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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Venus Williams Taken Out By Angelique Kerber And Gael Monfils Withdraws Due To Injury

Friday, March 15, 2019

Venus Williams played Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinal round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Venus Williams was enjoying a very spirited and competitive run at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Unfortunately, in her ninth meeting with Germany's Angelique Kerber, Venus was eliminated from the quarterfinals 6(3)-7, 3-6.

Venus is currently scheduled for the upcoming Miami Open March 18-31.





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2019 Miami Open: Main Draw Wild Card Selections Include Chris Eubanks, Coco Gauff, Whitney Osuigwe, and Mari Osaka

Chris Eubanks, Coco Gauff, Whitney Osuigwe and Mari Osaka headed for 2019 Miami Open.

The Miami Open announced on Reddit today its list of main and qualifying draw wild card selections.  Included in the main draw listings are Chris Eubanks, Coco Gauff, Whitney Osuigwe and older sister to current World No. 1, Mari Osaka.
  • Twenty-two year old 6'7" Christopher Eubanks turned pro in 2017, currently ranked at 154.
  • Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff, this will make her first Tour level appearance.
  • Sixteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe turned pro in 2017, currently ranked at 213.
  • Twenty-two-year old Mari Osaka, currently ranked at 336.

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BLACK TENNIS HISTORY: Remembering Oscar Johnson - Bob Davis' 1995 Interview Parts I, II, and III

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Untitled from Bob Davis on Vimeo.


Untitled from Bob Davis on Vimeo.


Untitled from Bob Davis on Vimeo.


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BLACK TENNIS HISTORY: Pioneer, Legend and Hall of Famer Oscar Johnson Has Passed




Black Tennis History is sad to announce the passing of Hall of Fame Oscar Johnson. Oscar was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. We were fortunate to conduct a video interview with Oscar, which you can view on www.blacktennishistory.com. A great champion, a wonderful man, a pioneer who opened the door for the thousands who followed. He will be missed!

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ATP TOUR MY STORY: Gael Monfils On Family And Love For Music

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Gael Monfils Puts On An Old School Clinic Against Kohlschreiber

Gael Monfils amazed as he defeated Phillipp Kohlschreiber

Frenchman Gael Monfils took game to German Phillipp Kohlschreiber in much the same way Kohlschreiber took it to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the previous round.  Monfils left no stone unturned from game one. There was barely a shot from across the net that Monfils did not capitalize on as he defeated Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2.

Kohlschreiber initially appeared to be prepared for whatever Monfils would bring, unfortunately he obviously had no clue that Monfils would be bringing match play to the nth degree. Kohlschreiber has now suffered six consecutive defeats from Monfils. 

Monfils recently returned to the rankings in the top 20. With his current game, this should be a seriously impressive season.

Up next in the quarterfinals for the Frenchman is Austrian Dominic Thiem.

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: World No. 1 Naomi Osaka's Title Defense Ends Dramatically

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Naomi Osaka's 2019 BNP Paribas Open title defense ended by Bencic

Naomi Osaka's title defense ended with a trouncing from the No. 23 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.  In 65 minutes, Bencic blew through the match taking Naomi out at 6-3, 6-1... WHOA!!

This is the second event that lead Bencic to defeating a World No. 1. In 2015 Bencic defeated Serena Williams and went on to win the Toronto Rogers Cup.

With today's loss Naomi will continue to retain her World No. 1 ranking through Miami.

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Venus Williams Eliminates Mona Barthel And Enters The Quarterfinals


Venus Williams into the quarterfinals at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells.

Venus Williams proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she remains a fierce competitor on the WTA Tour at 38 years old. The legendary one went toe-to-toe and then some with Germany's Mona Barthel who also had some impressive moments during the match. Venus defeated Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

Venus has reached the quarterfinals at this event 3 times, and was into the semifinals in 2018.

Next up for Venus is the winner of the match between Angelique Kerber and Aryna Sabalenka.



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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Felix Auger-Aliassime Posts, "A Fighting End To The BNP Paribas Open"



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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Frenchman Gael Monfils Rolls Into The Fourth Round

Monday, March 11, 2019

Frenchman Gael Monfils into the fourth round of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open

ATP Tour - Gael Monfils’ resurgence continued on Monday in Indian Wells, as the 18th-seeded Frenchman defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 32-year-old, who advanced to the semi-finals in his past three events, is now 14-3 in 2019. He captured his second ATP 500 trophy in February at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Thanks to his early-season efforts, World No. 19 Monfils is back inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since July 2017. He will face a stiff test in the next round against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: And Again, GOOOOOO VENUSSSSSSSS!!!

2019 BNP Paribas Open 3rd round contender Venus Williams takes out fellow American Christina McHale.

The 2019 BNP Paribas open becomes more watchable with every match in which the legendary Venus Williams prevails. There will never be any forgetting of the power, precision and dedication that she brought to the game when she originally hit the pro circuit, and to see her effect any measure of her tremendous talent in 2019 is pure joy.

