ATP Tournaments


Third Times a Charm for Hewitt

By DownTheTee | July 14, 2014

By Jane Voigt Newport, RI, July 14, 2014 — Lleyton Hewitt won his 30th career title in Newport today, playing in his third consecutive final at The Tennis Hall of Fame Championships. He defeated Iva Karlovic 63 67(4) 76(3). But the Aussie three-seed was not done for the day. He and partner Chris Guiccione won the…


The Highest Honor in Tennis

By DownTheTee | July 12, 2014

By Jane Voigt Newport, RI, July 12, 2014 — Nick Bollettieri was late.  “He’s out giving a clinic,” Christopher Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joked. “We Italians like to come in through the back door,” Nick said, waving to the group of journalists gathered for a pre-induction press conference, as if he…


The Grass Is Greener and Softer

By DownTheTee | July 11, 2014

By Jane Voigt Newport, RI, July 11, 2014 — The last time I saw a grass court was in Wimbledon. Not the Wimbledon of a week ago, but of a couple decades past. I was in London for a year of college abroad. I had to visit The All England Club, home of The Championships.…


A Step Back in Time

By DownTheTee | July 9, 2014

By Jane Voigt Newport, Rhode Island. — Although the courts are grass and the setting is circa 1930 at The International Tennis Hall of Fame, the tennis is not. Only a handful of players serve and volley, delicately displaying deft hands and artful tactics. Instead, the big bang of balls that strike polyester strings come off racquets from…

First In, First Win

By DownTheTee | November 11, 2013

By Jane Voigt The No. 1 American doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan were upset by Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero in the finals at the ATP World Tour Finals this afternoon. The Spanish pair were playing together in their first-ever year-ending champions. Seeded No. 6 this week, Verdasco and Marrero won one title…


No Surprises

By DownTheTee | November 10, 2013

By Jane Voigt Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, again. No surprise there. For Rafa, though, the win — 75 63 — was a big deal.  It puts him into only his second ATP World Tour Final. The first was in 2010, which he lost.  His victory today, though, tipped the scales just a teensy, when…

Federer Defeats Del Potro Moves Into Semifinal at World Tour Finals

By DownTheTee | November 9, 2013

By Jane Voigt The start of his match was miserable. The end brought a tear to his eyes. Roger Federer had won his way to the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals for the 11th time in 12 years, by defeating Juan Martin del Potro.  “It’s always crazy nice playing in front of you…


Beautiful Backhands

By DownTheTee | November 7, 2013

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet played a beautiful match today at the World Tour Finals.  Federer won, 64 63, which is good news for Federer fans. He is now 1-1 in round-robin play. Additionally, he can continue to say that he has never lost two consecutive matches at this prestigious year-end gathering.…

What About The Other Guys

By DownTheTee | November 6, 2013

By Jane Voigt The ATP Tour Finals is a showcase of tennis nobility. Eight of the best singles players plus 8 of the best doubles teams for the year arrived in London by invitation. They have grabbed the media’s attention, as they always do, no matter the week, no matter the tournament. But what about…

London Called

By DownTheTee | November 4, 2013

By Jane Voigt It’s pretty well known that if you accumulate something around 3000 ranking points, you will get the invitation to the ATP’s year-ending finals. Outside that number, pack your bags it’s time for vacation.  Here are the eight that made the grade and the points that got them to the O2 Arena in…