.@USTA SERVES AWARDS GRANTS TO D.C., VIRGINIA FOR QUICKSTART AND JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS

.@USTA SERVES AWARDS GRANTS TO D.C., VIRGINIA FOR QUICKSTART AND JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Jan. 28, 2014) — USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, today announced it has awarded Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., a $15,000 grant and Quickstart Tennis Of Central Virginia Inc. in Ivy, Va., a $4,000 grant. The foundation concluded its 2013 grant funding cycle by awarding $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities.

Legg Mason, Tennis, Washington Dc Kid's Day 2011

The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) serve approximately 400 youths each year. More than 90 percent of participants in the academic and tennis programs live in the most economically challenged communities within the District of Columbia. Students receive support and guidance to improve their grades, behavior, confidence and self-esteem. The USTA Serves funding will support SETLC’s Summer SETUP program, a six-week academic and tennis program for rising second through fifth graders taking place June 25 through Aug. 3, 2014, and the organization’s after-school academic, cultural enrichment and tennis programs. This is the eighth USTA Serves Grant awarded to the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., totaling $138,500.

Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc., targets disadvantaged and at-risk youth in schools using tennis as a vehicle to teach about health and nutrition. The USTA Serves grant will go toward the organization’s QuickStart Pathway Builder, a program that combines tennis programming with nutritional education using tennis players as role models, hands-on gardening, organizing community volunteers and finding tennis-teaching resources for these underserved communities. This is the second USTA Serves grant awarded to Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia, the first also for $4,000.\

Quickstart Tennis

“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country’s most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”

The biannual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities to gain an opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to achieve success.

—S. Pratt

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International Tennis Returns to Maryland As @ITF_Tennis Grade 1 Juniors Do Battle @The JTCC

JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONS CENTER TO HOST INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION JUNIOR TOURNAMENT IN AUGUST
USTA Upgrades Second-Annual Tournament to Grade 1

Trice Capra at the JTCC

(College Park, Md.) August 7, 2013 – The Junior Tennis Champions Center of College Park will host the second-annual International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Junior International Hard Court Championship Aug. 19-24. The Grade 1 tournament will feature 64 boys and 64 girls in the expanded draw tournament. The tournament also features girl’s and boy’s doubles.

Marika Akkerman, 2012 ITF Prince George's County, Maryland

Marika Akkerman, 2012 ITF Prince George’s County, Maryland

The tournament kicks off in College Park on Aug. 9-11 with the USTA Hard Court Championship Wildcard Tournament which is open to all USTA players ages 18 and under. In addition, the Junior Tennis Champions Center will also host the USTA Hard Court Championship Qualifying Tournament Aug. 17-18 before the USTA Hard Court Championship on Aug. 19-24. This is the first time the Junior Tennis Champions Center will host a USTA Grade 1 tournament.

Frank Tiafoe of the JTCC

Frank Tiafoe of the JTCC

“It is an honor to host the International Tennis Federation and the USTA Hard Court Championship,” said Ray Benton, chief executive officer of the Junior Tennis Champions Center at College Park. “In just its second year, the tournament is already a must-play for junior tennis players. With its designation as a Grade 1 tournament, this year’s championship will attract top junior talent. We are thrilled to be chosen by the ITF and USTA to host this event.”

“The USTA is pleased that the USTA Hard Court Championship is returning to the Junior Tennis Champions Center – this year as an International Tennis Federation Grade 1 tournament. The field was strong in 2012 and will likely be stronger this year,” said Lew Brewer the director of junior competition for the USTA. “The facility is outstanding and the staff at the JTCC do a great job making the players feel special. We think the tournament has found a great home at the JTCC in College Park and we hope to keep the tournament here for many years to come.”

