Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers
The French send the U.S. out of the World Group I for 2015 behind singles wins by France's Caroline Garcia over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and Garcia winning the doubles with veteran Virginie Razzano over the doubles-challenged Keys/Stephens. France was 1-12 against the U.S. entering the tie.
Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews
Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko...(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm...Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver...Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco...David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals...Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)...Nadal beat Almagro in last year's all-Spanish final...The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles...Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,'09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).