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communications and media specialist, tennis historian and investor in TennisGrandstand, LLC. He worked for 12 years in the USTA’s Marketing and Communications Division where he coordinated media activities at 13 US Opens, 22 U.S. Davis Cup ties and for three U.S. Olympic teams. He is also the Managing Partner for New Chapter Press Media and the author of the book On This Day In Tennis History.

Can Novak Djokovic Win Another Wimbledon – U.S. Open Double?

Novak Djokovic entered Wimbledon this year having not won a tournament in a year. Now he could be on the verge of sweeping the two biggest titles in tennis.

Djokovic cemented his return to the top of the tennis world with his unexpected victory at Wimbledon in July, edging Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set semifinal and a straight-set final-round win over Kevin Anderson.

Now, Djokovic is on the verge of becoming only the second man in the Open era to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open summer double more than twice, joining Roger Federer, who has turned the trick four times in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Djokovic swept Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011 and also in 2015.

Following Wimbledon, Djokovic also won the title in Cincinnati – to complete his career sweep of all nine Masters Series titles – defeating Roger Federer in the final. Despite his No. 6 seeding in New York, his win at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati see him trending upward in the tennis betting odds at the U.S. Open. After starting the year with a 6-6 record, he is now healthy and confident and inspired to win more titles and catch up to his rivals Federer (20) and Nadal (17) in the all-time major singles titles rankings.

Djokovic ended a career-long 54-week title drought with his fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major title overall. With a ranking of No. 21 at Wimbledon, he became the lowest-ranked major champion since No. 44 Gaston Gaudio at 2004 Roland Garros. His win continued the men’s trend of major men’s titles being won by primarily Federer, Nadal and Djokovic over the last ten years.

Djokovic’s only struggles en route to the semifinals were with the high temperatures and humidity. With cooler weather coming to New York City for the event’s finale, Djokovic, who often struggles in oppressive heat, will be much more comfortable.

USTA, USTA Sections and USTA Foundation Pledge To Help Tennis Facilities, Programs In Puerto Rico

The USTA, the 17 USTA Sections and the USTA Foundation announced that they have pledged to donate $350,000 to restore tennis facilities and restart tennis programming throughout Puerto Rico. It has been one year since the devastation across the island, and the goal of this effort would be to give the children and families in Puerto Rico the opportunity to enjoy all of the benefits that the game of tennis can provide.

The USTA will utilize the US Open as a platform to raise awareness of this charitable effort, with promotion on site, as well as across US Open and USTA social channels. Individuals can join the effort by making a donation through the USTA Foundation via ustafoundation.com/SupportPR. The funds raised in this initiative will go directly towards efforts in Puerto Rico.

“There is much to be done beyond the tennis court as Puerto Rico rebuilds, but this is where the USTA can utilize their expertise, and make an impact,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “The goal of this project is to breathe new life into these facilities and programs, and give the people the chance to step onto the court and for that brief period of time, use the sport of tennis to return to normalcy.”

All contributions to this initiative are tax deductible. The USTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization. IRS ID #13-3782331. A copy of the USTA Foundation’s most recent annual report is available by contacting USTA Foundation at 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604 or the New York State Attorney General Charities Bureau at 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271

Mike Bryan, Frances Tiafoe Highlight Jim Courier’s U.S. Davis Cup Team Picks For Semifinal

The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced that Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe will represent the U.S. in the 2018 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal against Croatia. The best-of-five match series will be played on an outdoor red clay court at the Sportski Centar Visnjik in Zadar.

Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Franko Skugor, Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic were nominated to Captain Zeljko Krajan’s Croatian team.

The tie carries with it a number of notable storylines:
• The U.S. is in the semifinals for the first time since 2012 and is vying for its first appearance in the Davis Cup Final since 2007, when it won its 32nd and last championship.
• Davis Cup is in the final year of its current World Group format before it implements its newly approved ‘World Cup of Tennis’ format in 2019.
• Mike Bryan returns to Davis Cup competition, and without brother Bob, who is recovering from hip surgery. The brothers had previously announced their retirement from Davis Cup play following the U.S.’s last meeting with Croatia in the 2016 World Group Quarterfinals.
• Twenty-year old Frances Tiafoe is nominated to his first U.S. Davis Cup team.
• Croatia is the only nation the U.S. has not beaten in Davis Cup (0-4).
Play begins with Friday’s first two singles matches at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) on September 14. Saturday’s doubles match is scheduled for 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) on September 15, while Sunday’s final two singles matches, if necessary, are scheduled for 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET). Tennis Channel will provide live daily coverage in the U.S. Sunday will feature a revised schedule if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie.

