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Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

Photo: Paul Zimmer/Martin Sidorjak

  From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with a stop by the first round heartbreaks, this three-part article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently.   Part 2 – Those veterans who haven’t said their last word The trend started in 2012. They should […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Photo: AP

  Just like I did with the Wimbledon draw last year, and since I’m a little tired of conventional draw breaking and of the focus on the top guns, I will do something a little different once more.   From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with […]


Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Top 4 reigned supreme on the Grand Slams in 2012, but many want to add their name to that glorious list in 2013.

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 […]

Historical Prize Money Increase At Th...

Courageous in the fight, gracious in the loss: Rafael Nadal (pictured here with the great Rod Laver) is a real champion (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

  When the Australian Open announced a new series of improvements two and a half months ago, this included another historical prize money increase, which hadn’t been broken down just then.   This Thursday, tournament director Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia made the breakdown announcement. After discussions with both the ATP and the WTA, the […]

The Australian Open Innovates… ...

The Australian Open Innovates… Again

  There is a reason the Australian Open is called “the Happy Slam”. It might not always be obvious for those of us who have to stay up all night to watch matches, or wish to travel to the tournament but can’t due to the immense cost of going Down Under. But it is, really, […]

Andy Roddick Is Retiring: Tribute To ...

Andy Roddick Is Retiring: Tribute To A Colourful And Outspoken Player (with many videos)

    At Wimbledon, many questioned why Andy Roddick made the gesture he made when he left the court, after losing to David Ferrer. Of course, rumours of retirement were quick to appear, but I remember writing that we should never retire a player until he is ready to do so himself.   Yesterday, Andy […]

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite...

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite?

  The U.S. Open starts tomorrow, and if the Masters 1000 of Toronto and Cincinnati are any indication, the favourites for the title are not very original: world n° 1 Roger Federer and world n° 2 (and defending champion) Novak Djokovic. If the former has a very nice draw, the same can be said for […]

Adding To His Own Legend

Adding To His Own Legend

    Seventh for 17th for 75th for 286th week at number 1. If we could summarize in numbers Roger Federer’s triumph at Wimbledon, this Sunday, it would be as such. His record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, which is his record-enhancing 17th Grand Slam title and his 75th total career title, which brings him back to […]

Canada… Owns Wimbledon Junior

Canada… Owns Wimbledon Junior

    Eugénie Bouchard became the first Canadian to win a Junior Grand Slam title yesterday. Today, Filip Peliwo had a chance to further the history thus made by the Montrealer, as he was playing his third consecutive Junior Grand Slam final, this time a rematch of his (tight) loss in Melbourne, against ITF no […]

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.



    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 […]

Career Firsts… For Veterans

Career Firsts… For Veterans

    The round-of-16 matches are now completed in Wimbledon and the quarter-finals are set. Andy Murray is the only top player who will face a fellow Top 10 (World no 5 David Ferrer). All the others are facing rivals outside of the top 20, even though they are all seeded.

Scheduling Misjudgement, And The Risk...

Scheduling Misjudgement, And The Risks Of Being A Linesman

  The weather forecast for today was all but bright, as rain was on the menu of Wimbledon’s Manic Monday. Already, when the schedule came out on Saturday, many eyebrows were raised in question, especially regarding the matches on Centre Court. Most knew that a match like Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic, or Juan Martín […]

Epics And Tennis Against The Clock

Epics And Tennis Against The Clock

  Yesterday, like most days since the beginning of the tournament, was a very eventful day in Wimbledon. The Junior tournament started, the last matches of the third round were played in both Men’s and Women’s singles, and the second round of the doubles was completed as well.   Everything was put in place for […]

Close Call

Close Call

    While a lot of the tennis world was still shaking its head over the great shock of Rafael Nadal’s early exit (and, of course, of the completely insane level of Lukas Rosol, particularly in the fifth set), it seemed that drama was again on the agenda on Wimbledon’s Centre Court today, as Roger […]

Utter Shock

Utter Shock

    I will not say “Lukas who?” as I’ve read in some places. I know well who Lukas Rosol is. Some data: Rosol was nearly triple bageled by Philipp Petzschner in Melbourne earlier this year and, up until this year, had never won a match in Wimbledon. In fact, he had lost in the […]

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First D...

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First Day In Wimbledon

    “Whew!”   That was about my reaction when the last matches still going on were announced suspended due to darkness, near 4PM this afternoon. The day has been a whirlwind such as only the first few days of a Grand Slam can bring. Although somehow, with four retirements (only on the men’s side, […]

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-Breaker...

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-Breakers (2)

  The first round of Wimbledon starts at 6:30 AM (EDT) tomorrow morning and I already mentioned the matches that are the most heartbreaking for that half of the draw. The bottom half also has a few of those first-round matches that will end up being a nightmare for the fans.

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-B...

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-Breakers (1)

  The Wimbledon main draw that came out yesterday gives me a golden opportunity to think outside the box and offer a few words about the first round matches that promise to be difficult, not so much in terms of possible match duration rather than because of the identity opponents for each of them.   […]





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