Maria Sharapova loses to Caroline Garcia at Stuttgart Open

Garcia, who reached her career-high ranking of seventh earlier this year, earned a second win against Sharapova in six meetings Maria Sharapova will drop out of the world’s top 50 after losing four matches in a row for only the second time in her career. The five-time Grand Slam champion, 31, was beaten 3-6 7-6 (7-6) 6-4 by French world number seven Caroline Garcia at the Stuttgart Open in Germany. The Russian spoke this week about her desire to win more major titles after returning from a 15-month doping ban.…

Goffin Saves 1MP In Barcelona Scare | ATP World Tour

David Goffin recovered from a set and a double break down, saving one match point at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to beat Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 on Tuesday. The Belgian had looked down and out at 4-6, 1-5 against the Barcelona-born star, but fought back, saving a match point with aggressive baseline play before coming to the net and extracting an error from his opponent. Goffin improves to 10-5 this season and now owns a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with the Spaniard. Granollers had…

Tennis match-fixing: Corruption review to be published on Wednesday

Match-fixing claims were made shortly before the Australian Open in 2016 A long-awaited tennis corruption report is not expected to find that evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed. The Independent Review Panel (IRP) was set up in January 2016 after a BBC and BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered suspected illegal betting. The panel – which BBC Sport understands has cost close to £20m to fund – has interviewed more than 100 individuals from across the sport. The report will be published on Wednesday. Betting operators, gambling regulators, data supply companies and…

Lopez The Epitome Of Longevity | ATP World Tour

During his time on the ATP World Tour, Feliciano Lopez has amassed a number of accomplishments. One of his most impressive, however, is longevity: For two decades, Lopez has been a regular on the tour for 20 years.  Lopez is now 36 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. On Tuesday, the left-handed Lopez will face Dusan Lajovic, a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 winner over Pedro Martinez in the first round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.  When he was just 16 years old, Lopez was granted a wild…

Meet Argentina’s Newest Challenger Star | ATP World Tour

The road to success is never easy, but Juan Ignacio Londero’s route to his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Mexico City was a test of both his mental and physical strengths. Londero, who reached a career-high No. 186 in the ATP Rankings in September 2014, has struggled in recent years with a series of health issues and saw his position drop outside the Top 400 less than a year ago. His road to becoming a Challenger champion was littered with obstacles. “It’s been a process and a difficult one…

Rafa Nadal Seeking Another ‘Unforgettable Moment’ In Barcelona | ATP World Tour

‘Tis the season for Rafael Nadal, when the Spaniard is all smiles and the tennis world quickly runs out of adjectives. A day after winning his 11th Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters title, the World No. 1 had made his way to Barcelona, where he’ll go for title No. 11 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament. The event has a special “home” feeling for Nadal. He grew up in Mallorca, a Spanish island about an hour’s flight from Barcelona, and last year at the Real Club…

Hugo Dellien Celebrates Historic Title For Bolivia | ATP World Tour

It was a seminal moment for Hugo Dellien. And one that was just as groundbreaking for his native Bolivia. On Sunday, the 24-year-old from Trinidad, Bolivia, celebrated a historic victory in clinching his first ATP Challenger Tour title. In front of a packed crowd in Sarasota, Florida, a dogged Dellien rallied from a set down to lift the trophy, defeating Argentine veteran Facundo Bagnis 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes. As Dellien fired a backhand down the line and collapsed to the green clay, his hands covering…

Karlovic Saves Two MPs Against Robredo In Barcelona | ATP World Tour

If you’re looking for anyone to prove that age is just a number, look no further than 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic. The Croatian saved two match points in a second-set tie-break to oust former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo 6-7(5), 7-6(8), 6-4 on Monday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, winning his first match at the event since his run to the 2006 quarter-finals (l. to Wawrinka). It is Karlovic’s first appearance in Barcelona since 2008. The 6’11” right-hander has not let slip the momentum of an impressive run to the…

Nadal, With 11th Monte-Carlo Title, Ties Djokovic In ‘Big Titles’ Race | ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal has always been an appreciative champion, and he’s especially that way now as, despite being deep into his career, the Spaniard continues to win “Big Titles” – a combination of Grand Slam, Masters 1000 and Nitto ATP Finals crowns. In what seems like an annual tradition now, the Spaniard added another Big Title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo on Sunday, beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 for his 11th Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters crown. Watch Highlights: Nadal Wins 11th Monte-Carlo Title The victory gave the Spaniard…