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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

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Entries in tennis (141)


Photos From the Western & Southern Open: Monday

Great matches were played all over the grounds today.  A few upsets, some comebacks and some big names looked impressive.

The WTA had the top players available to talk to this afternoon and everyone was in a good mood.

Caroline Wozniacki talked tennis, Grand Slams and RoryVictoria Azarenka is not one that enjoys all the media questions, but she was cordialMaria Sharapova joked around and had a good timeIt was hard to miss Maria Sharapova's ringFlavia PennettaJarmila Gajdosova hits her forehandAndrea Petkovic won her first roundHantuchova in action on Court 3Sofia Arvidsson, lucky loser had the biggest comeback of the day. She won after trailing 0-6, 0-2.


Roddick Takes Wildcard into Winston-Salem Open

More reason to go to Winston-Salem this summer.

Andy Roddick has joined the list of commitments to play in the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University Aug. 20-27, tournament director Bill Oakes announced today.

Roddick, a former World No. 1 who is currently No. 12 in the South African Airways ATP rankings, will receive one of the tournament’s four wildcard entries.

"We are extremely pleased that Andy has decided to come back to Winston-Salem, where he has had so much success in the past playing for the United States in the Davis Cup," Oakes said. "His addition gives the tournament all the top American players and makes an already-strong field even stronger."

"It’s very important to note that Andy has never competed in a tournament the week prior to the U.S. Open throughout his entire professional career," Oakes added. "So, it’s very significant that he made the commitment to play in the Winston-Salem Open, given the timing of our tournament just before the U.S. Open."

As of now, 10 of the top 40 players in the latest South African Airways ATP rankings have committed. Other entrants include Jurgen Melzer, Bernard Tomic, Kevin Anderson, Marcos Baghdatis, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Nikolay Davydenko, Tommy Robredo and Ernests Gulbis, the winner last week in Los Angeles.

Roddick, 28, has won at least one ATP World Tour singles titles in each of the last 11 years. He won earlier this year in Memphis.

He has won 30 career ATP World Tour singles titles, including the 2003 US Open title. He won six tournaments in 2003, five in 2005.


Rajeev Ram Beats Wayne Odesnik Today and gets "Dead Fish" Handshake

If you can call it that.

Also appears to be fans mocking Odesnik in defeat.  Odesnik is working his way back from a drug suspension and is not a favorite of players or fans.  Ram has been outspoken about the rule breaker, Odesnik, so I'm sure this victory in qualifying at Washington was twice as sweet.

A good win for one of the good guys, Rajeev Ram.


Photos From Thursday's Action at the USTA Atlanta Pro Circuit Event

Play began promptly at 9am with four round of 16 matches on the tennis courts of The Falls at Autrey Mill.

The Norman Wilkerson Memorial Tournament is a 10K USTA Women's Pro Circuit Event held each year in the Atlanta area.  It features women's players ranked #400-1000 in the world, top college players and juniors that are testing the professional waters.

Results to come, here are images from today.

Top junior Hannah King who is from the Atlanta area

Hannah KingHannah KingAngelina GabuevaFederica GraziosoFormer NCAA champ from Georgia Tech, Amanda McDowell

Top junior Taylor Townsend of Georgia

Taylor TownsendUniversity of Florida player Lauren Embree

Lauren EmbreeMai Minokoshi of Japan

Mai MinokoshiPlay continues through Sunday.


Opening Round Images from USTA Atlanta Women's Pro Circuit

Tuesday saw the opening round start at the Norman Wilkerson Memorial USTA Pro Circuit Event outside of Atlanta.  The temps started out hot early in the day and then cloud cover took hold, but humidity was still around 100%.

Players were commenting that this is most brutal weather they had ever played in.

Lauen Embree in actionNew Zealand's Diane HollandsBrook Bolender and Denise Muresan as a doubles teamUniversity of Florida player Alexandra CerconeAnnie MulhollandTop seed, Lauren DavisLauren Davis working on her serveThe tennis playing Ellison Sisters

For my interview with the Ellison Sisters check out The Daily Forehand

The hot and humid temperatures are supposed to stick around all week.