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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 There is no word in the dictionary to describe how sad we are on this day *Tomas Berdych himself formalizes his future retirement from tennis world on Twitter and Instagram*

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 7:40 AM

Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych ends career in 'surprise' circumstances

Tomas Berdych Set To Announce Retirement From Tennis In London

AFP Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, 13 November 2019

The 34-year-old current world number 103 has won 13 ATP titles, reaching a career-high fourth rank in 2015.

Czech Davis Cup champion Tomas Berdych plans to announce his retirement from tennis in London on Saturday ending 17 years as a professional. Berdych's father Martin broke the news to the Czech tabloid Blesk on Wednesday and Berdych himself then recorded a tweet confirming the retirement. "Hi guys, if you want to have a little surprise, just don't see any media and social networks, but you and I know it's impossible these days," Berdych told his fans, sitting in a car.

"I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday when I'm going to be in London but now it's not even possible because it's all over but it's fine."

"More information is going to come on Saturday so stay tuned," said Berdych.

The 34-year-old current world number 103 has won 13 ATP titles, reaching a career-high fourth rank in 2015.

Berdych was in the ATP top 10 nonstop between July 2010 and January 2017.

He has never won a grand slam title, coming closest at Wimbledon in 2010 where he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before falling at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the final.

Together with doubles specialist Radek Stepanek, he led the Czech Republic to Davis Cup wins in 2012 and 2013.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 --- HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tomas Berdych (34)

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 5:15 AM

May hope and optimism be your strongest allies in the journey of life. Happy Birthday Tomas Berdych! With Love from your fans all over the World!

TOP STORY: Brooksby, Berdych face decisions on futures after US Open *PHOTO Handshake at the net*

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Tomas Berdych congratulates Jenson Brooksby of the United States after Brooksby won their first round match on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Brooksby, Berdych face decisions on futures after US Open


August 26, 2019

Jenson Brooksby's only guaranteed destination now is the second round of the U.S. Open.

College tennis may no longer be in the plans.

"It's up in the air," Brooksby said.

So is Tomas Berdych's future.

The 18-year-old Brooksby earned his first Grand Slam win Monday with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Berdych, who said he is "very close" to considering retirement after an injury-plagued season.

"That's very frustrating. When you do the whole preparation, everything's fine, goes well and then you get on court and basically there's no way I can compete with the guys in this shape," Berdych said.

He couldn't do much over the final two sets against Brooksby, a Californian who was set to play at Baylor University after the year's final major tournament.

But he was reconsidering even before he went through qualifying to reach the main draw, and then knocked off the 2010 Wimbledon finalist and 2012 U.S. Open semifinalist.

"I still thought there was a chance I don't go," Brooksby said. "But the more I win here, obviously the more likely it could go in the other direction."

He looked ready for the pros while confidently recovering after the second set in front of a crowd that loudly backed him. Brooksby lost in the first round last year as a wild card but felt better about his chances this year after getting higher-level tournament experience.

An even younger American came oh-so-close to pulling off another surprise later Monday, but 16-year-old Zachary Svajda of California couldn't quite hold on after building a two-set lead against 37-year-old Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, eventually succumbing 3-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

The age gap of 21 years was the largest between male opponents at a Grand Slam tournament since 1978.

Svajda, who earned his berth in New York by winning the U.S. 18s national championship, was the youngest man in the main draw at Flushing Meadows since Donald Young also was 16 in 2005.

Players are guaranteed $100,000 for reaching the second round of singles play at the U.S. Open, though Brooksby would have to give up his amateur future if he takes it. That makes his decision even more difficult.

"Yeah, it's definitely financial because, like, I would get four years of free college if I went just for one semester, compared to just the money I earn here," he said. "So got to figure that all out."

Berdych has his own thinking to do, though his body may already be giving him the answers.

Back and left hip injuries forced him to miss four months before Wimbledon and another month after before he came back for the U.S. Open with limited preparation. There wasn't much power in the shots of a player who was No. 4 in the world only four-plus years ago, with some second serves coming in the mid-80 mph range.

"Today I felt terrible on the court, to be honest," Berdych said.

There have been too many days like that as he prepares to turn 34 next month. He fell out of the top 100 earlier this year for the first time since Jan. 26, 2004 — seven months before beating Roger Federer in the Olympics — and perhaps soon may be out of tennis entirely.

