Monday, September 12, 2011

Djokovic Wins The 2011 US Open

US Open 2011: Novak Djokovic outguns Rafael Nadal in epic contest at Flushing Meadows

In a city that has come to understand the value of endurance, tennis’s new emperor Novak Djokovic gave a glimpse here of the power of the human spirit.

Rapture: Novak Djokovic lets out a cry of joy after defeating Rafael Nadal in an epic final 

Since the players started arriving for this US Open, New York has survived an earthquake, a hurricane and a tropical storm, as well as the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Centre disaster.

When placed alongside such real-world disasters, tennis might seem trivial, but the people of this city appreciate courage when they see it, and they revelled in Djokovic’s superhuman resilience on Monday night.

Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in four sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 but it was more like a five-setter in its intensity. The match lasted fully 4 hours and 10 minutes and just about every point felt like a fist-fight to the death.

In each of the three sets, Nadal broke Djokovic’s serve early on and gave himself the chance of taking control. On each occasion, Djokovic broke straight back again, wrestling the mighty Spaniard back with a focus that can only stem from absolute self-belief.

There were so many extraordinary moments in this final, so many apparently unreturnable shots that were sent back with interest. One of the early highlights came at the start of the second set, in a Nadal service game that lasted 17 minutes and contained eight deuces.

Tennis anoraks still talk about the John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg tie-break of 1980 as the greatest passage of play in the sport’s history. But this sequence ran it close. Nadal, serving for 3-0, had game point three times.
He saved break point five times. And then, in a rally that just kept giving, Djokovic retrieved three lost causes until a disbelieving Nadal finally dumped a smash into the net.

Djokovic’s style will never be quite as mellifluous as Roger Federer’s, and neither does he have the pugilistic quality of Nadal.

At the moment, though, he is a more complete player than either. He has become unbreakable – an agile and beautifully balanced athlete who has developed a near-mystical faith in his own ability.

The certainty of his vision is uncanny. We saw it in the semi-final, where he faced match point on Federer’s serve and whipped an untouchable return crosscourt. And we saw it again yesterday.

As the points grew longer – and the average for the match was close to seven strokes per rally, which is virtually unheard of - it was usually Djokovic who outlasted his rival. He bent with the wind, in the face of Nadal’s ferocious forehand, yet he never fell.

Nadal will go away listed as the loser of this match yet he was almost as immovable as Djokovic. He did perhaps start a little slowly, making only 58 per cent of his first serves in the first set and struggling to find the necessary depth with his backhand.

But after absorbing a huge amount of punishment in the first two sets, Nadal still managed to take the initiative early in the third. He broke serve twice and must have felt that he was gaining ground when Djokovic began to stretch his back and show a little weariness in his serve and movement.

Could that shoulder injury which afflicted Djokovic in the final of the Cincinnati Masters be returning to plague him again?

Apparently not. Djokovic was clearly breathless for a couple of games, and his cannon-like groundstrokes lost their customary bite, but then he also regrouped and the set went to a tie-break.

Nadal’s Wimbledon final against Federer in 2009 is widely considered to be the greatest match ever played, and the fact that it went to sudden death in the final set still makes it the benchmark. But this was almost as notable, simply because each point had to be won so many times over.

As it stretched past the three-hour mark, one might have expected the players to become weary and erratic. Instead they achieved a zen-like focus, entering that glassy-eyed place that athletes call “the zone”.

In some of their exchanges, you wondered whether we would we would have to wait until dawn for one of them to miss.

At the peaks of the performance, points were constructed with a skill and ingenuity that made any normal tennis match look crude, like a wooden shack alongside a cathedral.

Openings were hard to find with a single brute-force winner; they had to be carved out, little by little. And even then, if the player with the advantage missed his killing thrust, the other would wipe him out with a whip-smart riposte.

Nadal has never lost a grand slam final in straight sets, and he was not about to start now. He took the tie-break 7-3, and then Djokovic called the trainer onto the court to attend to his back.

But Nadal was now starting to suffer even more. He could not maintain the intensity he had found in the third set as his own body weakened.

