U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS FEBRUARY 16–24 | THE RACQUET CLUB OF MEMPHIS
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U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
CONTENTS Welcome Letters 8 10 11 12
Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director Mark Luttrell, Jr, Mayor, Shelby County A C Warton, Jr, Mayor , City of Memphis Kevin Kane, President & CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Player Profiles 42 ATP Tour Professionals 58 WTA Tour Professionals
Useful Information 14 Schedule of Events 16 Prize Money 18 Staff 22 Of Interest 72 Past Champions 76 Sponsors 78 Executive Suites 80 Gold Boxes East 82 Gold Boxes West 84 Silver Boxes North 86 Silver Boxes South
FEATURES Traditions 28 Tennis history has been shaped at The Racquet Club, with a who's-who champions list and memories that endure across eras.
Harder Better Faster Stronger 36 Professional tennis continues to evolve, with more strength, speed, and power than ever before.
Memphis BIds Farewell to the ladies 90 The WTA has one final showdown after more than a decade of highlights at The Racquet Club.
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WELCOME Dear Tennis Friends,
elcome to the 2013 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships. This year’s tournament brings a new name, changes to the stadium court, the very best field in history and some new fan experiences. The first change is a return to the tournament’s original name—the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships. This name re-establishes the tradition and history of the tournament from its beginnings in Memphis. When you enter the stadium you’ll notice the next big change. The bleacher seats have been removed and replaced with chair seats. The new seats will provide fans a much more comfortable position from which to view the exciting matches. You will also notice, on the west end of the stadium, a new feature under the scoreboard, The Club Lounge. This area will provide food and beverage service inside the stadium court while watching the matches. On court you will see the strongest men’s field we have had in Memphis. Eleven of the top 30 men in the world will compete in the singles draw and the world number one team and current Olympic gold Medalists, the Bryan Brothers, will head the doubles draw. John Isner (13) heads the field of singles stars along with two time finalist Milos Raonic (15) and three time champion Tommy Haas (21). The newcomers to Memphis, Marin Cilic (14), Kei Nishikori (18) and Alex Dolgopolov (20) will provide the excitement we have come to expect. The women’s field is even stronger than we have had in the past with our last player accepted
20 spots higher than in previous years. Our field is headed by former top 12 player Sabine Lisicki and defending champion Sofia Arvidsson as well as 2011 Champion Magdalena Rybarikova. Be sure to watch for the youngest player in the field, 17 year old American Vicki Duval; we are expecting the Memphis courts to be a showcase for this rising talent. For the first time ever the tournament will start off with Mixed Doubles action on Monday night at 7 pm. Former Memphis Champions Lindsay Davenport, Mark Philippoussis, and Sam Querrey will take to the court with young star Vicki Duval to show Memphis some top-level mixed doubles action. Off the court we have new events for the fans to enjoy as well. Wednesday is our Ladies’ Day Luncheon with some of the top players making an appearance. Thursday is a BBQ and Bourbon evening with two Memphis in May BBQ champions providing a tasting of their specialties. And, on Sunday before finals begin we will have a Jazz Brunch to get you in a festive mood for the last day of great tennis. The Racquet Club of Memphis is proud to continue to bring world-class tennis to Memphis. We are looking forward to another exciting event and hope you enjoy every part of your experience. Sincerely,
Peter Lebedevs Tournament Director US National Indoor Tennis Championships
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t is my distinct honor to welcome each of you to Memphis and Shelby County as you congregate to attend the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Our citizens are excited to host
this illustrious event and we look forward to attending the many activities that will be offered. I am pleased that Memphis continues to be the host locale for this ATP and WTA event. For almost 40 years, we have had the unique opportunity to watch some of the most competitive matches and some of the worldâ€™s greatest players. This is indeed an opportunity, and I would like to thank each of you for attending. During your visit, I hope that you will have time to discover all of the wonderful things that our city has to offer. We have plenty of attractions that will excite your interests and entertain your senses. I urge all of you to visit Beale Street, tour the National Civil Rights Museum, visit the Memphis Zoo, and watch a basketball game at FedExForum. You can explore downtown and travel along the Main Street Mall by trolley or horse-drawn carriage. We always enjoy the chance to welcome guests to Shelby County and showcase our wonderful community. Iâ€™m confident that you will find Memphis a fun, inviting, and vibrant place to visit. Again, welcome to Memphis and Shelby County. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable and eventful week as well as wonderful stay here in our beautiful community. Sincerely,
Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. Mayor, Shelby County 10 |
Dear Friends and Guests,
n behalf of the citizens of Memphis, Tennessee, welcome to The Racquet Club of Memphis and the 2013 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships. This year’s contests will be thrilling indeed, and we’re
so glad that you’re joining us. We are looking forward to watching some of the world’s greatest players here in Memphis and we welcome the opportunity to enjoy the very best of world-class tennis, from the opening match to the final shot of the championship match. As you cheer the players on the court, I would be remiss if I did not mention the true heroes who benefit the most from these games — the young patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As one of St. Jude’s most significant supporters, I thank you for bringing valuable funds and awareness to our fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases affecting our children. To the valued sponsors and supporters of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, our thanks for making this wonderful tradition possible. To the players and coaches, best wishes for a safe and fun trip and enjoy “World Class Tennis Memphis Style”!
