Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated first time ATP finalist Taylor Fritz to capture his fourth consecutive Memphis Open title, his 11th career title. Read the recap of the match, and check out our complete Memphis Open coverage.

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final
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Taylor Fritz a,d Kei Nishikori handshake, Memphis Open 2016

Championship Sunday coincided with Valentine’s Day this year, which provided the tournament with a theme for several promotions, including a “Treat Your Love to Valentine’s Brunch” and a tableful of chocolate truffles in shiny red boxes.

truffles for St. Jude

The truffles, glasses of prosecco, and tickets to a drawing for a $2,500 necklace (compliments of Memphis’s James Gattas Jewelers, whose current Twitter avatar [@GattasJewelers] currently features a photo of Gattas with Kukushkin and Kudla) were sold to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ushers handed out ServiceMaster towels, which emcee Andrew Krasny would later encourage fans to wave during his exhortations to “MAKE MORE NOISE!”

Servicemaster towels

Robin Soderling was scheduled to sign autographs in The MO at 1 p.m., which was also the starting time of the doubles final. On Stadium Court, Beg to Differ, an a cappella group from Memphis University School, performed a selection of pop standards, and then the national anthem:

National anthem
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated Sam Querrey in three sets to reach his fourth consecutive Memphis Open final. A few pictures below, read full recap here.

Some of the photographers

Nishikori's entrance

Nishikori v. Querrey

The fans with fans
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open 2016

The match schedule for Saturday consisted of two sessions, with the afternoon session beginning at 2 p.m. At “The MO,” which opened at noon, fans examined Robin Soderling‘s tennis balls…

Soderling's shop in "The MO"

sipped smoothies, played ping-pong, and danced to live music — sometimes all at the same time…

Kids dancing to the music while playing pingpong

and watched the goings-on in Rotterdam and Buenos Aires:

Watching Rafa vs. Thiem
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open 2016

Enjoy a few pictures of Kei‘s straight sets victory over Kukushkin and read our recap here.

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal
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