It cannot have been what the two dozen experts Milos Raonic consulted in the off-season recommended he do this year: hold a baby alligator.
But there Raonic was, on Sunday, two days before his first match at the Delray Beach Open, clenching his fists tighter and tighter around Smiley, the five-pound alligator that squirmed and urinated while the Canadian tried to tame him.
“Whoa, buddy,” Raonic said.
“So you can feel the strength of him,” said “Gator Tim” Schwartzman, Raonic's guide at the Sawgrass Recreation Park in Weston, Florida, U.S.A.
The calendar might say mid-February, but to Jack Sock, this week's Delray Beach Open feels more like the beginning of the season than the ASB Classic did in January.
Sock headed to Auckland still feeling tired from his unpredictable end to 2017. The 25-year-old won the Rolex Paris Masters title and climbed 16 places in the ATP Race To London – from 24th to eighth – to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in London for the first time.
But the later end to his season – late November instead of early October/early November – threw off Sock's schedule. He flew to New Zealand wi...more
It has been a long time coming for Kevin Anderson. The South African had not won a title since 2015 Winston-Salem, and a slew of injuries forced his ATP Ranking down to as low as No. 80 last January.
But five months after advancing to his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, Anderson added a fourth tour-level title to his collection, defeating second seed Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) to win the inaugural New York Open on Sunday.
Thanks to his performance this week, the 31-year-old will move to a career-best No. 9 in the ATP Rankings on Monday. The inaugural final in New York was...more
If Dominic Thiem's start to the Latin American Golden Swing is any indication of his 2018 form, the rest of the ATP World Tour better take notice. The Austrian blasted to the title at the Argentina Open, not dropping a set all week in notching the clay-court title.
Thiem dominated Sunday's final, downing Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes. He extended his perfect mark in Buenos Aires to 9-0, having previously won the title in 2016, and lifted his ninth ATP World Tour trophy in total. It was his first crown in nearly a year, since triumphing in nearby Rio de Janeiro last February....more
Sunday was already special for Max Mirnyi, as the Belarusian was competing in his 100th combined tour-level final.
But it got better for the 40-year-old, who partnered Philipp Oswald to defeat Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-4, 4-6, 10/6 in one hour, 29 minutes to triumph at the inaugural New York Open.
It is the pair’s second title together (2017 Moscow) in their third final (l. 2018 Auckland). Mirnyi will leave New York with his 51st tour-level doubles trophy and Oswald his seventh.
The pair earns 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points and a split of $36,230. Koolhof and Sitak, w...more
Relive some of the most memorable moments of the 2018 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, which ended with Roger Federer capturing his 97th tour-level title. Photo: Henk Koster. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Home favourites Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos stunned two-time defending champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 5-7, 10/3 to win the Argentina Open on Sunday.
Molteni and Zeballos became the first home team to win the title since 2010, where Zeballos triumphed alongside Sebastian Prieto. Cabal and Farah were bidding to win the title for a third consecutive year. The Argentines won 78 per cent of points on serve and dominated the decisive Match Tie-break to clinch their second title in their second tournament as a pairing, after winning the BB&T Atlanta Open on their tea...more
Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut ended Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic’s unbeaten start to the 2018 season 2-6, 6-2, 10/7 to lift the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Sunday.
The third seeds came from behind to hand the second seeds, who had won all 18 of their previous matches this season, their first defeat of 2018. Marach and Pavic had been bidding to win a fourth title of the season after earlier triumphs in Doha, Auckland and at the Australian Open, but it was the all-French duo who tasted victory after 68 minutes of play. Mahut has now won the title on three occasi...more
Canadian #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime checks out the Red Bull Crashed Ice site in Marseille ahead of the Open 13 Provence.
Grigor Dimitrov began to make good on his enormous potential last year, claiming his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title (Cincinnati), winning the Nitto ATP Finals and finishing the year No. 3 in the ATP Rankings.
Next on his to-do list is to address the imbalance in his FedEx ATP Head-to-Head records against the game’s very best. He is 1-10 against Rafael Nadal, 1-6 against Novak Djokovic, 3-8 against Andy Murray and 0-6 against Roger Federer.
Dimitrov has the chance to get to work Sunday in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam, where he will look for ...more