"I mean, this was my third try that I tried and really I cannot find much the right solution that can get through it," he said. "Also, I'm not 24 anymore."


TOP STORY: His easy power gone, BERDYCH hit out of US Open by U.S. teen BROOKSBY *PHOTO Berdych says goodbye and leaves Court #13*

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Tomas Berdych leaves the court after losing his men's singles first round match against Jenson Brooksby of the United States on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

His easy power gone, Berdych hit out of US Open by U.S. teen Brooksby

The Czech, who has worked to give himself 'one more try' to get back to full strength, was ousted by the 394th-ranked 18-year-old in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

By Steve Tignor | August 26, 2019

NEW YORK—It had been 16 years since I first saw Tomas Berdych on Court 13 at the US Open. That was 2003, and he was a long-haired 17-year-old making his Grand Slam debut. He entered the main draw as a lucky loser, and he exited it quickly, to Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round. But the already-towering teen was around long enough to make me think, for a few minutes at least, that he was going to be the future of men’s tennis.

At a time when the game was growing taller by the day, Berdych was the smoothest-hitting 6’5’’ player I’d ever seen. He dropped down and drove through both his ground strokes, and generated quiet, easy, effortless power. I’ll never forget the crack-of-a-gunshot sound that his flat first serve made. In his beautifully brute force, it seemed as if 21st-century tennis had arrived. When Berdych upset Roger Federer at the Athens Olympics the following summer, it seemed that he had arrived as well.

As we know now, the rest was not quite history.

Sixteen years and twice as many hairstyles later, a 33-year-old Berdych was back on Court 13 at 11:00 on Monday morning. Much looked the same, from his smooth strokes to his sartorial boldness—today he wore kit by Hydrogen that featured stars on his shirt and vertical stripes on his pants. Berdych is hardly a beloved figure in New York, but he did reach the semifinals here in 2012, and his name inspired a spirited “Woooo!” from the bleachers. Anyone following his season so far must have known that he’ll take whatever love he can get.

“It’s been a very tough time for me,” Berdych told last week in Winston-Salem. “I’ve been really up and down. Because of the love of the sport, I was giving myself one more try to come back, give myself a good shot to prepare, play some matches [in Winston-Salem] and the US Open and see what happens.”

What may happen sooner than later is that Berdych will announce his retirement. He contemplated it last season, but a run to the final of the first event of 2019, in Doha, gave him new hope. If Federer, who is four years older than Berdych, and Nadal, who is a few months older, can thrive in their mid-30s, why not him? He has been their peer for nearly two decades. But then, in Miami, a back injury sent Berdych reeling again. He missed Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and most of the summer hard-court season. Like so many other tennis players, though, that one good run of form, in Doha, continued to give him hope.

“If I prepared like I did before this season, not had good results, and then had the injuries…I probably would be thinking very differently. I probably wouldn’t be standing here right now,” he said. “I know I can still play some good tennis when I’m fit and healthy.”

Berdych seemed to have found a comfortable spot in the draw. On Monday he faced Jenson Brooksby, a California kid who was all of three years old when Berdych made his debut here. Brooksby, the only American man to qualify for the Open, was ranked outside the Top 300, and despite winning the USTA Nationals at Kalamazoo last year, he committed to play at Baylor rather than turn pro.

Will that decision change after today? It was Brooksby, rather than Berdych, who had the crowd behind him. It was Brooksby who cruised through the first set with ease and confidence. And it was Brooksby who was the fitter and more confident player down the stretch. It was Brooksby who finished with his first Grand Slam win, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Berdych’s strokes were still smooth, but the easy power had gone out of them. He double-faulted twice in the opening game, and was down 0-4 in a matter of minutes. After briefly wresting back control of the rallies in the second set, Berdych looked increasingly labored and lumbering in the third and fourth. Brooksby’s 45th and final winner had the feel of one man putting the other out of his misery.

Is this the end of the line for Berdych at the US Open? Does he have another comeback in him? If not, he’ll go down as one of the best players never to win a major, and perhaps the most unfortunate casualty of the Big 4 era. He was one of the few men to reach the semis or better at all four majors; he led the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup titles; he has won 13 titles and 640 matches—21st on the all-time list, and ahead of a dozen Hall-of-Famers. More than most players, though, he’ll be remembered for what he didn’t do, and who he couldn’t beat.