This final was a magnificent conclusion to what has been a flawed yet never less than fascinating tournament.
The only thing that took a touch of gloss away was the crass behaviour of a handful of idiots in the crowd, who kept on shouting out when the players were preparing to serve, or even when they were in the middle of a point.

Gasps and murmurs of astonishment were impossible to suppress, such was the jaw-dropping, mind-boggling, spirit-lifting quality of the tennis.

But these players were performing at the very peak of their ability, and they deserved better than to be interrupted by a few moronic narcissists.

The rest of the crowd made their feelings known by shushing loudly at every interruption.

They knew they were in the presence of greatness.

Re-posted from The Telegraph

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hockey World Mourns Loss of Russian Team Lokomotiv

The ice hockey world is in mourning after a passenger plane carrying a Russian ice hockey team to a season-opening match crashed after takeoff from a provincial airport yesterday, killing 43 people, including former NHLers former Kings forward Pavol Demitra and Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei,  and plunging the Russian and international sports world into grief.

The Yak-42 aircraft crashed into a river bank near Yaroslavl, home city of the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv, whose Russian and foreign stars were on board flying to a match in Minsk, Belarus.

Among international victims were three Czech world champions Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek, Swedish goalkeeper Stefan Liv, a renowned Slovak forward and a Canadian coach.
Lokomotiv's head coach, Canadian former Detroit Red Wings assistant Brad McCrimmon, was also on the passenger list. Many had played around the world, including in North America's National Hockey League.
“This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from 10 nations. This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community with so many nationalities involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of the victims. Despite the substantial air travel of professional hockey teams, our sport has been spared from tragic traffic accidents. But only until now.”
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel
“I think it's a huge loss for the hockey world, something like this happens. A tragedy for the hockey world.”
Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom

Ten Real Madrid players are playing Euro 2012 qualifiers or friendlies this week / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Fourteen Real Madrid players were called-up for international duty last week in order to participate in either friendlies or qualifiers for the 2012 Euro.
The current World Cup champions defeated Chile 3-2 in Switzerland and are set to face Liechtenstein in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday. Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Iker Casillas and Raul Albiol were starters in Spain's 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein. Sergio Ramos scored one of the goals. The victory qualified Spain for the 2012 Euro.

Match Venue Score / Date & Time*
Chile-Spain AFG Arena (St.Gallen, Switzerland) 2-3
Spain-Liechtenstein Las Gaunas (Logroño, Spain) 6-0

Cristiano Ronaldo, Coentrao and Pepe were starters against Cyprus in Nicosia and gave solid performances. Cristiano scored Portugal's first two goals.

Match Venue Score
Cyprus-Portugal GSP Nicosia (Cyprus) 0-4

Mesut Ozil scored three goals against Austria. Coach Joachim Low has decided to let Ozil, Schweinsteiger and Neuer go for Tuesday's friendly against Poland.

Match Venue Score
Germany-Austria Arena Schalke (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) 6-2

Benzema scored the opener against Albania and played the entire match. The French currently lead Group D and are sett to face Romania on Tuesday. Benzema played the entire match against Romania.

Match Venue Score / Date & Time*
Albania-France Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa (Tirana, Albania) 1-2
Romania-France   National Arena (Bucarest, Romania) 0-0

Di Maria and Higuain defeated Venezuela 1-0 with Argentina in India. Both Real Madrid players scored against Nigeria. Higuain netted a brace. They were both starters and came off on the 75-minute mark.

Match Venue Score
Argentina-Venezuela Salt Lake (Kolkata, India)  1-0
Nigeria - Argentina Bangabandhu Nationa Stadium (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 1-3

Marcelo was a starter and played the entire match against Ghana, which the Canarinha won 1-0.

Match Venue Score
Craven Cottage (London, UK)

The French side defeated Latvia 3-0 in their first qualifier for the Under-21 European Championship, but lost against Portugal on Monday. Varane was a starter in both games.

Match Venue Score
Latvia-France   Skonto Stadions (Riga, Latvia) 0-3
Portugal-France Rio Maior (Portugal)  1-0

*Local dates and times


Friday, September 2, 2011

Venus Williams and Robin Soderling Withdraws from 2011 US Open

The women’s side lost Venus Williams while the men’s side lost Robin Soderling as these two big names in tennis as they were forced out of action at the 2011 U.S. Open due to illness. Venus withdraw citing in her statement that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that causes fatigue and joint pain which has in fact limited her to only three previous tournaments this year. In her statement she said:
I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.

