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Midwest Sports: Men’s on the Court Action July 22 – 28, 2013

The Emirates Airlines US Open Series kicks off this week in Atlanta, Georgia for the BB&T Atlanta Open. The field features four top 60 players including No. 22 John Isner who is appearing as the No. 1 seeded player. The field also includes the No. 21 player in the world, South African, Kevin Anderson as the No.2 seeded player. Rounding out the remaining top 8 seeds include: No.3 seed Ivan Dodig (No. 36 world), No. 4 seed Igor Sijsling (No. 59 world), No. 5 seed Yen-Hsun Lu  (No. 60 world), No. 6 seed Mardy Fish (No. 63 world), No. 7 seed Lleyton Hewitt (No. 64 world) and No. 8 seed Evgeny Donskoy (No. 72 world).

Former two- time champion and the holder of a (9-1) record at the BB&T Atlanta Open, Mardy Fish, is making his return to the court this week after only playing in one other tournament (Indian Wells March 7 – 17, 2013) since the 2012 US Open. The winner of the tournament will be rewarded $98,700 to go along with 250 ATP ranking points.

Roger Federer looks to rebound this week at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad after his upset loss last week in the semifinals at bet-at-home Open in Hamburg versus No.65 Federico Delbonis. Federer was using a new unmarked Wilson racquet during the tournament in Hamburg. Federer switched from his normal Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 racquet to a larger 98 square inched frame. Federer seemed to be unfazed by the racquet switch, but did not look 100% due to lingering back issues. Federer is the No. 1 seed at the Suisse Open in Gstaad in which he made his ATP World Tour debut in 1998. The field includes 7 top 40 players including world No.10 and Federer’s fellow Swiss countryman, Stanislas Wawrinka.

The third and final Men’s Tournament of the week is the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open which features No. 9 world ranked Richard Gasquet as the No. 1 seeded player. The field also includes six top 40 players including Fabio Fognini who has won the last two tournaments in which he has played in (Stuttgart & Hamburg).  Due to Fognini’s recent success, he has jumped 6 spots in the Emirates Airlines World rankings from No. 25 to No. 19.

 

(RL Midwest Sports)

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Federer to play with new racquet at the bet-at-home Open

Roger Federer will make the switch from his customary Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 (square-inched head) to a new unreleased blacked out racquet featuring a 98 square inched head size for his match versus 58th ranked Daniel Brands at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, Germany.

Federer was one of the last remaining players using a 90 square inched frame on the ATP tour. During Federer’s press conference he quoted, “I think 90% of the players on the ATP tour have head sizes between 95 and 100.” This racquet features a 16 by 19 string pattern which will allow him to generate more power while featuring a larger sweet spot. Due to the larger head size (98 vs. 90 sq. in.) there will be larger spacing between strings, allowing Federer to develop better pop and more spin.

Wilson offers the Blade with similar specifications, but under a blacked out paint job it is unconfirmed what type of racquet Federer will be using. Federer won 77 singles titles, 17 grand slam titles and reigned as the world No. 1 for over 300 weeks while using a 90 square inched framed racquet.

RL (Midwest Sports)

Roger Federer 7.17

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Western & Southern Open Player Field Announcement

Cincinnati, Ohio (July 15th, 2013) – The Western & Southern Open was pleased to announce both the Men’s and Women’s tournament fields for the W&S Open which is being held on August 10th – August 18th at the Linder Family Tennis Center 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The player field announcement was held at the Diamond Lounge inside the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cincinnati.

The Men’s draw will feature all of the ATP world’s Top 40 tennis players including the famously dubbed “Big 4”. The Big 4 features the world No. 1 player Novak Djokovic who is looking to become the first male ever to win the singles title in all nine of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series events. The field also includes, 2013 Wimbledon Champion and world’s No. 2 player Andy Murray, 12 time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal & 17 time grand slam winner Roger Federer. The world’s No. 5 ranked player, Roger Federer, is looking to defend his 2012 title and become a 6 time champion at the Western & Southern Open.

The Women’s draw will feature all of the WTA world’s Top 30 tennis players including the 2013 Wimbledon Champion and the world No. 7 ranked player Marion Bartoli. The world No. 5 ranked player, Li Na, is looking to defend her 2012 W&S open crown. The world’s No. 2 ranked player, Maria Sharapova, is seeking to obtain her 2nd Rookwood Cup in 3 years. The world No. 1 player, Serena Williams, is still searching for her first Western & Southern Open title.

The Western & Southern Open established in 1899, is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the United States that is still held in it’s original city. The W&S open is only one of five events in the world outside of the grand slams with events of both ATP Tour Masters 1000 series and a Premier 5 event for the WTA occurring during the same week at the same venue. In 2011, the Western & Southern Open produced a $62.5 million impact for the economy of Great Cincinnati through its capital expansion, tournament operations, and the spending by visitors from outside the area.

The event will be broadcasted by the Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS to more than 60 million people in 170 countries worldwide. The Western & Southern Open is one of the last stops prior to the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

RL (Midwest Sports)

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