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City Of Love Stakhovsky Recounts Greatest Victory Roland Garros 2017

ATP news - Tue, 30/05/2017 - 12:08am
Known as the city of love, Sergiy Stakhovsky recalls the greatest victory of his career in Paris.

Tsonga Closes In On Return To Top 10

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Fatherhood appears to suit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. More than two months on since the birth of his son, Shugar (18 March), the Frenchman has captured his third ATP World Tour crown of the year, the most since 2009 (3).

The 32-year-old Tsonga rose two spots today to No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after beating Tomas Berdych in the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon final. His victory, marking his first clay-court crown, added to title runs in February at the Open 13 in Marseille and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Tsonga, who was last in the Top 10 in the week of 17 April, first placed among the elite competitors on 3 November 2008. The former World No. 5 will be hoping to soon add to his 256 total weeks in the Top 10.

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While World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka did not experience a rise in the Emirates ATP Rankings as a result of retaining his title at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, the player he beat in the final, Mischa Zverev, jumped two spots to No. 31. It is one place shy of the German’s career-high No. 30 (27 February 2017).

Former World No. 10 Kevin Anderson continues his rise after a number of injury woes. The amiable South African advanced to the Geneva quarter-finals and moved up six places to No. 56. Another player who has been sidelined, Serbia’s former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, is now up to No. 58 after a two-spot jump.

Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final (or better) of 2017 in Lyon, where he lost to eventual titlist Tsonga. He surged up eight positions to No. 63, 10 places off his career-high of No. 53 (20 February 2017). He already has a career-best 16 match wins this season.

Andrey Kuznetsov advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since the Apia International Sydney in January and was rewarded with a 12-place rise to No. 73 after a strong week in Geneva (l. to Wawrinka).

Argentinean Nicolas Kicker surged up seven spots to a career-high No. 87 after qualifying for the Lyon main draw and beating No. 19-ranked Nick Kyrgios en route to reaching the quarter-finals (l. to Basilashvili).

Cilic Confident Ahead Of Roland Garros 2017

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Marin Cilic believes he is playing the best clay-court tennis of his career coming into 2017 Roland Garros.

'Not my style': Blues captain refuses to sledge Maroons

ABC Sport - 6 hours 20 min ago

New South Wales Blues captain Boyd Cordner apologises for not showing more hatred towards Queensland in the lead up to Wednesday's State of Origin clash.

The sporting week in 10 questions

ABC Sport - 6 hours 43 min ago

Have you been paying attention to the world of sport over the past week? Show us what you know and take a shot at our weekly quiz.

NRL players not given the share of revenue they deserve: Cam Smith

ABC Sport - 8 hours 5 min ago

Two days from the first 2017 Origin game, Queensland's captain Cameron Smith takes a savage swipe at the NRL's handling of the collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the code, clubs and the players association.

Canberra man pleads guilty to selling drugs to Kiwis captain Jesse Bromwich

ABC Sport - 9 hours 32 min ago

A Canberra man pleads guilty to selling drugs to two high-profile rugby league players after the Anzac Test earlier this month.

Roland Garros 2017

ATP news - 9 hours 34 min ago

Kontinen/Peers Lead Loaded Roland Garros Doubles Draw

ATP news - 10 hours 32 min ago

Top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers lead a strong doubles field on the clay of Roland Garros. The Australian Open champions tasted victory the last time they were in Paris, lifting the Tennis Paris Masters trophy in November, and will look to continue their winning ways on French soil.

The Finnish-Aussie duo open against Spanish pair David Marrero and Tommy Robredo and will face stiff competition to lift the trophy. Defending champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez also reside in their quarter of the draw, while fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo and seventh seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers also loom large in their half.

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Kubot and Melo enter on the heels of claiming their second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the season on the clay of Madrid. The No. 1 team in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, they open against Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy.

Second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut and third seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan lead the charge in the bottom half of the draw. Herbert and Mahut are looking to become the second French duo to lift the Coupe Jacques Brugnon in the past four years (Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin in 2014). They are riding a wave of momentum after prevailing in Rome a week ago. 

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Mooy's Premier League dream could become reality after 'crazy' season

ABC Sport - 11 hours 37 sec ago

Aaron Mooy says his debut season in English football has been "crazy", but Huddersfield's player of the season has one job left — get to the Premier League.

Football legend Francesco Totti's emotional farewell after 25 years at Roma

ABC Sport - 12 hours 4 min ago

After 25 years and 786 games, Roma legend Francesco Totti bows out from professional football with a special and tearful farewell to his adoring fans.

Kiwi Dixon prangs spectacularly in Indy 500 as Alonso falls tantalisingly short

ABC Sport - 12 hours 4 min ago

Japanese driver Takuma Sato wins the Indianapolis 500 after F1 driver Fernando Alonso lead for 27 laps of the race, with Scott Dixon suffering a terrible crash.

