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World's Best Tennis Player Pound for Pound

Felicisimo Ampon

ITS Beeyong Sison: Listed as the shortest male player to play in Wimbledon from 1948 to 1953, Felicisimo Ampon was measured at four feet and 11 inches, only several inches taller than Miss C.G. Hoahing at 4'9", the shortest female participant ever in the "Championships". Felicisimo won the 1951 Cologne International beating World No.1 Jaroslav Drobny in the final - the same year Drobny won the French Open in Paris. Felicisimo claimed over 30 internationally sanctioned titles in his career and played competitively in Asia including the Davis Cup Asian Zone until he was 50 years old in 1970. Read more about the 'little giant'

OPINION: Sharapova and Politics in Sports

West Bans Sharapova Retroactively for Taking Eastern-Made Aspirin?

Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova during her press conference in Los Angeles. Photo AFP

March 14 2016: ITS Beeyong Sison – One of the world’s best female athlete and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, was suspended from continuing her brilliant career. This is due to her use of a medicine, which she has been taking under doctor’s prescription for the past ten years that was suddenly declared a “performance-enhancing drug” and a “metabolic modulator” retroactively in January 1, 2016. Continue reading

Technology: Babolat Rackets Update

"Game Changers"

"Connected" the Babolat Pure Drive V1. Photo

March 6 2016: ITS Beeyong Sison - Founded in Lyon, France 1875, Babolat invented racket strings and is the oldest company specializing in racket sports. In 1994, the French company entered the world of racquet manufacturing with an entirely new system building upon their reputation by offering products at the forefront of technology and by supplying equipment to generations of champions who have won the most prestigious competitions. Babolat’s introduction of the Pure Drive in 2000, and the success of Andy Roddick who won the 2003 US Open put Babolat rackets into prominence and recognition.  Followed by Rafael Nadal’s use of the Babolat Aero in 2005 winning  14 Grand Slam singles titles including 9 French Open titles. Read inside full article

BNP Paribas Open Men's Singles Final

Djokovic Defeats Raonic in Final to Capture 5th Indian Wells Title

Djokovic, left, congratulated by Raonic for a job well done. Photo Jared Wickerham March 2016 Jared Wickerham Indian Wells CA - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic captured a record fifth BNP Paribas Open crown in emphatic style on Sunday as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in the Indian Wells final. Victory sees the Serb draw level with Rafael Nadal on 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns and extends the 'Big Four' dominance at this level, with Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray having won 49 of the past 53 Masters 1000 tournaments. The 28-year-old Djokovic has a 46-6 tournament record at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, winning the title in 2008, 2011 and then completing the three-peat between 2014-16. Full article

BNP Paribas Open Women's Singles Final

Azarenka Upsets Serena in Straight Set Final

Azarenka posts first win over Williams. Photo Billy Weiss March 2016 Indian Wells CA - Victoria Azarenka lifted her second BNP Paribas Open crown and her 19th singles title after soundly defeating top seed Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday. Williams was broken at love in the opening game and trailed her rival from then on in their 21st meeting on the WTA Tour. The two-time BNP Paribas Open champion ('99, d. Graf; '01, d. Clijsters) failed to convert her five break chances against the Belarusian Azarenka -- in the sixth and eighth games -- to concede the first set in 41 minutes. Read more

Davis Cup World Group 2016

Murray Sends Great Britain to World Group Quarterfinals, def. Nishikori, Japan 3-1

Murray celebrates after clinching for Great Britain. Photo Dave Shopland March 4 2016 Birmingham, Great Britain - Andy Murray sealed a third successive Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal and a 150th tie win for Great Britain as the world No. 2 staved off a comeback from Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a five-set thriler to clinch a 3-1 victory for the defending champions. Murray showed his trademark fight and determination to overcome Nishikori 75 76(6) 36 46 63 in a tense match lasting four hours and 54 minutes – it is the joint-longest match of the Brit’s career with his 2012 US Open final triumph against Novak Djokovic. The win also improves his unbeaten streak in Davis Cup singles and doubles rubbers to 14, which beats the previous British record held by Fred Perry. Read more > World Group Results > Group II: Philippines def. Kuwait