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Final, where it will face the winner of France and Spain November 23-25. The U.S. would host either nation in a World Group Final, which would be the last under this current World Group format.

The U.S. advanced to the Semifinals by defeating Serbia, 3-1, on the road in February’s First Round and Belgium, 4-0, in Nashville in April’s Quarterfinals. Querrey helped lead the U.S. to victory in both ties, with live singles victories in each round. Johnson was a part of the clinching doubles team in Serbia and recently reached his third ATP singles final of 2018 at the US Open Series’ Winston-Salem Open last month.

Sock helped clinch the Belgium victory in doubles, and since then he and Mike Bryan have teamed up to immediate success, winning the Wimbledon doubles title and reaching the US Open quarterfinals. Mike is the U.S. Davis Cup team’s all-time winningest doubles player but hasn’t played Davis Cup since he and Bob announced their retirement from the team competition following the U.S.’s loss to Croatia in the 2016 World Group Quarterfinals. The Bryans were 24-5 together in Davis Cup doubles. Mike is 26-5, having picked up two additional wins alongside Mardy Fish (2008 Semifinals vs. Spain, d. Verdasco/F. Lopez; 2012 First Round vs. Switzerland, d. Federer/Wawrinka).

The 20-year old Tiafoe is nominated to his first Davis Cup squad. He is the youngest player nominated to a U.S. Davis Cup team since Ryan Harrison, who was nominated as a 17-year old in 2010 and made his playing debut in 2012 at 19. Only Harrison and Andy Roddick (18 in 2001) were younger at the time of their first nominations in the last 20 years.

Former USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Patrick Kypson and Ulises Blanch will be traveling with the team as practice partners.

Croatia holds a 4-0 record over the U.S. in Davis Cup competition and is the only country that the U.S. hasn’t beaten in Davis Cup. The two countries last faced off in the 2016 World Group Quarterfinal in Portland, Oregon, with Croatia winning the tie, 3-2, after trailing 0-2 after the first day of play. The two nations also met in 2003 in Zagreb, in 2005 in Los Angeles, and in 2009 in Porec.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with approximately 135 nations competing each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The U.S. holds a 219-71 all-time Davis Cup record, and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.

Follow Team USA using hashtag #TeamUSATennis on Facebook @USTA, on Twitter @USTA and on Instagram @USTA. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Deloitte is the official team sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

Will The Chase For The US Open Men’s Title Be Predictable Once Again?

Starting with Roger Federer’s win at Wimbledon in 2004, only seven different men’s players have won major titles. That’s a span of 14 years and 56 major tournaments. The players are Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

It’s pretty safe to say than one of those seven will win the 2018 US Open men’s singles title.

The least likely among this group are Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray. Both are coming off of serious injuries and surgeries (hip surgery for Andy Murray and knee surgery for Wawrinka) so the likelihood of them winning are slim.

Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, who has also reached the Wimbledon and Australian Open finals within the last 14 months, would be the next longest shot along with del Porto. Del Potro is playing his 22nd Grand Slam and Cilic is playing his 15th since winning US Open titles respectively. Either could set an Open Era record for most attempts before winning a second Grand Slam. Del Potro reached the semifinals last year – including a win over Federer in the quarterfinals – and his win in Indian Wells in March – prove that he is a force to be reckoned with on hard courts this year. To boot, he has belief that he can win on the grand stage of New York City after having won the title in 2009 beating Federer in a five-set final for his lone major singles title to date.

Next come the three overwhelming favorites, according to 888sport, – top seed and defending champion Nadal, Wimbledon champion Djokovic and five-time champ Federer.

