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David Nalbandian Retires

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“It’s not easy. It’s not one of the nicest days of my career, of my path, but it’s my turn today. When I see the images and the tournaments, it’s a weird sensation, to feel like being there, competing, coming back to play. But my shoulder isn’t helping me to come back and train with […]

Opinion – Koellerer Lashes Out ...

He might be suspended for life, but Daniel Koellerer still talks, and a lot.
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He was perhaps banned for life by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for match-fixing, but Daniel Koellerer continues to talk, and to talk a lot. This time, he lashed out on Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, particularly on the former, accusing him of doping: “Let’s take Rafael Nadal. It’s not possible that he tested negative. […]

Andy Murray on the Mend After Back Su...

Photo: Andy Murray

World n°3 Andy Murray underwent yesterday a back surgery in order to, hopefully, rid him once and for all of the problems that have been ailing him for the last two years. The 26-year-old, when he came around, proceeded to tweet a picture of himself in his hospital bed, thanking everyone for the messages he […]

Andy Murray to Undergo Back Surgery

Andy Murray will undergo a minor back surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

. Tough blow for the World n°3, as British media report that Andy Murray is to undergo back surgery next week, to try and rid him of a problem he’s been suffering for the last two years, and which caused him to pull out from the French Open earlier this season. The problems started in […]

Nine-Month Suspension for Marin Cilic

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has finally rendered their decision regarding the case of Marin Cilic, who failed a doping test during the Munich tournament, when traces of nikethamide, a banned stimulant, as been found in a urine sample. Cilic will be suspended for nine months, from 1 May 2013 until 31 January 2014, meaning […]

James Blake Announces his Retirement

James Blake

When the USTA announced that James Blake was to give a press conference, today, at 11:45, everyone expected what was coming: a retirement. It was not long to be confirmed when the 33-year-old sat down with the media: “Everyone, I guess I don’t think I’m catching anyone by surprise by the e mails and calls […]

Opinion – First And Last Word O...

Nadal

The Wimbledon seeds came out yesterday, and to say that there have been upset people is an understatement. Why were some people upset? Because the tournament did not boost Rafael Nadal to being fourth seed, deciding to apply their formula to all the players. Before I go in depth as to why respecting the formula […]

An Act Of Courage In An Unfair Situat...

An Act Of Courage In An Unfair Situation

  “I decided to speak because I am simply shocked… sport is growing in Chile, Santiago 2014 [NDLR: the South American Games] is coming and, starting with this great event, many more things. However, in my opinion, the authorities continue privileging the ‘looking good’ rather than really watching over the athletes.”   Thus starts a […]

Tough Match Ahead For Ross Hutchins

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  There are gestures that have a lot of meaning, but of which we don’t know the signification right away, if at all. Last year, during Wimbledon, the Olympics, and the US Open, we saw Andy Murray raising two fingers pointing at the sky after each win, as in prayer, something he never explained.   […]

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. […]

Those New Rules That Irk So: Part 1 &...

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  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. […]

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 […]

Collarini To Play For Argentina

Collarini To Play For Argentina

    It was a question that was asked very often: is Andrea Collarini playing for the United States or for Argentina? For the 20-year-old was born in New York from Argentine parents and the family moved back to Argentina when Andrea was very little, and that’s where he started playing tennis, and developed as […]

Season Over For David Nalbandian

Season Over For David Nalbandian

    After being injured during a practice just before his well-awaited first-round match at the U.S. Open, which was supposed to oppose him to countryman Juan Martín del Potro, and missing action for the last month, David Nalbandian was supposed to make a comeback next week, at the If Stockholm Open.

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, […]

Killing Prospects

Killing Prospects

  Shortly before going to bed last night, my attention has been drawn by an article written by journalist Tom Perrotta for the Wall Street Journal, which was re-tweeted and commented by many of those I follow, tennis fans for the most part at that late hour. After finishing writing a piece about the last U.S. […]

Season Likely Over For Rafael Nadal

Season Likely Over For Rafael Nadal

    In the wee hours of the morning, at least for those of us in North America who were, for the most part, still asleep (except for those recovering from the very late finish that saw John Isner lose another five-setter this season in a Grand Slam – all his Grand Slam defeats this […]

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 […]

Bye Bye, Smurf Clay!

Bye Bye, Smurf Clay!

    When the official press release from the ATP came out yesterday in the early afternoon, the news rejoiced many (including yours truly): no blue clay in 2013.

Smurf Village Open – Unhappy Pl...

Smurf Village Open – Unhappy Players

The blue clay of Madrid has many, but many players complaining about its quality. Apparently done to enhance visibility for the players but, most of all, for the spectators, it’s true that the surface is stunning. It looks like a blue carpet of hard, but it’s clay.   However, the players are not happy about […]

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