A C Wharton, Jr. Mayor, City of Memphis
Welcome to the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championship!
t is a great honor to extend you a warm welcome to our lovely city, where we pride ourselves on being the destination that defines Southern Hospitality through extraordinary experiences.
While at the U.S. National Indoor at the Racquet Club, you are very conveniently
located in the center of our city, with easy access to the best we have to offer. You’ll find great restaurants offering a wide variety of enticing cuisines, intriguing attractions to visit, and simply the best of the best Blues and Rock ‘N’ Roll music for your entertainment. We hope you’ll have time during the tournament to sample some real Memphis hospitality to underscore your week of World Class Tennis in Memphis style. On behalf of the 500-plus businesses that make up our local hospitality industry, it’s an honor to welcome you to the Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll. May you create great memories of your stay with us and come back to see us often.
Kevin Kane President & CEO Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
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^ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday, February 16 10:00 a.m. – Men’s and Women’s Qualifying
Sunday, February 17 10:00 a.m. – Men’s and Women’s Qualifying 6:00 p.m. – Pro-Am
Monday, February 18 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Players Visit the Children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 10:00 a.m. – Session 1, Men’s and Women’s 1st Round 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Gold Box holders Player Autograph Session, The Racquet Club Ballroom 7:00 p.m. – Session 2, Champions Mixed Doubles Exhibition featuring Lindsay Davenport, Mark Philippoussis, Sam Querrey and Vicki Duval Followed by a 1st round WTA singles match
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 p.m. – Session 4, John Isner in a featured 1st round ATP singles match Followed by Kei Nishikori in a featured 1st round ATP singles match
Wednesday, February 20
Friday, February 22 9:00 a.m. – Kid’s Day, The Racquet Club Grandstand Court 10:00 a.m. – Session 9, Women’s Semifinals
10:00 a.m. – Session 5, Men’s 1st and 2nd rounds, Women’s Round of 16
7:00 p.m. – Session 10, Men’s Quarterfinals
11:30 a.m. – Ladies Day, The Racquet Club Ballroom
10:00 a.m. – Session 11, Men’s Semifinal, Doubles and Singles
Saturday, February 23
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Silver Box holders Player Autograph Session, The Racquet Club Ballroom
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Concert by The Life Church House Band, The Hospitality Village
5:30 p.m. – Special Olympics Clinic, The Racquet Club of Memphis Practice Court
3:00 p.m. – Session 12, Men’s Semifinal, Singles and Doubles
7:00 p.m. – Session 6, Bob and Mike Bryan in a featured ATP doubles match Followed by Milos Raonic in a featured 1st round ATP singles match
7:00 p.m. – Session 13, Women’s Final, Singles and Doubles
Thursday, February 21 10:00 a.m. – Session 7, Men’s Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Sunday, February 24 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Jazz Brunch, The Ballroom 1:00 p.m. – Session 14, Men’s Doubles Finals
10:00 a.m. – Session 3, Men’s and Women’s 1st and 2nd Rounds
5:30 p.m. – BBQ and Bourbon, The Hospitality Village
3:00 p.m. – Men’s Singles Finals
2:30 p.m. – USTA Member Appreciation Party, The Racquet Club Ballroom
7:00 p.m. – Session 8, Men’s Round of 16
*Events subject to change
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^ PRIZE MONEY
ATP 500 LEVEL
WTA TOUR INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
MEN’S SINGLES PRIZE MONEY: WINNER ................................................................ $291,800 FINALIST.................................................................$131,560 SEMIFINALISTS.................................................... $ 62,320 QUARTERFINALISTS ...........................................$ 30,070 ROUND OF 16 ......................................................... $ 15,330 ROUND OF 32.........................................................$ 8,435
WOMEN’S SINGLES PRIZE MONEY: WINNER ................................................................. $40,000 FINALIST................................................................ $20,000 SEMIFINALISTS....................................................... $10,725 QUARTERFINALISTS ............................................. $ 5,800 ROUND OF 16 .......................................................... $ 3,200 ROUND OF 32...........................................................$ 2,075