Berdych himself doesn’t seem to have any lasting regrets; he’s taking whatever he can from his last few laps around the circuit.

“If this was happening earlier in my career, it would be very frustrating,” he told the tour’s website. “It’s easier to deal with when you have all the experience. I’m just enjoying new situations that I’ve never had in my career, trying to find a way through it and take it as a challenge.”

Berdych couldn’t find that way today. Shaking hands with Brooksby, he patted the younger man on the shoulders a few times; it looked like one player with everything behind him wishing the best for a player with everything in front of him. But even on this afternoon, there were a few flashes that reminded me of Berdych’s better days, points where he eased around for a forehand and lasered the ball into the corner for a winner that was as casual in its creation as it was explosive in its end result. His timing will be missed.

Back in 2003, I was wrong about Berdych being the future of the men’s game. But I wasn’t wrong about how amazingly good he was at tennis. In this outsized era, you could be one without being the other. Jenson Brooksby would probably be more than happy to have half the career that Tomas Berdych has.

TOP STORY: Jenson Brooksby defeats Tomas Berdych in Round 1 of the 2019 US Open *Combo-image*

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Tomas Berdych in action against Jenson Brooksby of the United States during their first round match on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City, United States. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Jenson Brooksby defeats Tomas Berdych in Round 1 of the 2019 US Open

WHAT HAPPENED: In front of a packed, boisterous crowd on Court 13, Jenson Brooksby, the lone American male qualifier in the draw, shocked former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych in Round 1 of the US Open by a score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

On paper, this matchup appeared one-sided. But 18-year-old Sacramento native Brooksby, the world No. 394, is brimming with confidence after qualifying for the tournament and capturing two back-to-back ITF tournaments over the summer. Meanwhile Berdych, a US Open semifinalist in 2012, has struggled with injuries for much of the last two seasons. In the first set, this appeared to be the case. Brooksby came out firing, hitting his targets with precision and breaking Berdych in the first game. Berdych struggled with his movement and could not find the court in the early exchanges, and the American quickly wrapped up the first set in a tidy 25 minutes.

The second set offered a bit of a role reversal. Berdych began to step in on the return and take more advantage of Brooksby’s second serve. At the same time, Brooksby seemed intent on pulling the trigger too early at times, leading to more unforced errors. Berdych took advantage and broke Brooksby twice, leveling the match at one set apiece.

The opponents stayed even with each other through much of the final two sets. But Brooksby played better at critical moments, using his powerful strokes and backhand down the line to frustrate Berdych. Brooksby broke the Czech at 4-5 in both sets 3 and 4, which resulted in his first main draw US Open victory.

WHAT IT MEANS: Brooksby, a US Open junior semifinalist in 2018, received a wild card into the qualifying round; he becomes the second-ever qualifying wild card to win a main draw match at the US Open, after Bradley Klahn in 2012. He next faces No. 17 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, who overcame a tough five-set test from Hungarian Marton Fucsovics to advance to the second round.

MATCH POINT: Brooksby hit 45 winners to just 30 errors, and he won a staggering 44% of his receiving points. Can the American maintain his form and continue his dream run?

2019 US OPEN - The MEN'S SINGLES DRAW *Tomas Berdych as he enters 2019 USO*

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM

*Tomas Berdych as he enters 2019 USO*

Men's Singles Draw

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)

Sam Querrey (USA) vs Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)

Denis Kudla (USA) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs [27] Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

[23] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Laslo Djere (SRB) vs Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)

[WC] Zachary Svajda (USA) vs [16] Kevin Anderson (RSA)

[11] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs Reilly Opelka (USA)

[Q] Dominik Koepfer (GER) vs Jaume Munar (ESP)

Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] Jenson Brooksby (USA)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs [17] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)

[26] Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs [WC] Marcos Giron (USA)

[Q] Soon Woo Kwon (KOR) vs Hugo Dellien (BOL)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs [5] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

[3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [Q] Sumit Nagal (IND)

[Q] Elliot Benchetrit (FRA) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs Daniel Evans (GBR)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [25] Lucas Pouille (FRA)

[19] Guido Pella (ARG) vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

Richard Berankis (LTU) vs [Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE)

[Q] Gregoire Barrere (FRA) vs Cameron Norrie (GBR)

Corentin Moutet (FRA) vs [15] David Goffin (BEL)

[12] Borna Coric (CRO) vs [Q] Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

