The words "love" and "match" are often used in the sport of tennis.Sam Querrey, the 27-year-old American player with seven career titles, was looking for a love match of his own on the reality TV show "Millionaire Matchmaker" on the TV channel Bravo.In the show, matchmaking "expert" Patti Stanger lines up millionaires struggling to find a mate with people interested in dating a millionaire.
Twelve women won qualifying matches on Monday and Tuesday to gain entry into the women's main draw.
Pelona Hercog, the top seed in the qualifiers from Slovakia made it, as did Lin Zhu, Lesia Tsurenko, Ons Jabeur, Lara Arruabarrena, Alison Van Uytvanck, Evgeniya Rodina, Lucie Hradecka, Yulia Putintseva, Kateryna Kozlova, Sesil Karatantcheva and Daria Gavrilova.
None of the five Americans in the qualifying field advanced.
Lauren Embree of Florida came close, winning Monday and losing to Gavrilova on Tuesday 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
He said it was fun, and the date he went on was great, but ..."The date was fun, the girl I chose was really cool.
At the end of the episode it said we're still together, but actually she never talked to me once after the show was shot," Querrey said.
"I was sort of peer-pressured into doing it, and I was nervous before it came out because I thought it would be embarrassing, but it wasn't that bad."Last year's BNP Paribas Open champion Flavia Pennetta earned an honor that in recent years has become a tradition, having her likeness made into a mural on a wall in the courtyard outside the main stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Pennetta counted backward from three to one in Italian and pulled the string, unveiling the mural of her lining up a backhand. A similar mural of men's champion Novak Djokovic will be unveiled Wednesday.
“Millionaire Matchmaker,” Bravo’s flagship dating series now in its eighth season, hits its 100th episode on March 15.
Expert matchmaker and host Patti Stanger says the milestone is something she could have never imagined.
Stanger attributes “Matchmaker’s” success to changes between seasons such as bringing on celebrity clientele (for the latest round of episodes) and moving the location from Los Angeles to the East Coast (Season 4), but more importantly, she says the real-life dating landscape has created a greater need for reality love shows during the series’ run.