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Abierto Monterrey Afirme Preview

Event Name:   Abierto Monterrey Afirme
Where: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Dates: March 2-8
Surface: Hard
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Ana Ivanovic
Runner-up:      Jovana Jaksic

Last season former world number one, Ana Ivanovic, was able to defeat Jovana Jaksic to record her second victory in 2014. It was the thirteenth career victory for the Serbian. Both of last year’s finalists will return to the field in 2015.

Notable players in the field:

Ana Ivanovic Eugenie Bouchard
Sara Errani Jelena Jankovic
Caroline Garcia Irina- Camelia Begu
Timea Bacsinszky Roberta Vinci
Anastasia Paulyuchenkova Sloane Stephens
Alison Riske Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova Monica Puig
Vera Zvonareva Francesca Schiavone
Christina Mchale Karin Knapp
Lauren Davis Yaroslava Shvedova

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Nishikori looks for three straight in Memphis (Preview)

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Event Name:   Memphis Open
Where: Memphis, USA
Dates: 2/7 – 2/15
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Kei Nishikori
Runner-up:      Ivo Karlovic

Kei Nishikori will be looking to win his third straight Memphis Open next week in Tennessee. He is coming off of a trip to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open. This year he may have to play the number one ranked male American, John Isner.

This tourney is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP Tour.

Notable players in the field: 

Kei Nishikori John Isner
Kevin Anderson Sam Querrey
Ivo Karlovic Alexandr Dolgopolov
Steve Johnson Benjamin Becker
Bernard Tomic Donald Young

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Berdych will look to repeat at ABN World Tennis Tournament (Preview)

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Event Name:   ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 2/9 – 2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Tomas Berdych
Runner-up:      Marin Cilic

Tomas Berdych will look to win his second ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in as many years. Last season he was able to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-2. This year a very tough field will join him. Four members of the top ten players will be playing in the Netherlands.

Notable players in the field:

Stan Wawrinka Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych Milos Raonic
Jo- Wilfred Tsonga Ernests Gulbis
Roberto Bautista Agut Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon David Goffin
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Jeremy Chardy Guillermo Garcia- Lopez
Jerzy Janowicz Andreas Seppi
Marin Cilic Grigor Dimitrov

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BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns (Preview)

Event Name:  BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games
Where: Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: 2/7-2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Justine Henin (2008)
Runner-up:  Karin Knapp

The BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns next week for the first time in seven seasons. Tennis legend and four-time major champion, Kim Clijsters is the tournament director. The last time this tournament was played Justine Henin won the final 6-3 6-3.

Notable players in the field:

Eugenie Bouchard Angelique Kerber
Dominika Cibulkova Andrea Petkovic
Lucie Safarova Carla Suarez Navarro
Alize Cornet Karolina Pliskova

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Open Sud de France Preview

Event Name:   Open Sud de France
Where: Montpellier, France
Dates: 2/2-2/8
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Gael Monfils
Runner-up:      Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils will look to retain his championship at the Open Sud de France next week in Montpellier, France. It was his second time winning the title as he defeated Ivan Ljubicic in 2010. It was his fifth win since turning professional.

There are three tournaments being played so players are spread out around the world.

Notable players in the field:

Gael Monfils Giles Simon
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Richard Gasquet Jerzy Janowicz

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Australian Open Preview

Event Name:   Australian Open
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 1/19-2/1
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: Both
Defending Champ: Stan Wawrinka & Li Na
Runner-up:      Rafael Nadal & Dominika Cibulkova

It feels as if the 2015 tennis season just started and players are already down under for the first major of the year. Many different storylines at play for this year’s tournament.

Women’s Side:

  • Is Serena poised for #19. Last season, in the first three major championships she did not make it into the quarterfinals. She is seeking her fifth championship.
  • If Maria Sharapova does go against Serena in the finals, can she figure out a way to beat her?
  • Can someone break through to get their first major title? Players like Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki.

Men’s Side:

  • Will Stan Wawrinka prove that last year was no fluke?
  • Does Roger have one more push left in him?
  • Can an American make it to the Round of 16? At this point they all seem hopeless.

Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the tournament. Click here for the story.


Seeded Players:

Seed Male Female
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray Aga Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic Caroline Wozniacki
9 David Ferrer Angelique Kerber
10 Grigor Dimitrov Ekaterina Makarova
11 Ernests Gulbis Dominika Cibulkova
12 Feliciano Lopez Flavia Pennetta
13 Roberto Bautista Agut Andrea Petkovic
14 Kevin Anderson Sara Errani
15 Tommy Robredo Jelena Jankovic
16 Fabio Fognini Lucie Safarova
17 Gael Monfils Carla Suarez Navarro
18 Giles Simon Venus Williams
19 John Isner Alize Cornet
20 David Goffin Sam Stosur
21 Alexandr Dolgopolov Shuai Peng
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Karolina Pliskova
23 Ivo Karlovic Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
24 Richard Gasquet Garbine Muguruza
25 Julien Benneteau Barbora Zahiaviva Strycova
26 Leonardo Mayer Elina Svitolina
27 Pablo Cuevas Svetlana Kuznetsova
28 Lukas Rosoi Sabine Lisicki
29 Jeremy Chardy Casey Deliacqua
30 Santiago Giraido Varvara Lepchenko
31 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas
32 Martin Klizan Belinda Bencic

For personal reasons, I want to see Serena and Federer win the titles. Who do you want to see take the title home? Comment below.


