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Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal’s legendary rivalry continues, Na Li the big winner, Novak Djokovic is mentally flexible – The Friday Five

By Maud Watson

Mission Accomplished

Despite his lacking confidence and putting in some of his most shaky performances at Roland Garros in recent memory, Rafael Nadal, as he has done so often, found a way to cross the finish line on final Sunday. After being just a set away from losing in the first round to John Isner, the Spaniard buckled down, surrendering only one additional set en route to the title. And while his play may not have been as sharp as some of his previous title runs, in many ways, this win was the most impressive one of all. It not only ensured that he would retain the No. 1 singles ranking for the time being, but more importantly, it tied him with tennis legend Bjorn Borg for most men’s singles titles at Roland Garros with six. It also moved him up the list of all-time greats with this victory representing his tenth overall Grand Slam singles title. Hats off to Rafa for putting together another fine two weeks in Paris, and let’s see how much he can use this win as a springboard to further big results throughout the summer.

 

Happy Returns

Nine years ago, Na Li was convinced she couldn’t make it in professional tennis and left the game to attend university. But on the final Saturday of the French Open, the charismatic Chinese woman proved to herself and the rest of the world that she had made the right decision in returning to tennis, as she not only won her first major singles title, but the first singles championship for a Chinese player, man or woman. It was evident from the start that she had learned from her first final appearance in Melbourne, and it was admirable the way she was able to right the ship after her second set wobble. At 29, she is unlikely to garner several more Slams, but with her game and the new-found confidence and belief that come with securing her first major, it’s certainly not out of the question that she may hoist up other major singles trophies. Be sure to keep an eye on her as the season progresses.

Mixed Bag

Though he fell short in the final match, this year’s Roland Garros saw what could be termed a mini-revival in the career of Roger Federer. The Swiss Maestro cruised through his matches until he reached the semifinals – where he was supposed to lose. Djokovic had owned Federer in 2011, but on that Friday, Roger Federer played one of the best matches he’s played in years to remind everyone that he still has plenty of game left in the tank, earning a hard fought victory in four scintillating sets to reach the final. As he took to the court in the final, he appeared the most relaxed he’s ever been when facing Nadal at this stage, and he ultimately did play the best match he’s ever played against Nadal on final Sunday in Paris. But in the biggest moments – particularly at the end of the first set – it was plain to see that Federer is still Nadal’s pigeon, at least on the Parisian clay, as the doubt crept across his face and into his game. Hopefully this loss won’t linger, and Federer will instead take away all the positives from the French Open fortnight as he heads into the heart of the summer season.

One to Watch

Although he had never even reached the final in Paris, having not lost a match all season, Novak Djokovic went into Roland Garros as one of the heavy favorites. He fought his way through a tough draw to reach the semifinals where Roger Federer stood between him and history. Had Djokovic beaten Federer, not only would he have reached his first Roland Garros final, but he would have secured the No. 1 singles ranking and tied John McEnroe’s 42 consecutive matches for best start to a season. In the end, the combination of that pressure and more so the spectacular tennis coming off the Federer racquet proved too much for the Serb, as he saw his streak and Paris hopes come to a halt one match shy of the final. Shortly thereafter, Djokovic announced his withdrawal from Queen’s, citing tendinitis. His knee issues this year are well documented, but most would surely be in agreement that his withdrawal is more about having to mentally recover from what was truly a devastating loss considering what all was at stake. Djokovic appears to have the type of personality that would allow him to quickly bounce back, but be sure to watch for how he comes out of the gates after suffering his first defeat of 2011.

This One Might Take

Earlier this week, the return of Team Williams was announced, with both sisters scheduled to compete in the Eastbourne grass court tune up for Wimbledon. As always, it’s safest to assume an attitude of “I’ll believe it when I see it” when it comes to either of these two making a return to tour tennis, but this one definitely has more of an air of certainty about it. All eyes will be on the Americans to see where their games are after extended layoffs. But even if either Williams – who are both currently ranked outside the top 20 – should crash out early, it won’t matter. Rest assured that they will still be considered favorites (albeit not heavy favorites) to win the title at SW19. Their ability to flip the switch on little to no match play is well known. Besides, Venus Williams has always appeared indifferent to what others have thought of her and her game, and for a drama queen like Serena Williams, defying the odds to come back from a year of injuries and successfully defend her Wimbledon title is not a challenge to back down from, but an opportunity to be relished.

