Break Points: June 11, 2013

Break Points is a daily roundup of tennis news, videos, links, and tweets. If you have something you think I should include, email me at

Today’s notable results:

  • Halle: Gael Monfils d. Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-2
  • Halle: (Lucky Loser) Mirza Basic d. Jerzy Janowicz, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5)
  • Queen’s Club: Benjamin Becker d. Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(4)
  • Queen’s Club: Denis Kudla d. Benoit Paire, 6-3, 6-4
  • Queen’s Club: Juan Martin del Potro d. Xavier Malisse, 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5
  • Birmingham: Madison Keys d. Jamie Hampton, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
  • Birmingham: Donna Vekic d. Urszula Radwanska, 6-3, 6-2
  • Birmingham: Yanina Wickmayer d. Yulia Putintseva, 6-2, 7-6(5)
  • Nuremberg: Andrea Petkovic d. Sofia Arvidsson, 6-3, 6-2

News and Links:

The WTA website has a fun roundup of quotes from Roland Garros:

[Sloane] Stephens on if she could magically change one thing from between Australia and now…
“That boys weren’t so stupid.”

Maria Sharapova on missing home while in Europe…
“I miss a lot of things, but I’m doing well. I have Skyped with my dog and my dad.”

Sharapova on whether her dog responds over Skype…
“When I call his name, his ears go up. Yeah, the only time I want to Skype with my dad is when I want to see my dog. Sorry, dad.”

Andy Murray gives an update on his back injury to the BBC:

“The last three or four days, it [back] has felt really, really good,” Murray said. “When you start back up again, things can feel stiff or sore on some days, but the last few days since I started training at Queens it has felt a lot better. I have been practicing with a lot of the top players. Touch wood, it is good.”

In an interview with the Guardian, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga talks about his career and getting drunk after winning a Challenger tournament in 2007:

“After I won in Surbiton, I had a beer. I remember it because I was like this [Tsonga pulls a drunken face]. I’m not used to beer. But Eric told me that, after winning, I have to drink it. So I had one beer and I was completely drunk. It was great.”

Craig O’Shannessy, who has coached ATP players, writes excellent match analysis for the New York Times’s Straight Sets blog and for Here, he breaks down Rafael Nadal’s win over David Ferrer at Roland Garros.

In this amusing video, Tomas Berdych talks about his favorite tennis moments, and also plays some sort of weird form of beer pong with Moët & Chandon champagne.

Maria Sharapova was in the house at the Queen’s Club to watch her boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, play. Naturally, the camera caught some of her reactions.

Tennis on Twitter:

Tomas Berdych is having way too much fun with this Twitter thing.


Tennis player problems:

Sob, even tennis players are taunting me about my football team (the New England Patriots) signing Tim Tebow.

Amy can be spotted on a tennis court in the Philadelphia area, shanking backhand volleys.

One Response

  1. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne June 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm |

    “Maria Sharapova was in the house at the Queen’s Club to watch her boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, play. Naturally, the camera caught some of her reactions.”

    Bradenton Florida girls never seem to enjoy the cold weather.

    It would be different if Maria had spent her childhood in a cold weather climate, like, say, Siberia.

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