Nadal is rightly the favorite, buoyed with his title in Toronto heading into New York and yet another amazing clay court season, capped by his incredible 11th French Open title. To boot, the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are playing slow, which perfectly plays into Nadal ‘s game. Nadal has lost three matches in 2018 — the same number he lost in 2013 entering the US Open. Nadal is 40-3 this season and was 53-3 at the start of the 2013 US Open, where he won his 13th Grand Slam title. The Spaniard has won six Grand Slam titles as the top seed, including the US Open in 2010 and 2017.

Despite being seeded No. 6, Djokovic is the No. 2 favorite for the title, based on his return to form after two years of injuries and mental fatigue. His title at Wimbledon announced his return to the top of the tennis world and he comes into the US Open hot after beating Roger Federer in the final of Cincinnati to become the first player to complete the modern-sweep of all “Masters Series” titles – to go with his career Grand Slam as well. Djokovic went 6-6 in his first six tournaments of 2018. He is 27-4 in six events since.

Federer is 37 years old and is not only battling these six other major contenders, but a brigade of youngsters, some of which really believe they can defeat the awe-inspiring 20-time major singles champion.

Federer is the all-time leader with 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles and 310 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. The Swiss could extend those records and set several new ones during the 2018 US Open. Federer seeks his sixth US Open title, which would break a three-way tie for most in the Open Era. Federer, 37, bids to become the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (and oldest US Open finalist since 1974).

Among the outsiders from these seven contenders are three players who have never won a major title. Alexander Zverev reaches the most attention as the No. 4 seed, who has yet to excel on the Grand Slam tournament stage. However, with new super coach Ivan Lendl in his corner, keep a close eye on the German. John Isner, the top American player, is going through his best stretch of tennis, winning his first Masters Series title in Miami, and achieving his career results at the French Open (Round of 16) and Wimbledon (semifinals). Also to look out for Kevin Anderson, who took advantage of the open draw last year blown open by the late withdrawal of Andy Murray to reach the final, losing to Nadal, but also made his own hole in the draw at Wimbledon earlier this summer beating both Federer and Isner in extended fifth-set matches to reach the final, falling to Djokovic.

Sabalenka, Medvedev Win Summer-Ending US Open Series Titles

Twenty-year old Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka wrapped a breakout summer by winning her first WTA title at the Connecticut Open on Saturday.

Sabalenka beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-4, on Saturday in New Haven, putting a ribbon on a US Open Series campaign that also saw her notch three Top-10 wins, reach the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and break into the Top 20 for the first time.

Sabalenka joins Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas — who beat four Top-10 players to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final at Rogers Cup in Toronto — as the 2018 US Open Series’ Breakout Performers.

Daniil Medvedev, a 22-year old from Russia, won his second career ATP title, both of which have come in 2018, at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina, defeating American Steve Johnson, 6-4, 6-4.

Medvedev begins his US Open campaign against fellow Russian Evegeny Donskoy on Monday. Sabalenka plays American Danielle Collins on Tuesday.

James Blake Wins Invesco Series QQQ Title On Home Ground In New Haven

James Blake won his second Invesco Series QQQ title of the week Friday beating John McEnroe 6-4 in the one-set championship match at the Invesco Legends New Haven as part of the Connecticut Open WTA Tour event at Yale University.

Blake, a native of nearby Fairfield, Connecticut, was buoyed by support from the Connecticut crowd that included his mother Betty.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Blake. “When I come home here, things seem to come easier for me. It’s a lot of fun when I have crowd support. I know everyone loves John McEnroe. I love John McEnroe and I want to cheer for him too, but not when he is playing against me. Otherwise, I would cheer for John McEnroe. I still have a lot of fans here. It gives me a little bit of an adreline boast. I’m always competitive but especially here in Connecticut.”

On Sunday, Blake, 38, successfully defended his title at the Invesco Legends Winston Salem in North Carolina beating his good friend and former Davis Cup teammate Andy Roddick 6-1 in the final. Blake’s title in New Haven marked his 12th career title on the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Blake also won the Invesco Series QQQ title in New Haven in 2016, also beating McEnroe by a 6-4 scoreline in the final. Last year, he was defeated in the New Haven final by Mardy Fish. During his career on the ATP World Tour, Blake won two of his career 10 titles in New Haven, winning in 2005 and in 2007.