JTCC Chief Ray Benton

JTCC Chief Ray Benton

The upgrade to a Grade 1 event makes the JTCC one of only three ITF Grade 1 tournaments within the United States, the other two being the Easter Bowl in Palm Springs, Calif. and the Orange Bowl in Bradenton, Fla. The Junior Tennis Champions Center hosted the inaugural International Hard Court Championship (Grade 2) last year when Jamie Loeb won the girls singles and Wayne Montgomery won the boys singles.

WTA Debutante Usue Arconada (Photo: S. Fogleman)

JTCC Standout Usue Arconada (Photo: S. Fogleman)

The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) a 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class training facility located at The Tennis Center at College Park. Its goal is to provide the athletic and academic instruction needed for talented and highly committed young people to excel both on the tennis court and in the classroom. Since its inception in 1999, JTCC has placed all 95 of its graduates at top universities, with graduates earning more than $1.6 million in athletic scholarships.

@DelPotroJuan Wins DC, Rybarikova Repeats @CitiOpen: Video Interviews

Del Potro Wins DC, Rybarikova Repeats @CitiOpen: Video Interviews

2012 and 2013 Citi Open Champ Magda Rybarikova

2012 and 2013 Citi Open Champ Magda Rybarikova

A rare temperate and gorgeous day in August in the Nation’s Capital was an extra incentive for fans in Washington to pack the house for Championship Sunday at the Citi Open. This year marked the first time that three title matches were played on the same Sunday at the event. Men’s Doubles began at noon, the Men’s singles final began at 3:00 p.m. and the Women’s Singles final started a little after 5:45 p.m. Though each final was exciting and close, only the match between Del Potro and Isner went the distance.

Dubs Champ Benny Departs DC

Dubs Champ Benny Departs DC

In the opener, Julian Benneateau and Nenad Zimonjic scraped by Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek, 7-6(5), 7-5.

Juan Martin Del Potro, 2008, 2009, 2013 Washington Champion

Juan Martin Del Potro, 2008, 2009, 2013 Washington Champion

The men’s final featured former finalist John Isner and two-time event champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who had won the tournament in 2008 and 2009 when it was known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Isner’s serve was clearly a problem for Del Potro in the first set, and Del Potro looked to be on the verge of being upset as Isner commanded 6-3. Then, Isner’s first serve and accuracy quickly unraveled in the second. Isner hit 4 aces in the first set, but he only scored a single ace in each of the two remaining sets. Del Potro began standing a good 20 feet behind the baseline for a first serve and came very far forward on the second. Isner seem baffled by Del Potro coming so far in during the second serve, as it appeared to be a sign of disrespect to his usually scorching second attempts. Del Potro allowed Isner to win only 2 second service points in each of the final two sets.

JMDP Looks Strong

JMDP Looks Strong

Isner was gracious in defeat, and spent more time in press than Del Potro. Isner indicated that he believed Del Potro to be a favorite for the US Open, a suggestion that made Del Potro blush. Like the good guy that he is, Del Potro made it clear that he thought Isner was a leading contender for a US Open title as well.

Del Potro faced Ryan Harrison, Bernard Tomic, Kevin Anderson and Tommy Haas before nabbing the title with the win over Isner.

Isner beat Alex Kuznetsov, Somdev Devvarman, Marcos Baghdatis and Dmitry Tursonov to reach the match with Del Potro.

The women’s final was expected to be close, too, and it was to some extent. Petkovic raced out to a 4-0 start in the first, but began to show the fatigue of having been on court at 2:15 a.m. the same morning in her rain-delayed win over Alize Cornet in the semifinals. She stated that she only got four hours sleep, and after she dropped the first set 6-4 and was down two breaks in the second, it looked like Rybarikova has already won the match. But Petkovic got those two breaks back as Rybarikova was not able to close it out. The set eventually went to a tie break which the defending champion won at 7-6(2). Fans expecting a championship Petko-dance were disappointed, but there were certainly more spectators pulling for Rybarikova than in last summer’s DC final, when most in the stands knew little about her. It appears that by winning the title in Washington last year, she was more of a known local commodity. By repeating her success, she will be talked about by DC tennis for years to come.

