Angelique Kerber, winner of the 2016 US Open
The good

Stan Wawrinka: there’s a new champ in New York. The Swiss struggled to get past the first rounds, losing a few sets here and there and saving a match point in the third round. But he stepped up in the semifinals against Nishikori and outplayed Djokovic in the final. 3 Grand Slam finals, 3 titles.

Stan ✅ Stanimal ✅ Stan the Man ✅ And now #usopen Champion ✅ (📸: @dcarrollphoto)

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Karolina Pliskova: before this tournament, she had not passed the third round in her 17 previous Grand Slams appearances. She took down Venus Williams and top-seeded Serena Williams to reach her first Grand Slam final.

Caroline Wozniacki: she’s two years younger than Kerber but it seems she’s been on the circuit for ever. She beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Madison Keys en route to the semifinals.

“I came into this tournament ranked No. 74 in the world and probably people ruled me out, but it’s nice to prove people wrong once again.”

Lucas Pouille: he reached the quarterfinals after 5-sets marathon wins over Chiudinelli, Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal. He seems to be the only French player to have both the game and the attitude. A player to watch out next year.

Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic: they had never met before this tournament. They teamed up to win the mixed doubles title defeating CoCo Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram in the final.

“It’s really kind of a blind date.”

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares: they joined forces at the beginning of the season and won 2 Slam titles (the Australian and US Opens) since then.

The bad

Garbine Muguruza: the French Open champion was knocked out of the tournament by Anastasija Sevastova in the second round.

“Today was just very difficult. Everything I was trying to do she was coming back and doing incredible shots.”

Aga Radwanska: overpowered by 18-year old Ana Konjuh in the quarterfinals. The question is no more “when will she win her maiden Slam” but rather “will she ever win a Slam”.

Andy Murray: beaten by Nishikori in a bizarre match, he seemed mentally tired. He’ll now focus on the Davis Cup semifinals against Argentina.

“I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had. I didn’t let anyone down — certainly not myself. I pushed myself as hard as I could over the last few months, and I’m very proud of how I have done.”

Milos Raonic: a shock defeat to qualifier Ryan Harrison in the second round. His explanation: cramps due to nervousness, (nervous to play Ryan Harrison?).

Marin Cilic: the 2014 champion looked like a title contender again but surprisingly fell to Jack Sock in the third round.

Gaël Monfils: what on earth was he doing against Novak Djokovic? Not sure he knows it himself. What a waste of talent.

Bernard Tomic: nothing to add.

The queen

She started the year ranked number 10 with a large defeat to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Brisbane tournament. A couple weeks later she stunned Azarenka and Serena to win the Australian Open.
Fast forward 8 months Angelique Kerber is now the new number one and took home a second Slam trophy.
Is it the beginning of a new era for women’s tennis?

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Photo credit: Satoshi Tsuboi

Gael Monfils, 2016 US Open

Gaël Monfils has received an easy draw and has not lost a set so far in the tournament. He will defy Novak Djokovic tomorrow for a place in the US Open final.

Monfils signed with Japanese brand asics in 2013. He wears asics men’s fall collection.

Gael Monfils

Gaël’s shirt is available in three colorways: Blue, Dark Red and White/Grey:

Gael Monfils, 2016 US Open

Gaël’s shoe of choice is the Asics GEL-RESOLUTION 6:

Asics GEL-RESOLUTION 6

Photo credit: Luis Fonseca, asics

Gael Monfils, 2016 US Open

Lucas Pouille‘s US Open campaign came to an end with a straight sets loss to Gaël Monfils in the quarterfinals. With three 5-sets win over Chiudinelli, Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal, the 22 year old Frenchman showed great physical and mental resources and he’s without a doubt a player to watch in the years to come.

As for Monfils, he’ll play Novak Djokovic on Friday in what looks like the most important match of his career.

Lucas Pouille

Lucas Pouille

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Gael Monfils Roland Garros 2016 outfit

UPDATE: Gaël Monfils has withdrawn from the French Open with a viral infection

A flashy outfit for Gaël Monfils flashy playing style. Monfils will wear asics Athlete Short Sleeve Top and Athlete Short, both available online.

Gael Monfils Roland Garros 2016 outfit

Gaël’s shoe of choice is the Asics GEL-RESOLUTION 6:

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Rafael Nadal, Monte Carlo 2016

Rafa is back in the winners’ circle! Nadal claimed his 9th Monte Carlo title, as he defeated Gael Monfils 7-5 5-7 6-0 in an exciting final. He has now won 48 clay court titles, just one short of Guillermo Vilas’ record.

The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy, no? Is very, very emotional week for me, very important event. Probably Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt.
Win again here after three years is something so special for me. So very happy for that.

Check out our Monte Carlo 2016 coverage.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Thanks to Gary, some beautiful photos from players, officials and crowds at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Main Stadium, Indian Wells

Working Alone

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