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Indian Wells – Did I Really Say...

Indian Wells – Did I Really Say “Without Surprises”?

The joy of tennis is when the time comes and you make absolutely wrong predictions. The less fun part of it is when it happens at the expense of a favourite. You can try and be as neutral as you can but it’s sometimes just too much (and if you follow me on Twitter, you […]

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gi...

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gilles Simon

To me, he was and had always been a defensive player, not very prone to play aggressive tennis. However, since last fall but most particularly since the beginning of this season, Frenchman Gilles Simon has brought a lot of improvement to his game and is now a much more offensive player, as I’ve been able […]

Australian Open – FINE!

Australian Open – FINE!

Like most tennis fans, I have lost count of all the injuries that have been plaguing both Tours since the beginning of the season, and the situation did not improve since the beginning of the Australian Open.   However, another plague has touched the first Grand Slam of the season, which is really, with all […]

Sometimes The End Is Just The Beginni...

Sometimes The End Is Just The Beginning

The second round of the Australian Open finished as the sun was slowly rising over my home, on the sad note of Andy Roddick’s retirement during his match with Lleyton Hewitt. Despite the excitement, despair, rage, exhilaration, and all the other feelings that this second round has brought me over the last two days, I […]

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 4)

The fourth day of action of the Australian Open will start shortly. There are quite a few potentially good matches to follow again today and I will then give all my attention (or most of it) to the following (plus Andy Murray’s match, but that is just the fan speaking):

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 2)

Yesterday, I started my draw analysis with the players from the bottom half of the draw, who begin playing today. Meanwhile, we learned that Florian Mayer (20) has withdrawn due to a hip injury, that Rafael Nadal is tired of being the voice of the players’ grievances, that Juan Martín del Potro understands the reaction to […]

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And To...

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And Too Many Time Zones

If 2011 ended with a bang, 2012 started with a concert of chamber music that I couldn’t help hearing inside my head as soon as I saw the images of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opening the season in a very special way in Doha, on New Year’s Day. But most of all, it means […]

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Yea...

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of The Returns (1)

As the last part of my 2011 season review, I decided to devote the post to the comebacks of the year. If the three players who will be featured here are obvious choices, it is because their return to form after long injury layoffs was absolutely great. The fact that one of them was not […]

The Return Of The Djoker

The Return Of The Djoker

Novak Djokovic played today his first match since his five-week layoff caused by a bad back injury. However, he only started training seriously last week and it showed quite a bit against a very inspired Xavier Malisse, that Djokovic defeated with great difficulty 6-2 4-6 7-5, in the first round of the Basel Open.   […]

Big Week Coming

Big Week Coming

After two weeks of ATP250 tournaments, we are nearing the end of the season, with the last ATP500 tournaments in Basel and Valencia, then the last Masters 1000 in Paris (week of 7 November) and, finally, the ATP World Tour Finals in London (week of 20 November) and the Davis Cup final (2-4 December).   […]

London, Year-End No 1, Taxes

London, Year-End No 1, Taxes

There were many events that happened today in Shanghai, not all of them positive, but still worth a mention. Another player booked his place for London, the year-end no 1 ranking was sealed and Rafa Nadal talked about income taxes, which led to quite a discussion a little everywhere among tennis fans.   We’ll start […]

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