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Australian Open – Breaking Down...

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  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 (and a half) article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently.   Part 3 – First-round heartbreaks and popcorn matches Like in every Grand Slam (and most tournaments), […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

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  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...

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  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 […]

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 […]

Opinion – A Rule To Accommodate...

Opinion – A Rule To Accommodate A Star?

  In its 2013 rulebook, the ATP World Tour came up with a modification to the logo usage rule, and this one seems, at first glance, made to accommodate a top player more than anything else.   Among various modifications to the previous rule, including the number of sponsor patches allowed, wearing a sponsor patch […]

The Perplexing New ITF “Data Ri...

The Perplexing New ITF “Data Rights” Rule

  If the new rulings of the ATP World Tour regarding the enforcement of the time violation and the no let rule on the Challenger Tour raised many eyebrows, it seems very little compared to the new ruling of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit regarding the “Data Rights”.   I became aware of […]

Big Kickoff To 2013

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  The new tennis season might have started in the old year, but the kickoff was still quite spectacular. In a week marked by some new ruling controversy, especially when it came to the enforcement of the time violation rule, the tennis was nevertheless at times quite spectacular with, for example, this jewel of 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. […]

Welcome Back!

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  For them, 2012 has been a year marked by injuries, and seeing them returning with early success in 2013 is a pleasure, for which we can only hope it will be renewed many a time throughout the season.

Early Year Milestones

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  Sometimes the first win of the season is even more important for a player than it just being… the first win of the season, especially when the year finished one triumph away from a milestone.   For two players, it is exactly what happened.

Slammin’

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

Contrasting Styles

Milos Raonic, Clare Morehen

There hasn’t been any candlelit tennis or playing on water to launch the tennis season, so far, but there has been a quite impressive photo shoot of contrasting styles when Canada’s top player, Milos Raonic, met with Clare Morehen of the Queensland Ballet yesterday.

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.

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 […]

Beyond Mere Sport

Roger Federer shaking hands with Diego Amuy of BATennis.com

  Roger Federer continues his South American exhibition tour with a visit to Buenos Aires, where he arrived late yesterday evening.     The lateness of the hour (it was around 22:00 local time when the Swiss came out of the airport to greet the fans), the multiple delays in the time of Federer’s arrival, […]

He’s Back!

David Nalbandian's classic trademark: his wonderful two-handed backhand (Photo: Hans Rhule Fotografía)

  Most players are in their pre-season right now, gearing up slowly but surely for 2013, which incidentally starts on 30th December, with the players taking part in the tournaments in Brisbane, Doha, and Chennai having to travel on Christmas if they want to make it (so no such thing as celebrating the Holidays for […]

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 […]

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