

Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017

Doohan would later joke with Davis Cup team mate Pat Cash, the eventual 1987 Wimbledon champion, “I’ll have to remind him to send me the royalty cheque in the mail.”

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Nicknamed "The Bear", 6’3” Doohan won one singles title at 1984 Adelaide and reached a career-high No. 43 on 3 August 1987, having started the year at No. 301 in the Emirates ATP Rankings due to tendinitis in his right shoulder the previous season. The right-hander also picked up five doubles trophies, reaching a career-high No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. He reached the 1987 Australian Open doubles final with Laurie Warder, but was most proud of his 3-0 record in Davis Cup ties for Australia, when he partnered Cash and Wally Masur in doubles rubbers.

"Peter did it the tough way on the tour," Cash told ATPWorldTour.com. "He wasn’t given any free rides as a junior, so he worked hard through US college where we all saw his talent bloom. His long rangy arms big serve and great touch were the envy of many of us. With his oversized Prince racquet, strung incredibly loose, the ball just shot off making him really tough to play. He soon became a very tough singles player and a great doubles player.

"He was the perfect guy to have in the Australian Davis Cup team with his friendly manor and good work ethic. Peter's happy energy light up the room, but I will remember him most of all because of his great sense of humour - that special laugh of his and that giant smile, which was never too far away."

Masur told ATPWorldTour.com, "Peter was a character, very individual and an independent thinker. He was, at the same time, a great teammate. As a competitor he fought as hard as anyone to play the game and was undefeated in the green and gold. Australian tennis is poorer for the loss.

"Peter and I played a lot of juniors together and represented Australia in the Galea Cup. We played the finals in Vichy and proceeded to rent a speedboat on our day off and crash and sink it in the river that runs through the town centre. There was more excitement after that little exercise than our [13-11 fifth set] Davis Cup doubles rubber win versus Mexico [in 1987]."

Former Australian player Brad Drewett, who was the ATP Executive Chairman and President until his passing in May 2013, and Angie Cunningham, the WTA's former Vice President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations, who passed away in October 2016, both succumbed to the disease.

Before turning professional, Doohan studied and played at the University of Arkansas where he won an NCAA doubles title in 1982 and made an All American. He returned after 20 years in the United States – working at clubs in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma – to live in Nelson Bay, Australia in 2009 and coached until June last year. He was a big rugby league fan of the Newcastle Knights.

Doohan, who was down to earth and a gentleman, is survived by his mother, Thelma, his sons, John and Hunter, who both live in Arkansas, United States, and his sisters Cathie and Margaret.

TRIBUTES

Former Australian doubles player David Macpherson: "He was a salt of the Earth Aussie. A fierce competitor and a great sportsman. He embodied being Australian."

My heartfelt condolences to the family of #PeterDoohan ! The tennis fraternity lost a great guy and wonderful player ! #tennisaustralia

Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017

Our tribute to Peter Doohan. #RIP #FightMND pic.twitter.com/F9wAN2Lov6

— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) July 22, 2017

Rublev Beats Lorenzi Umag 2017 Final Highlights

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Watch highlights as Andrey Rublev wins his maiden ATP World Tour crown with victory over Paolo Lorenzi in Umag. Photo: Merlo de Graia

Ferrer Back On The Rise, Mover Of Week

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No. 33 David Ferrer, +13
Former World No. 3 Ferrer kept his emotions in check to capture his third SkiStar Swedish Open title on Sunday, marking his first trophy since October 2015 at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. The Spaniard rose 13 places to No. 33 with his 27th tour-level crown. He is fifth in the active title-leaders list, behind only the ‘Big Four’. Read Report

No. 49 Andrey Rublev, +25
#NextGenATP Rublev soared 25 spots to break into the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings as a result of securing his first ATP World Tour title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag (d. Lorenzi). Read Report

The 19 year old also moved up to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan for a spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals in November. More & Buy Tickets

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No. 67 Alexandr Dolgopolov, +22
Dolgopolov saved two match points in his 7-6(2) deciding set quarter-final win over #NextGenATP Karen Khachanov en route to the SkiStar Swedish Open final, where he lost to Ferrer. The Ukrainian was rewarded for a place in his eighth ATP World Tour final (3-5 record) with a 22-place rise to No. 67. It's his highest position since 20 March 2017.

No. 71 Andrey Kuznetsov, +17
The Russian reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (also the Sydney International and Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open) in Bastad (l. to Dolgopolov) to move up 17 places to his highest ranking since 10 April 2017.