MEN’S DOUBLES PRIZE MONEY: WINNER ................................................................. $86,200 FINALIST................................................................ $38,900 SEMIFINALISTS.......................................................$18,340 QUARTERFINALISTS.............................................. $ 8,860 ROUND OF 16 .......................................................... $ 4,550
WOMEN’S DOUBLES PRIZE MONEY: WINNER ....................................................................$11,500 FINALIST.................................................................$ 6,000 SEMIFINALISTS...................................................... $ 3,200 QUARTERFINALISTS............................................... $ 1,700 ROUND OF 16 ............................................................. $ 900
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WTA Tour Supervisor – Tony Cho
Tournament Director – Peter Lebedevs
ATP World Tour Manager – Konstantin Haerle
Tournament Manager – Lyndale Smithson
Tournament Physicians – Campbell Clinic: Dr. Ashley Park/
Ticket Sales Manager – Maggie Hicks
Primary Care Specialists: Dr. O. Lee Berkenstock
Ticket Sales & Service – Mike Schoenberger, Shane Donahue,
Racquet Stringer – Todd Mobley
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Corporate Sales & Development – Mike McCormick
General Manager – Steve Valentine
Volunteer Coordinator – Susan “Cookie” Swain
Business Operations – James Etter
Transportation Coordinator – Marilyn Taylor
Sales and Membership – Devin Donaldson
Usher Coordinator – Brenda Taylor
Banquet Sales & Services – Layne Sayle & Holly Burris
Ballpersons Coordinator – Jorge Woog
Executive Chef – Peter Piazza
Players Lounge Coordinator – Michael Chamberlain
Dining Room Host – Tony Barrasso
and Dan Singer
Facilities & Grounds Maintenance – Mike Boling & Bob Gitter
Suite Coordinators – Dana Deviney
Pro Shop Manager – Taylor Taylor
PA Announcer – Dan Osborn
Tennis Director – Michael Chamberlain
Photographer – Ron Angle Tournament Referee – Brad Taylor Chief of Officials – Joan Vormbaum ATP World Tour Supervisor – Mark Darby
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^ OF INTEREST ATP 500 Level THE SINGLES DRAW 23-25 DIRECT ACCEPTANCES Are those 23-25 highest ATP World Tour-ranked players who enter the event by the entry deadline, 42 days prior to the event.
4 – QUALIFIERS Are those players whose ATP World Tour ranking is not high enough for direct acceptance. The four semifinalists in the qualifying tournament receive a berth in the main draw.
3-4 WILD CARDS Are given to any three players of the Tournament Director’s choice, sometimes a highly ranked player who did not enter the event before the entry deadline, often a promising young player, and occasionally a “favorite son” player. The 4th is saved for an A+ player that applies after the entry deadline. If there is no such player that spot goes to the next player on the direct acceptance list
0-1 – SPECIAL EXEMPT Is given to a player that is still playing in another ATP World Tour event when the qualifying starts. If there is no such player that spot goes to the next player on the direct acceptance list 22 |
8 – SEEDS After the final list of players is determined, the players are positioned in rank order using the latest ATP World Tour singles rankings list. The top 8 players are designated as “seeds” and are assigned to specific areas of the draw, per the ATP World Tour Rulebook seeding guidelines.
LUCKY LOSERS May receive a spot in the draw if a player in the main event withdraws once the tournament has begun. Lucky losers are those who have lost in the final round of the qualifying event and are selected on the basis of their ranking.
32 – SINGLES PLAYERS Total number of players accepted for the main event.
THE DOUBLES DRAW 14 – DIRECT ACCEPTANCES Are those 14 highest-ranked ATP World Tour teams who enter the event by the entry deadline, which is 6 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the start of the event.
2 – WILD CARDS Are given to any two teams of the Tournament Director’s choice, sometimes a highly ranked singles
player with “star” power who did not gain entry on the strength of his and his partner’s combined ranking, often a promising young team and occasionally a “favorite son” team.
4 – SEEDS After the 16 teams have been determined, they are then re-ordered based upon the combined ATP World Tour Doubles ranking of the team. The top 4 teams are separated in the draw.
