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This week we are saluting the incredibly sexy Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro. For the must know details on this stunning tennis player who is one to watch for in this year’s US Open, buy viagra we went straight to our tennis expert and resident writer, Jayne Drew. Jayne is the Managing Partner of Smashing Golf & Tennis, an exclusive golf and tennis brand that Slims and Shapes, manufactured here in Chicago. Jayne gives us the 411 on this must-know Latin lobber.
Juan Martin Del Potro is an Argentine professional tennis player who is currently ranked seventh in the world. At 24 years old, he is the youngest player in the ATP top 10 and a future star on the men’s tennis scene.
Del Potro captured his first Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open, defeating Nadal in the semifinal and Roger Federer in the final. Del Potro is the only player other than the Big Four to have won a men’s grand slam singles title since 2006 and won bronze in the Olympics for men’s singles.
In a game crowded with clean-cut men with gentlemanly manners, del Porto is known as one of tennis’ “bad boys” known for his love of dating women with short skirts and long legs. He’s also infamous for his sideline trash-talking with Andy Murray and a recording of some “spicy” talk with an Argentine model.
Del Potro is hot on the court, but sizzling off it.
Well said, Jayne. Well said. While he may be new to us tennis neophytes here in the states, this Argentinian playboy has over 1.6MM Twitter followers and a huge following in South American and Europe. Follow Juan on Twitter HERE and brush up on your Spanish while tracking this Latin tour-de-force.
The tennis season’s final Grand Slam event, remedy the US Open, cialis begins today in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. This hard-court slam lasts two weeks and culminates with the Women’s final on Sunday, September 8th and the Men’s final on Monday, September 9th.
In the spotlight are last years’ champions #3 Andy Murray and #1 Serena Williams with the question of whether they can both defend their 2012 US Open singles titles.
MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Murray has reached the final of the last four Slams he’s played and most recently won the title at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, he’s on the same side of the draw as #1 Djokovic, so a repeat final of 2012 is impossible this year. I’d look forward to a Murray vs Djokovic semi-final on Saturday, September 7th, assuming that Murray isn’t upset by Tomas Berdych earlier in the quarters.
Djokovic is always a favorite to win and has six consecutive semis-or-better at the US Open. Djokovic and 2009 US Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro could see each other in the quarterfinals, if everything holds true to seed.
This could be a not-to-be-missed quarter final, as del Potro is the only man outside of the “Big Four” (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer), that can upset the status quo. At 24 years old, del Potro is the youngest player in the ATP top 10.
Juan Martin del Potro (Getty Images)
Due to the draw, Djokovic will likely need to also beat Murray and Nadal in successive matches to win the tournament. This will probably prove too much for even Djokovic.
#2 Rafael Nadal has had a roller-coaster year winning the French Open, but getting knocked out of Wimbledon in the first-round. But Nadal is 15-0 on hard-court this year, including wins at Indian Wells, Montreal and most recently Cincinnati, and thus has proven his ability on a surface other than clay this year.
Nadal winning the Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati 8/18/2013 (AP Photos)
Nadal is on the same side of the draw as #7 Federer, so we could see a fantastic quarterfinal between Nadal and Federer.
My Prediction:If his knee holds up, Nadal is my pick to win the U.S. Open. Nadal has the much favorable draw, his early exit at Wimbledon appears to have been a fluke, and he is undefeated on hard-courts this year. Since Murray is in the other half of the draw from Nadal, Nadal will need to beat only Murray or Djokovic, but not both, to win the tournament.
WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
US Open 2012 Champion Serena Williams (Reuters)
On the women’s side, clear-cut favorite #1 Serena Williams will be looking for her fifth career U.S. Open crown and third since 2008.
#2 Victoria Azarenka has proven she can beat Serena Williams on hard courts. She is 2-0 against Williams on the surface this year, including a three-set victory over Williams in Cincinnati, their last tournament before the U.S. Open. Azarenka reached the finals of the past two Grand Slam events on hard courts: a victory in the 2013 Australian Open and a tough fought loss to Williams in the 2012 U.S. Open finals.
Maria Sharapova surprisingly withdrew last week from the US Open because of bursitis in her right shoulder. Even more surprising: Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli isn’t entered in the U.S. Open because she suddenly announced her retirement this month at age 28.