Have Rod Laver be Part of Your Holiday Season

As the holiday season fast approaches, New Chapter Press recommends the newly-updated memoir of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver — “The Education of a Tennis Player” – as an ideal gift for tennis fans around the world.

Written with Hall of Fame journalist and historian Bud Collins, “The Education of a Tennis Player” is Laver’s first-hand account of his famous 1969 Grand Slam season, capped off by his win over fellow Australian Tony Roche in the final of the U.S. Open. Laver also writes about his childhood and early days in tennis, his 1962 Grand Slam and offers tips on how players of all levels can improve their game. He also shares some of the strategies that helped him to unparalleled success on the tennis court.

Originally published in 1971, “The Education of a Tennis Player” ($19.95, www.NewChapterMedia.com) was updated by Laver and Collins with new content including his recovery from a near-fatal stroke in 1998 and helping Australia once again win the Davis Cup in 1973. The memoir features descriptions of Laver’s most suspenseful matches and memorable portraits of his biggest rivals Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Tony Roche and Pancho Gonzalez.

“I am delighted that “The Education of a Tennis Player” is back in circulation and available for a new generation of tennis fans,” said Laver of his newly updated memoir. “Winning the Grand Slam for a second time in 1969 seems just like yesterday and this book brings back a lot of memories of the great matches and exciting times. I hope people enjoy reading my story.”

Laver captured 11 major singles titles during his career, including Wimbledon in 1961, 1962, 1968 and 1969. After joining Don Budge as the only man to win a Grand Slam by sweeping all four majors in 1962, Laver turned professional where he, along with fellow pros Hoad, Rosewall and Gonzalez, were banned from playing the “amateur-only” major tournaments. When the “Open Era” of tennis began in 1968, Laver netted another five major singles titles, including his Grand Slam sweep of all four in 1969. Laver won nearly 200 singles titles during his career and was inducted into the International Tennis of Fame in 1981.

Collins, himself a 1994 inductee in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, first met Laver in 1956 at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston during the U.S. National Doubles Championships. Thirteen years later, the two collaborated on the book that was only to be published if Laver won the Grand Slam. Collins is best known for his colorful television commentary – and his colorful wardrobe – as well as his columns in the Boston Globe.

“Rod Laver is one of the greatest treasures we have in tennis and “The Education of a Tennis Player” is one of our sports most important literary works,” said Collins. “Rod was always so humble and gracious, but he could play tennis like a hurricane. He was as a great a champion as we have ever had in tennis and one of the all-time nicest guys.”

New Chapter Press is also the publisher of the newly updated second edition of “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” by Bud Collins, “The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection” by Rene Stauffer, “Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games” by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli, “Acing Depression” by Cliff Richey and Hilaire Richey Kallendorf, “Tennis Made Easy” by Kelly Gunterman, “The Lennon Prophecy” by Joe Niezgoda, “Bone Appetit, Gourmet Cooking For Your Dog” by Susan Anson, “The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle” by Stewart Wolpin, “People’s Choice Cancun – Travel Survey Guidebook” by Eric Rabinowitz and “Weekend Warriors: The Men of Professional Lacrosse” by Jack McDermott, among others. Founded in 1987, New Chapter Press is an independent publisher of books and part of the Independent Publishers Group. More information can be found at www.NewChapterMedia.com.

Arthur Ashe: A Remembrance of Things Past

The largest tennis stadium in the world is named after him. The last major of the year is decided on his surface. Nothing could be more appropriate than to commend the efforts of a man, who not only changed the game, but changed the way we see things. One book does it better than the rest.

Mr. Ashe was low key, mild mannered, a shy man you could say, but his game and presence stood tall, brash, and personified individualism like none other. In Mike Towle’s book, I Remember Arthur Ashe: Memories of a True Tennis Pioneer and Champion of Social Causes by the People Who Knew Him by Cumberland House, we get a candid glance into the life of someone who hardly showed any emotions on the court, carried himself with the utmost class and dignity, and seemed impervious to the spotlight. Unlike most biographies, which typically consist of a laborious bulk of exposition and pastoral beginnings, Towle’s book is a narrative not of his own, but of the people that knew Arthur Ashe well, and some not so well, but relay an experience they had encountering the great tennis legend revealing a more human side of Ashe, one that has never been unveiled before.

