COLONIE — The recently retired face of American men’s tennis and the rising star of American women’s tennis will play at SEFCU Arena this summer.
They’ll each make one appearance at SEFCU Arena, Roddick as a member of the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers and Stephens with the Philadelphia Freedoms.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Sportimes local promoter Nitty Singh said at a news conference. “This is what I’ve been hoping for from day one.”
From Doug Robson at USA T0day, a story of the Willliams sisters and the next generation of American Women’s tennis players. Some excerpts:
Young Americans build bond with stars Venus, Serena
Last year here 20-year-old Christina McHale said she had never exchanged words with 15-time Grand Slam titlist Serena.
Sloane Stephens, 19, called Serena “our tennis god” but had barely conversed with her.
Twelve months later, the story has changed.
Hampton and McHale have practiced with the sisters, shared laughs over dinner and now exchange pleasantries at tournaments.
Stephens? She and Serena are buddies.
“I love her, she’s amazing, she’s a god, but now she’s like my friend,” said 29th-seeded Stephens, who joined Hampton in the third round Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of former junior rival Kristina Mladenovic of France.
Among American men, the experience gap has been more easily bridged.
Veterans such as the now-retired Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish have gone out of their way to mentor prospects such as Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock, making it one of the most congenial groups in memory.
There is a lot more to this story which can be found at:
From Lagardere Tennis – Lagardère Unlimited is a sports agency representing athletes worldwide. The tennis division is comprised of over fifty ATP, WTA, and junior players combined. All images are from Lagardere’s twitter Feed and represent some of the many Lagardere clients. Lagardere also represents Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, Christina McHale, Gael Monfils, Victoria Azarenka, Andy Roddick, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki, Urszula Radwanska and the Bryan Brothers among others. Lagardere is a 30% owner of Saddlebrook Resort. They also own several tournaments including the BNP Paribas WTA Championship shown below.
John Isner, North Carolina native, two-time Winston Salem Open Champion, and America’s #1 tennis player will be at the 3rd Annual Ebix Charity Challenge!
After a successful first year in Manhattan Beach, CA followed by a visit to John Isner’s hometown of Greensboro, NC, the 3rd edition of the Isner Charity Challenge is heading to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home of the event beneficiary, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The UNC Lineberger Cancer Center is one of the leading treatment facilities in the nation and is where John’s mother, Karen, was successfully treated during her two battles with colon cancer.
Isner will be joined by rising WTA star Christin McHale, celebrity emcee Wayne Bryan, father and former coach of the World No. 1 Doubles Team, Mike and Bob Bryan, and more.
“I’m excited to bring this event back to my home state for the second year in a row and to have the opportunity to support an organization that has given so much to my family. UNC Lineberger continues to make remarkable strides in the fight against cancer, and I’m looking forward to celebrating and supporting their work during the event.” – John Isner
More on Lagadere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagard%C3%A8re_Group
The 10sWorld blog has a good interview with American Sloane Stephens entitled ”
SLOANE STEPHENS: HEALTHY, HAPPY, AND NINETEEN”
Here are a few excerpts.
When I asked if there were any ATP players who caught her eye, she seemed appalled. “Eew, no! They’re gross. They’re really gross.” she exclaimed – before finally admitting that a couple weren’t that bad. “(Gael) Monfils and (Fernando) Verdasco are my favorites,” she said with a smile. “At the Indian Wells player party Monfils and I danced for a while- but not like that. He’s so funny!”
Stephens, on the other hand, only had positive things to say about the current torchbearer of the WTA, number one Victoria Azarenka. ““I love Vika. You could tell me she sucks toes- I wouldn’t care,” she laughed. “She’s been nice to me since I met her for the first time. She and my mom are always chatting it up. People are always telling me they hate her- I don’t know why.”
Similarly, she only has nice things to say about Venus and Serena Williams. “They’re so sweet. They’re always so nice. Serena lives two streets over from me in LA. We talk all the time.” She seems so casual about it- so unfazed by the fact that her idols growing up are now her Fed Cup teammates. Mainly she just admires them for their competitive side- on and off the court.
“Bleacher Reports” latest slideshow is on the 10 Male players they feel will improve their rankings in 2012. It is a good list.
2011 is coming to an end, so let’s look at 10 young tennis players guaranteed to be on the rise next year on either the ATP or WTA circuit.
Of the 10, who is likely to transition into a Grand Slam winner? Comment below with your opinion.
There is only one prerequisite to be considered for this list:
- 21 years or younger.