Pouille Takes Battle of Frenchmen In Paris

ATP news - 12 hours 26 min ago

In a battle of Frenchmen, Lucas Pouille again got the better of Julien Benneteau, coming back from two-sets-to-one down to win 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 21 minutes on Sunday at Roland Garros.

“I knew he was going to put a lot of pressure on me. I knew he was going to try and play short balls because he didn't want to play a long match of long balls, because physically he was not ready for that. I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Pouille said.

The 23-year-old Pouille had also beaten his compatriot last year to start their home Grand Slam tournament, but, during their match on Sunday, the 35-year-old Benneteau converted his lone break point in the third set to gain a two-sets-to-one lead.

Pouille, however, climbed back into the first-round contest, hitting 23 winners and breaking Benneteau three times in the final two sets to advance. A total of 19 Frenchmen started in the main draw, the most since 2014, when there also were 19.

“I'm disappointed, obviously, but at the same time I'm quite proud because I did as much as I can,” said Benneteau, who was playing in his 15th Roland Garros. “In a match like that, so many things can happen. It's five sets. Especially on clay, so much can happen.”

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The 16th-seeded Pouille will meet Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in the second round. The Brazilian beat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Pouille has reached the second round in Paris three times, but never farther.

“I know him well. We practised together. We trained. He's a good left-handed player. He hits hard. He has a lot of spin on his ball,” Pouille said. “I know it's going to be a tough one. I know I will have to be very present on the court, and I will have to play better than today, hit harder, with more intensity. I will try to do so from the very beginning of the match.” 

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas ran away with his first-round match, dismissing Romanian Marius Copil 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in just over three hours. The 19th-seeded Ramos-Vinolas, who reached the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final (l. to Nadal) last month, hit 35 winners and benefitted from 68 unforced errors from the 26-year-old Copil.

The Spaniard will meet 20-year-old Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, who won his tour-level debut when #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev retired because of cramps down 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 3-1.

“I will remember that match all my life. Everything goes so fast. Three weeks ago I wouldn't have imagined to be in the main draw. So it will be engraved in my memory, of course,” said Bonzi, who received a wild card into the main draw.

In other action, American Tennys Sandgren fell in his Grand Slam debut 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against Kazhakstan veteran Mikahil Kukushkin. Dutchman Robin Haase won 10/11 points at the net to prevail against #NextGenATP Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. The 18-year-old de Minaur won his first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Go inside the tournament at RolandGarros.com.

Richard Hinds: Cyclone Origin, AFL's Indigenous pride and Stosur's great hope

ABC Tennis news - 12 hours 38 min ago

What damage has Origin already done to the NRL premiership race? How good were the AFL's Indigenous stars this weekend? And can Sam Stosur win the French Open? Richard Hinds has answers.

Richard Hinds: Cyclone Origin, AFL's Indigenous pride and Stosur's great hope

ABC Sport - 12 hours 38 min ago

What damage has Origin already done to the NRL premiership race? How good were the AFL's Indigenous stars this weekend? And can Sam Stosur win the French Open? Richard Hinds has answers.

'I had no chance': Tomic belted in French Open first round

ABC Tennis news - 14 hours 34 min ago

Bernard Tomic lasts little over an hour in his French Open first round match against Dominic Thiem, saying he had "no chance" against the rising Austrian star.

'I had no chance': Tomic belted in French Open first round

ABC Sport - 14 hours 34 min ago

Bernard Tomic lasts little over an hour in his French Open first round match against Dominic Thiem, saying he had "no chance" against the rising Austrian star.

Ricciardo takes third in Monaco after Red Bull call sees him leapfrog Verstappen

ABC Sport - 14 hours 58 min ago

Despite a qualifying disaster, Daniel Ricciardo's comeback to finish third at the Monaco GP puts a smile on the popular Aussie's face again.

Harrison And His Wife Talk Career Resurgence And Wedding

ATP news - 15 hours 26 min ago
Ryan Harrison and his wife, Lauren, talk about how the American has revitalised his career in the past year to reach a career-high World No. 42, as well as reminiscing about their recent wedding.

#NextGenATP Donaldson: Full-Time ATP Player, Part-Time Landlord

ATP news - 15 hours 46 min ago
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American Jared Donaldson takes his career seriously. He reads books about how he can get better. He consults with experts about the latest trends. He doesn't send others to do his work, either – Donaldson is a hands-on learner.

When you think about all the work he puts into his career, it's incredible that the #NextGenATP American also makes time to practise tennis.

Donaldson, 20, is only at the beginning of his ATP World Tour career. He turned professional three years ago. He's one of the game's top 21-and-under players and is in seventh place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight players who will compete at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The eighth player will be chosen by wild card.

