2008 in tennis
This page covers all the major events in the sport of tennis in 2008.
- 1 News
- 2 ITF
- 3 2008 Beijing Olympics
- 4 ATP Tour
- 5 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
- 6 Exhibition Tournaments
- 7 Retired
- 8 References
- 9 External links
3 – Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Ivan Ljubičić and Stanislas Wawrinka all advanced into the Qatar Open semi-finals, while Rafael Nadal continued his run in Chennai. Over on the WTA, hometown wildcard Marina Erakovic stunned Vera Zvonareva in Auckland, while defending champion Dinara Safina wasted five match points to lose to Shahar Pe'er in Gold Coast.
4 – former world number one Martina Hingis was banned for two years when the verdict over her drugs case was reached. Hingis had dropped the bombshell in October that she had tested positive for cocaine, and retired immediately after.
5 – Li Na defeated Victoria Azarenka to win the Gold Coast, while three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport won her third tournament since her comeback in Auckland. On the ATP, Michaël Llodra beat Jarkko Nieminen to win Adelaide, Andy Murray won the Qatar Open and Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Moyà to reach the Chennai final. United States team Serena Williams and Mardy Fish defeated Serbia to win the 2008 Hopman Cup. Finally, Venus Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6–4, 6–3 to win the JB Group Classic, an exhibition tournament, in Hong Kong.
6 – World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was thrashed 6–0, 6–1 by Mikhail Youzhny in the Chennai Open final. Amélie Mauresmo announced her withdrawal from the following week's Medibank International tournament. Three time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten announced that he expected 2008 to be his final year of play.
7 – Roger Federer withdrew from exhibition event the AAMI Kooyong Classic due to illness, while at the joint tournament in Sydney, Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva and defending men's champion James Blake all suffered shock defeats. Jelena Dokić won her first WTA main draw match in two years by defeating Martina Müller at Hobart.
8 – The ITF, ATP, WTA and organisers of all four slams announced that they would come together and review their anti-corruption policies, in light of recent events. Former British police officers, Jeffrey Rees and Ben Gunn, who have helped stamp out corruuption in cricket and horse racing, have been hired.
9 – Lleyton Hewitt suffered another blow in his preparations for the 2008 Australian Open, making a second early exit in as many weeks; this time in Sydney. Nicole Vaidišová earned a shock victory over third seeded Jelena Janković on the women's side.
10 – The women's final of the Medibank International took shape – Justine Henin defeated Ana Ivanovic in three sets, whilst Svetlana Kuznetsova completed a tight two set victory over Nicole Vaidišová.
11 – The singles draws for the Australian Open were announced. WTA chief Larry Scott released a statement highlighting the threat of organised crime, in particular, the Russian mafia, in the corruption of the sport. Justine Henin defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 to win the women's Medibank International tournament. Eleni Daniilidou won in Hobart.
12 – Dmitry Tursunov won the Medibank International 7–6(3), 7–6(4); ending Chris Guccione's dream run. Philipp Kohlschreiber triumphed in Auckland, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero; and Andy Roddick won the Kooyong Classic exhibition, taking down Marcos Baghdatis.
13 – World No. 1 Roger Federer announced that he would play an exhibition match against Pete Sampras, to follow up the three in Asia during November 2007; this time at Madison Square Gardens, New York City. Outside of tournament play, it was reported that the Australian Open could be at risk due to Chinese ambitions of their own Grand Slam, something that Roger Federer and Serena Williams have publicly spoken out against.
14 – The 2008 Australian Open begins, with the singles matches. Jelena Janković, the women's no. 3 seed, survived a first round scare against Tamira Paszek, saving five match points. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent men's no. 9 seed Andy Murray packing with a 7–5, 6–4, 0–6, 7–6 win.
15 – After the ATP match-fixing scandal, the WTA Tour announced that several female tennis players had been approached about throwing tennis matches. Sofia Arvidsson caused the first big upset on the women's side, knocking out tenth seed Marion Bartoli. Gustavo Kuerten announces that he will officially retire after the French Open.
16 – Play at the Australian Open was disrupted for the second year in a row by crowd riots, between Cypriot and Greek supporters in the match between Fernando González and Konstantinos Economidis, forcing the police to intervene. Maria Sharapova beat former winner Lindsay Davenport in the women's second round. In men's second round action, Tommy Robredo lost easily to Mardy Fish.