The structure of the book is linear following Ashe’s career from its auspicious beginnings to the tragic end of losing a bout with AIDS, all told through personal friends and colleagues alike, and even at times the very subject himself. My favorite passage from the book, one that I think reveals his human side the most, is when Ashe recalls a match he had against tennis great John Newcombe in Sydney where he lost due to some good old fashioned day dreaming. ‘I remember I won the first set,’ Ashe recalls, ‘Then all of a sudden I started thinking about this stewardess, Bella, I had met. She was Miss Trinidad of 1962. I just kept seeing her – this gorgeous face, this beautiful creature – and the next thing I know the match is over and Newcombe won.’

This book is more than a book about a tennis player. It’s a book about being human, and few stories mirror Arthur Ashe’s journey. Here’s to you Arthur, and to you too Mr. Towle for a great idea.

ATP Tidbits – Nadal Shirtless and Tipsarevic on Twitter

This summer is quickly proving to be the hottest one on record in the United States, so how are players preparing for the US hard court swing? By vacationing of course! We catch you up on the travels of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, as well as introduce you to the newest ATP players to open a twitter account. We also give you the scoop on international football star Cristiano Ronaldo and which tennis legend he recently compared himself too. We leave you off with the current standings in the ATP Points Race to the World Tour Finals at the end of the year.

World number 4 Andy Murray was spotted taking a mini-vacation at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas with girlfriend Kim Sears. He then made his way to Miami for a training block that was cut short by Hurricane Bonnie. This propelled him to enter the player field at this week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

It is well-documented that Sears broke up with Murray last winter because he was spending excessive time with his Playstation and other technological toys. So, it’s a surprise to find him playing his Nintendo DS and checking his Blackberry while lounging next to his bikini-clad girlfriend.

The Mallorcan Matador, Rafael Nadal, was also spotted taking a deserved vacation with girlfriend Maria Francisca “Xisca” Perello in Spain. The pair were spotted playing golf and enjoying some time off.

Xisca seems to be either texting or taking a picture.

Xisca and Murray are a match made in heaven with their Blackberrys. Oh wait. Wrong couple pairing … oops!

A shirtless Nadal was then spotted on the shores of Formentera, Spain taking photos with fans and playing a little ‘football’ with friends.

Is there any sport this man cannot play?!

The Twitter Universe has seen its newest ATP tweeter, Janko Tipsarevic, not lose any time getting used to this phenomenon, as his hilarious comments show. He displays his hunger for The Cheesecake Factory, talks Davis Cup with Marcos Baghdatis, shows footage of cracking tennis racquets, and expresses his love for cocktails, particularly “Liquid Cocaine, with fire on top and sniffing in the end.”

His first picture was of him, Viktor Troicki and a friend aboard Novak Djokovic’s boat after their Davis Cup win in Split, Croatia. The man knows how to live!

It seems he’s even turned into a pirate!

Follow Janko here: http://twitter.com/TipsarevicJanko

It was revealed last week that Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, admitted to fathering a baby boy. He had a fling with an American waitress last summer in Los Angeles and has since taken “exclusive guardianship” of his son. He bought the waitress’ silence by offering $15 million and then compared himself to Boris Becker, the six-time Grand Slam champion, who had a love child in 2000. “I feel like Boris Becker.”

And to sum up this week’s ATP Tidbits, we bring you a little-known extra via http://www.menstennisforums.com. Let’s take a look at where players are standing in the Race to the World Tour Finals at this point in the season. The top eight players qualify for the WTF, with Rafael Nadal being the first and only so far to do so.

This table brings a few interesting things to mind:

Nadal has an overabundance of points already!

Soderling, Berdych, FERRER?! When thinking more closely, Soderling and Berdych both had great runs to Roland Garros and Wimbledon. So their high placements are conceivable. However, I can’t seem to explain Ferrer’s at first glance. But looking at his rankings breakdown on the ATP site, he has won the majority of his points reaching the finals and semis in three ATP Masters events. Well done, sir!