ALTERNATES May receive a spot in the draw if a team in the main event withdraws once the tournament has begun. Alternates are those teams that entered but were not accepted as either a direct entry or as a Wild Card team. The order is based upon the combined ranking of the team members.
16 - DOUBLES TEAMS Total number of teams accepted for the main event. (Continues on page 25)
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WTA International Level
8 – SEEDS
2 – WILD CARDS
Are those 24 highest WTA ranked players who enter the event prior to the entry deadline.
After the final list of players is determined, the players are positioned in rank order using the latest WTA singles ranking list. The top 8 players are designated as “seeds” and are assigned to a specific area of the draw per the WTA rule book seeding guidelines.
Are given to any two teams of the tournament director’s choice, sometimes a highly ranked singles player that did not gain entry based on the strength of their doubles ranking, or a promising young team.
THE SINGLES DRAW 24-25 DIRECT ACCEPTANCES
Are those players whose WTA ranking is not high enough for direct acceptance. The four semifinalists in the qualifying tournament receive a berth in the main draw.
4 – WILD CARDS 2 are given to any player of the tournament director’s choice, sometimes a highly ranked player that did not enter before the deadline, a promising young player and sometimes a “fan favorite” player. The other 2 are reserved for players ranked in the top 20 on the WTA singles rankings that may want to enter after the entry deadline. If they are not used one goes back to the tournament director to choose and the other is added to the direct acceptance list.
May receive a spot in the draw if a player in the main event withdraws once the tournament has begun. Lucky losers are those who have lost in the final round of the qualifying event and are selected on the basis of their ranking.
4 – SEEDS After the 16 teams have been determined, they are then re-ordered based upon their ranking. The top 4 teams are separated in the draw.
THE DOUBLES DRAW
May receive a spot in the draw if a team in the main event withdraws once the tournament has begun. Alternates are those teams that entered but were not accepted as either a direct entry or as a Wild Card team. The order is based upon the combined ranking of the team members.
14 – DIRECT ACCEPTANCES
16 - DOUBLES TEAMS
32 – SINGLES PLAYERS Total number of players accepted in the main draw.
Doubles acceptance will be based on the WTA Doubles Rankings the week prior to the start of play. The 14 highest ranked teams are determined by adding the two players’ doubles ranking together. This number is the teams ranking.
Total number of teams accepted for the main event.
In the beginning, Billy Dunavant brought professional tennis to Memphis and called it the U.S. National Indoor Championships. From Volvo and Kroger to Regions Morgan Keegan, over the past thirty-seven years Memphis’ professional tennis tournament has held many monikers. Regardless of the title, the tournament has made it tradition to provide players and fans with an experience that simply doesn’t happen at any other professional sporting event in the nation. This year the tournament is returning to its roots for good. At the core, it’s always been the U.S. National Indoor Championships; it’s just official again.
In its maiden year (1977), Bjorn Borg captured the U.S. National Indoor title and went on to finish the year as the world’s best player. This wasn’t the last time a U.S. National Indoor winner would end the year with the top ranking. Both fans and pros took notice. “It was absolutely unbelievable that this small venue had more year-end number one champions than any other tournament in the world; including grand slams, until 2000” said former Racquet Club and National Indoor owner Mac Winker. The fan experience began to crescendo with every tennis star witnessed. It became expected, tradition if you will, that every spring tennis lovers would see the top tennis players in the world compete in the Bluff City. “It took the city by storm. They just really grabbed hold of it,” longtime tournament director Tommy Buford said. “It didn’t take long for the world to realize what an event we had here.” As tournament director, Buford was responsible for recruiting the best players to come to the National Indoor. In 1978, his second year on the job, he recruited the world’s second-best player in an interesting location. “I was in the restroom at Madison Square Garden during the Masters when I ran into Guillermo Vilas and his agent. We got to talking and they stood right there while I wrote out a contract on a paper bag,” Buford said. “They signed it and consequently Vilas came to the tournament that year. That could never happen now.” In a 2001 interview Billy Dunavant told Memphis magazine that the level of service and hospitality Buford provided players was instrumental to the tournament’s early success. “In those days it wasn’t always the money. How you treated [the players] was really important,” Dunavant told the magazine. “Tommy had a premier reputation of being a guide to the players, really respected, and would do exactly what he told them he would do.” The practice of extreme hospitality was passed down from Buford to Winker and to today’s tournament director, Peter Lebedevs and has become another part of the National Indoor’s tradition. The first-class experience draws fans and pros back each year. “It might be the friendliest tournament we play. From the tournament staff, local tennis fans and just the city in general,” said U.S. National Indoor doubles champion Bob Bryan. “Mike and I always look forward to the southern hospitality and level of class provided by the Club.” The National Indoor always attracts the top American players, but it also has a knack for introducing some of the greener talent on the ATP World Tour. Top seeded John Isner began playing the National Indoor each spring when he was just a teenager. “It’s sort of like visiting your home town. The fans are so loyal and they’ve gotten to see me grow from the beginning of my career to today,” Isner said of the annual tournament. The women’s event also has a history of showcasing future superstars. In 2004, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova played the National Indoor then went on to become
It has become tradition, that when it comes to top-ten tennis talent, Memphis fans will have the opportunity to say, “I saw them play when they were on their way up.”
