Combined ATP & WTA Tournaments

Donald Young Wins in D.C. Has he Turned a Corner?

By DownTheTee | July 30, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington, D.C. — Everyone knows something about the travails of American Donald Young. He became the youngest-ever and first African American to be ranked No. 1 in the world in 2005. He was 16 years old with a contract from Nike, his career route paved with gold.   For a kid from…

American Girls

By DownTheTee | July 29, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — There’s nothing like the hard courts of America. Whether blue, green or purple they are as ubiquitous as grilled cheeseburgers, potato salad, and ice cream in summer. Here in Rock Creek Park this afternoon, four American girls went at it on a small blue court tucked in a corner of…

Tomas Berdych Sits on top at D.C.’s Citi Open

By DownTheTee | July 28, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Tomas Berdych wants to get to the top, like any other tour player. But as much as fans and media now think the big boys — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer — are vulnerable way up there in the lofty heights, Berdych, Citi Open’s No. 1 seed this week,…

Washington D.C. Is More Than Politics

By DownTheTee | July 27, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington, D. C. — When people think Washington D.C. it probably has something to do with politics. Congress is a mess. What difference does my vote make? But the nation’s capitol extends beyond media bites scripted exclusively for 24/7 news. Come to find out, D. C. is a mecca for tennis.  This week, just a couple…

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Lucky Number Seven for Serena at Sony Open

By DownTheTee | March 29, 2014

By Jane Voigt March 29, 2014 — Serena Williams did what Serena Williams does. She crawled, crept, then ran hell bent for the finish line. With that, the Florida native won her 7th, and unprecedented, Sony Open title defeating the No. 2 seed Li Na. Williams’ victory represented the 14th consecutive year the Miami final…

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Kei Nishikori Withdraws From Semifinal at Sony Open Tennis

By DownTheTee | March 28, 2014

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — Hours before his first-ever semifinal match at the ATP Masters Sony Open, Kei Nishikori pulled out with a groin injury.  “Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today,” Nishikori posted to Twitter. “Very disappointed and I am obviously sorry for any fans that wanted to…

Federer Wins First Semifinal

By DownTheTee | March 15, 2014

By Jane Voigt Quite clearly Roger Federer is confident about his game. He used every nuance of his subtle repertoire plus elemental tennis necessities to school Alexandr Dolgopolov on what it takes to win a semifinal at a Masters 1000 tournament.  Federer won 74% of points on his first serve and 83% of points on…

Li Na Into Semis at Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 13, 2014

By Jane Voigt “It wasn’t the prettiest match in the world,” Tracy Austin stated flatly, in her normal match calling voice. It was appropriate in this case, though. Li Na had defeated Dominika Cibulkova in the first quarterfinal of the day. But the match was anything but exceptional. Fraught with unforced errors, missed opportunities on…

The Drama Dream Team

By DownTheTee | March 12, 2014

By Jane Voigt Ever think that a tennis court was a stage, like for actors.  This week on tour players have taken to the stages at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which is a mere two-hour road trip from Hollywood. Less than stellar performances have exited left and right, as the draws narrow. The ones…

Exclusive Plexipave for Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 10, 2014

By Jane Voigt They’re too slow. They’re too fast. They’re just about right … medium speed. Sounds like the Three Bears tasting porridge.  But pros don’t eat tennis courts; they play on them. And the surface for the 34 courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was exclusively brewed for them by California Sports Surfaces…