Earlier in the night, McEnroe, age 59, advanced into the final with a 6-3 win over Todd Martin. Martin, the CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., was competing in his first Invesco Series QQQ events since 2014 and played well, despite labeling himself as “desk jockey” devoting most of energies into his day job and no longer having the pleasure of wearing tennis shorts to work any longer. Blake advanced into the final on Thursday night when he defeated Tommy Haas 6-4.

Blake earned 400 Invesco Series QQQ ranking points to close within 100 points of Haas in the top-ranking spot. With his loss to Blake on Thursday, Haas earned 100 points to move to 1100 for the year while Blake’s 400 points move him to 1000 points. With his runner-up showing, McEnroe moves into third place with 600 points and is followed by Mark Philippoussis in fourth place with 500 points and Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt with 400 points in fifth place.

The Invesco Series QQQ continues on October 4 in St. Louis, Missouri featuring McEnroe, Roddick, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis. The remaining schedule, with player fields, is as follows

The remaining 2018 Invesco Series QQQ schedule is as follows:

• October 4: St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and Mark Philippoussis
• October 5: Houston, TX (Tudor Fieldhouse) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Jim Courier
• October 21: Los Angeles, CA (Sherwood Country Club) – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Tommy Haas, and Mardy Fish
• December 6: Orlando, FL (USTA National Campus) – Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish

2018 Invesco Series QQQ Results

April 7: Charleston, SC (Family Circle Tennis Center) F: Tommy Haas def. Andy Roddick 6-1; SF: Tommy Haas def. Michael Chang 6-2; Andy Roddick def. Mark Philippoussis 6-3

May 5, 6: Kohala Coast, HI (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows) F: Tommy Haas def. John McEnroe 7-5 SF: Tommy Haas def. Mardy Fish 6-3, John McEnroe def.Jim Courier 6-3

May 17: Toronto, ON (Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre) F: Mark Philippoussis d. John McEnroe 7-5, SF: Mark Philippoussis d. James Blake 7-6 (5); John McEnroe d. Jim Courier 6-2.

July 22: Newport, RI (International Tennis Hall of Fame) F: Lleyton Hewitt d. Tommy Haas 7-6(2) SF: Lleyton Hewitt d. James Blake 6-3; Tommy Haas d. Jim Courier 6-3

August 19: Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest University) F: James Blake d. Andy Roddick 6-1 SF: Andy Roddick d. Robby Ginepri 7-6 (4); James Blake d. Michael Chang 6-3

August 23/24: New Haven, CT (Yale University) F: James Blake d. John McEnroe 6-4 SF: John McEnroe d. Todd Martin 6-3, James Blake d. Tommy Haas 6-4

Each Invesco Series QQQ event features special VIP experiences, including hit-with-the-pros opportunities and special back-stage access. All ticket, experience and event information can be found at www.InvescoSeries.com

In 2017, the year-long points championship was decided in the final match of the season when Andy Roddick defeated James Blake in the Los Angeles final at the Sherwood Country Club. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, won four Invesco Series QQQ titles in all in 2017, winning in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Lincoln, Neb., and Los Angeles. Blake, the former world No. 4 and former U.S. Davis Cup star, won series titles in Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Lynchburg, Va.

In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the Series points title with 1600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando. Blake finished in third place with 1100 points and tournament titles in
Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn.

In 2015, Roddick won the Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Invesco Series QQQ tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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Vika Azarenka and Amanda Anisimova Gear Up For US Open Tennis At Loews Regency Hotel

Victoria Azarenka, also known as “Vika”, along with Amanda Anisimova were seen gearing up for the U.S. Open at Loews Regency New York Hotel yesterday evening.

Vika was seen sporting a coral Nike tank and black mesh leggings for the evening. She was in good spirits as she enters the tournament this year with a strong streak at the annual event. Vika was mingling with guests, took part in stretching sessions and make up application.

Amanda, the second youngest player ranked in the top 200 by the Women’s Tennis Association mixed and mingled with guests the entire evening. Seen in a white muscle tank and Nike black capris, she took part in all the event’s activities including stretching sessions with Lululemon Athletica, make up by Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown courtesy of Bloomingdale’s.

