ATP World Tour Top Players of the Decade

December 13, 2009 Posted by
ATP World Tour Finals - Day Five

Nov 26 2009
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point during the men’s singles round robin match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 26, 2009 in London, England (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The ATP World Tour takes a look at the top players of the decade.

1. Roger Federer

Roger Federer, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the game, has dominated men’s tennis since the turn of the millennium, winning a record-breaking 15 Grand Slam titles.

2. Rafael Nadal

In recent years, Rafael Nadal has emerged as the strongest challenger to Federer’s dominance and has established one of the most gripping rivalries in the history of men’s tennis with the Swiss.

3. Lleyton Hewitt

The feisty Australian burst onto the scene in the late ’90s, becoming the youngest winner on the ATP World Tour when he won his home-town title in Adelaide at the age of 16 years, 10 months in January 1998, and was the man to beat as the new millennium rolled in.

4. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi retired in 2006 but his impact early in the decade guaranteed him a place in our Top 5 list. Agassi won three Australian Opens in 2000, ’01 and ’03 and in May 2003, at 33, he became the oldest player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) to hold the No. 1 ranking.

5. Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick has faced the full weight of America’s expectation throughout his career, as he looks to emulate the success of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and the charismatic Texan has unblinkingly embraced the task.

For more, check out ATP World Tour: The Players of the Decade

Phil Dalhausser Video Spotlight

December 1, 2009 Posted by

Video Spotlight: Get to Know Phil Dalhausser

Mini Bio:
Dalhausser enjoyed a break-out year in 2006, winning eight AVP tournaments with Todd Rogers along with an FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria. In 2007 the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997.

He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, has been selected as the AVP’s Best Offensive Player for the past three straight seasons, the FIVB’s Best Blocker for the past two years as well as the Best Hitter in 2007, and was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.

Video and Mini Bio courtesy of AVP

Real Salt Lake Takes MLS Cup From LA Galaxy in Penalty Shootout

November 23, 2009 Posted by

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Real Salt Lake takes the MLS Cup 2009 from LA Galaxy in a 5-4 penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie in 120 minutes of regulation.

Omar Gonzalez Named MLS 2009 Rookie of the Year

November 12, 2009 Posted by
Seattle Sounders FC v Los Angeles Galaxy

Aug 15 2009
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 15: Omar Gonzalez #4 of the Los Angeles Galaxy runs with the ball during the game against the Seattle Sounders FC at the Home Depot Center on August 15, 2009 in Carson, California. Sounders FC defeated the Galaxy 2-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer announced defender Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 2009 Rookie of the Year. Gonzalez started and played in all 30 regular season games and helped the Galaxy achieve one of the best defenses during the 2009 season.

Americans Take Top 2 at the FIVB Phuket Thailand Open

November 9, 2009 Posted by
(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy

(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated Angie Akers and Tyra Turner (21-12, 21-17 in 37 minutes) in the finals at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Phuket Thailand Open to take the Gold. This is the end to a great FIVB Women’s Beach Volleyball season for the Americans.

The match was the seventh FIVB meeting between the two teams with Kessy and Ross taking all 7 matches.