Aussie Open Men's Singles Final

Djokovic Slams Murray in Straight Sets; Clinch 6th Aussie Open, 11th Major Title

Sixth Australian Open Title for Novak. Photo: February 2 2016 Melbourne, Australia - If Novak Djokovic’s name was not already in the conversation regarding the greatest to have played the game, it must surely be now after the world No.1 drew level with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on 11 Grand Slam singles crowns on Sunday night. His 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) triumph over world No.2 Andy Murray was his sixth Australian Open title, the fourth time he has taken down the Scot in the Melbourne Park decider, and the 11th time in their past 12 meetings he has emerged triumphant. Read more…

Aussie Open Women's Singles Final

Kerber Upsets Serena in 3 Sets to Capture Major Melbourne Title

Germany's Kerber celebrates after a stunning victory. Photo February 1 2016 Melbourne, Australia - Angelique Kerber walked onto Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night as a first-time Grand Slam finalist. She walked off as the Australian Open 2016 champion, cradling the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after producing the performance of her life to beat defending champion Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4. Last year, Kerber lost in the first round at Melbourne Park. This year, she came back from match point down at the same stage, stunned two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, then avoided a comedown against surprise semifinalist Johanna Konta. But the German saved her best for last, handing 21-time Grand Slam champion Williams just her fifth final defeat, and first in three sets. Read more…

2015 U.S. Open  Men's Singles 

Djokovic Captures Second U.S. Open Title; Defeats Federer in Four-Set Final

Djokovic Claims 2nd U.S.Open. Photo  September 13, 2015 by Ashley Marshall: New York USA - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his second US Open championship and his 10th career Grand Slam title with an electric four-set victory over 17-time major winner Roger Federer on Sunday evening. In a contest of the game's premier heavyweights, it was the Serb who played the biggest points the best, capturing his first crown in the Big Apple since 2011 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in a match whose start was delayed by approximately three hours because of rain. Continue reading

2015 U.S. Open Women's Singles 

Pennetta Beats Vinci to Claim Maiden Grand Slam Title, Announces Retirement

Pennetta celebrates victory. Photo September 12 2015 New York USA -  It was the unlikeliest of Grand Slam finals, but it turned out to be of the highest quality, and it ended in an absolute bombshell - Flavia Pennetta outdid Roberta Vinci in an historic US Open final for her first Grand Slam title and then announced she'll be retiring from the sport. Neither player saw a run like this coming into the tournament - Pennetta, the No.26 seed, and Vinci, not even seeded. And they took out all the biggest names in the game along the way, Pennetta taking out No.4 seed Petra Kvitova and No.2 seed Simona Halep in the quarters and semis, and Vinci pulling off what might be one of the biggest upsets of all time, stunning the World No.1, Serena Williams. Read more

2015 Western & Southern Open

Federer Wins 7th Cincy, Tops Djokovic in Final August 23, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio - Roger Federer won the 41st clash of titans against rival Novak Djokovic, claiming his seventh Western & Southern Open crown 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday. Federer captured his 87th tour-level title and 24th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stage. Having beaten World No. 2 Andy Murray in the semi-finals, it marked the first time he had toppled the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings in consecutive matches en route to a title. Full recap, results

Serena Defends Cincy Crown, Holds Off Halep August 23, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio -  World No. 1 Serena Williams completed one title defense Sunday before heading to New York City for a bid to do the same at the U.S. Open. Winning a battle of high-level play in the second-set tiebreaker, Williams defeated third-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) to become the first woman to defend in Cincinnati since it became a WTA event in 2004. Recap, scores, full highlights

Masters Series: Rogers Cup

Murray Upsets Djokovic to Win Rogers Cup

Photo August 16, 2015 Montreal - Andy Murray notched his 11th win over a World No. 1 on Sunday, stunning Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 for the Rogers Cup title. Murray extended his win streak in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches to 11 straight, capturing his 11th title at the level and second of the year (Madrid). The latest player to secure his spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, he won tour-level crown No. 35 and his third at the Rogers Cup, following a pair of title runs in 2009-10. Recap, results, highlights > Bencic Survives Halep in Final