The night was enjoyed by all. Guests sampled passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Regency Bar & Grill along with tastings from Flavor by Loews Hotels partners Bon Vivant and Brooklyn Gin. Local vendors including Nutty Spoon, For Five Coffee and Sant Ambroeus were crowd favorites as well. Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, the official spa partner of the USTA US Open was helping guests relax before the tournament next week.

Loews Regency New York Hotel is situated boldly on New York’s Park Avenue and conveniently located in midtown Manhattan on New York’s famed Eastside. Each of the stunning 379 guestrooms and suites seamlessly blend iconic Art Deco design with modern sensibilities, craftily merging form and function to complement 50 years of service expertise. Guests can experience the allure of Park Avenue at The Regency Bar & Grill or Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa. Loews Regency New York Hotel sets a new standard in luxury and thoughtful design with a legacy of hospitality expertly orchestrated and masterfully performed.

For more information about the Loews Regency New York Hotel and to book the Park Avenue Advantage experience, please visit: https://www.loewshotels.com/regency-hotel/specials/park-avenue-advantage.

New Louis Armstrong Stadium – With A Roof – Dedicated

In terms of grand openings, this one was fit for kings — or more appropriately, Queens — that surely left a number of legends of tennis and music and thousands of fans of both wondering just what the late Louis Armstrong would have thought to himself.

The shimmering new Louis Armstrong Stadium was officially dedicated at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday with a bold, brassy commemoration befitting both the US Open and the legendary Satchmo.

With the brand new, 14,069-seat stadium serving as both the theater and the main attraction on US Open’s Queens Day, Queens’ own John McEnroe waxed poetic on his four US Open championships. Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis led an eight-piece marching band in a musical performance straight from Bourbon Street. James Blake and Michael Chang then triumphed over John and his brother Patrick in a Legends doubles match that served as a fitting encore.

Nearly 1,800 fans were on-hand to witness it all.

Fan Voting Set For International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) has announced that for the first time in its 64-year history, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the incoming class of Hall of Famers. Fan Voting is the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s newest initiative to bring global sports fans across the world closer to the sport of tennis, its history, and the Hall of Fame.

Fans will be able to cast their votes for the nominees August 27 through October 7 online at vote.tennisfame.com. There are eight candidates hailing from all over the world on the ballot for the Class of 2019. The ballot of candidates will be announced later this week, just ahead of the opening of Fan Voting.

“We’re thrilled to add this new Fan Voting component to the Hall of Fame voting process,” said International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin. “Creating an authentic connection between tennis fans and the greatest champions of our sport will be an engaging execution of our mission to promote and celebrate tennis history. Tennis is such a global sport and the fans of our inductees come from every corner of the globe. We know they might not all be able to get to Newport to see an induction, but hopefully this voting program will offer an opportunity for them to enjoy being part of the process.”

Traditionally, election for the International Tennis Hall of Fame induction has been a result of votes cast by a vetted Voting Group of Hall of Famers, journalists, and historians. This voting process will remain in place, and Fan Voting will be an added element to the process.

To be elected into the Hall of Fame a candidate must receive an affirmative vote of 75 percent of ballots submitted by the Voting Group. New this year, the top three vote getters in the Fan Vote will receive bonus percentage points on their score. The candidate with the highest result in the Fan Vote will receive three additional percentage points, while second and third place will receive two and one additional percentage points respectively.

Fans will be able to vote only once but can cast their vote for as many candidates they’d like at that time. Once submitted, fans will receive an “I Voted” digital sticker, which they are encouraged to share via social media platforms.

“I think it’s terrific to get the fans involved in the Hall of Fame voting process,” said ITHF Global Ambassador and Class of 2017 Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters. “Being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame was such a special highlight of my career. It is a huge honor for any athlete. To have the recognition come from peers, members of the media, and now the fans who are such dedicated supporters throughout our careers will make it really special for the incoming Hall of Famers. It’s an innovative step for tennis and I’ll be excited to see the results.”

The results of fan voting will be announced at the conclusion of the voting period in early October. The full induction Class of 2019 will be announced in January at the Australian Open.