The diagnosis ended months of worry for Venus for a condition that has been affecting her play for quite some time now. In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” she said "I think I've had issues with Sjogren's for a while. It just wasn't diagnosed," Williams said. "The good news for me is now I know what's happening." She also added:
I would miss shots by feet," she said. "I couldn't feel my hands and my hands would hurt while I was playing. I'd have swelling and numbness and then fatigue, which was really debilitating.
Seems to me that both the Williams sisters have been having some health problems this year. Let's just hope they are able to fully recover...Serena has been doing good so far but she also had a scare a few months back. With Venus it's a question of whether she will get well and be back soon or are we talking retirement?

Sweden’s Robin Soderling hadn’d played a match yet but was scheduled to see action on Wednesday against Louk Sorensen of Ireland. Unfortunately, six-seeded Soderling was complaining about headaches and stomachache and his doctor recommended to him not to play. He has been struggling with a wrist injury and he also pulled out of the Master’s tournament in Cincinnati with throat problems.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

London Riots and How It Affects the 2012 Olympics

A few days ago, I posted again a video that was in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics. It was the start of the final countdown - 365 days to go before the start of the much-awaited Olympics.

When I first blogged about the London Olympics in July 26 I kept saying 2 years from now...and discussing how LOndon was preparing for the event, the construction of the Olympic venue, what Stella McCartney was planning for the Team GB's kit and many more.

While these people are getting busier with the coming event where the whole world will be watching how they will fare after the Beijing Olympics, they are thrown into problems that we pray will not affect how the world anticipates the Games. But still it raises the question on how it will affect the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is confident that the 2012 London Olympics will be secure despite the riots that have wreaked havoc in the city. But the timing could not have been worse because nearly 200 officials are actually in London for meetings about the Summer Games. And at the same time, some test events including beach volleyball, badminton and cycling are also being held . The international football at Wembley between Holland and England has already been postponed.

A spokesman for the IOC Mark Adams said that they were not worried for the next year's Olympics because they have confidence in the Games' organizers. Even as Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson promised to do so since they made a commitment to deliver a safe and secure Games. He added that: “All the evidence shows this trouble is low-level criminality driven by messages on social networks and not some new, emerging security threat.”

Because of the riot, a "revised" 2012 logo is going around and it really doesn't feel right:

These kids in plain t-shirts and hoodies with their faces covered to hide their looks are doing a lot of cowardly things like looting and killing. I have always believed that doing something bad and harmful is not an answer to an already tensed situation. Even an Olympic ambassador was picked up by the police when her parents turned her in after seeing her on the television news report. The promising athlete is said to have allegedly thrown bricks at a police car and even bragging about it. Yes, she might hate her parents for reporting her to the police but I also ask, when people have died, when plenty have been hurt, lost their homes and businesses...what else can you do but the RIGHT thing? In the long run, that's what all parents can do...see to it that their children are being productive citizens of our country.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Novak Djokovic, the New ATP World No. 1

As much as I love Rafael Nadal, I will have to concede that Djokovic is now the Worlds No. 1. If my idol Rafa can graciously accept his defeat and tell the world that Novak Djokovic deserve to win the 2011 Wimbledon title and the World No 1 position, which has been shared for 8 years between only Rafa and Federer , then so must I.

The beauty of Rafael Nadal is his humility and grace, whether in triumph or defeat. And that is one thing that some players need to learn. I am gutted over his loss but Rafa even teaches us fans how easy it is to forget that this is a game where sometimes you can win and in other time you can lose.

"Today wasn't possible," Nadal said. "I tried my best, as always. Today, one player played better than me. I will try another time, next year."

And as the new ATP rankings come out, let us remember that these are just numbers. Rafa has gone as low as No 3 before but was able to overcome and get World No 1 rank again. I think what he needs to do is to think of ways to face and tackle his new rival Djokovic. He is still young and can still go along way but for now he needs to rest and take care of his injuries. I have said in my blog before that the illness in Doha seems to have affected him and his games then the foot injury. He is not 100% whole or maybe I am expecting too much from him or expect everything to be the same as his games in 2010.