18 – Taiwanese player Hsieh Su-wei reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, having never made it past the first round before. Home favourite Casey Dellacqua stunned 2006 champion Amélie Mauresmo 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. Andy Roddick lost in a five-set thriller, going down to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–4, 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 8–6.
19 – No. 2 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was sent crashing out by Agnieszka Radwańska, while No. 6 seed Anna Chakvetadze lost to Maria Kirilenko in two shocking upsets in the women's draw. Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt wowed the Australian crowds, both pulling out two thrilling five set wins. Federer beat Janko Tipsarević 6–7, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1, 10–8, while Hewitt outlasted Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–7, 6–3. Fernando González lost to Marin Čilić in four sets.
20 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal with a win over eighth seed Richard Gasquet. Mikhail Youzhny upset fourth-seeded compatriot Nikolay Davydenko in an all-Russian clash. In the women's draw, the favourites all moved through with ease.
21 – The quarterfinal line-ups were set in both the men and women's draws, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams being just a few of the eight players who moved through with wins.
22 – Maria Sharapova snapped world No. 1 Justine Henin's 32-match winning streak with a crushing 6–4, 6–0 defeat, while Jelena Janković stunned defending champion Serena Williams with a 6–3, 6–4 victory in the women's quarterfinals. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continued his incredible run in the men's quarterfinals, beating Mikhail Youzhny to set up a meeting with No. 2 Rafael Nadal.
23 – Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic set up a men's semifinal clash, while Ana Ivanovic beat Venus Williams for the first time, to go on to meet Daniela Hantuchová, who beat Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets.
24 – The women's final was set as Maria Sharapova beat Jelena Janković 6–3, 6–1; she will now meet Ana Ivanovic who came from losing the first eight games of the match to beat Daniela Hantuchová 0–6, 6–3, 6–4. In the men's play, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached his first Grand Slam final with a titanic upset over No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6–2, 6–3, 6–2.
25 – Sisters Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko won the women's doubles tournament by defeating Victoria Azarenka and Shahar Pe'er 2–6, 6–1, 6–4 in the final. Novak Djokovic beat world number one Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to his second Grand Slam final, where he will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Three time defending champion Rafael Nadal thrashes Three time runner-up Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0 in the French Open Final to finish the most lopsided match of their long and storied rivalry. This is the first time since 1999 that Federer has lost a set 6–0
Rafael Nadal dethrones five time defending champion Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7 in what many consider the greatest match of the decade. Nadal won his first Wimbledon title in near darkness after over four hours of play and over 2 hours of rain delay.
Grand Slam events
- Australian Open (January 14 – January 27)
- Men's singles: Novak Djokovic def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(2)
- Women's singles: Maria Sharapova def. Ana Ivanovic, 7–5, 6–3
- Men's doubles: Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram def. Arnaud Clément & Michaël Llodra, 7–5, 7–6(4)
- Women's doubles: Alona Bondarenko & Kateryna Bondarenko def. Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Pe'er, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4
- Mixed doubles: Sun Tiantian & Nenad Zimonjić def. Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi, 7–6(4), 6–4
- French Open (May 26 – June 8)
- Men's singles: Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
- Women's singles: Ana Ivanovic def. Dinara Safina, 6–4, 6–3
- Men's doubles: Pablo Cuevas & Luis Horna def. Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjić, 6–2, 6–3
- Women's doubles: Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual def. Casey Dellacqua & Francesca Schiavone, 2–6, 7–5, 6–4
- Mixed doubles: Victoria Azarenka & Bob Bryan def. Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjić, 6–2, 7–6(4)
- Wimbledon Championships (June 24 – July 6)
- Men's singles: Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7
- Women's singles: Venus Williams def. Serena Williams, 7–5, 6–4
- Men's doubles: Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjić def. Jonas Björkman & Kevin Ullyett, 7–6(12), 6–7(3), 6–3, 6–3