Citi Open | Generali Open

Nishikori Beats Isner in Final to Win Citi Open; Kohlschreiber Takes Home Kitzbuhel Trophy August 9 2015Washington D.C. USA - Kei Nishikori rallied from an early deficit to down home hope John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the Citi Open final. Three of the Japanese's last four titles have come at the ATP World Tour 500 level, winning on the clay of Barcelona this year after hoisting the trophy on home soil last October in Tokyo. Isner was eyeing his 11th tour-level title and second in as many weeks after clinching his third consecutive BB&T Atlanta Open crown. He owns a 23-8 record in Washington, D.C., including runs to the final in both 2007. Read more, highlights

Bet-At-Home Open

Nadal Edges Fognini to Win Hamburg Open August 2, 2015 Hamburg, Germany - Top seed Rafael Nadal beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 to win the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg on Sunday. The Spaniard improved to 67-29 in ATP World Tour finals as he exacted revenge on the Italian, who defeated him twice this year in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. Nadal also improved his head-to-head series against Fognini to 5-2. A 12-minute opening game saw Fognini break Nadal’s serve for an early 1-0 lead. Four breaks of serve later, Nadal finally earned the first hold for 3-2. The top seed would claim the opening set with a forehand down-the-line return winner after 77 minutes. Read more

Roger Federer : Making of a Legend

Beeyong Sison:  Players regard Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. Since turning professional in 1998, the Basel-native has been ranked inside the Top 10 for past fourteen years since October 2002. Federer’s swift and flawless playing style has yielded numerous records since the Open Era, when both amateurs and professional competed for the first time in 1968. One of which is the most Grand Slam wins ever with 17 titles. His feat of reaching each Grand Slam final at least five times sets an all-time record. Read more, video

Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals

Hewitt, Aussies Rally Past Kazakhs 3-2; Sets World Group Semis Clash vs Great Britain

Hewitt celebrates after clinching for Australia. Photo July 19 2015 Darwin, Australia - Australia’s Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt produced a thrilling last-gasp victory over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedoveysov in Darwin to finish off a stunning comeback and send the hosts into the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals. It is first time in 76 years that Australia has come back from brink to win a tie from 0-2 down and the first time all four nominated players have played singles in live rubbers. Australia will take on Great Britain who defeated France 3-1. It is the first time since 2006 that Australia has made it to the last four of the World Group. More on Australia vs Kazakhstan; Murray Sends Great Britain to Semis

Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles Final

Djokovic Repeats Wimbledon Win for Third Title; Beats Federer in 4-Set Final

Djokovic shows off 3rd Wimbledon trophy. Photo

July 12 2015 ITS Staff: London, England - Novak Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon title when he defeated second seed and seven-time former champion Roger Federer 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court at the All-England Tennis Club Sunday. The victory was Djokovic's 54th professional career title and No.200th Grand Slam match win. For Federer it was another disappointing bid to win his 8th Wimbledon crown after also losing to Djokovic in last year's five-set final. Full recap, video highlights

Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final

Serena Claims Her Sixth Wimbledon, Defeats Muguruza in Final to Complete "Serena Slam"

"Serena Slam" completed, Photo

July 11, 2015 Beeyong Sison: London, England - Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon title defeating Garbine Muguruza in straight 6-4 6-4 in the Ladies Singles finals at the All-England Tennis Club on Saturday. Williams’s victory completed her “Serena Slam” having won four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since the 2014 U.S. Open in September, the 2015 Australian Open in January, the 2015 French Open in May, and now the 2015 Wimbledon. Full recap, results

ATP Mercedes Cup

Nadal Beats Troicki to Win Mercedes Cup, Registers Career No.66 Pro Title

Career title No.66 for Nadal. Photo June 14 2015 Stuttgart, Germany - Rafael Nadal wasted little time returning to the winners' circle in Stuttgart, claiming his third MercedesCup title with a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki on Sunday. Overall, it was the Spaniard's 66th tour-level singles title and second on the ATP World Tour this year, having emerged victorious on the clay of Buenos Aires. Full recap, scores, highlights

WTA Topshelf Open

Giorgi Claims Maiden WTA Title in Topshelf Open, Defeats Bencic in Final

Photo June 14 2015 ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands - Camila Giorgi pounced at just the right times to beat fellow WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic and win the first WTA title of her career at the Topshelf Open. Giorgi was devastating on serve - she never faced a break point in 11 service games, and she only lost a total of 19 points in those 11 service games. Full recap, scores

Wawrinka Captures French Open Crown; Denies Djokovic in 4 Sets

Wawrinka celebrates after clinching the match. Photo June 7, 2015 Paris, France - Stan Wawrinka captured his second Grand Slam championship and denied Novak Djokovic a slice of history on Sunday in Paris as he rallied from a set down to beat the Serb 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the Roland Garros final. The Swiss was warmly congratulated at the handshake by Djokovic before climbing into the stands to celebrate with his coach, Magnus Norman – the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2000 – and his family. He then returned to the court to embrace Djokovic once more. Read more...