Murray is OUT of the top 8? Surprising as well given his run to the Australian Open final. But his results since then have been limited.

Not only is this list fascinating, but the entire race could prove unexpected as well. It is very likely that Nadal may finish #1 at the end of the year, but there is a possibility other players could still overtake him. Djokovic is defending the most points until the end of the year, 4260, Federer 3090, Murray 2530, Nadal 2400, and Soderling 1400. The rest of the season is starting to look just as good, if not better, than the beginning. Wonder who our new champion will be come December!

SERBIA LOOKING FOR MORE RECOGNITION ON WORLD STAGE

Earlier this year I blogged on how players like Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis can help their home countries in terms of finances, profile and inspiration with top performances on the professional sports circuit.

In countries where money isn’t the largest commodity players have to fight tooth and nail and really aim high to make it in sport. With the Serbian Open taking place in Belgrade this week the spotlight now returns to Novak Djokovic, who helped found the competition before its inception last year.

Born on 22 May 1987, Novak was the eldest of three brothers who all set their sights on the professional game. He was spotted at eight years old by the Yugoslavian tennis legend Jelena Gencic who declared: “This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles.”

He won his first professional tournament in 2006, not dropping a set on his way to lifting the Dutch Open in Amersfoort with a win over Nicolas Massu in the final. He then took the Open de Moselle in Metz which saw him enter the world’s Top 20 for the first time.

Since then he has continued to grow and mature and his final appearance at the 2007 US Open before beginning 2008 by lifting the Australian Open shows the levels Novak can rise to.

There have been questions about his temperament, his drive and his personality but Novak has put all that behind him and as of this year he is looking to shut a lot of critics up and prove he can match the best of the best tournament to tournament.

The Serbian Open debuted in 2009 as an ATP 250 tournament offering the winner the prize of €373, 200. It was a resounding success with over 100,000 attending the showpiece that were treated to stars like Djokovic, compatriot Janko Tipsarevic, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic and Russian Igor Andreev.

“This tournament means a lot to me because I play in my country and my hometown,” said Djokovic in a statement on his official website. “I always give maximum, I’m not one of those players who can go on court and lose, even though they’re favourites,”

“I’m hoping for a full stadium, not only on my matches, but also on matches of the rest of our players. This tournament makes me proud, because it shows the most beautiful face of Serbia to the world.”

Djokovic added that he hopes the tournament will attract some of the world’s top players over the coming years which will help with attendances and in promoting Serbia to the rest of Europe. The country has produced the likes of Djokovic, Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki and Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Nenad Zimonjic over recent years and with top tennis inspiring the country this group will only expand and add to the previous success of Monika Seles and Jelena Dokic.

However Novak realises the scheduling problems for the tournament: “The tournament is held between two ATP World Tour Masters events, and most of the players save their energy for Madrid and Roland Garros. That’s why it is difficult to attract ‘stronger’ names at the moment,” he bemoans.

But the Open is a step in the right direction for one of Europe’s newest entities. The Republic of Serbia only became an Independent Republic in 2006 in yet another shifting of the former Yugoslavian states. Famous more for its wars than its sport, the players have a lot of PR work to do with the world’s media.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper back in January 2008 Novak acknowledged how the success of the likes of himself and Ivanovic was helping tennis become one of Serbia’s largest exports. Following Novak taking the 2008 Serbian Sports Personality of the Year (his only real competition was Ivanovic and Jankovic) his mother, Dijan, part of the Djokovic sporting dynasty now working in Serbia, spoke of her wish to set up a tennis academy in her son’s name to help the Serbs of the future.

“The important thing is that the idols for young Serbs now are very good kids,” she said in the same interview. “They are people who really worked hard to get where they are now. They didn’t steal, cheat, or kill somebody to get there. For 10 years it was so bad. The role models were gangsters, or drug dealers. Everything is changing.”

It shows how the war-torn state is moving forward and beginning to think like a developed country.

Ana Ivanovic was the first player from Serbia to top the WTA rankings back in 2008. “We have all witnessed the dramatic rise in Serbian tennis during the last few years and on Monday [09/06/2008] that will reach a new pinnacle when Ana Ivanovic is recognised as the WTA Tour’s new number one player,” WTA Tour chief Larry Scott said in a statement at the time.

