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Career Firsts

Photo: Hans Ruhle Fotografia for BATennis.com

  Since last week, a few career firsts have been reached, and two of them were pretty uncommon, as they happened to veterans.

Like A Dream

Horacio Zeballos

  On Sunday, many were those who thought that Rafael Nadal, who was coming back from a seven-month injury layoff due to his recurrent knee issues, would make short work of Horacio Zeballos in the VTR Open final.   However, it was clear from the beginning that the Argentine had taken the court with absolutely […]

Weekly Roundup: Ferrer Ties Emerson I...

David Ferrer

  The week preceding a Grand Slam is not, by essence, the busiest week of the season as far as the number of tournaments played is concerned. It doesn’t, however, mean that what happens in those tournaments is not be memorable.   This week was no different, as a record was tied in Auckland and […]

Big Kickoff To 2013

Photo: AP

  The new tennis season might have started in the old year, but the kickoff was still quite spectacular. In a week marked by some new ruling controversy, especially when it came to the enforcement of the time violation rule, the tennis was nevertheless at times quite spectacular with, for example, this jewel of a […]

Welcome Back!

Photo: Getty Images

  For them, 2012 has been a year marked by injuries, and seeing them returning with early success in 2013 is a pleasure, for which we can only hope it will be renewed many a time throughout the season.

Early Year Milestones

Photo: AP

  Sometimes the first win of the season is even more important for a player than it just being… the first win of the season, especially when the year finished one triumph away from a milestone.   For two players, it is exactly what happened.

Contrasting Styles

Milos Raonic, Clare Morehen

There hasn’t been any candlelit tennis or playing on water to launch the tennis season, so far, but there has been a quite impressive photo shoot of contrasting styles when Canada’s top player, Milos Raonic, met with Clare Morehen of the Queensland Ballet yesterday.

Happy New Year, Tennis!

Donald Young caused what can be one of the surprises of the early 2013 season, with two straight qualifications wins in Brisbane (Photo: Tertius Pickard/AP)

2012 isn’t yet finished that already, 2013 has started in the tennis world.

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of The Austral...

Rafael Nadal did not waste much time to defeat his countryman Marcel Granollers and book his spot in the round-of-16 (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

  After missing the last six months due to a knee injury, Rafael Nadal was set to make his very awaited comeback at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament. However, a twist in the plot came in the form of a stomach virus, which forced him to withdraw from the event. His presence in Doha, next […]

Good Start To The Asian Swing

Good Start To The Asian Swing

  The Asian swing started in force, this week, despite the absence of the top 4. With the Race for one of the remaining spots of the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) still going on strongly, most players still in contention took the occasion to grab precious points in their quest to qualify for the […]

The First Of 2012

The First Of 2012

    After months of getting near but never happening, 2012 finally has a first time ATP title winner. After 11 missed chances to see it happening, we were sure that the 12th time would be a charm, as both finalists in St. Petersburg were fighting for their maiden crown.   By ranking, Martin Klizan […]

And Yet It Is A Challenger…

And Yet It Is A Challenger…

  I had updated the Tournaments of the Week section of the page in the morning, but caught up in the action in St. Petersburg and Metz (particularly the former), I hadn’t paid any attention to the draws until I saw this tweet from Dustin Brown:   Just Looked @ The Draw 4 #OrleansChallenger… This […]

Weekly Roll Of Honour

Weekly Roll Of Honour

  There were four ATP250 tournaments this week, as well as a few Challenger Tour events and going back on all of them would take considerable time. For this reason, I will stop on a few players who, to me, marked the week for a reason or another.

A First And Salvation On Grass

A First And Salvation On Grass

  Before jumping head first into Wimbledon, its draw, and everything surrounding the most traditional tournament of the season, the last two warm-up grass tournaments concluded today with two happy winners, although for different reasons. One of them realized a first in the ATP this season, and the other found salvation on one of his […]

Deserved Punishment

Deserved Punishment

  It was a normal Sunday final: two opponents hitting balls at each other, a veteran and a young gun who both surprisingly made it that far considering the strength of the field. The veteran had taken the first set in a disputed tiebreak, but the young gun was up a break in the second […]

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rain...

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rained Out

It is safe to say that today has been one of the freakiest days of the season so far, as the day in every tournament on schedule has seen matches postponed due to the weather conditions. If, in Düsseldorf, it was only the end of the last match of the day (the doubles match between […]

Hard Working Champions (Casablanca An...

Hard Working Champions (Casablanca And Houston Final Results)

There were two ATP250 tournaments played this week and both crowned very hard-working champions, in two great finals that were, due to the weather in Casablanca, at times played simultaneously. Both Juan Mónaco (Houston) and Pablo Andújar (Casablanca) showed once again that hard work pays off. Same goes for the finalists of both tournaments, John […]

Important Milestone In Houston

Important Milestone In Houston

It’s a bit of a slower week for most of us after the emotions of another great Davis Cup weekend (about which you can read my series of summaries here: part 1 (Spain and USA), part 2 (Argentina), and part 3 (Czech Republic)). Nevertheless, there are still good tournaments to follow in the ATP250 events of Houston […]

This Week In A Few Names

This Week In A Few Names

I got back from three wonderful weeks in Argentina yesterday, including the best tournament I’ve ever attended/covered, but this doesn’t mean that Copa Claro notwithstanding, I haven’t followed, at least a little, what has been going on in the tennis world. Of course, I followed mostly the tournaments of Acapulco and Dubaï, albeit via scoreboard […]

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Fi...

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Finals, Great Tournament

The Copa Claro finished yesterday with the crowning of three Spaniards: David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco in doubles, and David Ferrer in singles, on the clay of the BALTC. Both finals gave us phenomenal tennis and crowned what has been a fantastic week of tennis in the Argentine capital.

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