Williams Records 20th Grand Slam Crown, Defeats Safarova in 3-Set Final

Photo June 6, 2015 Paris, France - After surviving her toughest ever path to a Grand Slam final - four times in six matches she had to fight back from a set down, even coming within three points of defeat in one of those matches - Serena Williams survived another three-setter against giant-killer Lucie Safarova to win her third Grand Slam title in a row, and the milestone 20th Grand Slam title of her career. Continue

Facilities Development

World Class Tennis Center Opens in Bay Area


ITS Staff Burlingame, CA, USA - Broadway Tennis Center, a new world-class tennis facility officially opened to the general public in Burlingame on Wednesday. The center is the first community-based tennis facility to be built in the San Francisco Bay Area in over 20 years. Founded by ex-ATP and WTA Professionals husband and wife, Horacio Matta and the former Anne Grousbeck, the center aims to make the sport accessible to the community. Read more

Istanbul Open 2015

Federer Wins Inaugural Istanbul Open, Defeats Cuevas in Final May 3 2015 Istanbul, Turkey - Roger Federer won his 85th ATP World Tour title Sunday at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(11). The World No. 2 improved to 85-43 in tour-level finals and added to his two other titles already this season (also Brisbane, Dubai). With the win, Turkey became the 19th different country in which Federer has won an ATP World Tour title. Recap, results, highlights

ITS Tennis News April 2015

ITS Tennis News March 2015

Mar 22: Djokvic, Halep Claim Indian Wells Crowns

Mar 09: Serbia, G.Britain, Canada in Davis Cup QF

Mar 01: Federer Tops Djokovic, Wins 7th Dubai

Mar 01: Safarova Wins Qatar Open

Mar 01: Nadal Posts 1st Title of 2015 in Buenis Aires

ITS Tennis News Jan - Feb 2015

Feb 22: Ferrer Cops 1st Rio Open Crown

Feb 22: Errani Wins Rio, Nears Top 10 Again

Feb 15: Nishikori 3-peats Memphis; Stan, Cuevas Win

Feb 15: Hantuchova Wins WTA Thailand Title

Feb 08: Estrella Wins Maiden ATP, Gasquet Wins 

Jan 17: Troicki Rebounds with Sydney Trophy

Jan 16: Kvitova Captures Sydney International

Jan 11: Federer Claims Brisbane, Post 1000th Win

Jan 11: Wawrinka, Ferrer, Berdych capture ATP titles


Micromax Indian Aces Win Successful Inaugural IPTL Crown December 16 2014 Dubai, UAE  - Micromax Indian Aces, who charmed tennis lovers in Manila, Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai, were today crowned champions of the inaugural Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways after an exhilarating last match witnessed by thousands of fans in Dubai. Leg 4 Dubai highlights, scores

ITS Tennis News November 2014

Nov 25: Switzerland Earns 1st Davis Cup

Nov 17: Djokovic Claims 4th ATP Finals

Nov 11: Murray, Federer Receive ATP Honors

Nov 03: Djokovic Wins Paris Masters 

Nov 02: Petkovic Takes Sofia Title


Chang Challenges ATP Stars Nishikori, Dent, Mamiit to End Hunger in Orange County CA

Newport Beach, CA - Tennis legends got together and showed up with their vast array of skills during the Michael Chang Tennis Classic World Class Doubles Exhibition on Saturday at the Newport Beach Country & Tennis Club. The highly entertaining charity tennis fest was participated by current and former world class ATP World Tour stars presented by Tustin Hyundai to help “End Hunger in Orange County”. MCTC Exhibition to End Hunger > MCTC Tennis Fest for the Homeless