Due to the lack of any real competition, a Williams vs. Azarenka Final seems likely, but with Azarenka’s 0-7 record against Williams in Grand Slam events, this should be Serena’s event.
My Prediction:Serena Williams will repeat her 2012 US Open championship, as long as she isn’t bothered by her persistent abdominal issues of late.
All right Sports Divas, who do you think will win the US Open this year?
US OPEN TV Coverage
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For the first time in 77 years a Briton has won the Men’s Singles Champion at Wimbledon. No. 2 Andy Murray won a hard-fought victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in three thrilling sets 6-4, advice 7-5, site 6-4 on Sunday. The last Brit to win at Wimbledon was Fred Perry, who won three in a row in 1936.
The final game was a nail-biting battle in itself, with Murray seeing three match points slip by from 40-0 lead and fending off three break points before Djokovic netted a backhand to end the contest.
Djokovic Congratulates Murray (Images: BBC News)
“I have played in a lot of Slam finals, all against Roger or Novak. Roger is probably the greatest player ever, Novak is one of the mentally strongest ever. I never had experience on my side, to beat him was so tough, it was such a tough match.”
“Winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis,” Murray said afterwards. “I worked so hard in that last game. It’s the hardest few points I’ve had to play in my life. I don’t know how it will change my life. I hope not. I hope not too much. But the atmosphere today was different to what I’ve experienced in the past.”
Don’t Forget Mom
Andy Murray Hugging his Mom (Image: Telegraph.co.uk)
During the celebrations after winning the title, Andy Murray forgot to kiss his mom. Murray made the traditional climb into his player’s box to celebrate winning Wimbledon with his team. He hugged coach Ivan Lendl, kissed his girlfriend, and hugged trainers and hitting partners and high-fived anyone who extended an arm. Murray began his descent from the stands, but fortunately reversed course and realized he had forgotten to hug and kiss his mom, Judy.
Marion Bartoli Wins First Major Title
Marion Bartoli def Sabine Lisicki (Photo: dailyfinance.co.uk)
In an error-filled, one-sided final that was far from a match destined for the highlight reel, Marion Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman won her first Grand Slam title by beating 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-1, 6-4 Saturday.
At the outset, Bartoli looked jittery and double-faulted twice in a row to drop the opening game. But then on Lisicki’s first chance to serve, she double-faulted on break point, to tie the first set 1-1. They combined for 39 unforced errors and 11 double-faults . But Bartoli prevailed, winning 11 of 12 games.
Bartoli became the first woman in the Open era to win Wimbledon without facing anyone seeded in the top 10 – her highest-rated opponent was No. 17 Sloane Stephens of the United States in the quarterfinals. That was due to of all of the injuries and surprises, including exits for No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, No. 3 Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Sara Errani, No. 7 Angelique Kerber, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 10 Maria Kirilenko by the end of the second round.
Lisicki, meanwhile, had to face and defeat defending champion and top-seeded Serena Williams – ending her 34-match winning streak in the fourth round. Lisicki also defeated major champions Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur, along with No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, last year’s runner-up.
“Just hearing `Wimbledon champion,’ that kind of sounds good to me,” Bartoli said afterwards. “I wanted that so badly. … It was like: Dare to dream. I kept dreaming. I kept my head up. I kept working hard. And it just happened.”
BBC Apologizes for Comments
Marion Bartoli (Photo: Huffington Post)
The BBC faced mounting pressure on Sunday when John Inverdale, one of their high profile announcers criticized the appearance of Marion Bartoli. Inverdale provoked listeners when he asked the audience if they thought Bartoli’s father told Bartoli when she was little that she would never be “a looker” like Maria Sharapova so she would have to fight harder for success.
The BBC did apologize for the comments after a storm of protests on Twitter, admitting the remark was “insensitive”.
Men’s Doubles – The “Golden Bryan Slam”
2013 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles (USA Today)
Bob and Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to capture their third Wimbledon title and fourth Grand Slam championship in a row.
The Bryan brothers are the first men’s team in the Open era to hold all four majors at once, plus an Olympic gold medal from last year’s London Games – the so-called “Golden Slam.” If they win the U.S. Open in September, they’ll join Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman as the second men’s team to complete a calendar Grand Slam.