For the championship, Rybarikova rolled past Christina Mc Hale, Jana Cepelova, top seed Angelique Kerber and 3 seed Ekaterina Makarova before defeating Andrea Petkovic for the trophy.

To reach the final, Petkovic had a tough road herself, beating Jessica Pegula, 6 seed Mona Barthel, Paula Ormaechea and 4 seed Alize Cornet. She may have lost the tournament title, but she won the crown of funniest person in a press conference ever.

The tournament featured a new stylish players lounge and cafeteria, which were major improvement on this leg of the tour which had long been considered by players a no-frills tournament. Media center staff was amazingly helpful and use an announcement system that I have not seen in the smaller tournaments I attend. They emailed all press conference times, so that even if you were on the grounds, you knew when to show up to the media center. That was a huge relief, since I have missed many post-match banter sessions because I wasn’t in the tent when someone screamed “John Isner 9:15!” I spend less time in the media center than many bloggers because I’m dying to see some of the great matches, and the matches go on no matter what time a player is in press.

Player's Lounge, Citi Open 2013

Player’s Lounge, Citi Open 2013

Overall, it was a wonderful experience and probably the best all around Washington tennis tournament in the twelve straight years that I have made the pilgrimage to Rock Creek Park for world class professional tennis.

—Steve Fogleman

Super-Soaker Saturday Semifinals Conclude @CitiOpen; Isner/Del Po, Petko/Rybarikova Emerge

Super-Soaker Saturday Semifinals Conclude; Isner/Del Po, Petko/Rybarikova Emerge

Magdalena Rybarikova Looks for a DC Repeat

Magdalena Rybarikova Looks for a DC Repeat

Rain was a major factor on Semifinals Saturday at the Citi Open in Washngton, D.C. Every single match was disrupted by a stoppage in play. Some players benefited from the break, while others never regained the game they brought on court when the matches originally began.

Isner Washington 2013

In the men’s afternoon opener, John Isner was finally broken in the tournament in the first set and then lost the tiebreak at 7. After a rain delay, Isner immediately broke Haas and never looked back for a final of 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-4. Isner hit 29 aces during the match. Isner is a 2007 finalist at this event and seeks to lift the champion’s trophy for the first time in DC on Sunday afternoon.

Del Potro, 2013 Citi Open

Later, in another contest halted by the elements, 2012 Finalist Tommy Haas jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first over top seed Juan Martin Del Potro. After a wait for the showers to pass, Haas appeared to lose form en route to a victory by top seed Del Potro, 7-6(4), 6-3. Del Potro is a 2008 and 2009 winner of ATP Washington.

The WTA semifinals are set between the Defender, Magdalena Rybarikova, and a rejuvenated Andrea Petkovic.

Magdalena Rybarikova is back in the Final by way of a 6-2, 6-0 drubbing of top-seed-remaining Ekaterina Makarova.

Interestingly, play on that court stopped far later in the first set during the same Del Potro/Haas match rain delay, even though the courts are only 200 feet apart.

Rybarikova will try to do something no one at a WTA Washington event has ever done—become a repeat champion. Of course, the tournament is only three years old. Seriously, she would also be the first repeat champ since Juan Martin Del Potro himself accomplished it in 2008 and 2009. Rybarikova was at 0-30 leading 5-2 with Makarova serving before the rain and never looked back once play resumed.

Andrea Petkovic, Washington

In the late, late, late show, Andrea Petkovic continued her winning ways by beating Alize Cornet, 7-5, 6-3.

In the WTA doubles final, Taylor Townsend and Eugenie Bouchard could not duplicate their success from 2012 Wimbledon Juniors and take another title together. They fell to Shuko Aoyoma and Vera Dushevina in a final that was victimized by the first showers of the long day.

