Tsonga continues hot fall play in Paris
Jo-Wilfried TsongaJWT wins still another fall title -- The Paris Indoor TMS event -- beating David Nalbandian in the final and grabbing the final Masters Cup spot in the process. Hard to imagine a player going into 2009 with more momentum than this homme.
Nadia PetrovaTop seed in Quebec City wins her second title of the year, beating Bettanie Mattek in the final.
Angela HaynesLucky loser in Quebec makes the main draw and then cruises to the semis, including a strong three-set win against Nathalie Dechy.
Melanie OudinAmerican teenager makes a strong showing in Quebec City.
Arlen KantarianHard-charging USTA chief executive for professional tennis resigns his post after a nine-year run. Between this and the ATP chief positions, there are two high-profile vacancies in the sport.
Chris EvertHer 19th consecutive Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, raised more than $1 million to help abused and neglected children in South Florida. Since its inception in 1989, the event has raised more than $17.8 million.
Doubles WinnersJonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ulyett (combined age approaching 75) win in Paris. Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Vania King in Quebec City.
Roger FedererDoesn't post for Paris quarterfinal match on account of a back issue. But it's worth acknowledging that this was the first walkover loss of Federer's career. Sure, he's opulently talented. But this stat says an awful lot about off-court work and physical preparedness.
Andy RoddickLoses a winnable match to Tsonga in Paris quarters. But qualifies for Masters Cup along the way.
James BlakeNice to see the American get out of his slump and go deep in a Masters Series event. But he fails to qualify for Shanghai after loss to Tsonga.
Officious officialsCheck out this delay, though Roddick and Tsonga and the chair umpire were all in agreement.
Novak DjokovicIn keeping the "year of two halves" themes, Djoker falters in Paris, losing to Tsonga. Maybe that Belgrade Gold's Gym membership isn't a bad idea after all.
Rafael NadalPulls out Masters Cup in Shanghai. If this won't cause the administrators to address the schedule in a meaningful way, what will?