She has taken part in the new “Me, Myself” advertising campaign by sports giants Adidas and appears in their star-studded advert campaigns blazing across television screens throughout Europe. A popular figure at home, Serbian actress Katarina Radivojevic has even asked Ana to star in a film with her.

Yet she has remained true to her Serbian roots and always remembers where she started. An insightful interview with British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph back in 2007 opened up her thoughts on the rest of the world and their attitude towards her as a Serbian.

“It was very upsetting, especially when I went abroad,” she said. “People were very suspicious when they talked to you, they wouldn’t really trust you. And we would have trouble getting visas and getting through customs. It drove me a little bit crazy. Maybe somewhere deep inside me it helped.”

She bemoaned the facilities available to players and the lack of help provided by the authorities: “Our tennis federation didn’t really help us much at all,” she complained. “I think they did a little bit more for the men, but for the women they didn’t really do anything – they almost abandoned us. It’s really sad. They should appreciate it [having three players in the top 10] because who knows when it’s going to happen again.”

Three years on, hosting their own ATP250 tournament looks like a huge step in the right direction for Serbia and can only serve to improve the country’s standing in the eyes of the sporting and media world.

With players like Djokovic, Jankovic and Ivanovic; lovely people who you never see in the papers for the wrong reasons, the future generations of Serbians can only pick good role models to idolise and forget the war-torn past. With their football side also participating at this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa the future certainly looks promising.

STAR WATCH: KIM KARDASHIAN MEETS ROGER FEDERER

Another day and yet another star watch. Don’t confuse it with the epic movies “Star Wars” but I am sure if you say the words “star watch” ten times in a row you can feel the Force.

Celebrity Kim Kardashian is in Miami. We saw photos of her yesterday at the Miami Open and today I found a photo of her standing on centre court with none other than tennis legend Roger Federer. Apprently La Kim made it to centre court when the sun came out and just moments before the coin toss of the match between Roger Federer and Florent Serra.

Federer won the match but was forced to two tie breaks winning 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).

STAR SIGHTINGS: The rain couldn’t keep the newest fan of the Sony Ericsson Open away from the action. Kim Kardashian and her mother Kris enjoyed lunch at the Collector’s Club as they waited for a break in the weather. When the sun came out, Kim made her way to center court to perform the coin toss prior to the Roger Federer match. The family took in a set from the photo pit before leaving. Catching the Venus Williams match, Minnesota Vikings Bryant McKinnie and Baltimore Ravens Willis McGahee watched Williams defeat Daniela Hantuchova. On Court 1, Super Bowl Champ Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints enjoyed Caroline Wozniacki’s win.

Photo credit: Sony Ericsson Open 2010

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CAN ROGER FEDERER WIN THE GRAND SLAM? THE FRIDAY FIVE

By Maud Watson

End to the Grand Slam Drought? – With his win in Melbourne at the Australian Open, Roger Federer became the first father since Andre Agassi to win a Grand Slam title, bringing his total up to 16. While every title he earns makes his legacy that much more impressive, the real question on everyone’s mind is, “Could he win the Grand Slam?” Rod Laver was the last man to do it back in 1969, while Steffi Graf was the last woman to do it in 1988. Federer is definitely still the man to beat. He finally got the monkey off his back at the French, loves the lawns of Wimbledon, and has a stellar record in Flushing Meadows. With Federer’s extraordinary ability to re-write the history books and shatter records, this may just be the year another player captures the elusive Grand Slam.

Showing Early Promise – So maybe Justine Henin was quite able to emulate the success of countrywoman Kim Clijsters by winning her fist major back from retirement, but it was just her second tournament in 18 months, and it was Serena Williams on the other side of the net (no offense to Caroline Wozniaki). While congratulations are in order for Serena Williams, whose 12th Grand Slam title ties her with tennis legend Billie Jean King, I was most impressed with Henin. Several times she had to grind her way through matches, including her second-round encounter with Elena Dementieva. She then takes the current No. 1 to three-sets in the final, and had she played a cleaner match, might have gone all the way. It was a little disconcerting to watch for those who remember seeing the Henin who was a human backboard, but her determination to execute a more offensive game plan is admirable. Once she hones her game and finds that balance between defense and offense, she may well go on to dominate the women’s tour yet again. And, given that she has approximately four months to prepare for the French, she has to already be considered a favorite to take the coveted clay court title.

Hewitt’s Hip Woes – In case you missed it in the entire hullabaloo at the end of the Aussie Open, local favorite Lleyton Hewitt announced that he had to undergo hip surgery on his right hip. He stated he tweaked the hip during the Hopman Cup, and after his run at the first major of the year came to an end, he had the surgery. One has to feel for the man from Adelaide who already underwent one hip surgery. That said, if ever there was a player who had the determination to bounce back from a second surgery, it’s Rusty.

He’s Gone Bollywood – Former Indian tennis star Vijay Amritraj once starred with Roger Moore in the James Bond film Octopussy, and now, once again, another leading Indian player is taking his shot at making it in the movies. Leander Paes, one of the most famous Indian players of the past decade, is going to be starring in a psychological thriller that will be released in both Hindi and Bengali. Maybe it’s not James Bond, but it’s going to give the boys something to talk about in the locker room.

She’s a Barbie Girl – Well, it’s not quite a Wheaties box, but it’s still pretty darn cool. Kim Clijsters has been made into a Barbie doll, as has her young daughter, Jada. Don’t expect to find the doll in a store near you, but for someone like Clijsters who remembers playing with Barbies as a young girl, there’s no doubt that it must be quite an honor to have been fashioned into one of the most iconic toys of all time.

Navratilova leads Boston Lobsters to an overtime victory over Philadelphia Freedoms

King of Prussia, Pa. (July 20, 2009) – Playing in her 20th World TeamTennis season, tennis legend Martina Navratilova led the Boston Lobsters to a 23-18 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Navratilova, a 31- time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, along with partner Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Wayne, Pa native Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys 5-2. Navratilova partnered with James Auckland but they were unable to overcome the Freedoms’ Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles. The Freedoms prevailed 5-4, forcing overtime, where the Lobsters won the first game to decide the match in their favor.

In the opening set, Philadelphia’s Josh Cohen made his 2009 debut for the Freedoms to lead them to a win in men’s doubles. Cohen teamed with Nathan Healey take down the Lobsters team of James Auckland and Jan-Michael Gambill 5-3.

In women’s singles, Stephanie Foretz of the Lobsters got revenge against Keys from their July 12th match in Boston when Foretz prevailed 5-3. In Freedom stadium tonight, Foretz battled back from a 1-3 deficit to defeat Keys on her home court 5-3. Riding on the wave of momentum, Jan-Michael Gambill rallied to beat Healey for the third time this season. He secured a solid 5-3 win for the Lobsters in men’s singles.

The Freedoms play their final home match of the season this Wednesday, July 22 when former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces visit Freedoms Stadium. Cljisters is playing the 2009 World TeamTennis season in preparation for her return to the pro tour leading up to the 2009 U.S. Open. Tickets for the final home match can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.

Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Monday, 7/20

FINAL RESULTS:
(Home teams in capital letters)
Boston Lobsters def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18 OT
Men’s Doubles – Josh Cohen\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. James
Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms)
5-3

Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms)
5-3

Women’s Doubles – Martina Navratilova\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def.
Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4

Mixed Doubles- Overtime- Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 1-0.

The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season features the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appearing during one home match in July.
The Freedoms have two remaining home matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events will feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening will include exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 2009 REMAINING HOME SCHEDULE
Wednesday, July 22 St. Louis Aces (Clijsters) at Phildelphia Freedoms
Match Begins at 7:30 p.m.

2009 Freedoms Sponsors include Advanta, Abington Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Lincoln Mercury, Novo Nordisk, Comcast Cable, Skinny Water, USTA Middle States, 23K, Museum Catering, Endo Pharmaceuticals, ACME, Energy Plus, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, McShane Sports Medicine, Excel Physical Therapy, Maui Wowi, CBS 3, WIP, WPHT, KYW Radio, WOGL, Bertolinis, Mortons Steakhouse, The Inquirer, and Drexel University Sport Management.