Month: March 2016

Canada's Davis Cup hopes hit as Raonic and Nestor pull out

(Reuters) – Canada’s Davis Cup hopes received a double blow on Monday when world number 13 Milos Raonic and top doubles player Daniel Nestor pulled out of next weekend’s first-round tie against France in Guadeloupe. Raonic withdrew from the March 4-6 world-group tie as he is still recovering from an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open while Nestor, the number 12 ranked doubles player, ruled himself out due to a last-minute family matter. “I am deeply saddened to not be able to join my team for the Davis Cup tie in Guadeloupe,” said Raonic in a statement released by…

Tennis-Canada's Davis Cup hopes hit as Raonic and Nestor pull out

Canada’s Davis Cup hopes received a double blow on Monday when world number 13 Milos Raonic and top doubles player Daniel Nestor pulled out of next weekend’s first-round tie against France in Guadeloupe. Raonic withdrew from the March 4-6 world-group tie as he is still recovering from an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open while Nestor, the number 12 ranked doubles player, ruled himself out due to a last-minute family matter. “I am deeply saddened to not be able to join my team for the Davis Cup tie in Guadeloupe,” said Raonic in a statement released by Tennis Canada.

No easy fix to help boost Davis Cup, says Courier

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Davis Cup has not been carrying its weight for the time it occupies in the tennis calendar and there are no easy solutions to rejuvenating the team tournament, according to United States captain Jim Courier. The U.S. play Australia in a World Group opener in Melbourne this week and although big crowds are expected at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Courier said the 116-year competition was struggling to resonate to a global audience. “I would say if the Davis Cup was a publicly traded company and the grand slams were publicly traded companies,…

Wawrinka wins Dubai title after marathon tiebreak

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka edged out Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in a nerve-jangling, near-30 minute tiebreak to secure the Dubai Duty Free Championship with a 6-4 7-6(13) triumph on Saturday. Wawrinka’s path to victory had been eased by the retirements of world number one Novak Djokovic and Australian prospect Nick Kyrgios in the earlier rounds but the Swiss often toiled against surprise finalist Baghdatis, whom he beat for a sixth successive time. World number four Wawrinka was gifted the first set by a Baghdatis double fault — his third of that game alone — and a tepid…

Tennis-Wawrinka wins Dubai title after marathon tiebreak

* Wawrinka wins second title in 2016 * Wawrinka saves five set points to extend unbeaten run against Baghdatis (Adds quotes, match details) By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka edged out Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in a nerve-jangling, near-30 minute tiebreak to secure the Dubai Duty Free Championship with a 6-4 7-6(13) triumph on Saturday. Wawrinka’s path to victory had been eased by the retirements of world number one Novak Djokovic and Australian prospect Nick Kyrgios in the earlier rounds but the Swiss often toiled against surprise finalist Baghdatis, whom he beat for a sixth successive time.…