“I always enjoy playing in Memphis. Aside from it just being an inviting tournament for American players, the relationship the tournament has with St. Jude is a really special one,” said Mardy Fish.
Wimbledon Champion that July. Victoria Azarenka defeated Caroline Wozniacki to win the singles championship in 2009 then, ironically, went on to win the doubles championship that same year with Wozniacki as her partner. Both players have landed themselves in the numberone spot since. It has become tradition, that when it comes to top-ten tennis talent, Memphis fans will have the opportunity to say, “I saw them play when they were on their way up.” During the Nineties, the tournament decided to take on a philanthropic role and partner with local St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Long before the ATP initiated its ACES for Charity program, the National Indoor recognized its ability to make a difference for a worthy cause. As the largest not-for-profit in Memphis and the hospital’s dedication to finding a cure for childhood cancers, it was a logical choice for St. Jude to be the tournament’s charity. “It was such a magical time when the relationship with St. Jude began,” said Winker. “I’ve seen the impact the children have on the players and it’s pretty amazing.” In 2003, after an injury caused Anna Kournikova to withdraw from the event, she still attended the National Indoor to make a special charity donation to the hospital. She continues to participate in charity tennis events to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, players schedule time to visit the hospital and look forward to meeting the young patients. Throughout the years, many pros have donated to St. Jude because of the personal impact visiting the hospital had on them. “I always enjoy playing in Memphis. Aside from it just being an inviting tournament for American players, the relationship the tournament has with St. Jude is a really special one,” said Mardy Fish. “Visiting the children is always so inspiring and we all try to make the trip to visit when our schedule allows.” Allowing players the opportunity to use their star power to impact the lives of children has become a National Indoor tradition. In the past thirty-seven years, the sport of tennis has seen many changes. While it has adapted with the times, the U.S. National Indoor has maintained the elements that make it the most traditional tournament on the tour. “As the tournament looks to the future, we want to provide fans and players with the best tennis experience possible,” said tournament director Peter Lebedevs. “A large part of the experience stems from traditions that span well over three decades, and begins with reclaiming the U.S. National Indoor Championships name.” Between the first-class private-club experience, old fashioned player hospitality and philanthropic endeavors, and showcasing a level of tennis that can’t be seen within a 400 mile radius, the U.S. National Indoor has created a tennis tradition in the Mid-South that will be carried on for years to come. ❍
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HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER IN THE 2011 FINALS MATCH BETWEEN ANDY RODDICK and Milos Raonic at the U.S. National Indoor Championships, Memphis tennis enthusiasts saw a different kind of tennis player. At the time, Roddick was the world record holder for the fastest serve recorded (155 mph), but Raonic displayed an unmistakable power serve â€“ making the win for Roddick challenging.