—Steve Fogleman

CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON, DC, USA
USD 1,546,590.00 (ATP)
USD 235,000.00 (WTA)
JULY 27 – AUGUST 04, 2013

RESULTS – AUGUST 03, 2013
Men’s
Singles – Semifinals
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [3] T Haas (GER) 76(4) 63
[8] J Isner (USA) d D Tursunov (RUS) 67(7) 63 64

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 63 64
M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) 63 36 10-6

Women’s
Singles – Semifinals
[7] M Rybarikova (SVK) d [3] E Makarova (RUS) 62 60

Women’s
Doubles – Finals
[1] S Aoyama (JPN) / V Dushevina (RUS) d E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 04, 2013
STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP

3:00 PM
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [8] J Isner (USA) – ATP

Not Before 5:15 PM
[7] M Rybarikova (SVK) vs A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

After Watching Bartoli Win Wimbledon, French #2 @AlizeCornet is Winning in Washington @CitiOpen

After Watching Bartoli Win Wimbledon, French #2 Alize Cornet is Winning in Washington
Steve Fogleman, TennisEastCoast.com

Alize Cornet is the #2 French women’s singles player. She reflected on Marion Bartoli’s 2013 Wimbledon title after winning an important match herself in Washington, DC yesterday. She outlasted Sorana Cirstea of Romania in three sets to advance to the Citi Open semifinals. Tonight at 9:15 p.m., Cornet faces Andrea Petkovic for a spot in the tournament final.

She was thrilled with Bartoli’s big win and compatriot Kiki Mladenovic winning the mixed doubles title with Daniel Nestor. But now it’s her turn.

Cornet

Cornet

This is Cornet’s first visit to the Nation’s Capital, and she’s a big fan of Washington now. She thought the White House was impressive. Washington tennis fans are impressed with her, since she has gone on a run this week on the courts of Rock Creek Park that have included victories over Yanina Wickmayer, Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea.

Cornet is a native of Nice, France and a life-long resident. She recently took a few weeks off to rest up before the summer hard courts season. Where does a resident of a sun-soaked resort town go on holiday? Usually down the street. In Cornet’s case, she went to visit her boyfriend near the Swiss border. After reaching a career high of #11 in 2009, Cornet has slowly worked her way back to #31 and is poised to return to the top 25 next week.These and other fun facts in the more in-depth interview below the fold.

Alize Cornet

Alize Cornet

The Junior Tennis Champions Center (@TheJTCC): It’s Not Just for Kids

The Junior Tennis Champions Center: It’s Not Just for Kids

Alison Riske is no longer a junior player. But she liked what she saw so much at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, that she moved here from Hilton Head to join her coach, Yves Boulais, who had also relocated to Maryland.

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It’s one of the finest tennis training facilities in America, and it’s just starting to get some real attention. As JTCC graduate Denis Kudla has moved up the rankings, so has the word on the street about the JTCC.

Riske joined Justin Boulais, her coach’s son, who also trains at the facility. The Center has one of the only red clay courts in the Mid-Atlantic, and plenty of Har-Tru and U.S. Open style hard courts.

The results of her decision to move to Maryland five months ago paid off handsomely. She hit a career high of 96 last week after bottoming out around #200 as late as March.

Denis Kudla

Denis Kudla

One of the JTCC’s feature players, Arlington, Virginia’s Denis Kudla had a very nice summer tour and reached a career-high of 90 in July.

Kudla trained at the Center since childhood. Though Kudla lost his first round match at Citi Open, he spent lots of time around the grounds, running into  old friends and chatting with DC area juniors, who admire him greatly.

The involvement of JTCC alum in the tournament was extensive and the best part of the Citi Open for many Washington-area locals. In addition to Riske and Kudla in main draw singles play last  week, 14-year-old Usue Arconada, a prodigy of JTCC Coach Frank Salazar, was the toast of the tournament’s opening weekend when she won her first professional match. Arconada beat the #2 Argentinian in qualifying. As you can see from the video below, she’s got natural poise on-camera as well as on-court.

