Tournaments: Indian Wells
Known as the “Fifth Slam” by many, the BNP Paribas Open (also referred to as Indian Wells) begins this week!
The men’s tournament is headlined by defending champion Novak Djokovic, Australian Open champion Roger Federer, World No. 1 Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic, and the biggest names in men’s tennis. The WTA are without their defending champion Victoria Azarenka (she recently became a mother), but the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Aga Radwanska, and the return of Madison Keys will make sure no quality rallies go missing.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 3, 2017
Stay tuned for a full draw breakdown coming this week.
Tournaments: Acapulco, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Sao Paulo.
This tiebreak was more intense than some championship points. In the Dubai quarterfinals, World No. 1 Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlshreiber engaged in a 31-minute tiebreak (?). Murray saved seven match points(!) in the second set before winning the match in three. The tiebreak was longer than the entire third set (28 minutes).
Murray saves SEVEN MPs, beats Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(18!!), 6-1 to reach Dubai ATP 500 SFs. [getty] pic.twitter.com/YjF8R3MaE7
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 2, 2017
The World No. 1 eventually cruised through the rest of the draw to win his first title of 2017.
— Tennis Photos (@tennis_photos) March 4, 2017
Roger Federer endured a similar defeat as Kohlshreiber. To everyone’s surprise, the Australian Open champion was ousted by qualifier and World No. 116 Evgeny Donskoy in the second round of Dubai.
—Held 3 match points in 2nd set
—Led 5-2 in 3rd set
—Led 5-1 in 3rd-set tiebreaker
And lost, to No. 116 Evgeny Donskoy.
— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) March 1, 2017
It’s only a few months in to the 2017 season but we already have a few contenders for biggest upset of the year.
Already in 2017 – #116 Donskoy def. Federer & #117 Istomin def. Djokovic #ATP
— Michael Gallo (@Galloots) March 1, 2017
Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro met in the second round of Acapulco in a rematch of the 2016 Olympics. Same quality but a different result as revenge was served for the Serb.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 2, 2017
As a result of beating Del Po, a thrilling encounter between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios finally happened in the Acapulco quarterfinals. It was everything we anticipated and more!
For match highlights, click here.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) March 3, 2017
Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios – Only players to beat Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in their first tour-level meetings.
— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) March 3, 2017
Kristina Mladenovic and Heather Watson had their own thrilling match in the second round in Acapulco. They set a high bar for other players to surpass this year!
— WTA (@WTA) March 2, 2017
After Elina Svitolina’s success last week, another Ukrainian player had her time to shine. Lesia Tsurenko cruised to victory against Mladenovic in the Acapulco final. Tsurenko has now gone through the past three seasons with a title.
Lesia Tsurenko wins her third title, beats Kristina Mladenovic 61 75 to win @AbiertoTelcel. Came into Acapulco w/o a tour win since Hobart.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 5, 2017
Acapulco: Lesia Tsurenko & Darija Jurak/Anastasia Rodionova (WTA)
Kuala Lumpur: Ashleigh Barty & Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (WTA)
Acapulco: Sam Querrey & Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares (ATP)
Dubai: Andy Murray & Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau (ATP)