“It’s a scary thought that he’s got a ways to improve,” Mardy Fish said of Raonic that year. The thought may be scary for Raonic’s opponents, but it’s exciting for tennis fans. Once again in last year’s final match, Raonic’s power serve against 2012 champion Jurgen Melzer made the crowd take notice – and the tournament management take action. “It’s for safety,” said Tournament Director Peter Lebedevs, of the six-foot baseline extension new to the 2013 court. “Melzer was so far back returning his shots that he almost hit the ball kids and linemen. The game has changed. Fifteen years ago
serves weren’t as big and fast as they are now.” Australia’s Samuel Groth proved Lebedev’s theory to be true last May when he hit an ace recorded at 163.4 mph in a match in South Korea. Groth hit two other serves recorded at 157.5 mph and 158.9 mph in the same match. What is giving professionals today an apparent edge over the champions of yesteryear? Maybe the answer lies in height, strength, better equipment, or a combination of the three. Environmental factors likely play a role in the growing size of players. As a species we are growing taller than decades before, but likely it isn’t a result of evolution. Most geneticists
believe that the improvement in childhood nutrition has been the most important factor in allowing humans to increase so dramatically in stature. Before Pete Sampras, few men’s professionals measured taller than 5’11” – the height of Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe. Rod Laver, star player during the Sixties and still considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, was a mere 5’8”. Today, only two players in the Emirates ATP rankings — DavidFerrer and Janko Tipsarevic — measure less than six feet. John Isner is a towering 6’9”, Raonic comes in at 6’5”, Juan Martin Del Potro is 6’6” and Ivo Karlovic is an astounding 6’10”. With the increasing size of professionals, physical strength is in demand. Most top professionals have a personal trainer in addition to their coach. These trainers specifically design the player’s training schedule, which often includes tennis footwork drills, plyometrics and even a comprehensive weight training program. Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg have nearly an identical forehand technique. So what makes Borg’s topspin incomparable to Federer’s? Simply put – the racket. Wooden rackets were nine inches wide and twenty-seven inches long. Today’s carbon fiber composite racket is still twenty-seven inches in length, but about ten to twelve inches wide. Not to mention the racket is lighter, which does require players to swing harder, but the result is a topspin that simply can’t be achieved with a wooden
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racket. The introduction of polyester strings around ten years ago is another contributing factor to the topspin speeds seen from today’s player. Last year, tennis equipment manufacturer, Wilson, released a line of rackets with “Spin Effect” technology. There are fewer cross strings than vertical, allowing for more spin with no change in swing. Expected to be released this year, Babolat’s Play & Connect racket provides instant data on the user’s power, spin and consistency. With players becoming bigger and stronger, new technology in equipment is becoming more important for players to remain competitive. “We attract some of the top powerhouse players to the U.S. National Indoor Championships. Just as the racket companies and personal trainers have to adjust to the players’ changing needs, so do tournaments,” said Lebedevs. “Expect to see some power tennis this week because the players now have the room they require to play their big game.” ❍
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JOHN ISNER Age: 27 (26.04.1985) Birthplace: Greensboro, NC Residence: Tampa, Florida Height: 6’9” (206 cm) Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2007 Coach: Mike Sell Singles ranking: 13
CAREER Highest ranking: 9 | W-L: 165-109 | Titles: 5 | Prize money: $4,467,949
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MILOS RAONIC Age: 22 (27.12.1990) Birthplace: Podgorica, Montenegro Residence: Monte-Carlo, Monaco Height: 6’5” (196 cm) Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg) Plays: right-handed Turned pro: 2008 Coach: Galo Blanco Singles ranking: 15
CAREER Highest ranking: 13 | W-L: 80-47 | Titles: 3 | Prize money: $1,999,625
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KEI NISHIKORI Age: 23 (29.12.1989) Birthplace: Shimane, Japan Residence: Bradenton, FL Height: 5’10” (178 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2007 Coach: Dante Bottini Singles ranking: 18
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ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV Age: 24 (07.11.1988) Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine Residence: Kiev, Ukraine Height: 5’11” (180 cm) Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2006 Singles ranking: 20
CAREER Highest ranking: 13 | W-L: 95-83 | Titles: 2 | Prize money: $3,002,511
MARDY FISH Age: 31 (09.12.1981) Birthplace: Edina, Minnesota Residence: Los Angeles, California Height: 6’2” (188 cm) Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2000 Coach: Mark Knowles Singles ranking: 27
