Break Points: March 19, 2014

Notable Results:

  • Miami QR2: Jack Sock d. Victor Estrella, 6-3 6-4
  • Miami R128: Teymuraz Gabashvili d. Marcel Granollers, 6-4 6-3
  • Miami R128: Ajla Tomljanovic d. Kristina Mladenovic, 7-6(4) 6-4
  • Panama City CH R32: Jesse Witten d. Mischa Zverev, 7-5 RET

News and Links:

It’s not you, it’s them. After an incredible run, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl are splitting up. Our guess is that Lendl refused to buy any more dog portraits. In the meantime, Murray’s game could use a little help these days:

Candidates to replace Lendl include Murray’s teenage mentor, Leon Smith, who is also Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain, and the Australian Darren Cahill, who has worked with him on a part-time basis before but has extensive media commitments. Meanwhile, Murray will work with Dani Vallverdu, who has been his friend and hitting partner since they were teenagers.

He’s in, then he’s out. Back in, back out. Juan Martin del Potro waited until after the bracket was set to withdraw from the Sony Open, but at least he didn’t risk hurting himself any further. Come back soon, please!

It’s a pity because this is a special tournament for me since there are many Latin fans and Argentines in particular. In the next few days I will visit my doctor again to determine the following steps.

The Redfoo-backed Party Rock Open is no more, the latest in a chain of events that has left Las Vegas bereft of tennis.:

“Mostly, it was a financial decision,” promoter and tennis agent Jordan Butler said Tuesday. “We needed to raise more sponsorships and get more people in the stands. We were able to do that on the weekends, but the attendance during the week was always a challenge. …

The demise of the Party Rock Open comes on the heels of news last week that the Las Vegas Neon of World Team Tennis had folded before playing a match, after the team’s owner was arrested in Sacramento, Calif., and a federal judge froze the company’s assets, thus rendering the Neon without any operating capital.

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