- Bogota F: Bernard Tomic d. Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4)
- Hamburg F: Leonardo Mayer d. David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4)
- Bastad F: Mona Barthel d. Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6(3)
- Istanbul F: Caroline Wozniacki d. Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1
- Gstaad R1: Viktor Troicki d. Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 6-4
News and Analysis:
Viktor Troicki is back, and for some reason believes that the ITF has a personal vendetta against him:
“I will always feel that,” he says. “Of course. The ITF tried to destroy my career and I will never forget what happened. In the court they really went after me and they really wanted to put me down and ruin me completely. But I hope to show them they were unable to do that. I will be back.”
Meanwhile, Simon Cambers doesn’t think Gstaad should have given Troicki a wildcard:
Having completed his 12-month ban, Troicki is now eligible to return and faces the daunting prospect of starting from scratch, with no ranking points to his name. In a recent interview, he said he was willing to grind away on the lower levels of the Tour and would hope for the odd wildcard into ATP events.
Well, Gstaad, for whatever reason, has seen fit to grant one of its three wildcards to Troicki. Rather than give them to a young, home player with potential, for example, who may in future years return the faith by committing to the event, it has given it to someone who the sport banned for not following the strict anti-doping rule. Is that really the kind of message the sport should be sending out?
Maria Kirilenko ended her engagement to Washington Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin.
Here’s a headline for you: “Teen tennis ace Sara Tomic says older brother Bernard not the ‘tool’ everyone thinks he is.”
Alexandr Dolgopolov will have knee surgery and miss the US Open Series.
Tennis on Twitter:
This is actually my fave Bernie celebration shot. Where’d he go?!?! pic.twitter.com/Krw5xhBfe6
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) July 19, 2014
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 21, 2014
— CASuisse Open Gstaad (@opengstaad) July 21, 2014
What did you guys do this weekend? I did some laundry 😉 / Co jste delali behem vikendu? Ja jsem prala 🙂 pic.twitter.com/pmilvyU8G3
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) July 21, 2014