News & Press

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dlouhy-Paes Win Bangkok

Top seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes (pictured above) combined to win their first team ATP title with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Americans Scott Lipsky and David Martin at the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Sunday. The Czech-Indian duo fired five aces, won 74% of points on serve and converted two of four break points to secure the victory in 1 hr., 16 min. "It's a great feeling to win the whole thing and I think if we keep working like this we can win more tournaments," said Dlouhy. "I think we played high-level tennis and when they came back in the second set we just stepped it up and we just focused on the basic things. I hope that we can keep it like this and we can enjoy the rest of the year and we are looking forward to playing the Masters Series events." "It's always special stepping on the court with Lukas because not only does he complement my

style of playing but he's also teaching me things," commented Paes. "It's interesting that, after playing for so many years, to have a partner who's also teaching me a few things is really beautiful."
Individually, the 35-year-old Paes has now won 40 ATP doubles titles, while Dlouhy, 10 years his junior, has compiled five. It is the second title in Bangkok for Paes, who also triumphed in 2005 with Paul Hanley (d. Erlich-Ram). On winning 40 titles, Paes said: "It is special and I think that one of the things I like to do is see my partner win a lot more. This is the challenge for me because I know if he's winning I'm winning too. I'm trying to step up Lukas, this is the fifth one that he's won, so now I'm trying to step up his wins because then mine will go up automatically." Currently No. 6 in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, Dlouhy and Paes joined forces for the first time at Roland Garros in May and have since reached the finals at Halle (l. to Youzhny-Zverev) and the US Open (l. to Bryan-Bryan) and made a semifinal exit at Wimbledon (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic). They improve to a 21-6 record.

Friday, September 26, 2008

2008 US Open Finalist Gabriela Paz teams up with RTM

Renaissance Tennis Management proudly announces the signing with Venezuela's Gabriela Paz, becoming part of RTM's already exceptional team of professional players.
Gaby had an excelent run at this year's US Open Juniors, reaching all the way to the singles finals. After this great result she reached her career high of #10 in the ITF Juniors rankings.
Gaby is now focused on her professional career. She is a very young and talented player, who is very excited to have the RTM Team behind her covering all angles of her career, and giving her all the support needed to reach her best tennis!
Best of luck Gaby!

Top seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes overpowered Tomas Berdych and Simone Bolelli

Top seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes overpowered Tomas Berdych and Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-2 on Friday for a place in the Thailand Open semifinals. Dlouhy and Paes, currently No. 6 in the Stanford ATP Doubles Rankings, won 24 of 30 points on first serve and broke serve four times for victory in just 45 minutes.
The Czech-Indian duo competed together for the first time this year at Roland Garros in June. The pair has since reached the Halle (l. to Youzhny-Zverev) and US Open (l. to Bryan-Bryan) finals and made a semifinal exit at Wimbledon (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic). They have a 19-6 record.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Davis Cup: Paes-Bhupathi win doubles tie

Press Trust of India
Saturday, September 20, 2008 (Bucharest, Romania)
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi relied on their experience to keep India afloat in the Davis Cup World Group play-off against Romania as the duo quelled the challenge of Horia Tecau and Adrian Cruciat 6-4 7-6 (0) 6-4 in the doubles rubber on Saturday.

The ace Indian pair had to toil hard to defeat the Romanian duo, who tested their opponents with an all round game but could not stop the visitors from reducing the margin to 1-2 in the five-match tie.

The reverse singles will be played tomorrow and Prakash Amritraj and Somdev Devvarman have a daunting task ahead as they seek to steer India to the World Group stage for the first time since 1998.

The Indians were a trifle patchy right through the contest but were still good enough to get the better of the Romanians in a contest which lasted close to three hours.

The 'Indian Express' saved a breakpoint in the very first game of the match and squandered two on their opponents' serve in the fourth game, letting the scoreline to be 2-2.

Down 30-40 when Cruciat made a volley error, Tecau came up with brilliant serve and Bhupathi's return could not cross the net as Romanians saved the first breakpoint.

A double fault gave the Indian pair another breakpoint but Cruciat warded off the threat, exploiting the gap between Paes and Bhupathi.

The Romanians broke the Indians in the fifth game only to be broken back in the next, giving Paes and Bhupathi the chance to claw their way back into the match.

