26 April 2015

Madrid-bound

Even though I swore my springtime live tennis excursions were going to be limited to Indian Wells, I could not help myself a few weeks ago...

So, I'm going to Madrid!

I will be spending 11 days in Madrid, and will be credentialed media at the Mutua Madrid Open for my friends at The Changeover (thanks guys!). Anytime I get the chance to attend a tournament for the first time I'm wildly excited and it's great being media as I have a chance to attend press conferences and write about my favorite sport.

I can't wait to watch tennis inside a complex called "Magic Box". Caja Magica looks amazing. The court itself is no longer blue, but with all the top WTA and ATPers present for the first big clay event of the year, it should be a wonderful tennis watching week for me.

You can follow my coverage on Twitter on my personal account @StephintheUS and The Changeover, if you're not already following!

If you've attended the tournament, or visited this amazing city beforehand, I'd love any tips! I've been pouring over my Madrid Lonely Planet guide and am overwhelmed by all the stunning places to see. I did visit Barcelona and Seville in 2011 when I attended the Davis Cup final, so I can't wait to explore Madrid.

And one more plug for the ProTenn Radio show I've been doing with @tennisacumen each week. Our show 'Passing shots'  focuses exclusively on the WTA and we recap previous results, look at the current tournament happenings and discuss anything going on off the court. We air live and welcome callers, and the show is available online any time! Our scheduled show time is 8.30pm CT on Thursdays.

Here's a link to last week's show

Please visit the website and listen to our show here.

08 April 2015

2015 BNP Paribas Open - player photos (part II)

This will serve as my final photo post from the 2015 BNP Paribas Open! I am no professional but have fun trying to time shots on my iPhone - it's so hard to capture the effort in each shot and the emotions. Taking photos does take away from actually watching the matches so I am glad I was able to watch so many players practice at the tournament.

So here are just a few more pics from Indian Wells this year:

Serena Williams steps back onto the court for her first IW match since 2001

She's back


Serena leaves victorious and to applause


Interesting pairing of Kuznetsova and Vandeweghe

Sabine Lisicki

Lesia Tsurenko won a lot of fans in IW this year.


Alize Cornet

Caroline Wozniacki

Belinda Bencic

Caroline Wozniacki

Belinda Bencic was delighted after beating Wozniacki


Rafa Nadal doubles action with Pablo Carreno Busta

Rafa Nadal


Maria Sharapova

Victoria Azarenka

Maria Sharapova

Sara Errani

Sabine Lisicki

Yulia Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva

Ana Ivanovic


Milos Raonic


Lauren Davis

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis after beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Victoria Azarenka

Kristen Flipkens

Victoria Azarenka


Sam Stosur

Rafa Nadal late night practice

Flavia Pennetta

Karolina Pliskova

Garbine Muguruza

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Sloane Stephens

Rafa Nadal


The Bryan Brothers

Caroline Wozniacki, unhappy with a call in her match vs Bencic


Belinda Bencic


Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki

Elina Svitolina

Amelie Mauresmo


David Ferrer

Caroline Garcia

Ekaterina Makarova


Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Sabine Lisicki, after beating Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta exits the court after losing to Lisicki

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil after beating the Bryans

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis

Flavia Pennetta

Sabine Lisicki


Sock and Pospisil


Sam Stosur

RIP Stan Wawrinka's racket

Rafa Nadal

Elina Svitolina


Elina Svitolina

Stan Wawrinka

Yanina Wickmayer

Serena Williams

Andrea Hlavackova

Lucie Safarova

Bernard Tomic

Stan Wawrinka


Sania Mirza

Martina Hingis


Caroline Garcia

Serena Williams


Serena Williams


Serena Williams


Serena Williams

Serena Williams after beating Timea Bacsinszky, her final match in 2015