Combined ATP & WTA Tournaments

Patterns That Go Against The Grain

By DownTheTee | March 9, 2014

By Jane Voigt Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova used to be a couple. They dated for nine years and called it quits. It seemed a natural course since they were young teens when they first met at the elite academy courts of the Czech Republic, their home.  Lucie was loyal, as was Tomas, during their…

International Women’s Day Tennis

By DownTheTee | March 8, 2014

By Jane Voigt Today is International Women’s Day. Who knew it started way back in the early 1900s when women’s pay was non-existent and voting forbidden? Women’s pay remains problematic in many sectors, but not in tennis. Tennis is very good to women and for women.  Maria Sharapova makes more money than any other woman…

Indian Wells … The Desert Jewel of Tennis

By DownTheTee | March 7, 2014

By Jane Voigt Just how big a deal is The BNP Paribas Open? From a tennis-player’s perspective it ranks just below any Grand Slam. The men call Indian Wells, it’s familiar name, an ATP Masters 1000 event. The women on the WTA Tour call it a Premier Mandatory tournament. Players are registered automatically in their…

Indian Wells Preview. The Men, 2014

By DownTheTee | March 5, 2014

By Jane Voigt Let’s face it, the last time you really paid attention to a tennis tournament was in January for The Australian Open.  Well it’s time to wake your inner tennis child because after a smattering of tournaments in the Middle East and South America, the WTA and ATP tours return to the United…

Del Potro Wins Third Citi Title

By DownTheTee | August 4, 2013

By Jane Voigt (Washington D. C.) — Juan Martin del Potro left Stadium Court at 12:15 a.m.this morning and got to bed at 3 a.m. No wonder he struggled in the first set against John Isner in the final this afternoon at Citi Open.  But once the No. 1 seed and wild card broke Isner in…

Doubles on the Rise

By DownTheTee | August 3, 2013

By Jane Voigt (Washington D. C.) — Martina Hingis may singlehandedly raise the game of doubles to new heights of viewership. It’s a dream come true for doubles players around the world irked their game isn’t televised more frequently. Hingis returned to the WTA Tour this week in Carlsbad, California, after six years of retirement. She was…

Women at Citi Open, Not Prime Time in D. C.

By DownTheTee | August 2, 2013

By Jane Voigt (Washington D. C.) — Citi Open is a combined tournament with both women and men competing. But you’d be hard pressed to know it. The men are definitely in charge. Only two women’s singles matches have been on Stadium Court. That was on Monday. Since, every singles and doubles match has been relegated to…

Del Potro Wins Citi Open Opener

By DownTheTee | August 1, 2013

By Jane Voigt (Washington D. C.) — On the steamiest afternoon so far in this week’s Citi Open, Juan Martin del Potro took charge of his first match post Wimbledon to defeat fan-favorite American, Ryan Harrison.  “Really well,” Del Potro said, when asked how he felt being back on court in a match. “Ryan is a tough opponent…

Little Fish in Big Citi Pond

By DownTheTee | July 31, 2013

By Jane Voigt July 31, 2013 (Washington D. C.) — The rubber hit the courts today in Washington with a marquee chock-full of big tennis names.  On tap were Americans John Isner, Mardy Fish and the new kids on the block, Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock. The French legion were front and center, too. Michael Llodra, Julien Benneteau, and Gilles Simon. And, soon-to-be a legend…

What The Players Wear in D. C.

By DownTheTee | July 30, 2013

By Jane Voigt Washington D. C., July 30, 2013 — The District of Columbia might be a pinnacle of political power, but it’s at the bottom of the heap when speaking haute couture. The same goes for tennis-court togs. The high-end tennis playing demographic that populates chic country clubs just north of D. C. —…