In the fifth game, when backhands of both the Indians were buried to net in first two points, making it 0-30 for the Romanians, Cruciat hit a stunning return winner on the serve of Bhupathi to earn three breakpoints and converted first to go up 3-2.

The Indians raised their game and fought back brilliantly in the next game to neutralise the lead. Bhupathi was brilliant with his reflexes on the net and India won the sixth game in which Paes was hit on the eye by a Tecau volley. Next three games went with serve, and a superb lob by Bhupathi in the 10th game gave India first set point which they converted through Bhupathi's winner.

One set up, Indians were broken in the first game of the second set though they saved four breakpoints in the game as Romanians wrested the early initiative.

The Indians got their first chance to break back in the fourth game but the hosts' played well to negotiate the Indian attack and did not let them make a comeback.

However, the 'Indian Express' continued their attack and earned three breakpoints but Tecau once again served brilliantly to save all three.

The Indians missed one more breakpoint but converted their fifth chance when Cruciat hit Paes' overhead volley to net, making it 3-3.

Bhupathi, Cruciat and Paes easily held their serves in the next three games, without losing a single point, and India led the set at 5-4.

The Indian pair had a chance to wrap up the second set as they had triple set points in the 12th game but backhand errors by Bhupathi and Paes and then an ace by Cruciat brought the game to deuce and eventually Romanians won the game and issue was stretched to the tie-breaker.

The experienced Indian duo dominated the tie-breaker as they won it by 7-0 and consolidated their lead in the match.

Once the Indians got the break in the fifth game of the third set, Romanians dropped the intensity and Indians easily won the set.

They saved two breakpoints in the eighth game, denying Romanians any chance to come back but wasted two match points in the ninth game.

Bhupathi served for match in the 10th game and the Indian after wasting another three match points, converted the fourth chance to seal the issue.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dorsch rallies past Isner in quarterfinal

Friday, September 19, 2008
Having dropped the first set and down a minibreak in a second-set tiebreak, things looked bleak for Benedikt Dorsch in his quarterfinal match against fourth-seeded John Isner at the Waco Tennis Challenger on Thursday.
But the former Baylor all-American got the minibreak back, saved a match point and then took the set with a backhand passing shot. He rode that momentum to an early break of the hard-serving Isner in the third — his only break of the match — and a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 win.
I lost to (Isner) twice before, and it was almost exactly the same. When you get into a tiebreak against him, it’s difficult because you know exactly what’s coming,” said Dorsch, the seventh seed. “He’ s going to try to hit every ball as hard as he can, and if one goes in, you’re in big trouble. Fortunately I came up with some good saves and some good passing shots to save (myself) in the second set and played a pretty solid third.”
After dropping the first set, Dorsch got much more aggressive. That was especially true of his return games, where he began chipping returns and charging the net. Dorsch also often tried to move use a greater variety of shots and keep the 6-foot-9 Isner moving.
“I thought I was a little too passive in the first set, where I hoped he would just lose the points,” Dorsch said. “I decided to put a little more pressure on him, going behind him and making him move because he’s long and not that great of a mover. That took a lot of pressure off me because when I’m at the net it’s pretty hard to get by me, especially when you don’t move so well.”
Dorsch will face second-seeded Vince Spadea, a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) winner over Peter Polansky, in the second match after 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.
Baylor’s pair of Dominik Mueller and Jurica Grubisic fell 6-0, 6-0 to Scott Oudesma and Tim Smyczek in the quarterfinals.
Today’s play begins at noon with the doubles semifinal match between Oudesma/Smyczek and Alberto Francis/Nicholas Monroe. that will be followed by the other men’s singles semifinal between Alex Bogomolov Jr. and sixth-seeded Joseph Sirianni.

RTM x RTM on match between Romania and India in Bucharest

HTML clipboard Both RTM players Leander Paes and Horia Tecau will play each other during this weekend's match between Romania and India for the World Group Playoffs in Bucharest. This weekend will determine what countries will be back to World Group 2009.

RTM's Steve Darcis is also playing Davis Cup this weekend. He will be representing Belgium against Switzerland in Lausanne.

We wish best of luck and a great performance during this Davis Cup weekend for all of our players!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

India raring to go against Romania

BUCHAREST: India are raring to go for their weekend Davis Cup World Group play-off tie starting today after having defeated Uzbekistan and Japan to qualify.