He has reached a pinnacle that hasn't been climbed often, he is a player who has just about everything - the love and support of a good family and team, a beautiful girlfriend and a steady relationship, wealth, fame or rock star status, an outstanding tennis career, the support of sponsors and continuous sports gear endorsements, and the warm support of a huge fan base. What else can a man ask for? He has done it, he has made it to the top, he can continue to do so, but we know that Rafa is one who wouldn't rest on his laurels. And he will be back better than before.

Here is a look at the new rankings:
Pos Moved
Tourns Played
Djokovic, Novak
Nadal, Rafael
Federer, Roger
Murray, Andy
Soderling, Robin
Ferrer, David
Monfils, Gael
Fish, Mardy
Berdych, Tomas
Roddick, Andy

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

USWNT Plays Women’s World Cup in Team Wear Akin to Nurse Uniforms

Sport is a passion a lot of people share. Me, aside from the players and the sport itself, I have always been interested in the team wear, sportswear, sports apparel and other sports gear.

More often I have blogged about Rafael Nadal’s sports wear sponsored by Nike and the kits of my fave mens soccer team. Every now and then I write about the outrageous sports outfit of tennis siblings Serena and Venus Williams. But I haven’t been blogging much about women in sports or the women’s team until today.

What got me reading on the article I saw was the title itself saying that the U.S. play Women’s World Cup in kit resembling nurse’s uniform. My love for sports and team wear combined with the recent win of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) over North Korea made me one to take a closer look.

When the new uniform for the USWNT was unveiled by Nike and the U.S. Soccer Federation sometime in April there was hullabaloo from critics. They said it looked like nurse uniforms and probably the ugliest soccer jersey ever seen.

Popular soccer blogger Jennifer Doyle in From a Left Wing summed up what the critics felt in:
A USWNT shirt can always be distinguished from the USMNT shirt by the two stars that the women's shirt prominently displays over the USSF badge - one star for each World Cup trophy they've won (1991, 1999). That difference is not enough for Nike and the USSF. They want you to know, for sure, that this is a not a man's shirt. So the FIFA #1 ranked women's team will go to the Germany in a nurse's uniform.

This is quite simply the ugliest women's football jersey I have ever seen. Its central problem is the line someone has drawn down middle of the shirt - a purely decorous gesture meant to create the impression that the USSF would like its women to play in an open necked blouse.

And it does look like a nurse uniforms at that…I like it though but not as a soccer kit.

Nike and the US Soccer Federation defended the design of the team wear saying:
The kits were designed to keep players drier, cooler and more comfortable, allowing them to maintain an optimum body temperature and perform at their best. The kit is designed specifically for the female athlete, to enhance the range of motion and create a uniquely feminine silhouette. Capped sleeves and a high neckline with v-neck piping were added to create a striking aesthetic.

Improved Nike DRI-FIT fabric, now 15 percent lighter than previous Nike kit fabrications, also helps keep players dry by drawing sweat to the outside of the garment where it evaporates. Ventilation zones have been strategically placed in those areas that are physiologically the most important for cooling. Each side and back of the jersey features enhanced breathability increasing air flow by up to seven percent compared to previous kits.

The away kit features a black bodice and red piping inspired by the beautiful but deadly Black Widow spider.

The home kit design is white with black piping and the goalkeeper kit will be worn in night purple, wolf grey and vibrant yellow.

And for those who don’t like design or feel that these team wear is more divisive than unifying (well, instead of football as a sport, it seems that this kit inspires fans to cheer on football for women or football for men), the only consolation is that these “jerseys are Nike’s most environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced uniform yet. Each kit is made entirely from recycled polyester, produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles per jersey.”

And though I have always believed team wear plays a role in the game, USWNT has shown that it cannot deter a win as they won over North Korea on Tuesday. And the FIFA World Ranking No 1 remains to be a medal favorite.