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Serena Williams Crashes Out Of Wimbledon In A Massive Upset (Photo: AP)
Breaking News – Serena Upset on Super Monday
Serena Williams just lost to Sabine Liscki at Wimbledon in the latest major upset within one of the most turbulent and unexpected Wimbledons in recent memory. Liscki won 6-2, view 1-6, 6-4 in the round of 16. Williams had a 34-match winning streak coming into the match.
There is now only one top-10 seeded player left in the women’s draw Petra Kvitova. At age 23, Lisicki is one of the most powerful players in women’s tennis.
Serena can typically blow her opponents off the court, but Lisicki was able to make Serena uncomfortable with her power. Serena had a break point at 5-4 in the third set, but couldn’t convert it.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament to schedule the entire men’s and women’s fourth round on a single day, and thus called Super Monday. However, it will feature many unknown players, as the first crazy week ended with many of the top names upset, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova. Of the 32 men and women playing Monday in the 4th round,10 will be trying to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time. Players vying for a chance at a quarterfinal berth include Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig, Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig.
Janowicz Has the Fastest Serve of the Week (Getty Images)
One of the more exciting players to watch is No. 24 ranked Janowicz. At 6’8”, he is fun to watch on the fast lawns of Wimbledon. He averaged 130 mph on first serves and had the fastest serve of the tournament at 140 mph. He also had 30 aces in his third round, straight sets defeat of World No. 16, Nicolas Almagro. He has defeated Andy Murray as recently as 2012.
Someone from this list might be the future of tennis. Serena Williams sees the positives in having some new names to watch. “I feel like this is an opportunity to come learn the new players,” she said. “I’m not going to be here forever.”
Men’s Singles – Monday’s Matches to Watch
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 13 Tommy Haas
No. 2 Andy Murray vs. No. 20 Mikhail Youzhny
No. 4 David Ferrer vs. Ivan Dodig
No. 7 Tomas Berdych vs. Bernard Tomic
No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz vs. Jurgen Melzer
Djokovic cruises past Chardy (BBC Sports)
Top ranked Novak Djokovic put in a Wimbledon performance that was close to perfect, as he played near-flawless tennis to reach the fourth round Wimbledon on Saturday, going close to a full match without making an unforced error defeating 28th seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. “I felt very confident stepping onto the court but it’s never easy against Chardy, he’s a quality player,” said Djokovic. Djokovic will face 35-year-old Tommy Haas, the oldest player left in the men’s draw.
Murray def Robredo (Telegraph.co.uk)
Tommy Robredo of Spain, the player who stunned Roger Federer, in one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets didn’t stick around very long. Andy Murray, one of the men who can benefit from Federer’s absence, advanced easily by defeating Robredo of Spain 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. Murray reaches the last 16 without dropping a set at Wimbledon. Robredo was broken five times in all, while Murray lost his serve just once. Murray’s fourth-round opponent will be hot-tempered Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Women’s Singles – Monday’s Matches to Watch
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 23 Sabine Lisicki
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
No. 6 Li Na vs. No. 11 Roberta Vinci
No. 8 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 19 Carla Suarez Navarro
Monica Puig vs. No. 17 Sloane Stephens
American Sloane Stephens (USA Today)
Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens have had continued success at Wimbledon and will both play in the fourth round at Wimbledon and are the only Americans to reach the second week. (No American men reached the 4th round of the Men’s Singles.) Williams, 31, and Stephens, 20, represent opposite ends of the current generation of American women.
No 17 Stephens, who upset Williams to reach the Australian Open semifinals, defeated Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 7-6, 0-6, 6-4. Stephens won this morning, defeating Monica Puig. Still shocked by Serena’s upset this morning.
Of course, we still expect top seed Novak Djokovic to face Andy Murray in the final in a week’s time. We expected Serena Williams to be left standing at the end on the women’s side, but with her massive upset today – the field is wide open for a new name. Stay tuned.
Men’s Doubles Action
Singles isn’t the only game in town. Another Monday highlight is Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-seeded Americans will face the No. 16 seeds, Treat Huey of the Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Britain. The Bryan brothers are going for their fourth consecutive Grand Slam title. They already own 14 Grand Slam titles and are the most successful doubles team of all time. Since winning gold in the men’s doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, the twins have enjoyed a stellar year winning 11 titles including the 2012 US Open, 2013 Australian Open and 2013 French Open titles.
