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 […]
The first semi-finalists of the Australian Open 2013 are known and if it is without surprise that Novak Djokovic almost “routined” Tomaš Berdych, with the exception of a dropped second set (6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4), David Ferrer has been led a more than merry chase by Nicolás Almagro, who not once, but three times […]
The quarter-final matchups are now set for the 2013 Australian Open. From the 128 who started the main draw event a bit over a week ago, eight remain, and only one will be standing as the winner next Sunday. If seven of the eight quarter-finalists are familiar faces, one of them is, without […]
It was an eventful first day at the Australian Open, where no less than 10 matches went to the limit of five sets, one seed fell, others trembled, and we already had our first (very) late night finish. Let’s recap some of the day’s events.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
The Top 4 reigned supreme on the Grand Slams in 2012, but many want to add their name to that glorious list in 2013.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
David Ferrer is having a dream season. Very close to a qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), first after last week for the number of wins to date (62), second for the number of titles (5) and the number of finals (6), all was going well and he had a very good […]
The Asian swing started in force, this week, despite the absence of the top 4. With the Race for one of the remaining spots of the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) still going on strongly, most players still in contention took the occasion to grab precious points in their quest to qualify for the […]
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 […]
All the players who took part in the later stages of the Olympic Games had to face, in a very short time span, the woes of going from grass to hard courts. For instance, those who competed in the men’s doubles finals and Bronze medal match finished on Saturday, and had little to […]