No. 84 Alessandro Giannessi, +20
The Italian, who first broke into the Top 100 at No. 99 on 19 June 2017, advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Umag (l. to Lorenzi), where he contested four straight three-set matches. The 27 year old jumped to a career-high of No. 84 with a 20 place rise.

Other Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 91 Laslo Djere, +15
No. 95 Henri Laaksonen, +5

Zverev Forehand Wins Q2 NextGenATP Shining Shot

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Fans have voted Alexander Zverev’s game-changing forehand down the line winner in his Halle semi-final clash with Richard Gasquet as their favourite hot shot in the second quarter #NextGenATP Shining Shot poll.

On a must win point at 2-3, 30/30 in the deciding set of the contest, Zverev hooked a forehand winner down the line and into the corner, hit from well behind the baseline. He would go on to win the match and finish runner-up to Roger Federer in the final of the Gerry Weber Open.

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Zverev’s shot won with 45 per cent of the vote over a five-day period. A close second was Mikael Ymer’s ‘tweener lob winner, hit at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Bastad, with 41 per cent of the vote.

Tommy Paul, Akira Santillan and Frances Tiafoe rounded out the second quarter hot shot selection, with seven per cent, four per cent and two per cent of the vote respectively.

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First Time Winner Spotlight: Andrey Rublev

ATP news - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:26pm

Andrey Rublev captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. The Russian is the fourth #NextGenATP player to win an ATP World Tour title, joining Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric. The 19 year old is now up to third in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan and cracked the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Afterwards, Rublev spoke to ATPWorldTour.com:

How does it feel to be holding your first ATP World Tour singles trophy at the age of 19?
Of course, it’s amazing. I have no words to explain it. Especially after this tough week and all the feelings that I have been going through. Now, I’m here and it’s amazing. But now, it’s already passed and in two days I have a new match and I have to be ready 100 per cent.

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Was this a goal of yours as a junior, to win an ATP title? How did you envision this?
Of course when I was a kid, I wanted to win Grand Slams, ATP tournaments, all the tournaments that I was watching on the TV. I was watching, and I was dreaming that one day I’m going to also win these tournaments; I’m going to play all these matches. And now I’ve won my first ATP title and it’s amazing. Now it’s time to work, and to try to do it again.

What was your approach going into your first final, how did you prepare for your match?
This week I was trying to do everything the same, always sitting in the car in the front, I didn’t let anybody sit in the front, only me. My coach was wearing the same t-shirt, my t-shirt, for the past three days. During the day, I would always go back to my hotel room. So yeah, all these little things I was trying to do the same. The last three days were really tough mentally. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t talk normally. There was so much stress, it was really tough. I’m really happy that it’s over and I won the tournament.

You replaced Borna in the draw as a lucky loser, are you going to call him or text him?
I already said to him many times “thank you”, but it’s also tough because in one way I’m really happy that I’m in the draw, but in another way I really feel bad for him because he’s a great player and he also had a really good chance to win this tournament. He had that injury, and I really feel sad for him because I know how sometimes it’s tough to make these decisions. I just really hope that he can come back as soon as possible, and to win another tournament.

Talk about your 2017 season and the success you’re having.
I don’t really think about these things. I’m just trying to do my job, trying to give my best every day. Trying to be more stable, trying to improve the things that I need to work on. These are the things I’m most focused on. I’m not trying to think about if I am having a good season or a bad season, because as you can see with this week for example: I lost in the qualies, which should have been bad for me. And now I’ve won this tournament and everything is perfect. It’s not really good to think about if it’s a good season or a bad season, because everything can change so fast. You can win one day, and lose the next day. You can lose and you can win. The main thing for me is to do my best every day.

What are your goals for the rest of the season?
I have no goals. I just want to do my best, to improve on the things I need to improve on, and that’s it. We’ll see what happens.

What do you feel like you have improved on this season?
Firstly we were really working hard on my physique, to allow me to play much longer at the same level and at the same intensity. I think I’ve improved a little physically, and now I can play a little bit longer. But still there is a long way to go. Before, I used to play without sense and just hit the ball. Now I’ve started to understand, more or less where you have to play, where are the better positions. Those things are really important in tennis.