Not since 2005 have the Indians - overall runners-up in 1966, 1974 and 1987 - reached the playoffs while they last contested the World Group in 1998.

Prakash Armitraj - 7-9 in Davis Cup career singles play - will go up against Victor Crivoi and Somdev Devvarman will face Gstaad tournament winner Victor Hanescu in the opening singles before experienced duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi take on Adrian Cruciat and Horia Tecau in tomorrow's doubles.

Rohan Bopanna partnered Bhupathi for what proved a crucial doubles success in the 3-2 win over over Uzbekistan - the same margin as over Japan - but Paes' experience will see him return to the fray.

In Sunday's return singles Amritraj, India's 222nd-ranked and son of former star Vijay Amritraj, will tackle Hanescu before 242nd-ranked Devvarman plays Crivoi.

Indian skipper Shiv Prakash Misra is confident his men have the tools to pull off a win. "The players have enough experience and I hope that will make the difference. You play better when you are representing your country and that's why I don't think we will have problems."


Bhupathi concurs that playing for the nation is a special feeling.

"When you play for your country everything is different. I played (alongside Mark Knowles) against Tecau (who partnered Swiss Yves Allegro) at the US Open," he noted, a second-round match in which Bhupathi finished on the winning side.

Devvarman has acclimatised to Romania having made it through the qualifications at the ATP event in Bucharest before losing last week to Spain's Nicolas Almagro in the first round proper.

Three-times finalists Romania and India have met three times in the Davis Cup. India managed a 5-0 whitewash in 1922, but the Romanians then had the upper hand with a 4-0 win in 1969 on Romanian clay and then scored a 4-1 success in 1971 in New Delhi with Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac proving too strong for their rivals.

Dorsch dominates Challenger match

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Former Baylor all-American Benedikt Dorsch moved into the quarterfinals of the $50,000 Waco Tennis Challenger with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tim Smyczek on Wednesday at the Baylor Tennis Center.

The seventh-seeded Dorsch will face 6-foot-9 John Isner, the No. 4 seed, who ousted Alberto Francis, 6-4, 6-2. That match will be played on Court 1 at no earlier than noon today.

Dorsch teamed with Baylor junior Denes Lukacs for doubles, and the pair dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to Ryan Sweeting and Jesse Witten.

Lukacs also fell in singles, 6-4, 6-2, ending a tournament that he summed up in two words: “great experience.”

“I had a better performance than I was expecting,” Lukacs said. “This was a good challenge, and I like challenges. The thing I learned from this tournament is if I want to be a pro, I have focus and play better when I’m tired.”

The Baylor doubles pair of Jurica Grubisic and Dominik Mueller will face Scott Oudesma and Tim Smyczek in a match that will begin no earlier than 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Flavia Pennetta reached the quarterfinals of the Bali Open

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Flavia Pennetta of Italy reached the quarterfinals of the Bali Open, beating Anastasia Rodionova of Russia 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday.

Pennetta, seeded third, will next face Austrian Tamira Paszek, who upset seventh-seeded Italian Sara Errani 6-0, 7-6 (2) in the second round.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pennetta hits out at Rodionova

Flavia Pennetta hit out at Anastasia Rodionova after beating the unseeded Russian to advance to the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic.

Pennetta, the third-seeded Italian, claimed a 6-3 7-5 over Rodionova, who squandered a 5-2 second-set lead while suffering from what appeared to be heat-related illness, for which she called for the trainer twice in the second set.

"For me, if you are like this on the court it is better that you go," Pennetta said. "If you have any problem and you cannot play, you cannot play. That's it. You go."

She added: "I was also very tired in the beginning of the second set. We made one unbelievable rally in the first game and I couldn't breathe and I was tired.

"But I didn't stop the match. A match like this is not good for the public. The last three or four games were very bad to watch, so if you have to play like this it's better you don't play."

Pennetta appeared to be moving toward an all-Italian quarter-final clash with Sara Errani, but her seventh-seeded compatriot was upset 6-0 7-6 (7/2) by Austria's Tamira Paszek in the second round.

Now instead of dealing with her 41st-ranked countrywoman, Pennetta simply needs to get past the world number 85 to book a place in the semi-finals.

The 16th-ranked Pennetta should not take anything for granted against her 17-year-old opponent, however, as she she needed to rally for a 2-6 6-1 6-4 triumph when the players met for the first time this July in Los Angeles.

