Rolex Shanghai Masters

October 14th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

On the final day of the 10th edition of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, the numbers tell the tale of Asia’s greatest men’s tennis tournament. 1 - gluten-free cauliflower-based pizza requested in the Players' Restaurant 3 - player birthdays celebrated (Nicolas Jarry, Yibing Wu, Sam Querrey) 15 - Ogawa massage chairs in Players’ Lounge 20 -...

October 13th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

While the original expression refers to unsuspecting civilians getting shipped off to distant destinations as unwilling sailors, the world’s top tennis players of today would love to “get Shanghaied” if it means hoisting aloft the coveted trophy at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. The penultimate Masters 1000 event of the year and the only one...

October 12th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

Shanghai is known for its many exclusive hot spots, including the private “KEE Shanghai” members club set in a 1920’s villa, and the 10-seat, sensory-enhanced restaurant “Ultraviolet” which is typically booked out 90 days in advance. However, the city’s hardest restaurant to get into may actually be the Masters Club at the Rolex...

October 11th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

Perched high above Qizhong Stadium’s Center Court are two inconspicuous rooms that house the Hawk-Eye system, providing the ultimate in conflict resolution. Since its introduction in 2005 for tennis, Hawk-Eye has practically ended the era of epic player and umpire confrontations over close line calls. While a few till try, it’s nevertheless...

October 10th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

Ahead of opening up his defense of his Rolex Shanghai Masters title, Roger Federer opened up about expectations and his season so far. Federer is focused on staying healthy and playing well. Some may question their physical or mental freshness late in the season, Federer has tended to shine during this final part of the year, having won 22 of...

October 9th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

In addition to the three Chinese wild cards in the main draw, home fans at the Rolex Shanghai Masters have found a new hero to cheer for, Chinese-American Mackenzie McDonald. Known as “Mackie” to his friends, Chinese fans have come to call the 23-year-old “McDonald Bro”, a nod to their shared ethnic heritage as well as the popular fast...

October 8th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

As the Rolex Shanghai Masters got under way, players spoke about the challenges of joining a very elite club of RSM champions. In the past eight editions, the winner’s circle contains only three names: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Some of the top players shared their thoughts on how they’re putting themselves into the best...

October 7th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

Don’t look now, but world No. 7 Dominic Thiem is putting together a career best year. While the 25-year-old has always excelled on clay, making his first major final at this year’s French Open, as well as his second Masters 1000 final in Madrid, it’s Thiem’s improved play on hard courts which have been especially encouraging. In one of...

October 6th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

by James Pham On the final weekend of China’s National Day Golden Week, it was appropriate that Shanghai’s Qi Zhong Stadium was awash in red. However, the sea of red came courtesy of the throngs of Federer fans decked out in shirts and hats featuring the Swiss maestro on Federer Fan Day presented by Mercedes-Benz. The afternoon began...

October 6th, 2018 In Features 0 comments

by James Pham With the year’s final Grand Slam now in the record books, the world’s top players once again converge at the historic 10th edition of the Rolex Shanghai Masters. With the top rankings at stake, berths at the year-ending ATP Finals still up for grabs, and players looking to join a very short list of RSM champions, here are some...

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