Break Points: Petra Kvitova and Radek Stepanek Split Up

Notable Results:

  • Oeiras R1: Rui Machado d. [5] Dmitry Tursunov 6-0 6-0
  • Oeiras R1: Timea Bacsinzsky d. [3] Sam Stosur 6-4 6-0
  • Oeiras R2: [2] Eugenie Bouchard d. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4 6-2
  • Oeiras R2: Polona Hercog d. [6] Lucie Safarova 6-3 4-6 6-2
  • Munich R2: Martin Klizan d. [3] Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 6-2 7-6

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It seems like lovebirds Petra Kvitova and Radek Stepanek have split up. “To combine a career and a [relationship] between two top players is sometimes impossible,” Kvitova said according to

Ben Rothenberg wrote in the New York Times about the increase in wrist injuries among tennis players:

Dr. Richard Berger, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., performed the operations on Robson and del Potro.

‘I do sense that more of the top players, the very elite touring pros, are probably experiencing injuries sufficient to take them out of the sport for some period in time at a higher rate,’ Berger said. ‘Tennis is one of those sports that, honestly, the wrist is one of the structures at most risk because the force of contact with the ball is transmitted directly through the wrist, and very often, with an element of torque as the player attempts to place higher and higher degrees of spin on the ball.’

Berger said that players with a power-laden baseline style, like del Potro, were especially vulnerable to wrist injuries.

Pete Bodo sat down with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who is once again sidelined with injury, but not ready to give up on her career.

Accompanied by her husband Justin, Mattek-Sands was about to begin her first day of rehab after undergoing surgery on her left hip on Monday.

‘Rehab. . .’ she would say with a sigh during her ensuing therapy session, “that’s the discouraging part of this. When I did my knee last year I was sitting on a table waiting to get the results of an MRI and I just said to Justin, ‘I just don’t know if I can get through the rehab. I’m just not mentally ready to go through the pain.’’

She paused, and a smile as bright as the day was dark crept over her lips. ‘Eventually, though, the competitive part of me beats out the I-wanna-get-outta-here part.’

The wonderful Pedro Mendes is at the Portugal Open taking wonderful photos. Definitely check them out.

The 2014 NCAA Tennis Championships are kicking off. Be sure to check in with Zoo Tennis for updates.

There’s nice coverage of the Tallahassee Challenger over at Tennis East Coast.

Wimbledon is increasing prize money. In other news, Wimbledon is less than two months away.

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