The Olympics brought the consecration of five players, either for completing their Career Golden Slam or for winning an Olympic medal that was evading them.
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.
Please forgive me if, before going all analytic once more, I am, at the moment, a bit more personal. I rarely do it, especially not for a whole post, but today, the circumstances call for it.
Many were those who thought that, given the surface, and who was facing whom, this match would be quite straightforward. There were probably not as many, but there were quite a few as well who hoped that it would be a very competitive match, even though the result, for most, seemed predictable. […]
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.
Nerves, fatigue, injury, fight, dominance, serve, and on top of all, emotion: such was the menu of today’s men’s quarter-finals, where the places for the coveted medal matches were played. No surprises in any match, as the highest seed ended up the victor in each of them, all without dropping a set, two in […]
Eight men now remain in the Olympic singles tournament, and all from different countries: Argentina, France, Great Britain, Japan, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States. At the end of the day, tomorrow, only four will remain and fight to bring Olympic glory home. Along the way, only two big surprises came along, the […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
With eight flag bearers at Friday’s Opening Ceremonies, needless to say that tennis was very well represented. And all of them did their country, and their sport, very proud as they shone on the track of the Olympic Stadium. Let’s look at them all, in the order in which they walked into the […]
Saturday and Sunday, 128 players and 63 doubles teams (men and women combined) will take the court at the mythical venue of Wimbledon, all with one goal in mind: bring home not only a title, but an Olympic medal.
The miracle rejuvenating grass cure undergone by the Wimbledon groundsman, Neil Stubley, and his team worked wonders: the courts are now completely back to pre-Wimbledon green, save a few patches on Centre Court.