[WC] Jack Sock (USA) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) vs [21] Milos Raonic (CAN)

[31] Christian Garin (CHI) vs [WC] Christopher Eubanks (USA)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs Alex DE Minaur (AUS)

Thiago Moura Monteiro (BRA) vs Bradley Klahn (USA)

[Q] Marco Trungelliti (ARG) vs [7] Kei Nishikori (JPN)

[8] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs Andrey Rublev (RUS)

[WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)

[WC] Antoine Hoang (FRA) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Steve Johnson (USA) vs [28] Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

[24] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Joao Sousa (POR) vs Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) vs Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [10] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

[13] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Ugo Humbert (FRA) vs Marius Copil (ROU)

Henri Laaksonen (SUI) vs Marco Cecchinato (ITA)

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs [18] Felix Auger Aliassime (CAN)

[30] Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Alexander Bublik (RUS) vs [Q] Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs [4] Dominic Thiem (AUT)

[6] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Radu Albot (MDA)

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA)

Jozef Kovalik (SVK) vs Aljaz Bedene (SLO)

Brayden Schnur (CAN) vs [29] Benoit Paire (FRA)

[20] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs Robin Haase (NED)

Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs [Q] Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs [9] Karen Khachanov (RUS)

[14] John Isner (USA) vs [Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs Casper Ruud (NOR)

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)

Martin Klizan (SVK) vs [22] Marin Cilic (CRO)

[32] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] Tobias Kamke (GER)

[Q] Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs [WC] Ernesto Escobedo (USA)

[WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [Q] Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

John Millman (AUS) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

2019 WINSTON-SALEM Round 2: Tomas Berdych lost to Filip Krajinovic *Chair Umpire Nacho Forcadell* *combo-image*

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:20 PM

Tomas Berdych in action against Filip Krajinovic during the men's singles Round 2 of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, August 20, 2018 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA).

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Filip Krajinovic rallied against Tomas Berdych to move on 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Serbian broke Berdych when he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, and then won eight of the final nine games.

TOP STORY - Berdych: 'It's Been A Very Tough Time For Me'. Tomas Berdych picks up his first win since February at the Winston-Salem Open

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:50 AM

Tomas Berdych in action against Andreas Seppi of Italy during the first-round match of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA). Berdych won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Berdych: 'It's Been A Very Tough Time For Me'

ATP NEWS | 19 August 2019

Former World No. 4 returns with a win in Winston-Salem

Tomas Berdych's first-round win over Andreas Seppi on Sunday night at the Winston-Salem Open was a positive first step in his return from a back injury that has sidelined him for most of the past 14 months. But the joy on his face after match point didn’t show how much the Czech had been silently suffering during his time away from competition.

“It’s been a very tough time for me. I’ve been really up and down,” admitted Berdych. “Because of the love of the sport, I was giving myself one more try to come back, give myself a good shot to prepare, play some matches here and the US Open and see what happens… It was probably not the nicest win, but it [only] counts that you win.”

The 33-year-old missed the last five months of the 2018 season due to his back injury before returning in January. After six ATP Tour events to start the year, the injury flared up again in March. His only tournament since the BNP Paribas Open was Wimbledon, which he admitted only playing “just for the reason that it’s Wimbledon. I was not fit and not at the level that I wanted to be.”

But Berdych is now fit again. When he’s healthy, the Czech is still capable of great tennis. In his first three tournaments of this season, the former World No. 4 finished runner-up in Doha (l. to Bautista Agut), reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and advanced to the semi-finals in Montpellier. Berdych admitted those early highlights are largely what fueled his latest comeback.

“If I had prepared like I did before this season, not had good results and then had the injuries come a couple of months later, I probably would be thinking very differently. I probably wouldn’t be standing here right now,” he said. “I know I can still play some good tennis when I’m fit and healthy.”

After a 17-year career that has seen him win 13 ATP Tour titles, finish runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon and clear more than $29 million in prize money, Berdych has nothing left to prove. He's looking to finish the final chapter of his career on his terms and embracing what might be his biggest challenge yet.

“If this was happening early in my career, it would be very frustrating. It’s easier to deal with when you have all the experience,” said Berdych. “I’m just enjoying new situations that I’ve never had my career, trying to find a way through it and take it as a new challenge.”