It was also a huge treat to see JTCC alum Beatrice Capra, a Maryland native who now plays for Duke University. A qualifying wild card recipient, she didn’t make the main draw but still played tenaciously in front of a packed house of local supporters on Grandstand 2.

Beatrice Capra

Beatrice Capra

In addition to the large crop of players at the Citi Open, JTCC will host the second annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 1 Junior International Hard Court Championships from August 17-24. This is the first time ever that JTCC will host a Grade 1 tournament and is one of only three ITF Grade 1 tournaments in the United States with other tournaments held in Palm Springs and Miami.

The Grade 1 tournament will feature the top ITF 64-ranked boys and girls to compete in singles and doubles, bringing some of the best young tennis talent in the world to the area, including Arconada and JTCC’s Francis Tiafoe.

—Steve Fogleman

Petko, Cornet, Magda, Makarova, Isner, Tursunov, Haas, Del Po Reach Semis @CitiOpen

Petko, Cornet, Magda, Makarova, Isner, Tursunov, Haas, Del Po Reach Semis @CitiOpen

Petkovic, Citi Open 2013

The email sent to fans by the Citi Open this morning stated “Blockbuster Quarterfinals Begin at 1 p.m. Today!”

On its face, a Marinko Matosevic vs. Dmitry Tursunov match didn’t appear much of a blockbuster in any sense of the word.

Tursunov Washington

Don’t judge a match by its cover.

Although there were plenty of errors throughout, the men wildly entertained the crowd for Friday’s Stadium Court opener. Tursunov prevailed in the third set tiebreak at 4 for a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 win.

That match was followed by another terrifyingly-close ATP three setter in Washington.

Tursunov will face Atlanta champion John Isner, because he dispatched Marcos Baghdatis in the proceeding match on Stadium Court, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.

Isner Washington 2013

Isner’s serve was on and Baghdatis couldn’t close the deal on Isner’s service games today. Baghdatis never saw a break chance all day, and Baghdatis didn’t see many of the 18 aces Isner fired at him. Still, Baghdatis kept it close.

Isner will seek to reach his third Washington final.

Later, Tommy Haas made the semis over Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets but nearly two hours by a final of 7-6(5), 7-6(3). The German and former Citi Open finalist will take on top dog Juan Martin Del Potro, who concluded the all-male Stadium Court fraternity party/quarterfinals matches with a 7-6(0), 6-2 defeat of Kevin Anderson.

The women’s matches were just as wild on Grandstand 1.

It started with a grueling three-setter between Andrea Petkovic and Paula Ormaechea. Ormaechea came out with unusual speed in the first set, which required adjustments from Petkovic. Petkovic noticed the Argentinian’s big serves throughout the match and joked, “Nice match, Ivo Karlovic” to Ormaechea at the net after the 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory. For Petkovic, reaching each semifinal is a treat to be relished, and she displayed her emotions with another mini-Petko Dance to the delight of the fans on Grandstand.

Cornet

Cornet

Alize Cornet of France finished strong in a 7-6(5), 6-2 win against Sorana Cirstea. Cornet had never beaten the Romanian in hard courts in her career, but said that her mental confidence made all the difference this time. Both players have played some of the best tennis of their careers recently. Cornet moves on to do battle with Petkovic.

Defending champ Magdalena Rybarikova just plays well in Washington.

As the 7 seed, she knew she was always going to have to take out the 1 seed, Angelique Kerber, to advance to the semifinals. In a see-saw match, it was Rybarikova who laughed last in a 2 hour and 14 minute victory, 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-3.

She will meet a hardly-tired Ekaterina Makarova on Saturday night, who won on Friday when Monica Niculescu retired after the first game, 1-0.