Wimbledon TV Coverage
ESPN will begin coverage at 5:30 a.m. CT and will run throughout the day. Center Court coverage begins at 7:00 a.m. See ESPN for complete listings here.
Wimbledon, medicine the third of the four grand slams of the tennis calendar year, there begins today in London. Tennis’ brightest stars and biggest names from around the world will be competing for the Wimbledon trophy that is awarded to the winners of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament.
Wimbledon is the only grand slam which is played on grass; the French Open is played on clay and the US and Australian Opens are played on hard court. Wimbledon is played at the All England Cub in Wimbledon, London where it has been held since 1877 and lasts two weeks.
Let’s take a look at which players are the early favorites heading into the tennis season’s most coveted and conservative event.
Men’s Singles Championship
Federer Def Murray 2012 (Photo: Telegraph.co.uk)
Until this year, no man had won eight titles at the same Grand Slam. Rafael Nadal just won No. 8 at the French Open. Now, Roger Federer can try to match him at Wimbledon.
Federer is the defending champion and he’s still as good as it gets on grass. He finally ended a 10-month title drought by winning a tuneup tournament on grass at Halle, Germany. Wimbledon is the major tournament he’s most likely to win if he’s going to add to his record total of 17 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal second-round defeat at Wimbledon last year (Photo: telegraph.co.uk)
However, he may be going home early, as Federer could face Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon due to Friday’s draw that placed the third-seeded Federer and No.5 Nadal in the same half. The winner of the Federer vs Nadal match will most likely go on to meet home favorite Brit, Andy Murray, who is seeded No.2 in the semifinals – all three wound up on the same side of the draw.
Djokovic, meanwhile, is on the other half and at most would need to beat only one of that other trio to earn the championship.
Brit Andy Murray trying to win at home (Photo ITV.com)
Murray once again will try to give Britain its first male champion at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. Last year, Murray became the first British man to even reach the final since 1938, then lost to Federer in four sets. However, Murray did go onto win the Olympic singles gold medal at the All England Club, beating Federer in the final.
In September at the U.S. Open, Murray became the first British man in 76 years to win any Grand Slam singles title. He pulled out of the French Open with a back issue, but won the grass title at Queen’s Club June 16th, so all appears fine with his back.
Nadal and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic together have won 11 of the most recent 13 Grand Slam titles. Those two, plus Federer, have collected 31 of the past 33 titles. Add Murray to the mix , and these four seem a good bet to win the championship this year.
My Pick for the Men’s Title
Novak Djokovic winning 2011 Wimbledon title (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)
Coming off of his French Open victory, I would normally pick Nadal. But because of the seeding at Wimbledon, Nadal will be in line to face Roger Federer, Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, and he might have to beat all three to win – hard for someone even as hot at Nadal. So while Nadal may be my personal favorite to win the championship, due to the easier draw, I’m going put my money on Novak Djokovic for the title. But I think anything can happen here – so you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Who Can Beat Serena?
Serena 2012 Wimbledon (Photo: NYTimes.com)
It’s hard to imagine anyone ever being a bigger favorite to win a Grand Slam title than No. 1 ranked Serena Williams is at Wimbledon this year. She comes in as the defending champion; she’s on a 31-match winning streak – the longest single-season run in women’s tennis since her older sister won 35 in a row in 2000.
Serena is 74-3 since last year’s Wimbledon. Williams has claimed three of the last four major titles to raise her career total to 16 — two less than Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
Williams vs Sharapova in the Final (Photo: Guardian.co.uk)
There are other women capable of winning the title, especially Maria Sharapova, who won the title in 2004 by beating Williams in the final.
[However] “I don’t see a weakness,” three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said. “She’s playing the best tennis of her career. She’s not only in the best place I’ve ever seen, I think she’s the best player that’s ever lived. I said that a while ago, but she’s cementing it in everyone’s mind. She’s just a level above anyone. There’s no doubt about it.”
Serena Williams will need to keep her emotions and her wardrobe in check over the next two weeks. Wimbledon has a strict dress code that will limit Williams from her normal ‘colorful’ outfits that she is known to wear during the grand slams. Furthermore, Williams has had a bad dose of press lately, first publicly commenting on a controversial Ohio rape case of a 16-year old girl and just recently, taking shots at Sharapova who is allegedly dating one of Serena’s exes. More details on this story HERE.
