- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 day ago
Gent, Belgium: Andy Murray threw his hands in the air, victorious over Belgium's David Goffin in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup Final. His teammates started piling on as the British star fell to the clay court, covering his face with his hands and basking in the moment.
It was his, and his team's, third win of the weekend, giving the U.K. the 3-1 overall win in the best-of-five tournament. Murray had just carried his teammates to their country's first Davis Cup title since 1936.
He looked absolutely elated as he jogged over to shake hands with Goffin, then ran back to the team huddle, where this time it was his teammates lifting Murray on their shoulders. The celebration on court lasted nearly an hour, hundreds of British fans who made the trip to Gent, Belgium, chanting, "I believe that we just won," and "Andy, Andy-Andy."
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 days ago
Gent, Belgium: The Davis Cup is billed as the World Cup of tennis. Comparing the format, it's easy to understand. But atmosphere? It's almost comical trying to imagine a tennis match feeling like anything close to a World Cup soccer match.
Yet somehow as the Murray brothers took the court opposite David Goffin and Steve Darcis Saturday afternoon in Gent, Belgium, for the Davis Cup Final doubles match, there was as much chanting, fanfare, and national pride on display as you'd find when Brazil and Argentina face off on a soccer pitch.
Dressed head to toe in red, white and blue, the Union Jack printed across cowboy hats and scarves, towels, earrings, anything you could wave or wear, British fans swarmed into the Flanders Expo. Even their chants were borrowed from soccer, with Brits screaming, “I, I believe, I believe that, I believe that we will in." Three carried brass horns, setting the tune as their friends belted out, “Oh when the saints, oh when the saints…” All seemed anxious to see the U.K. claim its first Davis Cup title since 1936.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet3 days ago
Gent, Belgium: Any questions surrounding Andy Murray's Davis Cup Final preparation dissipated quickly Friday afternoon as the world No. 2 closed out a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 win over Belgian Ruben Bemelmans before a rowdy sell-out crowd at the 13,000-seat Flanders Expo in Gent, Belgium.
Murray's win evened the overall score at one-all. David Goffin earned a point for Belgium earlier in the day with a come-from-behind win over Davis Cup debutant Kyle Edmund, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.
Edmund stunned many in the venue with an overpowering start, jumping out to a 5-0 before Goffin managed to take a game. Only the sixth player in history to make his Davis Cup debut at the final, the 20-year-old Brit looked to be the first ever to win his opening match.
Every slicing groundstroke off his racket elicited raucous applause from the large British cheering section. The atmosphere here is more soccer than tennis, with fans setting off air horns and banging drums at every point. Edmund said later that he was actually just trying his best to ignore all of the fanfare, to put his head down and play tennis.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet8 days ago
LONDON: Novak Djokovic capped off a phenomenal season Sunday night with a record fourth-straight ATP World Tour finals title.
"I couldn't ask for a better finish of the season," he said after the match. "I can't say I expected it, not at all... Managing to reach this kind of season and acheivement this year obviously gives me a lot of confidence for anything that is coming in the future."
Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-4, to claim the trophy. The match – a replay of last year's final here, from which Federer had to withdraw because of a back injury – started with Djokovic earning a break-point opportunity in the first game. Federer held him off, but not for long – Djokovic broke in the third game. He also held off both of the two break points he faced in the match.
The final result seemed inevitable once Djokovic took the first set, considering the Serb came in 76-2 this season in matches in which he'd done so.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet9 days ago
LONDON: Roger Federer made it look easy Saturday night as he defeated countryman Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal round of the ATP World Tour finals, 7-5, 6-3.
The win sets up a championship meeting with No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who moved on with a win over Rafael Nadal earlier Saturday, 6-3, 6-3.
The atmosphere in the arena is so different from what fans might expect to find at a tennis match in London, with blue lighting flooding the seats, a nearly-flourescent blue court, flashing lights everytime a player records an ace, and sell-out crowds as rowdy as those at the U.S. Open. Overall, it's a giant party to end the ATP season.
Wawrinka led Federer by a break midway through the first set, but that was as good as it would get for the younger Swiss. Federer brought the match back on serve, then broke in the final game to take the first. He played a clean second set, jumping to a quick 3-0 lead and not looking back.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet1 mth ago
Gold medals, they're such precious items. Most athletes work their entire lives in hopes of earning one. A few actually pull it off. And when they do...some apparently misplace them.
That's what seems to have happened with one of Serena Williams's four gold medals. She didn't even realize it, until she decided to clean out her house.
" GOLD MEDAL! Cleaning out my house and I stumbled on this great memory. One of my 4 gold medals, " she wrote.
She added #Olympics2016, reminding everyone that she'll go for her fifth and sixth golds next summer in Rio.
- Jay Busbee at Busted Racquet2 mths ago
The heartbreak of the U.S. Open, in which Serena Williams missed out on an opportunity at a landmark Grand Slam, has finally caught up with her. Williams has announced that she will be withdrawing from the remainder of her events for this year: the China Open and the WTA Finals. The move will cost Williams hundreds of thousands in missed bonuses and purses, but according to her, it was a necessity.
"My journey in tennis this year has been at times exhilarating, at times disappointing," Williams said in a statement. "I've played injured most of the year—whether it was my elbow, my knee, or in the finals moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart. I'm a fierce competitor and I want to compete as well as I can, for as long as I can. This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game."
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 mths ago
Taking the court more than three hours later than originally planned, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic delivered two of the best sets of tennis this tournament has seen. By the fourth set, though, the crowd’s beloved Federer had lost a step.
He could not keep pace with No. 1 Djokovic, who earned his 10th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Djokovic has dominated the Grand Slams this year – this is his third major title, and he was runner-up at Roland Garros – but Federer has been playing like he did in his own dominant years. He’d won 93 percent of his service games this year, a career best, and the five-time U.S. Open champion hadn’t dropped a set en route to his first championship match here since 2009.
They’d played 41 times prior to this match, most recently at this year’s Wimbledon final, with Federer leading the head-to-head by the slightest margin: 21-20. This final was expected to be a battle.
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 mths ago
NEW YORK – Flavia Pennetta won her first Grand Slam title Saturday afternoon – and minutes later, she told the U.S. Open crowd that it will also be her last. Pennetta will retire at the end of the year.
Love and support immediately poured in on Twitter, one of the first messages posted by a woman many had expected to see standing on the court on Saturday.
@flavia_pennetta congrats I'm so happy you won. You deserved it. I am also happy for the rest of your life's journey. I will miss your smile
@flavia_pennetta No better time to retire- on top and a Champion!! Well done!!!!!
- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet2 mths ago
NEW YORK – Flavia Pennetta finished her Grand Slam career in amazing fashion. The first-time Grand Slam finalist is the first Italian woman to win the U.S. Open, defeating countrywoman Roberta Vinci 7-6, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon.
As she finished her on-court interview, she announced that this would be her last U.S. Open match.
"This is the way that I would like to say goodbye to tennis," she said, an announcement that surprised everyone in the stadium. She later clarified that she will play the rest of the year, and will consider playing in the Olympics – but she will not attempt to defend U.S. Open title next year. What a way to go out.
Pennetta said she had decided prior to the tournament that she would retire. She never could have imagined what that last U.S. Open match would look like, that her Grand Slam career would end in front of her country’s prime minister and a slew of dignitaries, all flown in Friday night after she and Roberta Vinci pulled off a pair of shocking upsets against the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.