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End-Of-Season Wishes (Part 1)

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The tennis season is slowly coming to a close. Then it will be time for the off-season, which we can also call “exhibition season”, the moment where the top players scour the world playing very expensive (and lucrative) exhibition matches. (more…)

David Nalbandian Retires

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“It’s not easy. It’s not one of the nicest days of my career, of my path, but it’s my turn today. When I see the images and the tournaments, it’s a weird sensation, to feel like being there, competing, coming back to play. But my shoulder isn’t helping me to come back and train with the exigencies that th [...]

Djokovic and Nadal: the Fight for the...

Nadal and Djokovic are into a fight for the number one spot of the ATP rankings.
The ATP500 tournament of Beijing has started today and the talk, this week, is whether or not Rafael Nadal will overtake the top of the rankings from Novak Djokovic. Whether? No. When. First of all, we have to make one thing certain: the change of the guard on top of the ATP World Tour rankings is only a matter of time. Nadal has, obviously, [...]

Opinion – Koellerer Lashes Out ...

He might be suspended for life, but Daniel Koellerer still talks, and a lot.
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He might be suspended for life, but Daniel Koellerer still talks, and a lot.(Photo: Getty Images) He was perhaps banned for life by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for match-fixing, but Daniel Koellerer continues to talk, and to talk a lot. This time, he lashed out on Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, particularly on the former, accusing him of [...]

Andy Murray on the Mend After Back Su...

Photo: Andy Murray
World n°3 Andy Murray underwent yesterday a back surgery in order to, hopefully, rid him once and for all of the problems that have been ailing him for the last two years. The 26-year-old, when he came around, proceeded to tweet a picture of himself in his hospital bed, thanking everyone for the messages he has received over the last few days [...]

Andy Murray to Undergo Back Surgery

Andy Murray will undergo a minor back surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Andy Murray will undergo a minor back surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the season. . Tough blow for the World n°3, as British media report that Andy Murray is to undergo back surgery next week, to try and rid him of a problem he’s been suffering for the last two years, and which caused him to pull out from the French Open earli [...]

Nine-Month Suspension for Marin Cilic

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has finally rendered their decision regarding the case of Marin Cilic, who failed a doping test during the Munich tournament, when traces of nikethamide, a banned stimulant, as been found in a urine sample. Cilic will be suspended for nine months, from 1 May 2013 until 31 January 2014, meaning that th [...]

Davis Cup – The End of a Great ...

There was absolutely nothing Raonic could do after that first-set tiebreak against Djokovic
(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)
Janko Tipsarevic was already on the ground from a specatular contest of dives, which ended up in his clinching the tie, 3-2, for Serbia, putting an end to Canada’s dream Davis Cup year(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic) . Canada’s dream Davis Cup run ended in a dramatic fifth rubber, on an absolutely spectacular point that might have terri [...]

Davis Cup – Argentina So Close,...

The valiant team of Argentina
The valiant team of Argentina: Leo Mayer, Horacio Zeballos, Carlos Berlocq,Juan Mónaco, and captain Martín Jaite . We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Nervous at first, then outplaye [...]

Davis Cup – Canada One Win Away...

(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)
After Friday’s singles, in which logic prevailed, although barely in the case of Milos Raonic, Saturday’s doubles rubber became a must-win for Canada if they wanted to keep their hopes alive in the semifinal opposing them to Serbia. Djokovic dominates logically (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic) Novak Djokovic, despite having played the U [...]

Davis Cup Semifinals – Underdog...

The valiant Argentine team: Martín Jaite, Juan Mónaco, Carlos Berlocq, Horacio Zeballos, Leo Mayer
(Photo: José Rieiro)
The teams of Czech Republic (defending champions) and Argentina at the draw ceremony(Photo: José Rieiro) The Davis Cup semifinals both appear, on paper, to greatly favour the local teams. It is a matter of surface chosen. It is a question of players present. And it makes both visiting teams appear like huge underdogs in the end. However, if e [...]

Davis Cup – Playoff Ties to Wat...

Borna Coric, Andy Murray
The Davis Cup World Group playoffs are starting today, as Israel asked, and was granted, that the tie be played Thursday, Friday, Sunday with a rest on Saturday due to Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish holiday. For the occasion, and because yours, truly is a Davis Cup lover, we offer you an overview of the most interesting of the playoff ti [...]

Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych ...

Argentina's and Czech Republic's n°1 singles players for their semifinal tie (Photo: Prensa AAT)
A new Davis Cup weekend is looming, and will bring us very interesting ties, as starting tomorrow (Belgium vs Israel), 20 countries will be involved in the World Group semifinals and playoffs. The interesting fact of those ties is that four of the top 5 members will be their countries’ leaders this weekend. (Photo: Novak Djokovic) Novak [...]

Novak Djokovic and the 54-Shot Rallie...

Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)
. Among the various impressive points that yesterday’s U.S. Open final has given us, one of them had been labelled by some “the longest rally of all-time”, a 54-shot rally with Novak Djokovic leading Rafael Nadal 3-2 in the second set, and which gave the Serbian his first break of the set. However, was it really the longest? [...]

Nadal vs Djokovic, Chapter XXXVII ...

Nadal vs Djokovic XXXVII
(Original photos: Getty Images; Artwork: BATennis World) The first ball of the 37th meeting between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be hit shortly after 17:00 today, in Flushing Meadows, as this Monday marks the end of the U.S. Open. For the occasion, we should be treated to another battle royale between the two best players in the world [...]

Lots of Positives for Wawrinka

Heartfelt, smiley hug between two great players after an intense battle
Heartfelt, smiley hug between two great players after an intense battle After his crushing round-of-16 loss to the hands of Novak Djokovic, in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka could be seen barely able to contain bitter tears of deception on court, even as Djokovic was exuberantly celebrating his epic triumph. Wawrinka had given all he had, and [...]

U.S. Open Semis – Stars Against...

Can Wawrinka and Gasquet prevent another meeting between Dajokovic and Nadal? 
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Can Wawrinka and Gasquet prevent another meeting between Djokovic and Nadal?(Original photos: Getty Images; Montage: BATennis World) The U.S. Open men’s semifinals will get under way, today, under the New York sun, at noon sharp, and will oppose the two best players in the world to two of the tournament’s surprises. [1] Novak Djok [...]

Roger Federer: “I kind of feel ...

Still an image we are not used to seeing so early in Grand Slams...
Still an image we are not used to seeing so early in Grand Slams… A wave of shock hit the tennis world yesterday when, after a very lengthy rain delay, former World n°1 Roger Federer was knocked out of the U.S. Open by 19th seed Tommy Robredo, 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4, in the round-of-16. It is not so much the defeat in itself rather than the wa [...]

The Good Ol’ Rusty Hewitt

Juan Martín del Potro congratulates Lleyton Hewitt at the net. The veteran Aussie had just upset him.
Juan Martín del Potro congratulates Lleyton Hewitt at the net. The veteran Aussie had just upset him. When the U.S. Open draw was made and came out on 22 August, I made a bit of a bold prediction: Making a bold prediction: if Hewitt gets to Rd2, he’ll upset Delpo. — Caro Paquin (@caropaquin80) August 22, 2013 Yes, I knew that Juan Mar [...]

James Blake Announces his Retirement

James Blake
When the USTA announced that James Blake was to give a press conference, today, at 11:45, everyone expected what was coming: a retirement. It was not long to be confirmed when the 33-year-old sat down with the media: “Everyone, I guess I don’t think I’m catching anyone by surprise by the e mails and calls I have gotten in t [...]

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