Talk about the success of the NextGenATP Russians this season.
It’s something amazing. I’ve known Medvedev since we were maybe six or seven years old, Karen maybe since I was eight or nine years old. We were always playing the same tournaments and on the same team. They were a little bit older than me, in the juniors in Russia they were always a little higher ranked than me, and I always was the third one on the team. So we were always together, and it’s amazing. And now all three of us are in the Top 50 and we’ll see how things will turn out.

Who are the players you looked up to and admired growing up?
There were three players that I really liked. I really like Federer of course, everybody likes him. When I was a kid I was a big fan of Safin. And then I saw Rafa [Nadal] play for the first time, I started to copy him. I was buying the same clothes. I was 11 and my t-shirt was double my size! I was wearing the sleeveless t-shirts and the long pants and I had the whole collection of his clothes.

Who has helped you throughout your career and helped you to get where you are today?
Of course my family, they always were the ones supporting me, giving everything they have to me. I was like the special one. And of course now the team that I have in Barcelona, they are working really hard with me there. They are doing more than their best, always pushing me. Fernando [Vicente] and Galo [Blanco] are like opposites: Galo is like the bad cop and Fernando is the good cop. With Fernando it’s always easier to find a deal, with Galo it is not!

#NextGenATP Shapovalov Claims Second Challenger Title

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A LOOK BACK
Challenger Banque Nationale de Gatineau (Gatineau, Canada): Surging #NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov lifted his second ATP Challenger Tour trophy on home soil in Gatineau, defeating countryman Peter Polansky 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. It marked just the third all-Canadian final in Challenger history and the first since 1999.

"Peter has so much experience under his belt and so many matches, so I knew it was going to be incredibly tough." said Shapovalov. "I tried to stay focused throughout the second and third sets. It was a couple points in the end that made the difference."

Having claimed his maiden crown in Drummondville in March, Shapovalov is the second teenager to win multiple titles this year, joining Frances Tiafoe. It has been another strong year for the #NextGenATP contingent on the Challenger circuit, with the 18 year old's title marking the 10th for the group. Shapovalov soars 31 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a career-high No. 130 and is up to No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.

"Winning two titles in Canada is huge and it shows how important the home tournaments are and how much they help. Every match is a battle at this level and it was a really long week. I'm happy to come out with one more win and I'll look ahead to next week."

The Hague Open (Scheveningen, Netherlands): Sixth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez turned back the clock on the clay of Scheveningen, claiming his second tournament title and first in 11 years. It was a vintage week for the 34-year-old Spaniard, who battled to a trio of three-set wins, including a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory over Ruben Bemelmans in the final.

Also the 2006 champion in Scheveningen, Garcia-Lopez notched his first professional title in two years, when he prevailed at the former ATP World Tour event in Bucharest in 2015. With his sights set on a Top 100 return, the former World No. 23 rises 32 spots to No. 131 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

.@GuillermoGLopez continued his quest to return to the Top 100 with his second

Rugby league player sues for $1.4m over alleged high tackle

ABC Sport - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 5:07pm

A Queensland Country rugby league player who suffered a brain injury in a tackle sues an opposing player and club for $1.4 million.

Giants' Greene handed two-match AFL ban for jumper punch

ABC Sport - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:55pm

Toby Greene's use of a jumper punch has cost the Greater Western Sydney forward a two-match suspension, as the Giants fight to stay in the top four with five rounds remaining until the finals.

Behind The Scenes At The Hague Open With Robin Haase

ATP news - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:31pm
Take a tour of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Scheveningen with 2016 champion and local resident Robin Haase. Video courtesy of The Hague Open.

Berrettini Fires Back To Back Hot Shots At San Benedetto Challenger 2017

ATP news - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:31pm
Next Gen ATP Finals contender Matteo Berrettini claims Hot Shot honours en route to the title at the San Benedetto Challenger.

Shapovalov Wins Second Challenger Title In Gatineau

ATP news - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:30pm
Watch highlights as NextGenATP star Denis Shapovalov claims his second ATP Challenger Tour title of the year, overcoming countryman Peter Polansky on home soil in Gatineau.

Apple launches app development curriculum for high school and community college students

Apple News - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:02pm
New full-year program available for free from Apple’s iBooks Store for community college and high school students.

iMac receives major update featuring more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3 and brighter displays

Apple News - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:02pm
Apple adds more powerful graphics, faster processors and brighter Retina display to iMac, and also upgrades processors for MacBook and MacBook Pro.

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December

Apple News - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 4:02pm
Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows.