Monday, July 4, 2011
Another sell-out crowd saw the singles and doubles championship matches on Saturday night.
The Nielsen Pro Tennis Championship wasn’t the tennis tournament James Blake originally envisioned winning this weekend, but on Saturday night the American tennis star was more than happy to hoist the championship trophy. Blake showed the sold-out crowd at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka why he was once ranked No. 4 in the world. He cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Bobby Reynolds in the finals, never losing a service game. “I wanted to get back on the hard courts and try and get some confidence and this is the perfect thing for that,” said Blake, who contacted the tournament about a possible wildcard after losing in the first round of Wimbledon. “A couple three-setters, some good matches played and I played my best tennis in the …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
After injuring his elbow last fall, Robby Ginepri took down defending champion Brian Dabul in three sets in the first round.
It took all of one set to know Robby Ginepri wasn’t worried about his elbow injury. After a layoff that lasted nearly nine months, the 28-year-old American looked like the player who was ranked in the Top 100 for most of last season and had advanced to the fourth round of the 2010 French Open. Ginepri defeated Argentine Brian Dabul 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 at the Nielsen Tennis Center on Tuesday night. “I’ve been practicing pretty hard the last three weeks and it held up through a lot of two-a-days and fitness,” Ginepri said. “I was pretty confident that my elbow is feeling up to par.” Ginepri didn’t know what to expect coming back from the first major injury of his 10-year professional career. He broke his elbow back in September while riding his …
Monday, June 27, 2011
After getting his start in tennis at Winnetka's Nielsen Tennis Center, Robert Stineman played in a qualifying match at the Nielsen Pro Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Robert Stineman stood on the stadium court at the Nielsen Pro Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon engulfed by a circle of kids. He stood patiently, signing autographs and posing for pictures, acting as a tour veteran rather than having just competed in his first professional tournament. Despite being the youngest participant in the field, Stineman was the fan favorite. As a recent New Trier High School graduate, Stineman had more than 300 supporters in the stands watching his two-set loss to Great Britain’s Jamie Baker in the opening round of the tournament qualifier. “It was really cool; I’ll never forget that feeling,” said Stineman, who is a two-time Illinois High School Association state singles champion. “I’m really appreciative …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The tennis championship takes place in Winnetka June 27-July 2.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Nielsen Pro Tennis Championship is a few weeks away and the tennis players competing in the tournament were announced this week. This the the 20th year that the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center has hosted the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger. The players who participate have a world ranking between 40-200 and they compete to improve their rank and advance to bigger tournaments, according to a press release. Brian Dabul of Argentina was last year's champion and he will be competing this year. So will tournament finalist Tim Smyczek of the United States. Below are the names, ranking and home country of the 22 main draw players: Ball, Carsten AUS 209 Bester, Philip CAN 245 Bubka, Sergei UKR 230 Capdeville, Paul CHI 139 Chiudinelli, Marco…