Pennetta, 26, is one of three top-20 players at this event along with top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova and number two Patty Schnyder, who advanced to the round of eight Wednesday.

The runner-up to Lindsay Davenport here last season, Hantuchova is a potential semi-final opponent for Pennetta.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Leander Paes: I really wanted this win

India's hero at the U.S Open Leander Paes arrived today (September 8), at the Chatrpati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. Paes won his eighth Grand Slam title of his career, when he and his Zimbabwean partner Carla Black won the mixed doubles title at the US Open.

However he failed in his attempt at a double crown at the US Open as he and Lukas Dlouhy lost to American twins Bob and Mike Bryan in the final of the men's doubles event at the Flushin Meadow.

But, India's tennis ace Leander once again shows gritt and determination, more importantly hunger to perform at the highest stage. Speaking exclusively to TIMES NOW, he attributed his win to his thirst for glory and his 'perfect partner' Cara Black.

On how he rates the U.S Open mixed doubles title...

A relieved Leander Paes said, "This mixed doubles title has been eluding me in the past. I have been in two finals before and I did have a match point in one of the finals with Lisa Raymond and hit the net court and lost that. So, it was really something I wanted to put in my showcase."

Giving a lot of the credit to partner Cara Lee said, "I did well. But I have also found an excellent partner in Cara Black. She held her own and she came through when it really mattered. Now we got a mixed doubles title as well."

On what went wrong in the men's doubles...

Unfortunate enough not to bag a double delight at the Flushing Meadows, Leander said, "I think the difference was really one or two shots. If you look at the score line. As hard as we fought we lost to a better team. They played really well."

On the upcoming David Cup tie with Romania...

Leander Paes heads to Romania for the Davis Cup tie. A confident Lee said, "I love playing for my country and no matter who we play, what surface we are on, my best foot will be forward. It is a tough match. We are playing them (Romania) on their surface and hometown. As far as we are concerned we have a young and fresh team and we will go out there and put our best foot forward."

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Paes and Black win U.S. Open mixed doubles title

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leander Paes and Zimbabwe's Cara Black won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open on Thursday, beating Briton Jamie Murray and American Liezel Huber 7-6 6-4.

The fifth seeds saved two set points in the first-set tiebreak before breaking once in the second to clinch their first grand slam title together.

Black hit a crucial volley to save the first set point and Murray, who won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic, netted a volley on the second.

Murray was the only man to lose his serve, in the fifth game of the second, and Paes served out for his eighth grand-slam title, while Black has now won seven, including three mixed.

Black and Huber will join up in the final of the women's doubles when they play American Lisa Raymond and Australian Sam Stosur, the 10th seeds.

Paes will be looking to win the men's doubles title when he and Czech Lukas Dlouhy, the seventh seeds, play American twins, Bob and Mike Bryan.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Paes-Dlouhy through to doubles final

Zeenews Bureau

New York, Sept 03: Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy crushed the unseeded Argentine pair of Gonzalez and Monaco 6-2, 6-0 to storm into the final of the US Open men’s doubles event.

Earlier, the duo stormed into the semi-finals of US Open men’s doubles after beating the pair of Robert Lindstedt and Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in a grueling match.

The road to semis for the 7th seeded pair was tough but the duo have displayed great match temperament to move into a territory that will etch their name in US Open history books if they win the finals.

Paes in final of mixed doubles, semis of men's doubles

New York, Sep 3 (PTI) Leander Paes continues to sizzle on the US Open courts as the ace Indian pro stormed into the semifinals of the men's doubles and final of mixed doubles competitions with his respective partners here.
Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy earned a spot in doubles semifinals after defeating error prone Swede-Finland pair of Robert Lindstedt and Jarko Nieminen 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-3 in the quarterfinal clash, which lasted over two hours.

In the mixed doubles semifinals, fifth seeded Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe pipped the Swede-Russian pair of Jonas Bjorkman and Nadia Petrova 6-4 6-4.

Paes-Dlouhy will now fight it out with Argentine pair of Maximo Gonzalez Juan Monaco, who beat Brazilian-Serbian duo of Bruno Soares and Dusan Vemic 6-2 6-7 (3) 6-3, for a place in the men's doubles final.

In the summit clash of the mixed doubles Paes-Black face off against Liezel Huber of the United States and Briton Andy Murray, who beat American pair of Jill Craybas and Eric Butorac 6-3 6-4 in their semifinal encounter.

