Month: December 2016

Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club Returns As USTA Vero Beach Futures Venue

VERO BEACH, Fla., — The Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club will return as the host venue for the 2017 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships, the $15,000 “Futures” tennis tournament – one of the longest-running and best attended events on the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit. Grand Harbor previously hosted the event from 1995 to 2009 before being played the last seven years at The Boulevard tennis club. The 2017 tournament will be held Friday April 21 to Sunday April 30. The event benefits the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the non-profit tennis foundation benefiting children, named for Vero…

Hamilton takes inspiration from Williams sisters

By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken inspiration from U.S. tennis great Serena Williams as he prepares for a Formula One title showdown with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg this weekend. Serena, along with her older sister Venus, has attended grands prix recently and Hamilton said he had been honored to spend time with the 22-times grand slam singles champion. “I was actually with Serena last week in LA … she came out to Mexico (for the race) which for me was a real honor to have someone of her power, someone who…

Motor racing-Hamilton takes inspiration from Williams sisters

By Alan Baldwin ABU DHABI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken inspiration from U.S. tennis great Serena Williams as he prepares for a Formula One title showdown with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg this weekend. Serena, along with her older sister Venus, has attended grands prix recently and Hamilton said he had been honoured to spend time with the 22-times grand slam singles champion. “I was actually with Serena last week in LA … she came out to Mexico (for the race) which for me was a real honour to have someone of her power,…

Tennis-Murray to take aura of invincibility into new year

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Forget the latest addition to Andy Murray’s creaking trophy cabinet, the $2.4 million cheque and the adulation of a nation, the most significant upshot of his ATP World Tour Finals victory over Novak Djokovic is the aura it brings. Murray, the new king of men’s tennis, will take that rare commodity which few achieve in sport into the new season in spades. Steve Waugh’s Australian cricket team had it, winning 16 consecutive tests between 1999 and 2001, so too have various New Zealand rugby union sides.

Keothavong named Britain's Fed Cup captain (Yahoo Sports)

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British number one Anne Keothavong will succeed Andy Murray’s mother Judy as her country’s Fed Cup captain, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Tuesday. Her first assignment will be the Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 ties in Tallinn, Estonia following next year’s Australian Open. London-born Keothavong, whose brother James is a top-level umpire, retired, aged 29, in 2013 and has been working as a TV pundit for BT Sport since. She reached a career-high ranking of 48th in 2009 – the first British woman to crack the top 50 for 16 years. …