—Steve Fogleman, TennisEastCoast.com (SFogleman@TennisEastCoast.com)

CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON, DC, USA
USD 1,546,590.00 (ATP)
USD 235,000.00 (WTA)
JULY 27 – AUGUST 04, 2013

RESULTS – AUGUST 02, 2013
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [7] K Anderson (RSA) 76(0) 63
[3] T Haas (GER) d [11] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(5) 76(3)
[8] J Isner (USA) d [16] M Baghdatis (CYP) 67(5) 64 64
D Tursunov (RUS) d M Matosevic (AUS) 63 46 76(4)

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d A Begemann (GER) / R Bopanna (IND) 64 76(1)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 63 64
G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 64 63

Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] M Rybarikova (SVK) d [1] [WC] A Kerber (GER) 76(0) 36 63
[3] E Makarova (RUS) d M Niculescu (ROU) 10 Retired
[4] A Cornet (FRA) d [5] S Cirstea (ROU) 76(5) 62
A Petkovic (GER) d P Ormaechea (ARG) 46 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[1] S Aoyama (JPN) / V Dushevina (RUS) d M Alvarez Teran (BOL) / K Wong (USA) 64 63
E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA) d [2] I Falconi (USA) / E Hrdinova (CZE) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, AUGUST 03, 2013
STADIUM COURT start 12:00 pm
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) – ATP

3:00 PM
D Tursunov (RUS) vs [8] J Isner (USA) – ATP

7:00 PM
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [3] T Haas (GER) – ATP

Not Before 9:15 PM
[4] A Cornet (FRA) vs A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

GRANDSTAND 1 start 12:00 pm
[1] S Aoyama (JPN) / V Dushevina (RUS) vs E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA) – WTA – DOUBLES FINAL

5:00 PM
M Fish (USA) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Llodra (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[7] M Rybarikova (SVK) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) – WTA

Twitter Loves @AndreaPetkovic. And Andrea Petkovic Loves Eintracht Frankfurt Football

Andrea Petkovic is back with a vengeance after nagging injuries which sidelined her twice for over a year. She advanced to the Citi Open Semifinals in Washington, her third WTA semifinals berth in the last two months, by outlasting Paula Ormaechea 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 today.

Petkovic, Citi Open 2013

But her twitter account has always been healthy. She’s approaching 100,000 followers. She’s also a huge soccer fan who knows enough about Bundesliga team Eintracht without any prompting that it’s clear she goes out of her way to keep up with Eintracht Frankfurt news from wherever she’s playing tennis on the planet at any given time during the football season.

Andrea Petkovic, Life Member EFC Eintracht USA

Andrea Petkovic, Life Member EFC Eintracht USA

At the 2013 Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Petkovic was awarded a lifetime membership to EFC Eintracht USA, the official American branch of the club’s fan base.

Petkovic, 2013 Citi Open

@CitiOpen Quarterfinalist Tommy Haas Discusses Double Duty, DC and Doping

German Tommy Haas is no stranger to these parts. The former ATP DC Finalist and #3 seed discusses Double Duty, DC, and Doping after advancing to the Quarterfinals of the Citi Open in Washington, DC on August 1, 2013. At 2:00 p.m., he concluded a match with Tim Smyczek, which he won 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. A few hours later, an exhausted Haas finished off Ivan Dodig by a count of 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Haas will meet Grigor Dimitrov on Friday, August 2 for a chance to advance to a third Washington semifinal.

@RyanHarrison Upbeat After @CitiOpen Defeat

Ryan Harrison was more upbeat than I expected after a tough 6-2, 7-5 second round loss to top seed and world #7 Juan Martin Del Potro at the Citi Open in Washington, DC on August 1, 2013.

Harrison pulled one of the linesmen aside during the match after being unable to break Del Potro and said, “This is not fun! This is not fun!”.

The oppressive humidity of DC was no match for him. The oppression by Del Potro was another story.

As a Louisiana boy, Harrison thrives on the Bayou-esque humidity of Rock Creek Park in the summertime. Though not mentioned in the video, Harrison notes that he wishes Del Po well, as he usually roots for the guy who beat him to go all the way and to win the tournament.