2019 WINSTON-SALEM Round 1: TOMAS BERDYCH Advances On Day One In Winston-Salem def. Italy's ANDREAS SEPPI

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Tomas Berdych is looking to stay healthy this week in Winston-Salem

Berdych Advances On Day One In Winston-Salem

ATP NEWS | 18 August 2019

Tomas Berdych won his first tour-level match since February on Sunday at the Winston-Salem Open, beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The former World No. 4, a wild-card entry into the ATP 250 tournament, last won at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“It was a tough match. It was a great start for me but then I still knew that it's not going to go like that all the way,” Berdych said. “When you don't play for a long time, it's not easy. You really have to battle out for every single point, which I did today.”

The Czech started the year 10-3, reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final and the fourth round of the Australian Open. But injury woes have kept the 33-year-old from regular action. He's played only one match – a first-round loss to American Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon – since March. Berdych will next meet eighth seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

2019 WINSTON-SALEM Open - THE MAIN DRAW - Berdych to open against Italy's ANDREAS SEPPI. Berdych was the Winston-Salem runner-up in 2012.

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 10:05 PM

Tomas Berdych WINSTON-SALEM Open DRAW CEREMONY 16 August 2019

Czech It Out: Former World No. 4 Tomas Berdych also received a wild card into the event. The Czech had a hot start to the 2019 season, going 10-3 with the Doha final and the Australian Open fourth round in his ledger.

Due to recurring injuries, though, Berdych has played only one match since March – a first-round loss to Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon. Berdych will aim to rebound at an event where he has had previous success – he was the Winston-Salem runner-up in 2012. 

Men's Singles Draw

[1] Benoit Paire (FRA) - BYE

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs [PR] Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)

[PR] Amir Weintraub (ISR) vs [Q]

[15] Ugo Humbert (FRA) - BYE

[11] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) - BYE

Marius Copil (ROU) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)

Antoine Hoang (FRA) vs [Q]

[7] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) - BYE

[4] Joao Sousa (POR) - BYE

Denis Kudla (USA) vs Robin Haase (NED)

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs Alexander Bublik (RUS)

[14] John Millman (AUS) - BYE

[12] Casper Ruud (NOR) - BYE

Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs Jaume Munar (ESP)

Steve Johnson (USA) vs Corentin Moutet (FRA)

[5] Daniel Evans (GBR) - BYE

[8] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) - BYE

[WC] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)

[Q] vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

[10] [WC] Frances Tiafoe (USA)

[16] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) - BYE

Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI)

Duckhee Lee (KOR) vs Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

[3] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) - BYE

[6] Sam Querrey (USA) - BYE

[Q] vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs Andrey Rublev (RUS)

[9] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) - BYE

[13] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) - BYE

Thiago Moura Monteiro (BRA) vs Alexei Popyrin (AUS)

Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs [WC] Andy Murray (GBR)

[2] [WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - BYE

2019 Tomas Berdych takes part in the draw ceremony for the Winston-Salem Open *combo-images Tomas Berdych on Friday, August 16, 2019*

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 8:05 PM

Tournament director Bill Oakes and ATP player Tomas Berdych at the Winston-Salem Open Draw Party on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in the Harold Pollard Center at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.


AUGUST 16, 2019 

by John Delong

After Friday’s draw ceremony at the beautiful new Harold Pollard Center, Murray and Shapovalov find themselves on a collision course early in the tournament.

Shapovalov drew a first-round bye as the second seed in the 48-player Main Draw field. In the second round, he’ll face the winner of the Murray-Tennys Sandgren first-round showdown.

Murray is the only player in the field whose number was not picked in the draw ceremony, and he was slotted into the final open spot in the draw in a bizarre stroke of chance.

Tournament director Bill Oakes said that he would announce details for when Murray’s first-round match will take place. The first round is scheduled for some matches on Sunday and the rest on Monday. The second round will be played on Tuesday.

Tomas Berdych, who represented the ATP players at the draw ceremony, has been watching Murray’s comeback from hip surgery, as Berdych is also coming back from a back injury.

“It’s nice to see him playing again,” Berdych said of Murray. “I don’t know all the particulars and he might be coming back a little early, but this just shows how much he loves to play and compete.”

Berdych and Murray are two of the four wild cards in the field, and what a bunch of wild cards it is. The two other wild cards are Frances Tiafoe and Shapovalov. Murray accepted his wild card on Thursday after making his singles comeback in Cincinnati. He lost to Richard Gasquet in the first round in his first singles appearance since the Australian Open.

