Daily Dispatch: Tommy Haas Reaches 500 ATP Wins
The resurgent Tommy Haas, who reached the top 20 for the first time in over two years last week, earned his 500th career ATP win over Jesse Levine in Vienna. He joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Lleyton Hewitt as the only active players to have won 500 or more ATP matches. He is the 38th player to reach 500 wins in the Open Era.
Top seed Samantha Stosur was left without transportation to her hotel after her match in Moscow against Alizé Cornet. She posted a picture of a cab on her Facebook account.
“No. 1 seed walking home from the Kremlin Cup at 1am. No transport…not happy,” Stosur wrote.
Quote of the day:
Juan Martin del Potro, who took three hours to beat Daniel Brands in the first round of Vienna: “If I’d known I’d have to start with a three-hour win, I would have stayed home.”
Some good news on Robin Soderling: according to his agent, the former World No. 4 is hitting again. However, he isn’t ready to return to the ATP Tour in the short term. It would be great to see him back on the courts in 2013.
A flashback to some of Soderling’s best points against Lleyton Hewitt in last year’s Wimbledon second round:
Doug Robson wrote a great piece for USA Today on the unanswered questions on doping in tennis:
“To think there is no doping is tennis is naïve,” says Stuart Miller, who oversees the sport’s anti-doping program for the ITF. “At the other end of the spectrum, is it reasonable to assume that doping is endemic within tennis? We have no evidence.”
If you didn’t catch it several days ago, we had a summary of the tennis-related findings from the USADA’s Lance Armstrong report.
Gael Monfils is done for the year.