Since 1955, 254 inductees from 23 countries have earned their place in the Hall of Fame.
To learn more or to cast a vote when voting opens, visit vote.tennisfame.com

James Blake Defends Winston-Salem Title With Another Win Over Andy Roddick

James Blake successfully defended his title at the Invesco Legends Winston Salem Sunday night once again beating his good friend and former Davis Cup teammate Andy Roddick 6-1 in the one-set championship match.

It marked the 11th career title for Blake on the Invesco Series QQQ, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Blake defeated Roddick 6-4 in last year’s Winston-Salem final en route to winning three titles in 2017 and finishing second to Roddick in the year-long Invesco Series QQQ points standings.

“That’s not a good way to treat a friend” said Invesco Series QQQ on-court commentator Mark Knowles to Blake in his post-match on-court interview of the one-sided nature of the final, causing Blake to jokingly retort, “He’s done that to me plenty of times.” While Blake played clean and efficient tennis, striking six aces, Roddick was sluggish, still reeling from winning a very physical second semifinal just minutes before against Robby Ginepri 7-6(4). Blake had an easier time dispatching Michael Chang 6-3 in the opening semifinal match, and having the luxury of having an hour’s rest entering the final.

Blake earned 400 Invesco Series QQQ ranking points to vault into second place for the year with 600 points. Tommy Haas, the winner this year in Charleston, S.C. and Kohala Coast, Hawaii, remains in first place with 1,000 points. Mark Philippoussis, the winner in Toronto in May, falls a notch to third place with 500 points while Roddick, who earned 200 points for his runner-up showing, moves into a fourth place tie with Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe with 400 points.

The Invesco Series QQQ continues Thursday and Friday this week at the WTA Tour’s Connecticut Open in New Haven, Connecticut featuring Blake, Tommy Haas, Todd Martin and John McEnroe. The remaining schedule, with player fields, is as follows

The remaining 2018 Invesco Series QQQ schedule is as follows:

• August 23, 24: New Haven, CT (Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale) – John McEnroe, Tommy Haas, James Blake and Todd Martin
• October 4: St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and Mark Philippoussis
• October 5: Houston, TX (Tudor Fieldhouse) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Jim Courier
• October 21: Los Angeles, CA (Sherwood Country Club) – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Tommy Haas, and Mardy Fish
• December 6: Orlando, FL (USTA National Campus) – Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish

2018 Invesco Series QQQ Results

April 7: Charleston, SC (Family Circle Tennis Center) F: Tommy Haas def. Andy Roddick 6-1; SF: Tommy Haas def. Michael Chang 6-2; Andy Roddick def. Mark Philippoussis 6-3

May 5, 6: Kohala Coast, HI (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows) F: Tommy Haas def. John McEnroe 7-5 SF: Tommy Haas def. Mardy Fish 6-3, John McEnroe def.Jim Courier 6-3

May 17: Toronto, ON (Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre) F: Mark Philippoussis d. John McEnroe 7-5, SF: Mark Philippoussis d. James Blake 7-6 (5); John McEnroe d. Jim Courier 6-2.

July 22: Newport, RI (International Tennis Hall of Fame) F: Lleyton Hewitt d. Tommy Haas 7-6(2) SF: Lleyton Hewitt d. James Blake 6-3; Tommy Haas d. Jim Courier 6-3

August 19: Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest University) F: James Blake d. Andy Roddick 6-1 SF: Andy Roddick d. Robby Ginepri 7-6 (4); James Blake d. Michael Chang 6-3

Each Invesco Series QQQ event features special VIP experiences, including hit-with-the-pros opportunities and special back-stage access. All ticket, experience and event information can be found at www.InvescoSeries.com

In 2017, the year-long points championship was decided in the final match of the season when Andy Roddick defeated James Blake in the Los Angeles final at the Sherwood Country Club. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, won four Invesco Series QQQ titles in all in 2017, winning in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Lincoln, Neb., and Los Angeles. Blake, the former world No. 4 and former U.S. Davis Cup star, won series titles in Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Lynchburg, Va.

In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the Series points title with 1600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando. Blake finished in third place with 1100 points and tournament titles in
Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn.

In 2015, Roddick won the Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Invesco Series QQQ tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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