The top seed is Benoit Paire, who has already won two tournaments this year and comes into the tournament ranked No. 29 in the latest ATP World Tour rankings. The 30-year-old Paire won earlier at Lyon and Marrakech. He moved up to the No. 1 seed after Kevin Anderson, Borna Coric and Nikoloz Basilashvili all withdrew before the draw.

The remaining seeds are: No. 2 Shapovalov; No. 3 Hubert Hurkacz; No. 4 Joao Sousa; No. 5 Daniel Evans; No. 6 Sam Querrey; No. 7 Lorenzo Sonego; No. 8 Filip Krajiinovic; No. 9 Albert Ramos Vinolas; No. 10 Tiafoe; No. 11 2016 WSO champion Pablo Carreno Busta; No. 12 Casper Ruud; No. 13 Miomir Kecmanovic; No. 14 John Millman; No. 15 Ugo Humbert; and No. 16 Feliciano Lopez.

All the seeds receive first-round byes. There were some intriguing first-round matchups beside the Murray-Sandgren match. Others include Berdych against Andreas Seppi; Steve Johnson against Corentin Moutet; Pablo Andujar against Nicolas Jarry; Andrey Rublev against Thomas Fabbiano; and Robin Haase against Marco Cecchinato.

Qualifying starts on Saturday at noon and there are several big names in the field, including 2013 WSO champion Jurgen Melzer and 2017 runner-up Damir Dzhumar. Also playing are two Wake Forest players, Petros Chrysochos and Borna Gojo.

Berdych, who was a finalist in 2012 before losing to John Isner in a third-set tie-break, said he was very impressed with the way the WSO has grown in recent years. He had particularly kind words for the Stadium Court and also the new Harold Pollard Center.

2019 Tomas Berdych Accepts Winston-Salem Open Wild Card. It's the last men's tournament on the US Open Series prior to the US Open *combo-image Berdych WS 2012*

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 7:40 PM

The Winston-Salem Open is a men's professional tennis tournament played on the ATP Tour at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the United States 19-24 August 2019

Former No. 4 in the world TOMAS BERDYCH accepts Winston-Salem Open wild card

By John Brasier-  Reporter, Triad Business Journal

The Winston-Salem Open added a premier wild card attraction to its field for the upcoming tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Czech Tomas Berdych, who rose to No. 4 in the world rankings in 2015, but has been sidelined by a back injury, received a berth into the field for the August 17-24 event. Berdych, who has advanced to the semifinals in all four Grand Slam events, beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2010 before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

“We’re thrilled that Tomas Berdych accepted our invitation to the be the first wild card," said tournament director Bill Oakes.

On Thursday morning, the tournament released the names of 39 of the 48 men in the singles draw. The list includes Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, who had been announced earlier. All but Berdych are in the current top 90 in the world rankings. No. 14 Borna Coric of Croatia and No. 16 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia (country) are the top-ranked players in the field.

Greensboro's John Isner, the world's No. 12 player, isn't entered. Isner lost a second-round match at Wimbledon to Russian Mikhail Kukushkin, who lost in the round of 16.

“We will fill the remaining slots with other incredible players and look forward to having another blockbuster tournament in just a few weeks," said Oakes. "Winston-Salem is going to be the right place to be to watch tennis in late August.”

This week, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Nadal. Oakes pointed out that 12 of the final 16 players at Wimbledon this year will either be in Winston-Salem this year, or have played the event in the past.

“In addition to well-known players, this year’s playing field includes several rising tennis players who represent the future of tennis," said Oakes.

The remaining nine spots in the field will be determined in coming weeks -- three via wild card entries, four determined by qualifying and two special exemptions.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tomas Berdych Out of the summer hard courts: 1) Montreal, Canada 2) Cincinnati, United States

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Berdych looked fine in his practice sessions before Wimbledon. But he lost his first-round match in straight sets and now, he’s out for the summer.

At 33, it feels like the end for Tomas Berdych

By Stephanie Myles July 17, 2019

He’s nine months older than Rafael Nadal, and four years younger than Roger Federer.

But it kind of feels like this might be it for former No. 4 Tomas Berdych.

The 33-year-old Czech missed the second half of 2018 with a back issue. And he began 2019 as though he was eager to make up for lost time.

He reached the final in Doha to open the 2019 season, beating Kohlschreiber, Verdasco, Herbert and Cecchinato before losing a three-setter to Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.

