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Carlos Berlocq’s Initiative To ...

Photo via Carlos Berlocq's official Facebook page

  One of the things to be admired from sportsmen is how they use their status to help people in need. Most top tennis players, for instance, have their own foundation, which they use to, for the most part, help kids in various parts of the world.   However, the gestures that get to me […]

A 2012 Review – The Year Of The...

Third time was a charm for Filip Peliwo, who won Wimbledon Junior after two lost finals in Melbourne and Paris (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  I can see everyone jumping about that title. This doesn’t mean that the Canadians owned the tennis year, but merely that the next two posts will summarise what my countrymen did throughout the season and yes, some of them did rock it, and quite a bit, in 2012.

A 2012 Review – The Year Of The...

Photo: Bet-at-Home Open

  Throughout the season, even though the young guns have made some noise, the players that really stood out the most were, in my view, the veterans, especially the players of 30 years or more, some of whom having had a season many players would really envy them.

A 2012 Review – Player Of The Y...

Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

  The tennis season came to a close on the ATP Tour (as there are still Challenger and Futures events going on) last Sunday when the Czech Republic was crowned Davis Cup champion after a thrilling and very dramatic 100th final against Spain, and if there is one thing to say about 2012, it is […]

Exhibitions Are Entertainment

Exhibitions Are Entertainment

  The off-season being longer starting this season, the players have time to make a little extra money by taking part in exhibition matches and events. Here is not the time to agree or disagree with it, but to have a little laugh at some funny moments that happened during two of them, both involving […]

Catfight In Prague

Catfight In Prague

  The Davis Cup final between Spain and Czech Republic isn’t starting until Friday, but the heat is already on, and it has nothing to do with the temperatures getting lower in Prague.   If the Spaniards are classy as is their habit regarding the venue, the rivals, etc., it was a whole other matter […]

It’s In The Head

It’s In The Head

  The impression left by the first ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) singles semi-final is that if tennis is a physical sport (and we know it is), it is even more of a mental one. It is something I have always known, of course, but somehow, it seemed even more so during the match opposing […]

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 […]

Bizarre Scheduling In London

Bizarre Scheduling In London

  The ATP World Tour Finals are in full swing and if there is something that can be said, it is that the last two days of the round robin have a pretty peculiar scheduling, especially as far as the singles are concerned.   In Group A, it is a little less obvious, as there […]

Dreams Come True In Paris

Dreams Come True In Paris

    Last year, when the 2012 calendar became known, many were those (including yours truly) who thought that the top players who will have qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) prior to the start of the BNP Paribas Masters would either pull out or not last long in Bercy. We were not […]

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 […]

The Biggest Win Of His Career (And A ...

The Biggest Win Of His Career (And A Challenger Heart-Breaker)

    If Tuesday brought little surprises at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, except the upset of 13th seed Marin Cilic, Wednesday was more active in this regard, as three seeds were ousted, and one of them in the most bizarre way possible.

Emotional Firsts For Jerzy Janowicz (...

Emotional Firsts For Jerzy Janowicz (With Another Chapter)

    There are some up-and-comers we hear about even before they make the jump to the pros, others who had brilliant Junior careers and don’t fulfil their promises at the next level. There are also players who did well in the Juniors, took time to develop, in the shadows, and someday explode, but remain […]

A Great Weekend For Argentina

A Great Weekend For Argentina

  Four titles in two days: that was Argentina’s tennis weekend, starting Saturday with the Girls’ 12 & Under team winning the South American championship in Lima and the boys being runner-ups. Then came a succession of three men’s titles, one in each category of professional tournaments (one on Saturday, two on Sunday), to cap […]

Mixed Fortunes For The Brits

Mixed Fortunes For The Brits

    One celebrated the biggest accomplishment of her young career, while the other tasted a bit of very sour medicine. One saved four match points, while the other lost five. The last day of the Asian Swing brought mixed fortunes for the British players.

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 […]

Only A Second This Season

Only A Second This Season

  The Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals were completed this Friday, and set a rare combination of semi-finals between the top four seeds for this season. The only other time it happened in either a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, this year, was at the Australian Open.   However, it was only fitting that the […]

600 Wins, 300 Weeks: Two Milestones I...

600 Wins, 300 Weeks: Two Milestones In Shanghai

  Two players reached important milestones this Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. In fact, one player reached it, while the other ensured himself to reach it no matter what happens in the matches left for the tournament.

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

    They had very little rest time, having had to play their first-round match on Tuesday after a long final on Sunday and the trip from Tokyo to Shanghai, and it showed today, as both Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were ousted in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the most important […]

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.

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