- Women's doubles: Serena Williams & Venus Williams def. Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, 6–2, 6–2
- Mixed doubles: Bob Bryan & Samantha Stosur def. Mike Bryan & Katarina Srebotnik, 7–5, 6–4
- U.S. Open (August 25 – September 7)
- Men's singles: Roger Federer def. Andy Murray, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
- Women's singles: Serena Williams def. Jelena Janković, 6–4, 7–5
- Men's doubles: Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan def. Lukáš Dlouhý & Leander Paes, 7–6(5), 7–6(10)
- Women's doubles: Cara Black & Liezel Huber def. Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur, 6–3, 7–6(6)
- Mixed doubles: Cara Black & Leander Paes def. Liezel Huber & Jamie Murray, 7–6(6), 6–4
World Group Draw
- * Choice of ground
|U||Czech Republic *||3|
|S||United States *||4|
|Estadio Polideportivo, Mar del Plata, Argentina
November 21–23, 2008
World Group Playoffs
Date: 19–21 September
|Venue (surface)||Home Team||Score||Visiting Team|
|Antofagasta, Chile (clay)||Chile||3–2||Australia|
|Wimbledon, London, Great Britain (grass)||Great Britain||2–3||Austria|
|Lausanne, Switzerland (indoor hard)||Switzerland||4–1||Belgium|
|Zadar, Croatia (indoor hard)||Croatia||4–1||Brazil|
|Ramat HaSharon, Israel (hard)||Israel||4–1||Peru|
|Apeldoorn, Netherlands (indoor clay)||Netherlands||3–2||South Korea|
|Bucharest, Romania (clay)||Romania||4–1||India|
|Bratislava, Slovakia (indoor hard)||Slovakia||1–4||Serbia|
World Group Draw
- * Choice of ground
|S||United States *||4|
|Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
13–14 September 2008
Clay – Outdoors
World Group Play-offs
Date: 26–27 April
|Venue (surface)||Home team||Score||Visiting team|
|Ramat HaSharon, Israel (hard)||Israel||2–3||Czech Republic|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)||Argentina||3–2||Germany|
|Tokyo, Japan (indoor hard)||Japan||1–4||France|
|Olbia, Italy (clay)||Italy||3–2||Ukraine|
The Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Team Competition of the ITF, played at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, in Perth, Australia. It is considered an exhibition competition as players do not gain ranking points for competing in the tournament. This year the USA's pairing of Mardy Fish and Serena Williams (who was replaced for the first group match by Meghann Shaughnessy) defeated Novak Djokovic and Jelena Janković of Serbia in the final. This was the 20th edition of the competition.
|Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
4 January 2008, 18:00 AWST (UTC+8)
2008 Beijing Olympics
- Men's singles: Rafael Nadal def. Fernando González, 6–3, 7–6(2), 6–3
- Women's singles: Elena Dementieva def. Dinara Safina, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
- Men's doubles: Roger Federer & Stanislas Wawrinka def. Simon Aspelin & Thomas Johansson, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3
- Women's doubles: Serena Williams & Venus Williams def. Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6–2, 6–0
Tennis Masters Cup
- Shanghai, P.R. China (November 9 – November 16)
ATP Masters Series
World Team Cup
- TP: Ties Played
- TW: Ties Won
- MW: Matches Won
- SW: Sets Won
24 May 2008, 12:00 CEST (UTC+2)
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
WTA Tour Championships
- Doha, Qatar (November 4 – November 9)
WTA Tier 1 Series
AAMI Kooyong Classic
JB Group Classic
Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International
- Men's Singles: Amer Delic def. Paul Capdeville, 6–7(3), 6–4, [10–7]
- Women's Singles: Caroline Wozniacki def. Ashley Harkleroad, 4–6, 6–4, [10–5]
- 14: Justine Henin (Belgium)
- "Hingis given two-year ban for failed dope test". Yahoo! Eurosport. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-01-21.[dead link]
- "Report: Brazil's Kuerten to play his last season in 2008". International Herald Tribune. 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- "Tennis launches corruption review". BBC News. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- "Tennis boss warns of mafia threat". BBC News. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
- Cash, Pat (2008-01-20). "Chinese ambitions could kill off Australian Open". London: The Times Online. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- "Australia, not China, deserves Grand Slam: Federer". Yahoo! News. 2008-01-13. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- "Grand Slam must stay Down Under, says Serena Williams". The China Post. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- "Kuerten will retire after French Open". Yahoo! News. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-25.[dead link]
- "Police use pepper spray to calm crowd trouble at Australian Open". ESPN. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- Official website of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)
- Official website of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
- Official website of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)