Andy Murray

Taylor Townsend, Monday post-match press conference:

Taylor Townsend

Venus Williams, press conference after her loss to Lucie Safarova, Tuesday:

Venus Williams

Andy Murray answering questions about the court conditions in Toronto, strategy for playing on quick surface, texting with Amelie (“Her spelling is not that good so on messages I correct her quite a bit”), how well Jo played in Toronto (recited various serving speeds), crowd noise, and how Mason is different than other Masters cities (staying in downtown Cincinnati; goes to Whole Foods a lot; went out for steak).

press conference

Novak Djokovic joking with media members about not inviting them to his wedding and how he should have brought chocolate.

press conference

Madison Keys, Monday post-match press conference:

Madison Keys

Sloane Stephens:

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Roger Federer, Tuesday, 5:30 pm (after his 2nd practice, the day before his opening match):

Roger Federer press conference

Roger Federer press conference

Roger Federer press conference

Roger Federer press conference

Photo credit: Peg

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Andy Murray

Introducing a new feature on Tennis Buzz: Break Point, a monthly roundup of the best tennis-related articles on the web:

– find out what it looks like to attend the Wimbledon qualies at Roehampton in this great article by Liz for Grand Slam gal. Another must-read: Wimbledon 2014: A Fan’s Perspective on the Best Bits.

– the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre hosted the Wheelchair Tennis at the 2012 Games, it is now open to the public. Read this report by diamond geezer.

– discover Vigoro, the Edwardian attempt to merge tennis and cricket

– Andy Murray talks about Wimbledon, adidas and shorts in this interview by The Daily Street

– Nick Kyrgios made a mark at Wimbledon this year by ousting Rafael Nadal and reaching the quarterfinals. Heavy top spin looks at his first 50 pro matches.

– Venus Williams bares all in ESPN body issue and opens up about dealing with Sjogren’s syndrom

– the US Open is only one month away! Enjoy this behind the scenes tour of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

And it case you missed it, check out our Wimbledon coverage on Tennis Buzz.

I’ve also some good news to share with you: for the first time we’ve got a media credential, Peg will cover the early rounds of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati for Tennis Buzz, so stay tuned!

Photo credit: The Daily Street

5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will be wearing the “Strisce Break Back Dress” in London next week. Venus dress is available at elevenbyvenus.com.

Venus Williams Wimbledon dress

Venus Williams Wimbledon dress

Follow our Wimbledon coverage on Tennis Buzz.

Tomas Berdych

Li Na:

Li Na

Li Na

More pics of Li Na with her husband and coach Carlos Rodriguez

Jelena Jankovic:

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

Caroline Wozniacki:

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

Jerzy Janowicz:

Jerzy Janowicz Jerzy Janowicz

It’s only 10.30 and it’s already crowded:

Crowd at Roland Garros

Tomas Berdych:

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

Venus Williams:

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Ferrer and Wawrinka practising together:

David Ferrer

Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka’s coach, Roland Garros 2000 runner-up, Magnus Norman:

Magnus Norman

Kei Nishikori with coach Michael Chang:

Michael Chang

Kei Nishikori

More pictures of Kei

Serena Williams:

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Pictures and video of Serena Williams at practice

Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal

Rafa at practice

More pictures and videos to come soon!

Last Sunday in Miami, Martina Hingis captured her 38th doubles title, her first. 17 years ago in Miami she was crowned the new Queen of tennis. Between those two dates? Lots of highs and lows, trophies and retirements.

Summary of an article published in French sports daily L’Equipe, translated by Tennis Buzz:

By sweeping Monica Seles in final at Key Biscayne 6-2 6-1 in only 44 minutes, Martina Hingis reached the number one ranking at age 16 1/2. A record of precocity that still stands to this day.
Surpassed in all areas of the game, Monica Seles didn’t know how to counter Martina Hingis’ tactical intelligence. The stronger she hit the ball, the quicker it came back at her.

Despite her precocity, her accession to the top was ineluctable, scheduled a long time ago. Scheduled since her birth on September 30, 1980 in Kosice in the then Czechoslovakia? Perhaps not, but her mother Melanie Molitor put a lot of effort for her daughter to succeed. This former good player named her daughter Martina in honor of Martina Navratilova and put her on tennis courts at the age of 3. Two years later she entered her first tournament and in 1987 mother and daughter exiled in Switzerland.

Her progress and exceptional talent attracted agents, sponsors and medias and she hasn’t deceived them. She became junior world champion in 1994 and turned pro the same year.
Her arrival on the circuit at such an early age was criticized by many people who feared Hingis would follow the same path as troubled teen prodigy Jennifer Capriati.

In 1996, Hingis reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the semifinals at the US Open (loss to Graf 5-7 3-6) and finished her season with another loss to Steffi Graf in the Masters final at Madison Garden 0-6 in the fifth set.
1997 was her biggest year (71 wins, 5 defeats). She captured her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne against Mary Pierce and also won in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, Key Biscayne and Hilton Head. And just before the clay court tournament in Hamburg she fell off a horse. Injured, she didn’t play any clay court tournament before Roland Garros, where she lost the final to Iva Majoli.
She then won at Wimbledon (victory over Jana Novotna 2-6 6-3 6-3) and the US Open (victory over Venus Williams 6-0 6-4).
Even though she won two more Grand Slam titles after this fantastic 1997 season (Australian Open in 1998 and 1999), the Swiss was no longer as dominant when approaching the 2000s.
Overpowered by the Williams sisters and bothered by recurring injuries, she dropped out of the top 10 at the end of 2002, for the first time since 1995. She announced her retirement in May 2003, at only 22, after 209 weeks at the top ranking.

She came back in 2006, reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros but in 2007 she tested positive to cocaine at Wimbledon. Suspended for two years by the ITF, she retired again.
Since then she came back to the courts to coach or play a few doubles tournaments, but she was also often on the front page of gossip magazines.

Here’s a look at the dress Venus Williams will be wearing at the Miami Sony Open. This dress is part of her new Stripe collection by EleVen.

Venus Williams

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