In the doubles quarters, Paes-Dlouhy cashed in on mistakes of their opponents as Lindstedt-Nieminen wasted three breakpoints in the first set while Paes-Dlouhy converted the one and only chance to go ahead.

In the second set, both the teams converted two of the three chances but Paes and Dlouhy faltered in the tie-breaker allowing the rival team to stretch the issue to the third set.

In the decisive final set, Lindstedt-Nieminen once again came a cropper squandering four breakpoints while the Indo-Czech duo managed to convert one of the three chances to clinch the issue.

Mahesh Bhupathi has already crashed out of both the men's doubles and mixed doubles events. PTI

Paes-Dlouhy storm into semis

New York, Sept 03: The pair of Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic stormed into the semi-finals of US Open men’s doubles after beating the Robert Lindstedt and Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in a grueling match.

The road to semis for the 7th seeded pair was tough but the duo have displayed great match temperament to move into a territory that will etch their name in US Open history books if they win the finals.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Mauresmo ousted by Pennetta

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo's U.S. Open hopes ended in a clutch of double-faults and a 6-3 6-0 hammering by Italian Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round on Monday.

The 29-year-old coughed up 14 doubles and 40 unforced errors to help 16th seed Pennetta reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

"I think the conditions were pretty windy out there today," Mauresmo told reporters, when asked why she had struggled so badly on serve.

"It's definitely something that we will try to analyse and work on for the next tournaments."

After an injury-hit year, Mauresmo had recently shown signs of the form that took her to the top of the rankings in 2006 but her serve was appalling from the start.

Once Pennetta had broken a second time to lead 4-3 in the first set, she was in total command and eased through to a showdown with Russian sixth seed Dinara Safina.

"Of course I am very happy about this tournament," Pennetta said.

"In the beginning I never thought I could get to the quarter-finals... because I was so tired after (the Olympics) in Beijing.

"The first match was very tough for me. I didn't play my best tennis but I just tried to fight every point and keep going."

Pennetta said she would need to be on top form to stand a chance against Safina, the runner-up at both the French Open and the Olympics and one of four women who can overtake Ana Ivanovic as world number one at the end of the event.

"It's going to be tough for sure," she said.

"She's a good player and she's in good shape. For sure, I have to play my best tennis to beat her. In this moment I just want to enjoy. Tomorrow we don't play, so I have one day off and just prepare for this match."

Monday, September 01, 2008

Paes-Dlouhy in US Open quarters

New York(PTI): Seventh seeds Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the US Open men's doubles quarterfinals with a comfortable straight-set victory over South African Rik De Voest and Australia's Ashley Fisher here.

The Indo-Czech pair beat their rivals 6-3, 6-3 in a lopsided third round encounter.

Paes and Dlouhy will now take on the winners of the other third round match between the top seeded Canadian-Serb pair of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Jarkko Niemein.

Dlouhy/Paes Reach QFs; Germans Upset No. 11 Seeds

No. 7 seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes (pictured) needed only 69 minutes to reach the US Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Rik De Voest and Ashley Fisher on Sunday.

Dlouhy and Paes, who first teamed up at Roland Garros in May when they reached the third round (l. to eventual champs Cuevas/Horna), improved their match record to 15-5 together. They also were finalists in Halle, semifinalists at Wimbledon and ATP Masters Series Toronto and quarterfinalists at ATP Masters Series Cincinnati. Their last three losses have come to World No. 1 Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. They will meet again if Nestor/Zimonjic win their third round match on Monday (vs. Lindstedt/Nieminen).

Dlouhy and Paes converted three of six break points while saving two of three break points on their serve. In their previous two rounds, they prevailed in three sets.

In the only other third round match Sunday, unseeded Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner surprised Czech Republic No. 11 seeds Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner 6-3, 7-6(6).

Kas and Petzschner, who are playing in only their third tournament together this season (ATP World Team Championship, Halle), advanced to their first Grand Slam quarterfinal as a duo. This is only their fourth Grand Slam tournament together (4-3 record).

Kas and Petzschner, who upset No. 5 seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ullyett in the second round, won 65% of second serve points to the Czech's 39%. They converted two of eight break points while only losing serve once.

The Germans will take on the winner of Michal Mertinak/Lovro Zovko and No. 2 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the quarterfinals.