Nishikori, Soderling and Kukushkin, Memphis Open 2016

Peg is reporting from the Memphis Open this weekend. Enjoy her first recap:

I first visited the Racquet Club of Memphis six years ago, as a volunteer for what was then a co-ed tournament (ATP 500 / WTA International). I was lucky enough to be assigned practice court duties; highlights included running after balls during a Berdych-Lu practice match and taking in how intense both Sharapova and Roddick were in their hitting sessions. In 2012, I attended several matches with friends and returned for the finals on my own.

The women’s tournament has moved to Rio, the men’s tournament is now a 250, and the title sponsor is now Servicemaster. Some other things have changed since I was last here. For example, there used to be parking spots for returning champions to the right of the club’s entrance:

reserved parking for Roddick

Now, there are different levels of VIP parking inside the gates:

Entrance to the Memphis Racquet Club

The champagne theme extends to courtside tables behind the chair umpire.

chair for Nishikori v. Querrey

Balls still fly into the stands (and occasionally sail over them) regularly both on Grandstand and on Stadium, and sometimes a flute or bottle gets knocked over.
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Kei Nishikori, Australian Open 2016

Kei Nishikori defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4

Kei Nishikori survived a right wrist injury scare to defeat 26th-seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets.

Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open 2016

Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open 2016

Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open 2016
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Hi Sense Arena, Australian Open 2016

A relatively calm day at the Australian Open, after yesterday’s upsets of Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep. All the favorites playing today cruised into the third round except 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, beaten by rising Aussie player Daria Gavrilova.

Relive day 3 through Brian’s tweets:

Straight sets win for Kei Nishikori over Austin Krajicek:

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Rafa Nadal

On the eve of the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and a few other top players attended the IMG party at Crown Towers in Melbourne. Enjoy some pictures from the event:

The green carpet

2014 Australian Open champion Li Na:

Li Na (China)

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Kei Nishikori:

Kei Nishikori (Japan)

 
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Nick Kyrgios, 2016 Kooyong Classic

A hot day in Melbourne today (the Zverev-Edmund match was cancelled due to heat) and lots of action on court. Enjoy a few pictures from day 2 at the Kooyong Classic, and in case you missed it, check out day 1 pictures.

Pablo Carreno Busta defeated former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-4:

Marcos Baghdatis

Marcos Baghdatis

Pablo Carreno Busta
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