CAREER Highest ranking: 7 | W-L: 296-210 | Titles: 6 | Prize money: $7,229,801
TOMMY HAAS Age: 34 (03.04.1978) Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany Residence: Bradenton, FL Height: 6’2” (188 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 1996 Coach: Christian Groh Singles ranking: 21
CAREER Highest ranking: 2 | W-L: 501-284 | Titles: 13 | Prize money: $11,014,574
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SAM QUERREY Age: 25 (07.10.1987) Birthplace: San Francisco, CA Residence: Las Vegas, NV Height: 6’6” (198 cm) Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2006 Coach: David Nainkin Singles ranking: 22
CAREER Highest ranking: 17 | W-L: 184-147 | Titles: 7 | Prize money: $4,422,067
FERNANDO VERDASCO Age: 29 (15.11.1983) Birthplace: Madrid, Spain Residence: Madrid, Spain Height: 6’2” (188 cm) Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg) Plays: Left-handed Turned pro: 2001 Coach: Ignacio Truyol, Jose Verdasco Singles ranking: 24
CAREER Highest ranking: 7 | W-L: 350-242 | Titles: 5 | Prize money: $9,128,375
BOB BRYAN Age: 34 (29.04.1978) Birthplace: Camarillo, CA Residence: Sunny Isles Beach, FL Height: 6’4” (193 cm) Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg) Plays: Left-handed Turned pro: 1998 Coach: David Macpherson Doubles ranking: 2
CAREER Highest ranking: 1 | W-L: 782-250 | Titles: 83 | Prize money: $9,483,982
MIKE BRYAN Age: 34 (29.04.1978) Birthplace: Camarillo, CA Residence: Wesley Chapel, FL Height: 6’3” (190 cm) Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 1998 Coach: David Macpherson Doubles ranking: 1
CAREER Highest ranking: 1 | W-L: 796-252 | Titles: 85 | Prize money: $9,255,059
RYAN HARRISON Age: 20 (07.05.1992) Birthplace: Shreveport, LA Residence: Austin, TX Height: 6â€™ (183 cm) Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg) Turned pro: 2007 Coach: Pat Harrison and Tres Davis Singles ranking: 62
CAREER Highest ranking: 43 | W-L: 44-55 | Titles: 0 | Prize money: $1,038,979
MARIN CILIC Age: 24 (28.09.1988) Birthplace: Medjugorje, BIH Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco Height: 6’6” (198 cm) Weight: 192 lbs (87 kg) Plays: Right-handed Turned pro: 2005 Coach: Bob Brett Singles ranking: 14
CAREER Highest ranking: 9 | W-L: 228-135 | Titles: 8 | Prize money: $5,690,712
VICTORIA DUVAL Age: 17 (30.11.1995) Birthplace: Miami, FL Residence: Bradenton, FL Height: 5’9” (177 cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Singles ranking: 518
CAREER W-L: 22-18 | Titles: 0 | Prize money: $31,891
LINDSAY DAVENPORT Age: 36 (08.06.1976) Birthplace: Palos Verdes, CA Residence: Laguna Beach, CA Height: 6’2” (189 cm) Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 1993
CAREER W-L: 753-194 | Titles: 55 | Prize money: $22,166,338
SABINE LISICKI Age: 23 (22.09.1989) Birthplace: Troisdorf, Germany Residence: Bradenton, FL Height: 5’10” (178 cm) Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2006 Singles ranking: 36
CAREER W-L: 203-134 | Titles: 3 | Prize money: $2,578,381
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JAMIE HAMPTON Age: 23 (08.01.1990) Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany Residence: Auburn, AL Height: 5’8” (173 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2009 Singles ranking: 63
CAREER W-L: 154-95 | Titles: 0 | Prize money: $479,561
YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA Age: 25 (12.09.1987) Birthplace: Moscow, Russia Residence: Astana, Kazakhstan Height: 5’11” (180 cm) Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2005 Singles ranking: 28
CAREER W-L: 261-174 | Titles: 1 | Prize money: $2,836,155
HEATHER WATSON Age: 20 (19.05.1992) Birthplace: Guernsey, England Residence: Guernsey, England and Bradenton, FL Height: 5’7” (170 cm) Weight: 138 lbs (63 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Singles ranking: 50
CAREER W-L: 127-82 | Titles: 3 | Prize money: $538,706
MADISON KEYS Age: 18 (17.02.1995) Birthplace: Rock Island, IL Residence: Boca Raton, FL Height: 5’10” (178 cm) Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2009 Singles ranking: 105
CAREER W-L: 67-36 | Titles: 0 | Prize money: $176,515
KIRSTEN FLIPKENS Age: 28 (10.01.1985) Birthplace: Geel, Belgium Residence: Mol, Belgium Height: 5’5” (165 cm) Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2003 Singles ranking: 43
CAREER W-L: 317-203 | Titles: 1 | Prize money: $909,410
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SHAHAR PEER Age: 25 (01.05.1987) Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel Residence: Macaholm, Israel Height: 5’7” (170 cm) Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 2004 Singles ranking: 90
CAREER W-L: 342-197 | Titles: 5 | Prize money: $4,481,483
SOFIA ARVIDSSON Age: 28 (16.02.1984) Birthplace: Halmstad, Sweden Residence: Halmstad, Sweden Height: 5’9” (176 cm) Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg) Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand) Turned pro: 1999 Singles ranking: 39
CAREER W-L: 408-271 | Titles: 2 | Prize money: $1,772,687