Injury casts doubt on Nadal's Wimbledon defense

(CNN) -- Defending Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal could be forced out of the tournament through injury after battling past Juan Martin Del Potro in their last 16 clash.

The world number one suffered a foot injury in the opening set of his four hour epic against the Argentine but battled through the pain to triumph 7-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 in front of the watching Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Nadal was forced to call for the doctor after sustaining his injury and though he won the first set of the clash, he moved gingerly around the court in the second as Del Potro took it with relative ease.

Nadal survives injury scare to beat brave Del Potro

But Nadal regained his form in the third and fourth sets to set up a quarterfinal tie with American 10th seed Mardy Fish -- if he gets a clean bill of health.

I cannot predict the future but I am worried for sure --Rafael Nadal

After the match on Centre Court the 24-year-old said he feared his tournament could be over and confirmed he would go for an MRI scan to reveal the extent of the damage.

"I have to go to do an MRI. I don't know right now, I cannot predict the future but I am worried for sure," the Spaniard told reporters.

"I felt really bad at 6-5 in the first set. I thought I had broken my foot at that moment. I asked for the trainer when the game was done. I didn't know if I will have the chance to continue playing.

"I don't know what the problem is, it seems to be a problem with the bone in the foot. I thought I would have to retire at the end of the first set because there was a lot of pain.

"But the tape changed the situation. Now I will have to check with the doctors and the physios.

"Something is there. At 6-5, I pushed hard with the forehand. I felt something crushed there in the back of the foot."


Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 Golden Foot Nominees

The Golden Foot award is an international award given to active football players of at least 29 years of age, who stands out for their athletic achievements (both as individuals and team players) and for their personality. This award can only be won once.

The international prize is given every year to the game’s greatest in the Principality of Monaco under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and promoted by World Champions Club and the Tourism Office of Monaco.
Ten nominees are chosen by a panel of international journalists based on the criteria that they are at least 29 years of age and still playing. The 10 names this year have been chosen by the Golden Foot jury, composed of 58 journalists representing sports media all over the world.
In a ceremony headlined by last year's winner Francesco Totti, the AS Roma captain, the following candidates were announced as nominees for the 2011 Golden Foot:
David Beckham (LA Galaxy, England)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan, Cameroon)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United, Wales)
Carles Puyol (Barcelona, Spain)
Raúl González Blanco (Real Madrid, Spain)
Xavi Hernández (Barcelona, Spain)
Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan, Argentina).
Winner is selected by an online poll at where anyone can vote. Football fans have the chance to vote for the player they deem is worthy of the award until October 7. The award ceremony will be hosted on October 10 in Monte Carlo.
I, of course, have casted my vote already for my favorite Raul Gonzalez Blanco. He has been a nomine several times already but the nearest he got for the award was in 2009 where he was in 2nd place to winner Ronaldinho. My voting for Raul is not simply a matter of favorites but at age 34 (he turns 34 today June 27, 2011) he is something else to behold. After 16 years playing loyally for Real Madrid, he left the whites to wear the Schalke 04 team wear and gave it his all.
For me he has always been playing good but I guess Real Madrid’s coaches and managers no longer saw his value after getting the much-expensive young players. Though the new Real Madrid coach Mourinho wanted him to continue with the team but Raul no longer wanted to spend another season being the 3rd or 4th choice striker when he knew he can still deliver a good performance in another place. The world saw a recharged Raul when he played with Schalke 04 and the Germans fell in love with El Angel del Madrid. He has always been a favorite with fans and that certainly continued in Germany and more so when on May 21, 2011, his first year with the Royal Blues, they were able to lift the DFB Cup when they won over MSV Duisburg in Berlin. That is the reason why I think he deserves the 2011 Golden Foot award.
To see his profile and vote for him, click here.

PS. Happy 34th birthday, Raul!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rafael Nadal 2011 Wimbledon Nike Sports Apparel

Everybody has seen what Nike sports apparel Rafa Nadal wore on the first day of Wimbledon 2011. Again, nothing but the best for the 4 top tennis endorsers for Nike. It follows the required all-white or almost all white clothing that has long been the tradition of Wimbledon. In this sports apparel, Nike followed wearing the white clothing with color accent, which in this case is blue.

