. Canada’s dream Davis Cup run ended in a dramatic fifth rubber, on an absolutely spectacular point that might have terrible consequences for one of the protagonists. It was a diving contest between Vasek Pospisil and Janko Tipsarevic, on the latter’s fifth match point, ending up a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-6(6) win for Tipsarevic and a […]
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 Novak Djokovic, despite having played the U.S. Open final only four days before and […]
Canada caused, without a doubt, the biggest surprise of the first day of the Davis Cup. If Spain came with a team deprived of its best elements, it remained the favourite, as all of their players, at least in singles, were higher-ranked than all of the local players, with the exception of Milos Raonic.
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.
I can see everyone jumping about that title. This doesn’t mean that the Canadians owned the tennis year, but merely that the next two posts will summarise what my countrymen did throughout the season and yes, some of them did rock it, and quite a bit, in 2012.
The Davis Cup draw for 2013 has been made and Milos Raonic and Team Canada got their wish: the tie will be played here in Canada. The tough part is that they will face the best team in the world, Spain, who made the finals every year (except for 2010) since 2008, and […]
Sometimes, it is not the matches in themselves that leave me the most lasting impression when I cover a tennis event; it is what surrounds them. Sometimes, for instance, meeting with a player can change, for better or for worse, the impression we have of him (and that we sometimes had for many years). […]
It was the final day of the Davis Cup for all the countries and, in Montreal, it was a determining tie that was played under the sun of the Stade Uniprix, in temperatures closer to fall than to summer, but in a very festive ambiance, as the biggest crowd of the weekend gathered […]
Last night, a couple of hours after the end of the second rubber, the skies opened to violent thunderstorms, which changed the temperatures quite a bit. From the mid-high 20s of most of the week, it was a chilly, and very windy day that greeted us this morning in Montreal, and it was […]
It wasn’t always pretty, but it was efficient. After Vasek Pospisil gave the first point of the tie to Canada, it was the turn of World n° 15 Milos Raonic to face a player who is ranked n° 14, but in the NCAA: Nikala (Nik) Scholtz.
In the absence of their best player, Kevin Anderson, who chose not to play Davis Cup and explained his decision in this open letter, and Rik De Voest, injured and forced to retire before the draw yesterday, South Africa was relying on Izak Van Der Merwe, to act as their leader.
The last two days were, without a doubt, quite eventful at the London Olympics. With the rain playing again a little of a part in the proceedings, of course, but with two record-breaking marathon matches, and one huge surprise along the way.
Due to the rain, most matches scheduled on Sunday did not take place, or were suspended until today, which gave a full program of tennis to go through. Mother Nature complying, it was sunny all day and almost all the matches were completed, with the exception of a few doubles matches that were suspended […]
At many a party, there is someone who comes and crashes the whole thing for a spell. Wimbledon is no different and today, the unwanted guest was, as always, the rain, which delayed the start of the matches by more than an hour on the outside courts, then stopped them for three full […]
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). […]
We all know that Canada is not, per say, a tennis country. But it doesn’t keep the country from having very good players, even great ones. Right now, everyone in the tennis world is (rightfully so) crazy about the accomplishments of young Milos Raonic, and there are others coming up, such as Vasek Pospisil, all […]