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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ernests Gulbis
Defending champion Andy Murray could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic only in the U.S. Open semifinals, while Nadal and Federer — who have never played each other at Flushing Meadows — might meet in the quarterfinals.
Rain postponed most of the singles matches at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
For the first time since her debut appearance at the All England Club 15 years ago, five-time Venus Williams failed to get past the first round of Wimbledon.
Michael Llodra of France left the BNP Paribas Open a little lighter in his wallet after being fined $2,500 by the ATP Tour for verbal abuse during a match.
The Legg Mason Tennis Classic's status as a U.S. Open tuneup - a hard-court showcase on the East Coast a few weeks before the national championship tournament - attracts some of the world's best players to the District.
able> (H-hard, C-clay, G-grass) Jan. 3-10 - Brisbane International, HO (Andy Roddick) Jan. 4-9 - Qatar ExxonMobil Open, HO (Nikolay Davydenko) Jan. 4-10 - Aircel Chennai Open, HO (Marin Cilic) Jan. 11-16 - Medibank International, HO (Marcus Baghdatis) Jan. 11-16 - Heineken Open, HO (John Isner) Jan. 18-31 - Australian Open, HO (Roger Federer) Feb. 1-7 - Movistar Open, CO (Thomaz Bellucci) Feb. 1-7 - PBZ Zabreb Indoors, HI (Marin Cilic) Feb. 1-7 - SA Tennis Open, HO (Feliciano Lopez) Feb. 8-13 - Brasil Open, CO (Juan Carlos Ferrero) Feb. 8-14 - ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, HI (Robin Soderling) Feb. 8-14 - SAP Open, HI (Fernando Verdasco) Feb. 14-21 - Copa Telmex, CO (Juan Carlos Ferrero) Feb. 15-21 - Open 13, HI (Michael Llodra) Feb. 15-21 - Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, HI (Sam Querrey) Feb. 22-27 - Abierto Mexicano Telcel, CO (David Ferrer) Feb. 22-27 - Barclays Dubai Championships, HO (Novak Djokovic) Feb. 22-28 - Delray Beach International Championships, HO (Ernests Gulbis) March 1-7 - Davis Cup I March 11-21 - BNP Paribas Open, HO (Ivan Ljubicic) March 24-April 4 - Sony Ericsson Open, HO (Andy Roddick) April 5-11 - U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, CO (Juan Ignacio Chela) April 5-11 - Grand Prix Hassan II, CO (Stanislas Wawrinka) April 11-18 - Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, CO (Rafael Nadal) April 19-25 - Barcelona Open BancSabadell, CO (Fernando Verdasco) April 25-May 2 - Internazionali BNL d'Italia, CO (Rafael Nadal) May 2-9 - Estoril Open, CO (Albert Montanes) May 2-9 - BMW Open, CO (Mikhail Youzhny) May 3-9 - Serbia Open, CO (Sam Querrey) May 9-16 - Mutua Madrilena Madrid Masters, CO (Rafael Nadal) May 16-22 - Open de Nice Cote d'Azur, CO (Richard Gasquet) May 16-22 - ARAG ATP World Team Championship, CO (Argentina) May 23-June 6 - Roland Garros, CO (Rafael Nadal) June 7-13 - Gerry Weber Open, GO (Lleyton Hewitt) June 7-13 - AEGON Championships, GO (Sam Querrey) June 13-19 - UNICEF Open, GO (Sergiy Stakhovsky) June 13-19 - AEGON International, GO (Michael Llodra) June 21-July 4 - The Championships, GO (Rafael Nadal) July 5-11 - Campbell's Hall of Fame Championship, GO (Mardy Fish) July 5-11 - Davis Cup II July 12-18 - MercedesCup, CO (Albert Montanes) July 12-18 - SkiStar Swedish Open, CO (Nicolas Almagro) July 19-25 - International German Open, CO (Andrey Golubev) July 19-25 - Atlanta Tennis Championships, HO (Mardy Fish) July 25-Aug. 1 - Allianz Suisse Open, CO (Nicolas Almagro) July 26-Aug. 1 - Farmers Classic Open, HO (Sam Querrey) July 26-Aug. 1 - Studena Croatia Open Umag, CO (Juan Carlos Ferrero) Aug. 1-8 - Legg Mason Classic, Washington, HO Aug. 9-15 - Rogers Cup, Toronto, HO Aug. 15-22 - Western &Southern Financial Group Masters, Mason, Ohio, HO Aug. 22-28 - Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, Conn., HO Aug. 30-Sept. 12 - U.S. Open, New York, HO Sept. 13-19 - Davis Cup III Sept. 20-26 - Open de Moselle, Metz, France, HI Sept. 20-26 - BCR Open Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, CO Sept. 27-Oct. 3 - Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, HI Sept. 27-Oct. 3 - PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand, HI Oct. 4-10 - China Open, Beijing, H0 Oct. 4-10 - Rakuten Japan Open, Tokyo, HO Oct. 10-17 - Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China, HO Oct. 18-24 - If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden, HI Oct. 18-24 - Kremlin Cup, Moscow, HI Oct. 24-31 - St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia, HI Oct. 25-31 - Grand Prix de Tenis de Lyon, Lyon, France, HI Oct. 25-31 - Bank Austria Tennis Trophy, Vienna, Austria, HI Oct. 25-31 - TBA, Montpellier, France, HI Nov. 1-7 - Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland, HI Nov. 1-7 - Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, Valencia, Spain, HI Nov. 7-14 - BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, HI Nov. 14-21 - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London, HI Nov. 22-28 - Davis Cup Final