In a relatively balanced match against American Christina McHale, Venus exercised a level of shot placement throughout the match that lead her to a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Next up for Venus is World No. 97 Mona Barthel of Germany.

Keep it movin' Venus!!

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Serena Williams Retires In Second Set Against Garbine Muguruza

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Serena Williams leaving court after retiring from 3rd round match against Garbine Muguruza.


Serena Williams retires after the first game of the second set while being affected by something curtailing her ability to play. 

Playing against World #20 Garbine Muguruza of Venezuela, Serena began the match quickly getting to 3-0, giving all the appearances that she came to seriously compete. Unfortunately she slowly began to play with less effect and called for the trainer until she eventually retired.

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Five Questions With Gladys Knight

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Gladys Knight watches Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova play in the 2nd round of the BNP Paribas Open in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open) 

BNP Paribas Open - Empress of Soul and Williams sisters’ superfan Gladys Knight has long been a tennis devotee. Not only does the Midnight Train to Georgia singer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and winner of seven Grammy Awards revel in watching the sport, she plays it often, too. BNPParibasOpen.com caught up with the Pips’ frontwoman in Indian Wells.


What is it about tennis that draws you to the sport?

I love the fact that it has the element of exercise, for me, because I need to keep it moving! [Laughs.] This game has helped me so much. The competition of it is something that I really respect. On top of that, what the players have to go through to get prepared, to get fit, the thought process. Am I going to hit it left, am I going to hit it right? All of those things are exciting to me. It’s just so fun to watch.

Can you relate to that? Because you’ve got to put in a lot of preparation when you’re recording, performing.

Absolutely. The preparation is just as strenuous in our industry. You’ve always got to be fit. As far as your material is concerned, you have to be very specific about who you’re performing for, where you’re performing. I’ve been blessed to travel all over the world. It’s been an amazing journey for me. Tennis, for some reason, brings all kinds of people together. When you look around at a tennis event, you wonder why the rest of the world can’t get it right. Nobody’s out there talking about this person, that person, where they’re from, how they look. That’s another thing I admire and respect about this sport.

I think I know the answer to this already, but who do you go out of your way to watch?

Now you know it’s got to be Serena and Venus. [Laughs.] I’ve been on those girls since they were knee high. The family connection that they have — it was the same in my family. My mom and dad, aunties and cousins, grandmothers. It’s a great thing to come together around that. They’re pushing you into higher plateaus because of their support. Their whole family is involved. Their mom was some player, too. She’s so laid back, Oracene. The public doesn’t know a whole lot about her. They know their dad, Richard. But they don’t know the strength of their mom. Ooohh, she’s got it going on. We’ve been doing this for many years, supporting each other. They come to my concerts, I go to their matches. That’s what it’s all about. Tennis is just an amazing journey.
Monday, March 4, 2019 – Serena and Venus Williams talk during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Michael Cummo/BNP Paribas Open)

Is Venus and Serena’s story underplayed?

Let me tell you one thing as far as family is concerned. That’s one of the things I love most, even though they are amazing athletes, is that it was a family affair. That’s how I got to be what I am and who I am today. I’ve been singing since I was four. Like them. They were just toddlers playing around on a tennis court. My mom was right there to teach me. She didn’t speak the language, but she taught me to sing Ave Maria in Latin phonetically. That’s the same thing that Venus and Serena’s parents did. You do it like this, you do it like that. They were respectful enough of their parents to follow those rules. Look at them now. I love these ladies. I think that’s the one thing that so many artists and celebrities have missed, that their parents sometimes see things a lot better.

They overcame the odds coming out of Compton, California, climbing to the top of this sport.

Absolutely. The same with me. I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. People were still marching, trying to have freedom. As we grew up, we came to know about those things. Because of our culture, sometimes when we go outside of our genre, our communities, you get teased. I know I did. I’m sure they did, too. Like the way they wore their hair. They teased them about it. We ain’t trying to be you — we just want to play tennis. Don’t tell me about beads in my hair! They were strong enough, respectful enough, to move to where people could be comfortable without really giving up their culture. I love those girls.

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2019 BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Naomi Osaka Kicks Off Title Defense Taking Out Kristina Mledenovic

Naomi Osaka and Kristina Mladenovic post match.

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Top seed Naomi Osaka got her BNP Paribas Open title defense off to a winning start after earning sweet revenge against Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-4.

The memory of the pair’s most recent meeting would have been fresh on Osaka’s mind - two weeks ago the World No.1 was stunned by Mladenovic in her opening match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, falling in straight sets to give the Frenchwoman the biggest win of her career.

Next up for Naomi will be American Danielle Collins.

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