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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Top 20 Teams for 2015 Men's World Cup Tennis (after Wimbledon)

After 2 grand slams this year, here are the top 20 teams for the 2015 Men's World Cup Tennis.  Sixteen teams will compete in December 2015.

#1
SPAIN 35
David Ferrer
Rafael Nadal
Feliciano Lopez

#2
FRANCE 36
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gilles Simon
Richard Gasquet

#3
CROATIA 64
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Borna Coric

#4
USA 84
John Isner
Jack Sock
Sam Querrey

#5
CZECH REPUBLIC 107
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely

#6
SERBIA 118
Novak Djokovic
Victor Troicki
Filip Krajinovic

#7
AUSTRALIA 124
Bernard Tomic
Nick Kyrgios
Sam Groth

#8
ITALY 129
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli

#9
ARGENTINA 140
Leonardo Mayer
Juan Monaco
Diego Schwartzman

#10
BELGIUM 167
David Goffin
Steve Darcis
Ruben Bemelmans

#11
GREAT BRITAIN 173
Andy Murray
Aljaz Bedene
Kyle Edmund

#12
GERMANY 184
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Benjamin Becker
Dustin Brown

#13
JAPAN 208
Kei Nishikori
Daniel Taro
Tatsuma Ito

#14
AUSTRIA 212
Dominic Thiem
Andreas Haider-Maurer
Jurgen Melzer

#15
UKRAINE 223
Aleksandr Dolgopolov
Sergiy Stakhovsky
Aleksandr Nedovyesov

#16
BRAZIL 243
Thomaz Bellucci
Joao Souza
Andre Ghem

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#17
CANADA 262
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Philip Bester

#18
SLOVAKIA 262
Martin Klizan
Lukas Lacko
Norbert Gombos

#19
RUSSIA 262
Teymuraz Gabashvili
Mikhail Youzhny
Andrey Kuznetsov

#20
SWITZERLAND 272
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka
Adrien Bossel








2015 US Open: Treat Huey Pinoy Talent in Men's Doubles



It's a bit unfortunate that tennis is seen as a bourgeois sport here in our country and you might think we have no world-class players among us.

There is actually an active Filipino player in the grand slam circuit of tennis  and he plays in the doubles circuit which is just as competitive as the singles circuit, although with lesser media attention.

Treat Huey is in action today with his doubles partner, Brit Colin Fleming in the men's doubles in the US Open.  I was in KL when he played there two years ago but I couldn't make it to his games as I already had appointments.  Sayang talaga!  It would've been great to cheer for him!

He has already reached the quarterfinals of two grand slams, once in Australia (in 2014) and once here in Flushing Meadows (in 2013).  That's actually quite an achievement already knowing how bulok and inutile and uncaring our sports leaders are.  

I'm sure, like many local athletes, Treat pays everything through his own money.  Maswerte lang sya na tennis can be a lucrative career.

I really hope he and his doubles partner go deep this US Open.  Their first clash pa naman is with a seeded pair from Italy who are top 100 players pa naman sa singles, Bolelli and Fognini.  

Anyhow, iba naman ang dynamics sa doubles e.  It doesn't necessarily mean na pag magaling ka sa singles,it would translate agad to doubles.

Good luck to Treat and to his doubles partner Colin!

2015 US Open: Lleyton Hewitt Veteran Champion's Last Hurrah


Wimbledon and US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt (#355) gets to the 2nd round of the US Open for the last time in his illustrious career.  He has said that he's going to retire after this season.  

This is his 13th time into the second round of this grand slam and was champion here in 2001.  He was runner-up in 2004 and was a semifinalist in 2000 and 2005.

Since he does not play anymore in the smaller tournaments, that's why his ranking is below the top 100.

His first round victory here was over Aleksandr Nedovyesov (#100) of Kazakhstan 60 76(2) 10.  He will next meet his compatriot Bernard Tomic (#24) in the second round.

2015 US Open: Veteran Jurgen Melzer Makes Most of Limited Time


Now at 34 years old, veteran Austrian player Jurgen Melzer (#132) makes the most of the limited time that he's got and gets to the second round of the US Open for the ninth time.  This time, he won over American Denis Kudla (#75) 63 75 61.

It will be like old times in the second round, as he will meet Tomas Berdych (#6) of the Czech Republic.

Jurgen is a former top 10 player reaching as high as #8 in 2011. His best showing here in Flushing Meadows was in the fourth round in 2010.

His best showing in a grand slam is in the semifinals of Roland Garros in 2010.

This is his 34th appearance in the second round or beyond in all of the grand slams.

2015 US Open: Yoshihito Nishioka Another Japanese Player Waits in Line


Yoshihito Nishioka (#128) of Japan gets to the second round of the US Open for the first time ever.  He defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu (#80) of France 64 26 67(7) 61 62 in the first round.

He will next meet Thomaz Bellucci (#30) of Brazil in the second round.