With the Winston-Salem Open fast approaching, it's easy to forget tennis is still being played elsewhere. But don't worry about searching all over the web for the latest tennis headlines. We've compiled for you the stories you should know to start your week off.
A Field of Champions
The prospect of the WSO is already exciting enough. To add to the anticipation, the tournament will feature some recent champions. John Isner, Marcel Gronollers and Tommy Robredo took home titles recently. Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open against fellow tall person Kevin Anderson. With Isner standing at 6'10 and Anderson at 6'8, it was the tallest final in ATP history. Isner now has seven career titles and two this year, as he also won at Houston. The Greensboro native is the two time defending champion in Winston-Salem and his win in Atlanta has propelled him to 20th in the world. Additionally, Isner nearly won the Citi Open in Washington D.C but was edged by Juan Martin Del Potro in three sets on Sunday.
Robredo took down Fabio Fognini in two sets to win the Croatia Open. The Spaniard didn't lose a game in the first set which lasted just 18 minutes before taking the second set 6-3. Robredo now has 12 career singles titles, including two this season. At Casablanca this year, Robredo won on clay for the 10th time in his career.
Granollers defeated fellow WSO participant, Jun Monaco at Kitzbuehel on Sunday. After failing to win a game during the first set, the Spaniard rallied to win the next two to claim his fourth career singles title.
Tsonga Hurts His Knee
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was among the highest profile players at the Winston-Salem Open last year and has cemented himself in the top 10 again this season. He did, however, pull out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal this week. The Frenchman was forced to withdraw during the second round at Wimbledon back in June and hasn't played since. Tsonga says he needs more time to rehab his knee before the U.S Open later this month. Hopefully he'll find a hard court tournament to play in before then.
Whoever wins the U.S Open this year will receive $2.6 million. Not only will the winners take home this record amount of money, but $32,000 will be given out to participants who lose in the first round. Compare that to last season when Andy Murray and Serena Williams took home $1.9 million a piece while first round contestants made $23,000. This is part of a recent trend in which major tournaments are paying more of their revenue to the players.
Tennis Players and Their Quirks
Did you know that Dominika Cibulkova won't serve until she has sniffed each new tennis ball? Or that Nadal just has to have his water bottles perfectly aligned? This Sports Illustrated article
highlights the strangest of the strange quirks that many of our favorite tennis players exhibit. This is certainly a fun read.