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Copa Claro – Logical Final

Copa Claro – Logical Final

If there have been surprises during the early rounds of the Copa Claro, the identity of the two finalists is not surprising at all, as the no 1 and no 2 seeds will face on the Central of the BALTC at 4PM local time. From the star-studded filed of the beginning of the week, only […]

Copa Claro – For The Last Time ...

Copa Claro – For The Last Time (On Clay), Feña

It was an emotional Friday night on the Centre Court of the BALTC, as not only did one of the most loved athletes of Argentina, Gabriela Sabatini, received her golden ring from the Tennis Hall of Fame (she has been inducted in 2006 and this was yet another distinction), but this special presentation was also […]

Goodbye, Chucho!

Goodbye, Chucho!

In the wake of the 2012 Copa Claro, Argentine tennis player José “Chucho” Acasuso met with the press on Thursday to officially announce his retirement from professional tennis.   If the 29-year-old’s announcement didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it was nevertheless a very emotional moment for all of those present in the fully […]

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gi...

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gilles Simon

To me, he was and had always been a defensive player, not very prone to play aggressive tennis. However, since last fall but most particularly since the beginning of this season, Frenchman Gilles Simon has brought a lot of improvement to his game and is now a much more offensive player, as I’ve been able […]

Copa Claro – The Support Of The...

Copa Claro – The Support Of The Crowd

“Gracias por el apoyo.” (Thanks for the support.) Often we hear the players saying this to the fans and public at the end of a match, and if we see (and hear) it well when we watch a match, this is nothing to what I was able to witness since the beginning of the tournament, […]

Copa Claro – From The Last Matc...

Copa Claro – From The Last Match To The First Win

If Sunday, at the Copa Claro, marked the last match of Juan Pablo Brzezicki’s career, Monday was just as special for another Argentine player, but on the reverse side, as Facundo Bagnis won his first career ATP match,  a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over another talented young Argentine, Lenoardo Mayer.

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (A...

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (And Other Tidbits From The Qualifications)

The second day of qualification action at the Copa Claro started under the rain, which caused the postponing of the beginning of the day to noon instead of 11 AM. The rain also came to visit us for a bit during the afternoon. On a personal front, this caused me to look like a lobster, […]

Copa Claro – Living The Qualifi...

Copa Claro – Living The Qualifications A Full

The Copa Claro started today, with the first round of qualifications, and to be honest, I had to make a lot of very difficult choices. As much as I would have liked to watch full matches, it was sadly impossible because there were too many players I wanted to see. But I can say that […]

Getting Acquainted With Clay

Getting Acquainted With Clay

I’ve been in Argentina since Monday and if I took time to visit Buenos Aires a little, I had the agreeable surprise of a proposal from my friend Diego yesterday (my original plan was to visit Recoleta): meet up with him at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club (BALTC) and visit the grounds where the […]

It’s Been A Long Time Coming (B...

It’s Been A Long Time Coming (But Oh, So Worth It!)

Three ATP tournaments were played this week, before the ATP action stops to make way for the first round of Davis Cup and in the three tournaments, two featured a first-time finalist. Sadly, both lost but it was to the revival of veterans (kudos to Mikhail Youzhny, who won both the singles and doubles – […]

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 1)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 1)

While some of the players are competing in Sydney and Auckland this week, others are in Melbourne and getting accustomed to the courts in preparation of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, or battling in the qualifications to enter the main draw, qualifications that have seen their first day suspended for a long time due […]

The First Champion Of 2012

The First Champion Of 2012

The ATP Tour has its first champion of the season and it is only fitting that it would be a top 10 player. As the surprises came yesterday (the walkover of Roger Federer and the loss of Rafael Nadal), it was only fitting that the one to take the first title of the season would […]

Can We Have An Injury Time Off, Pleas...

Can We Have An Injury Time Off, Please?

I don’t really like getting back on the topic, but circumstances are quite forcing me to do so. The season is a week old and, at this hour, we’ve had, ATP and WTA combined and qualifications included, close to 20 retirements or walkovers, and even those who do not usually pull out do!

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares...

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares: 2012 Starts With 2011’s Bad Karma

As far as injuries were concerned, 2011 had a bad karma in the tennis world. Apparently, 2012 is determined to start the same way. After the pre-season pull-outs that I have listed last week, Somdev Devvarman pulled out of the Chennai event due to a shoulder injury yesterday. He was replaced by lucky loser Édourad […]

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And To...

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And Too Many Time Zones

If 2011 ended with a bang, 2012 started with a concert of chamber music that I couldn’t help hearing inside my head as soon as I saw the images of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opening the season in a very special way in Doha, on New Year’s Day. But most of all, it means […]

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wi...

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wishes, And So On)

The new tennis season has just started on the ATP Tour with the beginning of the Brisbane International qualifications (it has started last night/at dawn in the WTA), although for the last two days, we were spoiled, as we have been every year since 2008, with the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a six-player exhibition held […]

Big Week Coming

Big Week Coming

After two weeks of ATP250 tournaments, we are nearing the end of the season, with the last ATP500 tournaments in Basel and Valencia, then the last Masters 1000 in Paris (week of 7 November) and, finally, the ATP World Tour Finals in London (week of 20 November) and the Davis Cup final (2-4 December).   […]

One Last Match

One Last Match

I always thought it was the craziest comeback. But still, we cannot fault Austrian legend Thomas Muster for his lack of guts. Coming back from retirement in the middle of last year, past 40 years old, and mostly taking part in Challenger Tour tournaments, he played yesterday his last match on the ATP Tour, in […]

ATP – The Last Stretch

ATP – The Last Stretch

With the Asian Swing ending today, the ATP Tour moves back to Europe for the last stretch of the tennis season. With two ATP250 tournaments this week, it will be a slow start after a Masters 1000 tournament, as almost usual, but one of those tournaments, the If Open in Stockholm, will get most of […]





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