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Those New Rules That Irk So: Part 2 –...

Even though he didn't serve at his best, Milos Raonic fought a great fight, even though he ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard (Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/GettyImages)

  Shortly before the end of last season, the ATP World Tour announced that new rules would be in application starting in the first tournaments of 2013. If one is only there in a three-month trial, the other is technically there to stay. However, so far, both irk players, some experts, and some fans alike. […]

The Best Conclusion To A Great Season

Guido Pella concluded the best season of his young career by winning the ATP Challenger Tour Finals title, his fourth and most important Challenger title of the season (Photo: ATP Challenger Tour Finals website)

    A couple of months ago, I wrote the following about Guido Pella, after he had won his third Challenger Tour title of the season, and reached a then career high ranking of 121 in the world:   “At this rate, he can very well reach [the top 100] before the end of this […]

The Biggest Win Of His Career (And A ...

The Biggest Win Of His Career (And A Challenger Heart-Breaker)

    If Tuesday brought little surprises at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, except the upset of 13th seed Marin Cilic, Wednesday was more active in this regard, as three seeds were ousted, and one of them in the most bizarre way possible.

A Great Weekend For Argentina

A Great Weekend For Argentina

  Four titles in two days: that was Argentina’s tennis weekend, starting Saturday with the Girls’ 12 & Under team winning the South American championship in Lima and the boys being runner-ups. Then came a succession of three men’s titles, one in each category of professional tournaments (one on Saturday, two on Sunday), to cap […]

Great Weekend For The Pellas

Great Weekend For The Pellas

  It was a great weekend to crown a good week for the Pella siblings, as both of them won the tournament in which they were entered.   Saturday, Catalina, 19, took the title at the $10,000 tournament of Villa Allende, Argentina, when she defeated Camila Silva of Chile, 3-6 7-5 7-6(4), in the final. […]

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 […]

Gaining Confidence… And Experie...

Gaining Confidence… And Experience

    Until last week, Guido Andreozzi’s singles record included five Futures titles (the most recent won two weeks ago in Resistencia, Argentina, when he defeated Andrés Molteni in the finals). Ranked 333rd, he made his way to Lima, Peru, where he took part in the tournament where he would end up causing a big […]

Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers...

Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers News, A Magician In Brazil

Main draw action started today in Rome, where six first-round matches were played on top of the last seven qualifying matches. If Paolo Lorenzi defeating Nikolay Davydenko was a half surprise considering how good the Italian is on clay, I got particularly wrong in my prediction regarding Milos Raonic. 

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 […]

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 […]

Double Duty Translates In Double Triu...

Double Duty Translates In Double Triumph

Yesterday, I was blogging about how Carlos Berlocq would today have the double duty of playing both singles and doubles finals at the Copa Topper. And for the Argentine, it translated into a double triumph, as he had the better of young Portuguese Gastão Elias in the singles finals and, a couple of hours later, […]

The Double Duty Of Carlos Berlocq

The Double Duty Of Carlos Berlocq

The Copa Topper will reach its conclusion tomorrow and all week, we’ve been spoiled with great clay-court matches on the grounds of the Vilas Club, in Buenos Aires. Sadly, I was here in Montreal following everything but it was, nonetheless, a very enjoyable tournament and tomorrow’s finals should be as interesting as this week has […]

One Of The Brightest Prospects

One Of The Brightest Prospects

When I see a player for the first time, I can say if he has potential. When I see the same player a second time, I can usually say just how much potential he has. And I can tell without a doubt that the player I will introduce you to today is a future top […]

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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