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Las Vegas Favorite Nicole Gibbs Expected To Be Top-Seeded At Red Rock Pro Open

A little more than a week after taking the WTA World Tour No. 1 ranked player to three sets at the US Open, Nicole Gibbs will hit the Red Rock Country Club courts competing as the top-seeded player in the ninth annual Red Rock Pro Open Sept. 10-17.

A Las Vegas fan-favorite just two years ago when she advanced to the Red Rock Pro Open semifinals, Gibbsy – as she’s affectionately known on Tour – fell to No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-3 in the third set, on Thursday in the second round of the year’s final Grand Slam.


Bouchard lands Rodina in US Open first round, Pospisil gets Verdasco

The singles draws are set for the 2017 US Open and it will feature two Canadians, Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC). Four Canadians could possibly join Bouchard and Pospisil, as Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON), Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) are playing in the final round of qualifications on Friday.

Bouchard will open against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who is currently ranked no. 83 in the world. The 23-year-old’s best result at the tournament was reaching the fourth round in both 2014 and 2015. The Canadian, currently ranked world no. 74, is coming into the US Open after reaching the second round at the WTA Premier event in New Haven. She could potentially face the tournament’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the second round. Other notable players in her quarter of the draw include French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber.


Laver Cup: Kyrgios to add firepower to Team World

World No.18 Nick Kyrgios has stepped in for the Laver Cup’s Team World, replacing Milos Raonic who has withdrawn from the tournament. Renowned for his power, precision and explosive serve, Kyrgios joins John Isner, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov.

Captain John McEnroe is delighted to welcome the Australian to his big-hitting team.  


Arina Rodionova to make US Open debut after winning wildcard play-off

Victoria’s Arina Rodionova has secured a US Open main draw wildcard after winning a play-off in New Haven, Connecticut this morning. The world No.134 and top seed at the eight-player Australian tournament, beat second seed Lizette Cabrera (Qld) in the final 7-6(5) 6-1.

Rodionova, who qualified for Wimbledon, will now play her second Grand Slam main draw in a row and her sixth overall; this will be her first time in the singles main draw at Flushing Meadows. 


Nadal starts fourth stint at No.1 In ATP Rankings

Almost nine years to the day since he first became No. 1, Spain’s Rafael Nadal today returned to the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings for his fourth stint at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis. Nadal, who has already spent 141 total weeks at No. 1, replaces Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who had held the top spot for 41 weeks since 7 November 2016.

Nadal, who first ascended to No. 1 on 18 August 2008 at the age of 22, last held top spot three years and 45 days ago on 6 July 2014. The Spaniard will now look to stay ahead of his great Swiss rival Roger Federer and finish atop the year-end Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2013 and for the fourth time in his career (2008, 2010, 2013).


New world number one Rafael Nadal returning to Brisbane

Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion and new world No.1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) has confirmed his highly anticipated return to the tenth edition of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp in January.

Nadal will take the number one spot when the official singles rankings of the ATP World Tour are released on Monday. This will be the first time the Spanish ace has hit the top spot since 2014. 


Borg selects Tomas Berdych for Laver Cup

Czech No.1 Tomas Berdych is the first captain’s pick named for Team Europe in the inaugural Laver Cup. Berdych will line up alongside top 10 stars Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem at the O₂ arena in Prague, Czech Republic from September 22-24, 2017. The world No.15’s inclusion ensures the event now features at least nine of the world’s current top 20 players.

Team Europe captain Björn Borg is thrilled Berdych has accepted his invitation.


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