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But Donaldson, who benefitted from a flexible home-schooled environment as a kid, has already started on his post-tennis career. The right-hander, along with a business partner and Jared's father, who owned a construction business for two decades, run D&D Realty, a real-estate company that manages student rental properties.

During the past eight years, they've bought 12 fixer uppers in Providence, Rhode Island, where Donaldson grew up. They've had the homes completely gutted and refurbished – new exterior, kitchen, appliances – and they've transformed city blocks and neighbourhoods in the process.

“Seeing the transformation... is really eye-opening,” Donaldson told ATPWorldTour.com. “It's awesome for not only the community but also for someone who has a vested interest in seeing that grow and get better.”

A myriad of ATP World Tour players have invested in businesses or started planning their post-tennis lives while playing on tour. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has his restaurants in Belgrade and Monte-Carlo. Andy Murray owns a £2 million luxury hotel near his home town of Dunblane and has invested in British tech companies.

But Donaldson's entrepreneurial efforts remain unusual for just how early in his career he's started thinking about life after tennis. Djokovic, Murray and others have made business deals once they've made millions and won multiple “Big Titles”.

Donaldson is still seeking his first ATP World Tour crown. He hit a new career high of No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 15 May and totals about $800,000 in career earnings. But don't worry – he's still focused on his day job.

“Talking to people about my tennis game, too, is just as important,” Donaldson said. “Life is all about learning and figuring out what's good for you, and it's the same thing with tennis.”

Truth be told, the #NextGenATP American has been pursuing a variety of interests for most of his life. Jared's father, Courtney Donaldson, remembers when Jared was about 11 years old and wanted to learn more about investing.

So Courtney, who had run G. Donaldson Construction, the company his father, George Donaldson, started, opened a Scottrade account for Jared and placed $3,000 in it.

Jared Donaldson invested conservatively and grew his account to more than $12,000. Then Donaldson did what you could compare in tennis to a tweener approach volley: Great if it works, but if it doesn't, what were you thinking?

He abandoned his buy-and-hold strategy, dove into riskier modes of trading – i.e. derivatives, gold – and saw his account drop to $3,000, his father remembers. “He learned the risky side of investing,” said Courtney Donaldson, who swears he never touched the account.

Jared Donaldson, for the record, agrees that he made about $12,000 on paper but said his losses weren't as drastic as his father tells. “I think I ended up with $10,000,” he said.

Either way, his entrepreneurial spirit had been cultivated, and Jared Donaldson was eager to keep learning. Around the same time, he asked to tour what would become his first investment property.

Donaldson, who was in seventh grade at the time, was home-schooled so he could have a flexible schedule to work on tennis and travel to tournaments. The schedule also let him spend less time in the classroom and more time in the real world.

One day, Donaldson talked about checking out some real estate. So he and his mother met with a real-estate agent and toured four foreclosed properties in Providence. Donaldson had never seen anything like what he saw in those homes that day.

The previous landlord had run into financial trouble and had been unable to maintain the houses. The tenants had revolted. Donaldson gaped at walls covered with paint balls, the handiwork of about 15 disgruntled former tenants and college students.

“The students complained and then finally it got to a boiling point... It was unfortunate for him,” Donaldson said. “We bought them probably three to four months after that.”

The timing was nearly perfect – 2009, 2010 – the height of the Great Recession that saw foreclosure rates climb and home prices fall across the U.S. Working with contractors, the Donaldsons gutted the homes and changed the look and feel of Pembroke and Oakland Avenues. They also turned their son into a budding entrepreneur.

“It really opened my eyes to just the beautiful nature of the private sector. Because if you went down that street in 2009, 2010... the street wasn't all that appealing,” Donaldson said. “But then you had investors come... and the street and the houses look 110 per cent better.

“That just shows the innovation of the private sector. If you give incentive for people to make it look nice and to build it up, that's a winning formula for the neighbourhood.”

Donaldson, despite his full ATP World Tour schedule, is still involved with D&D Realty. (He keeps the ledger.) But, like a good future CEO, he acknowledges that others – his dad and their business partner, Gus DelFarno – do most of the work.

“[Gus] is there every day, making sure that everything's up and running for D&D Realty, so without him, it wouldn't be able to survive,” Jared Donaldson said.

Besides, the timing could be just right for Donaldon's other career – his tennis game – to flourish. His performance on the game's biggest stages has never been better.

Earlier this year, in Miami, he reached the fourth round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. Last September, at the US Open, Donaldson advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time as well, upsetting then-No. 14 David Goffin for his maiden Top 20 win.

Donaldson also has fresh eyes overlooking his progress. After a three-year partnership with the big-serving former American pro Taylor Dent, Donaldson has started working with three-time ATP World Tour titlist Jan-Michael Gambill and former World No. 7 Mardy Fish.

It's a team any tennis player, tennis fan – or business man – could approve.

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