Then he made the fourth round in Australia, beating top-20 players Edmund and Schwartzman before losing to Rafael Nadal. And he followed that up with a semifinal effort in Montpellier, France.

But after losing in the first round at Indian Wells, he was out again – and didn’t return until Wimbledon. It wasn’t only the back now, it also was the left hip.

At the All-England Club, he lost in three quick sets to Taylor Fritz.

Berdych had entered Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati with his protected ranking of No. 57.

But now, he has withdrawn from all of them.

Berdych had also accepted a wild card into the Winston-Salem ATP Tour event, the week before the US Open. No word on the fate of that.

The Czech had always seemed to be the most durable of top players. He played 52 consecutive Grand Slam events, from the 2003 US Open until he missed the same event 13 years later, in 2016.

Between the 2005 edition of Indian Wells and the 2016 Italian Open – 113 Masters 1000 events in all – the Czech missed just … three.

He averaged 23 tournaments and 72 matches a season between 2005 and 2015. He’s also played over 200 doubles matches in his career and, for years, was a stalwart for the Czech Republic in Davis Cup.

Maybe all that mileage is catching up to him now. But after working so hard last year to get back in form to return, it must be discouraging to be forced to miss even more time.

If it is the end, it’s been a fine career.

ANNOUNCEMENT - Tomas Berdych's frustrating season continues as he pulls out of Washington

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Tomas Berdych's frustrating season continues as he pulls out of Washington

JULY 18, 2019 | Tennis World USA


Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych won't be opening his US summer hard-court campaign in Washington as he has withdrawn from the event. The 33-year-old won't be playing at the Washington event for the first time since 2014.

The Czech has made four appearances so far in his career on the hard courts of Washington. Berdych had an impressive Washington debut in 2005 as he made the semifinal before losing to home favorite James Blake. In the remaining three appearances, the Czech picked up two quarterfinal showings and one round-of-16 exit.

Former world No. 4 Berdych -- who recently returned from a back injury at Wimbledon -- appears to be facing more health issues. Playing in his first tournament since the Indian Wells Masters, the 33-year-old suffered a first round loss to American Taylor Fritz at The Championships.

It remains to be seen will Berdych be forced to miss some more of the upcoming hard-court events? Meanwhile, a place in the Washington main draw has opened for Marius Copil of Romania following the withdrawal of Berdych.

The Washington event is set to be held from July 29 - August 04.


TOP STORY - Could this be the last Wimbledon for Tomas Berdych?

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 8:05 AM

Could this be the last Wimbledon for Tomas Berdych?

by Jovica Ilic | Tennis World USA

Former world no. 4 and the winner of 13 ATP titles, Tomas Berdych has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour in the last 15 years. Competing in almost 1000 ATP matches and gathering nearly 150 Grand Slam and 200 Masters 1000 triumphs, the Czech had spent 15 years in the top-100 and 12 in the top-50 before starting to slow down due to injuries.

After 2015, the Czech has played in only three ATP finals, lifting the last trophy in Shenzhen 2016 and losing his well-known consistency, unable to overpower at least the lower-ranked rivals. Last year, Berdych played only 22 matches, missing the entire season after Queen's due to back injury and leaving the top-50 for the first time since October 2005.

Eager to make a comeback, Tomas played on a very high level in Doha at the beginning of the new season, losing the final to Roberto Bautista Agut and advancing to the fourth round at the Australian Open where he had a set point in the third set against Rafael Nadal.

The semi-final run in Montpellier added more points to his tally but more problems were waiting for the Czech just around the corner, losing early in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells before skipping all the tournaments ahead of Wimbledon, losing the ground and ranking position once again.

Heading to All England Club for the 15th time in the last 16 years, Tomas wanted to test his back and current shape and the news are not that good for a former finalist, losing to Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Struggling to impose his shots and defend the second serve more effectively, Tomas gave serve away four times and scored just one break against the opponent who controlled the pace in the rallies with almost 50 winners, including 19 aces.

After the match, Berdych admitted he has been dealing with constant back issues and this could have been his last Wimbledon, thinking about the next career moves in the next couple of weeks. Former world no. 4 from just four years ago has won more than 50 encounters against the top-10 rivals, entering more than 30 ATP finals and battling for the biggest titles at Grand Slam and Masters 1000 level.