My Pick for the Women’s Title
Kvitova def Sharapova 2011 (Image: bettor.com)
Although Sharapova put up a fight in this year’s French Open final against Williams, she wasn’t really much of a hurdle and has lost the last 13 times they’ve played.
Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion, seems to have the grass game figured out. No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka is a two-time semifinalist; Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli have each also been the runner-up.
Still, it’s hard to imagine any of them beating five-time champion Williams if she’s healthy. Considering Serena’s game is even better on grass, it’s difficult to pick anyone to defeat her at Wimbledon.
The only place Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams can meet at Wimbledon is in the final. It’s my prediction that they will meet again. There’s no doubt that Serena will win her 6th Wimbledon championship in 2013.
Wimbledon TV Coverage
ESPN, the sole television home of the live Wimbledon tennis tournament, has 140 hours of coverage scheduled over the two-week period beginning Monday, June 24. (Note: ABC will air encore Wimbledon coverage on June 30, July 6 and July 7 – The July 6 and July 7 telecasts will be encore presentations of the singles finals.)
Monday, June 24
6 a.m.-4 p.m.: First round, ESPN
Tuesday, June 25
6 a.m.-4 p.m.: First round, ESPN
Wednesday, June 26
6 a.m.-4 p.m.: Second round, ESPN2
Thursday, June 27
6 a.m.-2 p.m.: Second round, ESPN2
Friday, June 28
6 a.m.-4 p.m.: Third round, ESPN
Saturday, June 29
7 a.m.-3 p.m.: Third round, ESPN
The 2013 French Open culminated on Sunday with Rafael Nadal winning a record eighth title with a straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-3 dismissal of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Commentator and tennis legend John McEnroe summed it up best midway through the match, advice “This is like a heavyweight versus a welterweight”. This match was all Nadal – the undisputed “King of Clay”.
Protesters Disrupt French Open
French Open Protestor (ABCNews.com)
The final was briefly interrupted by a man protesting same-sex marriage by waving a lighted flare. Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-1 when a shirtless man with a white mask ran onto the court and came to within a few feet of Nadal. The intruder was quickly tackled by security staff, check but red smoke was still billowing over the court as play continued. What was surely an incredibly scary situation for everyone involved, the incident clearly shook both the players on the court and the fans in the stands.
Nadal Triumphant (Newsday.com)
Understandably shaken, Nadal dropped his service but quickly regained his composure to close out the set in the next game.
After which point, there was no doubt that this was going to be a short match, lasting only 136 minutes. A stark contrast to the 277 minute Nadal vs Djokovic semifinal match Friday.
This is Nadal’s 12th grand slam title – especially sweet after his prolonged eighth month absence due to a knee injury – only returning to match play in February. He also becomes the first man to win the same grand slam title eight times – breaking out of a tie with Roger Federer and Pete Sampras – both of who have seven wins apiece at Wimbledon. Nadal also broke the men’s record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with his lone defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.
Nadal def Ferrer (Photo: AP)
Nadal has beaten every one of his top rivals in Paris: Djokovic, Federer, Andy Murray and Ferrer. “If he continues that way, who is to stop him?” Ferrer asked.
“It’s clear this year means something very special to me,” Nadal said. “Five months ago nobody in my team dreamed of a comeback like this, because we thought it would be impossible. But here we are today, and that’s really fantastic and incredible.”
Serena Wins 16th Grand Slam
Serena def Sharapova
No. 1-ranked Serena Williams won her first French Open championship since 2002, when she beat her sister Venus. Serena dominated the clay Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova.
Eager to repeat the elation of 2002, and motivated by the disappointment of 2012, Williams used terrific defense and her usual powerful hitting in Saturday’s final.
Serena Served 10 Aces (Photo: AP)
Topping her great hitting, Williams served 10 aces in the final, including three in the final game, and the last coming on match point at 123 mph – her hardest serve of the day.
“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”
The victory completed her rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at the French Open a year ago. Since that defeat she’s 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.
French Open Finals (ESPN.com)
At 31, she became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.
Now comes the switch to grass, and she’ll be a heavy favorite to win Wimbledon for the sixth time. Wimbledon 2013 begins on Monday, June 24 and ends on Sunday, July 7 and I’ll be back in a couple weeks to cover the classic event at the All England Club.
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