06 Mar 2014 Lleyton Hewitt reaches 599 victories (Yahoo Sports)
Lleyton Hewitt scratched out a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 victory over fellow Australian Matthew Ebden on Thursday night in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open to move within one of becoming the third active ATP Tour player to win 600 matches. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only active players to reach the milestone. The 33-year-old Hewitt will face 17th-seeded Kevin Anderson in the second round. ''I've always been pretty successful,'' said Hewitt, who won his 29th career title this year by beating Federer in the final at Brisbane, Australia.
05 Mar 2014 Zvonareva optimistic despite loss at Indian Wells (Yahoo Sports)
Vera Zvonareva lost to China's Peng Shuai in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday - and found a reason to be optimistic. ''It was a tough match,'' Zvonareva said after the 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 loss that dropped the Russian to 1-3 this season. I think my game is better than it was in Australia, so I can't complain too much.'' In Australia, where she lost to Casey Dellacqua in the opening round of the Australian Open, Zvonareva was playing her first match since the London Olympics in August 2012.
05 Mar 2014 Hutchins appointed tournament director at Queen's (Yahoo Sports)
British player Ross Hutchins has been appointed as the new tournament director of the Queen's Club tournament, the traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon. Hutchins, who is back playing after recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma last year, replaces Chris Kermode in the role. Kermode recently was hired as the new chairman of the ATP. Hutchins organized a charity tennis match - Rally Against Cancer - on finals day during the 2013 Queen's Club tournament and raised more than 300,000 pounds ($500,000).
03 Mar 2014 Lindsay Davenport elected to Tennis Hall of Fame (Yahoo Sports)
Lindsay Davenport was in the middle of another major life milestone when she found out she had been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. With daughter Haven nearly 2 months old now, Davenport can start to reflect on the honor. Davenport will be joined by five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck in the recent player category and coach Nick Bollettieri, executive Jane Brown Grimes and broadcaster John Barrett in the contributor category. Bollettieri, now 82, has coached 10 players to the No. 1 ranking, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Boris Becker.
03 Mar 2014 Djokovic beats Murray at Madison Square Garden (Yahoo Sports)
Andy Murray smiled a few times during his match at Madison Square Garden. This is a player who rarely cracks a grin after winning Grand Slam titles, but Monday night's meeting with friend and rival Novak Djokovic was an exhibition, and even Murray was happy to play along. A born showman, Djokovic always has fun with the New York crowd at the U.S. Open. ''I was amazed by the size of it,'' Djokovic said.
02 Mar 2014 Delbonis wins 1st ATP title at Brazil Open (Yahoo Sports)
Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday. ''To tell you the truth, I have no words,'' Delbonis said. He had lost to Fabio Fognini of Italy last July after upsetting Roger Federer in the semifinals in Hamburg. With the victory at the ATP 250 tournament in Sao Paulo, Delbonis will move to 45th in the ATP rankings, a career best.