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Hobart International Preview

Event Name:   Hobart International
Where: Hobart, Australia
Dates: January 11-17, 2015
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Gabine Muguruza
Runner-up:      Klara Koukalova

The Hobart International will soon take place next week, as the annual tournament will host a few up and coming stars of tomorrow. Gabine Muguruza made an unexpected run last year en route to the capturing of the championship. Klara Koukalova lost the title match 6-4 6-0. Muguruza will not be back to defend her title.

Notable players in the field:

Sloane Stevens

Heather Watson

Daniela Hantuchova

Casey Dellacqua

Varvara Lepchenko

Klara Koukalova

Mona Barthel

Allison Riske

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

You may like to see the previews of the Heineken Open and Apia International Sydney.

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Apia International Sydney Preview

Event Name:   Apia International Sydney
Where: Sydney, Australia
Dates: 1/11- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP & WTA
Defending Champ: Juan Martin del Potro & Tsvetana Pironkova
Runner-up:      Bernard Tomic & Angelique Kerber

Both of the tours find their way to the 2015 Apia International Sydney where players will get their final opportunity to prepare for the 2015 Australian Open. Juan Martin del Potro will make his return to tennis after missing nearly a year with a left wrist injury. He went from being ranked 4th to being ranked 135. Del Potro will look to defend his title as he did defeat Bernard Tomic here last season.

The women’s side is star studded. Six of the top ten players will be get a chance to win the championship. Expect Halep, Kvitova, Aga Radwanska, and Wozniacki to make a deep run to set up for the Open.

Notable players in the field:

Men Women
Juan Martin del Potro Simona Halep
Bernard Tomic Petra Kvitova
Sam Querry Agnieszka Radwanska
Fabio Fognini Caroline Wozniacki
David Goffin Angelique Kerber
Philipp Kohlschreiber Sara Errani
Julien Benneteau Sabine Lisicki
Leonardo Mayer Dominika Cibulkova
Jeremy Chardy Ekaterina Makarova
Benjamin Becker Flavia Pennetta

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Heineken Open Preview

Event Name:   Heineken Open
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: 1/12- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP World Tour
Defending Champ: John Isner
Runner-up:      Yen-Hsun Lu

One of the next stops on the ATP Tour is in Auckland, New Zealand where the 2015 Heineken Open will be played. Last year, John Isner was able to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 7-6. Both of the guys will be in the field along with many others next week in the final tune up for the Australian Open. Look out for David Ferrer next week. He was won this event four times.

Notable players in the field:

David Ferrer

John Isner

Ernests Gulbis

Tommy Robredo

Gael Monfils

Roberto Bautista Agut

Kenny Anderson

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ASB Classic Preview

Event Name:   ‘ASB Classic
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: January 5-10, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Ana Ivanovic
Runner-up: Venus Williams

For some of the ladies on the WTA Tour the season will begin in New Zealand. A start studded field will try to get the season started off right as 11 of the top 50 players in the world will battle for the ‘ASB Classic title. Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams in the final last season 62 57 64 to get her first title since November of 2011. Ivanovic will not be in this year’s field, however. She has opted to go to the Brisbane International. Seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, Williams, will return to Auckland.

Notable players in the field:

Caroline Wozniacki

Sara Errani

Venus Williams

Barbora Zahalova Strycova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Sloane Stephens

Coco Vandeweghe

Mona Barthel

Kurumi Nara

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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2015 Brisbane International Preview

Event Name:   Brisbane International Presented by Suncorp
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Dates: January 4-11, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Lleyton Hewitt & Serena Williams
Runner-up:      Roger Federer & Victoria Azarenka

The 2015 tennis season begins next week at the Brisbane International. There are a couple of stout fields ready to show off their new talents before the Australian Open begins in a couple of weeks.

Lleyton Hewitt is ready to defend his title. He beat Roger Federer 61 46 63. It was one of his two titles that he picked up on the year. For Federer, however, it was actually the beginning to a great year. People had written off the seventeen-time grand slam winner, but he proved that he was still a threat to everyone on the ATP Tour.

On the ladies side, Serena Williams will not be in the field this year to defend title. It appears as if she will make her debut at the Aussie Open. Maria Sharapova headlines the field that is mixed with veterans and young hopefuls. Vika Azarenka will try to get over the hurdle this year. Last season, was basically a wash for her, but now seems to be healthy and ready to perform.

Notable women’s singles in the field:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Ana Ivanovic
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Andrea Petkovic
  • Jelena Jankovic
  • Carla Suárez Navarro
  • Gabine Muguruza
  • Sam Stosur
  • Sabine Lisicki

Notable men’s singles in the field:

  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Roger Federer
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Milos Raonic
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Gilles Simon
  • Sam Querrey
  • Bernard Tomic

Men’s singles that have withdrawn:

  • Marin Cilic
  • Juan Martin del Potro

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