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or twelve years the U.S. National Indoor Championships have been the only combined men and women’s indoor tennis event in the world. This year the final champion will emerge from some of the world’s greatest female players and join the ranks of Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport and Victoria Azarenka. Throughout the years, Memphis has been honored to experience some of the greatest players women’s tennis has ever known. Beginning with the event’s first winner, Lisa Raymond, in 2002, fans were privy to experience a world-class female athlete while sitting mere feet away from the court. Ranked as the top doubles player in 2000, Raymond has eleven grand slam doubles titles, yet her success in Memphis came in the singles field. She enjoyed the event so much; she decided to take home the top prize again in 2003 and quickly became a fan favorite. Vera Zvonareva took top honors in both ’04 and ’05 and exposed U.S. National Indoor fans to their first up-and-comer winner. In her first Memphis finals appearance, Zvonareva trailed two-time champion and now hometown favorite Raymond 5–2 in the third set, before saving three match points and winning the last five games of the match to win the title, 4–6, 6–4, 7–5. A mere six months later, she partnered with
Bob Bryan to win the mixed doubles competition at the U.S. Open. Since her wins in Memphis, Zvonareva has danced in and out of the top-10 and was ranked as high as world no. 2 at the end of 2010. While not a household name, Sofia Arvidsson has her own parking spot at the Racquet Club of Memphis for her U.S. National Indoor wins in both 2006 and 2012. Arvidsson is a specialist at this tournament, with three of her four WTA finals appearances taking place on the stadium court in Memphis. She was runner up to Sharapova in 2010. Fans can imagine the special meaning Memphis and U.S. National Indoor holds to Arvidsson. “I just love this place. It’s my second home,” Arvidsson said after her 2012 win. “The fans here are great and the tournament takes such good care of the players, so it makes us all feel good. I didn’t expect to win when I came here, so it’s the best feeling.” The next four years of the women’s event at the U.S. National Indoor Championships were dominated by star power. After being side-lined for over a year due to a wrist injury, Venus Williams chose Memphis to make her comeback in 2008. After eliminating Caroline Wozniak in the second round, Williams went on to defeat top-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-1.
“I just love this place. It’s my second home,” Arvidsson said after her 2012 win.
Proving that nothing is guaranteed on the court, Williams went down in the first round of the 2008 tournament to 17-year-old qualifier Petra Kvitova Sofia Arvidsson 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Fans along with Kvitova, Williams and fellow players were all stunned. But Victoria Azarenka for Kvitova, the win wasn’t a chance success. She went on to become a top ten player and a Wimbledon champion. “It was a huge shock when Venus lost in the first round to somebody I didn’t know,” said 2008 champion Lindsay Davenport. “You know I definitely felt much more confident, getting that win. The draw obviously opened up a little bit for me, and I just took advantage of it.” With the win came Davenport’s 55th career title and fans got to witness a bit of history in the making. She surpassed one of her idols, Monica Seles, in WTA title wins and to date is fourth-ranked in this achievement. If there were ever a future star to watch in Memphis, it was 2010 singles and doubles champion Victoria Azarenka. Today she is the highest ranked woman in the sport, but then, Azarenka had just earned her first career
“It’s been a fantastic and memorable run,” said Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director.
title at the Brisbane International. It was the kind of finals match tournaments dream of – both top seeds and close friends; the excitement surrounding the match was an all time high. After defeating future world no. 1, Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-3, and composing herself from her tears of joy, the two friends teamed up to win the doubles event. The buzz surrounding the 2010 U.S. National Indoor Championships women’s event was more like a roar. Few remembered this was Maria Sharapova’s second appearance in the bluff city; as she was a relative unknown when she made it to the semi final match in 2004. Three grand slam and seventeen WTA titles later, she was back, and she didn’t drop a set the entire tournament. Gracious as always, Sharapova visited patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during her visit and signed autographs for fans whenever possible. Magdalena Rybarikova took the title in 2011 after Canadian Rebecca Marino retired due to an injury, and Arvidsson received top honors again at last year’s event. The final victor of the women’s U.S. National Indoor Championships will be crowned this week, and the city of Memphis will bid farewell to the ladies. “It’s been a fantastic and memorable run,” said Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director. “We’re all sad to see the women’s event come to an end, but I couldn’t be prouder that we got to introduce the Mid South to some of the best players the sport has ever known.” ❍
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