Break Points: June 17, 2013

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Today’s notable results:

  • Eastbourne: Fernando Verdasco d. Alexandr Dolgopolov, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Eastbourne: Elena Vesnina d. Ana Ivanovic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Evgeny Donskoy d. John Isner, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4
  • ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Tsvetana Pironkova d. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 6-4
  • ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Garbine Muguruza d. Mona Barthel, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

News and Links:

Venus Williams turns 33 today.

This is a great photo album from s’Hertogenbosch, with pictures of Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Benoit Paire, and more.

Here are some stats from the WTA season so far. It’s not too surprising to see Serena Williams near the top of the service categories, and Victoria Azarenka near the top of most return categories.

Juan Martin del Potro hit with Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon today.

The USTA is suing the filmmakers of the Venus and Serena documentary. USA Today has more:

The USTA claims copyright infringement because they used some video footage shot during the U.S. Open without permission, saying the filmmakers had “broken their promises to the USTA by including unlicensed US Open footage in their commercial, for-profit film.”

Venus and Serena filmmakers Maiken Baird and Michelle Major disputed the accusations and released this statement: “What is the USTA afraid of? We’re shocked by this shameful effort to interfere with telling the story of the two most iconic female athletes in American history — a film that they have supported and collaborated on for years. The USTA’s bizarre efforts to erase history and also claim control of our own film footage as part of their censorship effort is particularly outrageous. In trying to censor this uplifting film about the Williams sisters’ remarkable accomplishments the USTA is simply making up conversations that never took place.”

Here’s what Andy Murray is wearing at Wimbledon. I am thankful that the Wimbledon white dress code eliminates Adidas’ bizarre shoulder patterns they keep making him wear.

Tennis on Twitter:

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