Linstedt & Sandgren Catch 🔥 @newyorkopen
In men's doubles, @tsandgren7 & Jackson Withrow upset #1 seeds Bob & Mike Bryan in RD1 Kastle vs. Kastle showdown, 7-6(9), 6-4, to reach the quarters, while #4 seeds @robertlindstedt & Tim Puetz advanced to the semis.
Sandgren & Withrow play Adrian Mannarino & Hugo Nys TONIGHT! Watch LIVE @tennistv
Every player has a story you may not know... here’s @tsandgren7 ’s ♥️ #repost@behindtheracquet ・・・
”My dad passed away in October of 2011. I had been pro for only about three months at this point. I received one of the worst phone calls anyone could ever get. I was at a 10k future in Texas when I entered my housing for the week. It was around 8 or 9 p.m when my mother called me. I think a part of me is still in that room to this day. I remember this conversation with my father, about four or five months prior to his passing. We were outside our house on a summer’s evening, while he was just drinking a beer and looking up at the stars. I go out and sit with him in silence. After a few moments, he just says to the air, ‘Is this all there is?’ I was twenty at the time and had no faculties to answer that question. He was a seasoned man, who worked harder than anyone I’ve ever met, to fund two kids’ tennis careers. I had no idea how to answer that question when a man who had been through the ringer couldn’t. It was something that stuck with me. While playing futures and challengers it resonated with me in a defeatist kind of a way. Thinking if this is all there is. That’s not how you should go about it, but it’s just how it sat with me. When I started doing better, I took that mentality of more of challenge than anything else. If I take care of everything that I can, how good can it be?! While going through the obstacles of playing challengers, with little hope week to week, I definitely thought about that often. When I have a good result, such as Auckland, I feel as though I am answering that question for my father, with each positive step I take. He was a tennis player, playing satellites back in the day, but he would never have believed that I would quarter the Australian Open. The idea that all of his struggle and journey as a person is something that I can build upon is something I will never waste. He worked so hard to give us opportunities and all I am trying to do is fulfill, in any way, some of the dreams my father had for us.”
#ausopen 2019: @naomiosaka Eliminates Karolina Pliskova; Kastles Star Plays Petra Kvitova in Final with World #1 Ranking at Stake; Watch LIVE TONIGHT at 3:30 a.m. EST on ESPN2
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Naomi Osaka earns her spot in her first Australian Open final after defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, sealing the match with her 1️⃣5️⃣th ace of the match (to go along with her 56 winners!)
She will battle Kvitova for the #ausopen title AND the World No. 1 spot. 💪👊🎉
Naomi Osaka takes down Elina Svitolina in a swift 72 minute 6-4, 6-1 match to earn a spot in her first Australian Open semifinal and earn the #1 spot in LIVE WTA RANKINGS! 🎉🏅
She will face the winner of Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams next... #refusetolose#straighttothetop
Australian Open 2019: Kastles in Action TONIGHT!
DC Phenom Frances Tiafoe Faces World #2 and 17-Time Grand Slam Champ Rafael Nadal in Grand Slam Quarterfinal Debut at 4:30 a.m. EST
#2 Seeds Nicole Melichar & Bruno Soares Play Hungarian Duo Timea Babos & Marton Fucsovics in Mixed Doubles
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Naomi Osaka completes the comeback to earn a spot in the Quarterfinals! The Kastle takes down Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
She’ll face Elina Svitolina for a spot in the semis! Let’s go! 💪 #refusetolose#ausopen
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY FRANCES TIAFOE AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST EVER GRAND SLAM QUARTERFINAL! 🎉🇺🇸🏆💪We couldn't be more proud!
Tiafoe pulled another upset, this time over #20 Grigor Dimitrov, taking him down in 4 sets 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 to reach his first slam quarterfinal. #happybirthday#bigfoeonthecomeup#refusetolose#dmvwayy
Frances Tiafoe Makes Grand Slam Round of 16 Debut TONIGHT!
Tonight, DC phenom and current world #39 Frances Tiafoe will challenge 2017 Australian Open semifinalist and #20 seed Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, in his first round of 16 appearance at a major tournament. Dimitrov defeated Tiafoe in their sole prior meeting, 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(4), at the Rogers Cup last summer. "It should be good," said Tiafoe about his fourth round opponent. "We're good friends. He's going to come out obviously just competing like crazy. So am I. It's a big match to get to the final eight. Obviously, he made the final eight last year, so he wants to get back there [and] start the year off well, get back to where he deserves to be, which is top 5, in my opinion." Frances plays second up on Melbourne Arena around 9 p.m. EST | Watch LIVE on ESPN3 & ESPN Plus!
Kastles Mixed Doubles Competition Begins Tonight!
2014 Australian Open men's doubles champion and three-time Wimbledon finalist Robert Lindstedt and four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic of France leadoff Kastles mixed doubles competition against Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain. Should Lindstedt and Mladenovic advance, they will play either #4 seeds Oliver Marach and Mihaela Buzarnescu or reigning US Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray in the next round.
Robert and Kristina leadoff on 1573 Arena at 7 p.m. EST | Watch LIVE on ESPN Plus!
Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Nicole Melichar and former Kastle and 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles champion Bruno Soares will also start their bid for the 2019 mixed doubles championship on 1573 Arena. Seeded #2, they'll face Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Horia Tecau in the first round.
Nicole and Bruno play third up on 1573 Arena around 10 p.m. EST | Watch LIVE on ESPN Plus!
And in men's doubles, Kastles superstars Bob and Mike Bryan face Spaniards Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta, for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Bob and Mike play third up on Court 3 around 10 p.m. EST | Watch LIVE on ESPN Plus!
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That's one way to kick off 2019! Congrats Nicole Melichar! 🎉Melichar and partner Kveta Peschke are doubles champions with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the final of @brisbanetennis The pair didn't drop a set the entire tournament. Talk about #refusetolose 💪 !