USTA Tennis tournament Indian Wells
SARASOTA WOMEN MAKE USTA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Partners Deborah Huntley and Betsy Nelson of Sarasota won the Combo Ages 120 Years division at the first-ever USTA-sanctioned Same-Gender Division Tennis Championships in March in Palm Springs, Calif. The groundbreaking tournament opens the door to new play opportunities for same-gender spouses, those in civil unions, domestic partners, and spousal equivalents. As a result of the success of the inaugural sanctioned tournament, four more cities in Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City and West Hollywood, Calif. have announced plans to host events and been added to the 2015 adult competition tennis calendar. “It’s wonderful to see the way that these same-gender events have been embraced by our sport, ” said Hall of Famer Billie Jean King. “In the long run [it’s] going to be great for these couples, and great for our sport.”
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR U.S. DAVIS CUP?
John Isner fell to 0-5 in Davis Cup five-setters and 0-4 career against Andy Murray, and Donald Young to 1-2 in appearances for the U.S. squad when the Americans fell to Britain last weekend. The good news? Tomorrow is another day. Or at least September will be another weekend, when the U.S. will attempt to win the World Group Playoffs round and stay in the elite World Group for the 2016 campaign. Isner will need to rebound from losing a 2-0 set lead against Brit James Ward, eventually falling 15-13 in the third set. “He stayed composed and played a good match. I didn’t, ” Isner said. “I have lost a lot of tough matches before. It’s brutal…It is awful.” Also knocked down into the World Group Playoff round last weekend were Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Japan and Brazil. “We play again in September, so I have time to assess everything, ” says U.S. Captain Jim Courier.
Keep your eyes on the USTA Florida social media channels, you never know what you can win. Orlando’s Dianne and Jim Gocet, pictured here by the hand-painted 2015 Champion Porsche Art Car (which they wish they also won) at the Delray Beach Open By The Venetian Las Vegas, won the USTA Florida Social Media Contest, enjoying quarterfinal, semifinal and finals seats for the Open, a tour of the facilities, lunch in the Players Lounge, and photos with Americans Donald Young and the Bryan brothers. The couple got to witness Young reach the final before losing to Ivo Karlovic, and the Bryan brothers capture the doubles title.
The women are into the second round while the men are still finishing their openers at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where yesterday Mardy Fish made his dramatic return to the ATP World Tour, losing to fellow American Ryan Harrison after holding two match points 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3).
“It stings a little bit, ” Fish told the media afterwards. “I’ve worked really hard in the past 3-1/2 months to get back in shape. So, I don’t have any [physical] issues sort of during a match or after a match. I worked extremely hard to put myself in the best position to not have to worry about things when I was out there.”
On the women’s side wildcard Taylor Townsend, the former world No. 1 junior from the U.S., posted a 5-4, 5-7, 7-5 win over fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to move into the second round where she will meet No. 21 seed Sam Stosur.
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