Monday, May 2, 2016

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova is a womens professional tennis player who turned pro 10 years ago. She is known for her powerful lefty forehand and variety. Kvitova plays for the Czech Republic. Kvitova has won 17 titles during her career including 2 grand slam titles at Wimbledon. Kvitova is 6 feet tall and has won a little over a 20 million dollars in prize money. Kvitovas break through year was in 2011 when she beat Sharapova to win the Wimbledon Championships. Besides winning Wimbledon, she has also made it to the semi finals in the Australian and French Open. She has been coached by David Kotzya since 2010. Kvitova has also helped lead the Czech Republic to a Fed Cup win. You can follow Petra on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with her latest news.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a male professional tennis player from the United Kingdom. Andy is 28 years old and was born on May 15, 1987. He is currently ranked second on the professional tour. Murray has won two grand slam title during his career. He has consistently stayed in the a top ranked spot and made it far in many grand slam tournaments. Since 2011, Murray has reached at least the quarter finals in all of his grand slam tournaments. Andy married Kim Shears just last year. He was the first man to win a grand slam singles tournament from the United Kingdom since 1936. Andy broke this streak when we won the U.S. Open in 2012. In 2012, Murray also won an Olympic Gold in his own country. Murray is still competing and playing at the top of his game today!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi is a retired American male professional tennis player. Andre was dominant in the game from the early 1990's to the mid 2000's. His most notable opponent was Pete Sampras. Andre has been married to the female professional tennis player, Steffi Graf, since 2001. Andre's charismatic personality along with solid game brought a lot of attention to not only him, but also the sport. Agassi is credited with helping to revive the popularity of tennis during his era. Andre won 8 grand slam title during his career on tour. He is only one of two to win the golden slam which is all four grand slam events in a year and an Olympic Gold. Agassi grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He retired on September 3, 2006 due to health concerns.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf is a former number 1 female professional tennis player. Steffi won an outstanding 22 grand slam single titles during her career. She holds the record for most grand slam championships won in the Open Era. In 2001, she married Andre Agassi a famous and well achieved male professional tennis player. Steffi Graf held the number one spot for 377 weeks. This sets the record for most weeks at number one for any male or female player. Steffi is the only player to win all four majors at least four times. This proves how well rounded her game was. From the 1987 French Open to the 1990 French Open Steffi reached thirteen consecutive grand slam singles finals. Steffi has been regarded by many people as the greatest female tennis player to ever live.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka is a female Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world number one and is currently ranked fifth. Victoria won the Miami Open just two days ago beating Kuznetsova in the final. Azarenka is 26 years old and a height of 6'0". She has won over $28 million dollars in her career. Victoria has played a little bit of doubles during her career but focuses mainly on singles. Her biggest accomplishments are winning 2 Australian Open Championship Titles in 2012 and 2013. Winning these title made her the only person, male or female, from Belarus to win a grand slam. Another achievement of hers is winning the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. Victoria's idol and motivation to become great is Steffi Graf. Beside winning 2 championships at the Australian Open, she got to the finals at both the 2011, and 2013 U.S. Opens.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Venus Williams

My second post to this blog will be on Venus Williams. Venus and her sister Serena are two of the most famous and highest paid female athletes. Venus has won 7 grand slam titles and 5 of them at Wimbledon. Venus is known as one of the best grass court players and one of the all time best players. Venus is still on the Women's Tour which she first arrived in 1994. She is of 35 years of age and was born in Lynwood, California. Venus has won 48 titles on the WTA Tour and is second to only her sister at most won titles. Venus nows suffers from an autoimmune disease that is holding her back. However, she is still playing and her legacy lives on.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is a female professional tennis player. Caroline is a Danish native and continues to play for Denmark. She once held the top ranked position on the tour for a total of 67 weeks. This was the first time a Scandinavian women held this spot. Caroline weighs in at 128 pounds and 5' 10" tall. She is coached by her dad Piotr. Many people have criticized having her dad as her coach saying that he holds her game back. Caroline has not won a grand slam title yet but was the runner up at the 2009 and 2014 U.S. Opens. She has made a little over $20,000,000 in prize money. Wozniacki plays a very defensive game that works because of her awesome athleticism and agility.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Novak Djokovic

My next post is going to be on Novak Djokovic. Novak is currently ranked number 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Novak is a Serbian native and still continues to play for Serbia today. Novak has won 11 grand slam titles and his height is 6 feet 2 inches. Novak is currently 28 years of age. Novak married Jelena Djokovic in 2014. I hope that you have learned a thing or two from this post!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a Russian female professional tennis player. Maria is currently ranked sixth on the WTA tour but has been ranked first on five seperate occasions. Sharapova has competed on the WTA Tour since 2001 and is 28 years of age. Maria has 35 titles and 5 grand  slam titles. She is known for her looks as well as her tennis and has had several modeling assignments. Some of the assignments include Sports Illustrated, Nike, Prince, and Cannon. Maria plays for Russia but her residence is in Bradenton, Florida.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber is a German female professional tennis player. She is currently ranked 7 but will be moving up in the ranks after her victory today. Kerber beat the heavily favored number one ranked player Serena Williams today at the Australian Open. This is the first grand slam event that Kerber has won. Kerbers awesome defense really helped her defeat Serena.  One of the most notable things about Kerber is that like Rafael Nadal, she is also left handed. Hopefully Kerber can take this momentum into other tournaments throughout the year!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rafael Nadal

My next blog is going to be on Rafael Nadal. Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional  tennis player that was born on June 3, 1986. He is widely regarded as the "King of Clay" because of his 9 titles won at the French Open. Overall Rafael has won 14 grand slam titles. Rafael is 6 feet and 1 inches tall and he plays left handed which I find interesting because I also am left handed. Rafael's prize money is over 75 million dollars currently. His current ranked has dropped to number 5 in the world due to health and physical problems. I hope this little piece of information has helped you learn some about Rafael Nadal.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Roger Federer

To start my blog off I am going to talk about considerably one of the most famous male tennis players, Roger Federer. Many commentators and players think of Roger as the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger Federer plays for Switzerland and was born on August 8 1981. A side fact is that his birthday is two days after mine. Roger is married to Mirka Federer and they have two sets of twins, one set of boys and one set of girls. Federer has the record for most grand slams won at 17 and most consecutive weeks at number 1, 302 weeks. He has been ranked in the top 10 since October 2002. Rogers career earnings are currently over 97 million dollars. Roger is currently at a warm up tournament in Brisbane before competing in the Australian Open. The Australian Open starts on January 18. Some of the other top players going into this title are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal.