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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 […]

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rain...

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rained Out

It is safe to say that today has been one of the freakiest days of the season so far, as the day in every tournament on schedule has seen matches postponed due to the weather conditions. If, in Düsseldorf, it was only the end of the last match of the day (the doubles match between […]

Important Milestone In Houston

Important Milestone In Houston

It’s a bit of a slower week for most of us after the emotions of another great Davis Cup weekend (about which you can read my series of summaries here: part 1 (Spain and USA), part 2 (Argentina), and part 3 (Czech Republic)). Nevertheless, there are still good tournaments to follow in the ATP250 events of Houston […]

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wi...

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wishes, And So On)

The new tennis season has just started on the ATP Tour with the beginning of the Brisbane International qualifications (it has started last night/at dawn in the WTA), although for the last two days, we were spoiled, as we have been every year since 2008, with the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a six-player exhibition held […]

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 […]

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (2)

As part of my 2011 tennis review, I started yesterday with the players we did not expect seeing where they actually ended up. After reviewing the year of Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, the second part will focus on Mardy Fish, Feliciano López and Radek Stepanek. Tomorrow will focus on two last players, even […]

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Yea...

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (1)

After the year of the Djoker and the revelations, it is time for me to stop my 2011 recap on those players we did not expect to see doing so well during the year, those who sometimes flew under the radar but ended up doing so well that we could not help but notice.   […]

A 2011 Review, Part 2 – The Rev...

A 2011 Review, Part 2 – The Revelations

If 2011 was first and foremost marked by the tremendous year of Novak Djokovic, it was also marked by the rise of several young players who, by their performances, gave us a glimpse of what the next few years may bring us. There were some who impressed at one time or another throughout the year […]

Loaded Swiss Field

Loaded Swiss Field

The impression that I had when I saw the draw of the Swiss Indoors Basel (which I call the Basel Open to make short) is really that of an immensely loaded field. Three of ATP’s Fab Four are there (Rafa Nadal being the only one of the Incredible Foursome missing), five top 10 players, nine […]

ATP – The Last Stretch

ATP – The Last Stretch

With the Asian Swing ending today, the ATP Tour moves back to Europe for the last stretch of the tennis season. With two ATP250 tournaments this week, it will be a slow start after a Masters 1000 tournament, as almost usual, but one of those tournaments, the If Open in Stockholm, will get most of […]

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