Here are some of the details for the sports apparel for Wimbledon by defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Nike - Men's Rafa Ace Lawn Tennis Crew - White/ Treasure Blue

The Dri-FIT Rafa Ace Lawn Crew is the game shirt of choice for Rafa Nadal at SW19 this year. Lightweight and breathable, this top is bound to be popular this summer.

With flat lock seams to help reduce chafing strategically placed mesh, this top will keep you cool and comfortable on the court. Heat transfer bull logo and trademark swoosh along with a contrast bemis overlay and a touch of flair to this Ace Lawn Crew.

Nike Ace Woven Short - White/Blue | Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon Tennis Short

The Fearless Woven Short is a 12" long Dri-FIT stretch short with a functional fly and a hook and eye closure for great comfort and style. Made from quick dry fabric this super light tennis short features a contoured waistband and a lighweight elastic insert on the back. The mesh gusset adds increased breathability to the Dri-FIT technology, keeping you cool and dry throughout your performance and regulating body heat.

Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 3.3 Tennis Shoes - White/Blue/Silver/Grey

Rafa’s footwear of choice, it features the distinctive Rafa bull logo on the heel. Nike incorporates its DragOn 2X material in the heel flexors and mid-sole for durability, flexibility and support. This is a shoe designed for the young, strong, powerful, and aggressive player such as Rafa.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Venus Williams' Wimbledon 2011 Sports Wear

As usual, Venus Williams managed to make great waves again on her return to Grand Slam tennis. After 5 months of silence from her side since she pulled out of the Australian Open in January, she came up with a smashing game on the opening day of Wimbledon. The 5-time Wimbledon champion managed to trounce Akgul Amanmuradova in only 59 minutes 6-3, 6-1 with only 5 unforced errors.

But again it wasn’t her game that was duly noticed by the tennis world and the media but her outrageous Wimbledon 2011 sports wear. The latest creation from her own clothing line eleVen was a one-piece jump suit with front zipper, short shorts with a flowing v-shaped bodice with a plunging neckline where the zipper begins and upturned V-shaped slit in the back. According to Venus, the outfit is very now, it’s trendy and fun. She also clarified that this outfit is called a jumper, it is not a two-piece outfit and she is into simplicity, hence the design. Well, compared to her other sports wear this Wimbledon outfit is certainly conservative.

Monday, June 13, 2011

ATP Ranking and Wimbledon 2011

ATP top 20

Top 20 women's rankings

1 Rafael Nadal (Spa) 12070pts

1 Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 9915pts

2 Novak Djokovic (Ser) 12025

2 Kim Clijsters (Bel) 8215

3 Roger Federer (Swi) 9230

3 Vera Zvonareva (Rus) 7935

4 Andy Murray (Gbr) 6625

4 Na Li (Chn) 6475

5 Robin Soderling (Swe) 4595

5 Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 5920

6 David Ferrer (Spa) 4150

6 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 5221

7 Tomas Berdych (Cze) 3490

7 Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 4646

8 Gael Monfils (Fra) 2780

8 Petra Kvitova (Cze) 4018

9 Mardy Fish (USA) 2440

9 Marion Bartoli (Fra) 3740

10 Andy Roddick (USA) 2200

10 Samantha Stosur (Aus) 3405

11 Jurgen Melzer (Aut) 2175

11 Andrea Petkovic (Ger) 3280

12 Viktor Troicki (Ser) 1930

12 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 3210

13 Richard Gasquet (Fra) 1925

13 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 3056

14 Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) 1920

14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 3055

15 Nicolas Almagro (Spa) 1875

15 Jelena Jankovic (Ser) 3050

16 Gilles Simon (Fra) 1745

16 Julia Goerges (Ger) 2560

17 Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) 1740

17 Kaia Kanepi (Est) 2545

18 Florian Mayer (Ger) 1600

18 Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) 2350

19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) 1480

19 Ana Ivanovic (Ser) 2330

20 Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg)1475

20 Shuai Peng (Chn) 2240,

WIMBLEDON 2011: Important Dates

Qualifying: 13 June - 16 June
The Championships: 20 June – 3 July

Seeds Announced: 15 June
The Draw: 17 June