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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.

Golden Era

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan

  There is very little doubt it people’s minds that men’s tennis is currently in a golden era. When the men’s game has the best player of all times in Roger Federer, and the best clay court player of all times in Rafael Nadal, it is very difficult to think otherwise, especially since those two […]

Australian Open – Day 4 Roundup

Photo: AP/Tennis Australia, Fiona Hamilton

  It was a hot scorching day at Melbourne Park and with temperatures that reached 41°C, four matches (out of 16) went to the limit of five sets, one of which having for result a player getting back to the locker room, having a full body cramp, and ending up on a stretcher with an […]

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 […]

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.

The Slighted One(s)

The Slighted One(s)

  There are times when one wonders why some players have great standing but are always slighted. When I was writing about the bizarre ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) schedule, yesterday, I never thought that what I thought might happen would, indeed, happen.   Once again, one of the best players in the world was […]

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eig...

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eight Singles Players Are Known

  The round-of-16 of the BNP Paribas Masters put an end to the Race to determine which players will take part in the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), which start next Monday in London.   By defeating Nicolás Almagro 7-6(4) 7-6(3), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the last possibility for him or Janko Tipsarevic not to enter […]

Davis Cup – A Bad Day For Canad...

Davis Cup – A Bad Day For Canada (And A Good One For South Africa)

    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 […]

Olympics Wrap-Up: Last Look On A Grea...

Olympics Wrap-Up: Last Look On A Great Tournament (1)

  Before turning my eyes to Toronto, it is of circumstance to give one last look at a great Olympic tournament, which has brought the consecration of some of the greats of the sport, the redemption/rebirth of some others and, all in all, has given us great emotions over the last nine days.

Nice Quarters, Mouth-Watering Semis (...

Nice Quarters, Mouth-Watering Semis (2)

  If the top half quarter-finals were tight two-setters, the ones from the bottom half were quite the opposite: for the most part without any doubt as to who will emerge the victor, which leaves another extremely interesting semi-final to look forward to.

Marathons

Marathons

    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.

There Was Drama, But No Surprises

There Was Drama, But No Surprises

  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 […]

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Los...

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Losses: The Olympics Start At Full Gear (2)

  After going at length on the first winner of the men’s draw, the surprise exit of Tomas Berdych, and the fright Alejandro Falla caused Roger Federer again two years later, there are still, of course, many more events of the first day of Olympic tennis to talk about. However, I will stop on an […]

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Los...

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Losses: The Olympics Start At Full Gear (1)

  The first day of Olympic tennis competition was, without a doubt, full of emotions, surprises, frights, on both sides. What was assuredly the last time we saw David Nalbandian on an Olympic court, the early demises of Tomas Berdych, Li Na, and Sam Stosur, the epic win of David Ferrer and Feliciano López in […]

Ecstasy And Elation

Ecstasy And Elation

    Fine serve, return at the net, first volley winner. And then the packed Centre Court of the All-England Club erupted in ecstasy and elation. One of the long-awaited Grand Slam British triumphs had come after a wait of 76 years.

HIS7ORY or H1STORY?

HIS7ORY or H1STORY?

    One celebrated his win with a fistpump and no effusions. No wagging fingers, very sober. The other was overcome by emotion, fighting back tears, pointing to the skies as has been his habit after each win this tournament. Both will fight for history on Sunday. Roger Federer and Andy Murray have set up […]

A Chat With Paola Suárez: Renewed Fit...

A Chat With Paola Suárez: Renewed Fitness And Argentina’s Next Generations

  By Sebastián Capristo   On her comeback tour right at the mythical Roland Garros, where she enjoyed glory four times with her historical partner Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez is peaking and her confidence, visible.

Indian Wells – Record Title For...

Indian Wells – Record Title For Roger Federer (Twice)

It was not the final that, at the beginning of the tournament, most thought we would see. Throughout the last nearly two weeks, the BNP Paribas Open provided us with many surprises, two of which came in the semi-finals. This gave us the unexpected final I was writing about yesterday and again today, as a […]

Indian Wells – Between Virus An...

Indian Wells – Between Virus And Doubles Drama

There is a virulent stomach virus going on in Indian Wells at the moment, which caused the pull-out and the retirement of many players, but also affects everyone there: players, linesmen, ball kids, journalists. No one is safe and we saw again retirements and pull-outs because of it yesterday, among which the 2010 French Open […]

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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