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Posts Tagged ‘Andre Agassi.’

Tennis great Agassi inducted into IT Hall of Fame

 

Newport Casino in 2008 is the home to International Tennis Hall of Fame (photo by Daniel Case via wikipedia commons)

40-year-old Andre Agassi was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Also going into the hall was Fern “Peachy” Kellmeyer, who fought for women’s athletic scholarships while in college and was one of the trailblazers in women’s professional tennis.

The 67-year-old Kellmeyer, who is from Wheeling, West Virginia, is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University. during the 1950′s, she was a juniors champion.

Today, Kellmeyer is the senior vice president of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

Andre Agassi at Indian Wells in 2006 (photo by Torvindus via wikipedia commons)

Agassi, who is married to fellow Hall of Famer Steffi Graf, was an eight-time Grand Slam champion.

He was ranked number-1 in the world for 101 straight weeks before dropping to #141.

 

compiled from staff, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Radio & TV news

Outback Tennis Champions Series being redesigned for 2011

 

(courtesy of Outback Champions Series)

The Tennis Champions Series is being redesigned for the over-30-years-old players.

The tour’s schedule consists of one-night stops in 12 series over five weeks, starting September 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The participants include Jim Courier, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe.

 

Info courtesy of Outback Champions Tour

Andre Agassi Hall of Fame bound

Andre Agassi at Indian Wells in 2006 (photo by Torvindus via Wikipedia Commons)

It was just a matter of time, but retired tennis star Andre Agassi will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

The former world #1 player won eight majors and was a trendsetter off the court as far as fame and endorsements were concerned.

Agassi’s first major title came in 1992 at Wimbledon, and he went on to win four Australian Open and two U.S. Open titles.

His 1999 French Open completed a career Grand Slam.

Agassi is married to former women’s tennis star Steffi Graf.

compiled from ATP Tour & Tennis Hall of Fame news

Nadal wins 2010 U.S. Open to complete Grand Slam sweep

The world’s number one tennis player, Rafael Nadal completed his career Grand Slam title sweep by capturing his first US Open crown, defeating Serbian third seeded Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

The left-handed Spanish player basically overwhelmed and dominated Djokovic with his ability to score points and win the $1.7 million-dollar top prize as well as his third consecutive Grand Slam crown and his ninth Grand Slam championship overall.

Rafael Nadal (ATP)

Rain showers pushed the final round to Monday for the third year in a row and stopped the match for one hour and 48 minutes in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Nadal became the seventh men’s player to complete a career Grand Slam sweep, joining Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Don Budge and Fred Perry in having won the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles.

The ninth Slam title moved the 24-year-old Nadal into seventh on the all-time list, passing Agassi, Perry, Ivan Lendl and Ken Rosewall and just seven short of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 16.

After winning the Wimbledon and French Open titles earlier in the year, Nadal joined Federer, Laver and Pete Sampras as the only men to win three Slams in a row in the Open Era which began in 1968.

No other Spanish male tennis player had won the U.S. Open title since Manuel Orantes in 1975 and the only other Spanish US Open champion was Manuel Santana in 1965. The last left-hander to win the men’s US Open title was John McEnroe in 1984.

compiled by staff & ATP NEWS

Federer wins 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati Masters

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM TENNIS COVERAGE

MASON, OHIO — Roger Federer won his fourth Cincinnati Masters title by defeating American wild card Mardy Fish in one of the best finals ever, 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4. It was the first three set final in Cincinnati since the 2004 final between Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt with Agassi winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

(megasportsnews.com)

Roger Federer's championship trophy (megasportsnews.com)

The three hour match featured only six break point chances with Federer converting the only one in the ninth game of the third set. He put the match away in the next game to secure the win.

The two finalists, Federer and Fish served the ball well the entire title match, converting on 77% and 72% respectively on first serve points.

The best indication that this was going to be heavily contested match was evident early in the first set, 3rd game where Marty Fish was serving, 9 times they were at deuce; Fish had 7 advantages, Federer had 2 and the match went 11 1/2 minutes with Fish winning and hold service. Both players received a very long round of applause. It was the best game of the day.

Roger Federer after the hard fought match (megasportsnews.com)

Roger Federer talks to the media (megasportsnews.com)

The fourth title by Federer ties him with Mats Wilander for the most Cincinnati titles in the Open Era and he is the first repeat champion since Andre Agassi in 1995 and 1996. Federer is the fourth repeat champion in Cincinnati in the Open Era.

Federer now holds 63 career singles titles and 17 career Masters 1000 titles.

For Mardy Fish, it was another Masters 1000 disappointment. Sunday was Fish’s third finals appearance in one of the ATP Tour’s top-tier tournament’s and his third, three set loss. He had lost previously to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the 2008 Indian Wells finals and a 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) loss to Andy Roddick in the 2003 Cincinnati final.

Even in defeat, Fish tied the all-time tournament ace record, firing off 87 during the week. The 17 he had on Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, brought him even with Ivo Karlovic’s 2008 record.

Andy Roddick, who lost to Fish in the semifinals, also made the list with 63 during the week tying him with Mark Philippoussis for 10th all-time.

Mardy Fish almost upset Roger Federer (megasportsnews.com)

Lindner Family Tennis Center at Mason (megasportsnews.com)

MARDY FISH NOTES:

*If Mardy Fish had won Sunday’s match, he would’ve moved to #16 in the world. His highest ranking is 17th.

* Mardy Fish lost 30 pounds last September, eating mostly fish and staying away from fast food restaurants.

* Mardy Fish loves all Minnesota teams in all sports.

* Did you know that Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick were high school basketball teammates ?

* Sunday, Fish appeared in his 17th ATP World Tour level final. He’s 5-12 overall, 2-2 in 2010.

* Sunday, Fish appeared in his 3rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. He’s 0-3 in those finals.

* As the runner-up in Sunday’s Cincinnati Masters tournament, Mardy Fish was awarded $222,000 and 600 South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings points.

* With Sunday’s loss to Roger Federer, Mardy Fish is now 1-6 against the Swiss star. His only win coming in the ATP Indian Wells tournament on the hard court where Fish prevailed 6-3, 6-2.

* Mardy Fish has a career record of 17-6 tie-break record in 2010. Last week he was 5-3 in tie-breaks. The American star entered the year with a career mark in tie breaks of 70-91 (.435) before turning it around in Cincinnati.

* Mardy Fish is 28 years old.

* Mardy Fish is now 21st in the World rankings.

ROGER FEDERER NOTES

* The Swiss star is 29 years old.

* He will remain Number 2 in this week’s South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings and go into the US Open as the Number 2 seed.

* As the winner in Sunday’s match, Roger wins $443,500 and gets 1000 South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings points.

* He appeared in his 90th ATP World tour level final. He is 63-27 in finals, 2-3 in 2010.

* The Swiss star appeared in his 28th ATP Tour Masters 1000 final where his record is 17-11 in finals, 1-2 in 2010.

* Roger captured his 17th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, his first since winning in Cincinnati in 2009. The other leaders are:

1) Rafael NadalĀ  with 18

2) Andre Agassi and Roger Federer with 17

* Federer captured his 63rd career title and tied Bjorn Borg for fifth place in the Open Era titles list since 1968:

1) Jimmy Connors with 109

2) Ivan Lendl has 94

3) John McEnroe won 77

4) Pete Sampras with 64

5) Bjorn Born and Roger Federer with 63


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