. We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Without Juan Martín del Potro, who did not want to play Davis Cup this year to put […]
When the U.S. Open draw was made and came out on 22 August, I made a bit of a bold prediction: Making a bold prediction: if Hewitt gets to Rd2, he’ll upset Delpo. — Caro Paquin (@caropaquin80) August 22, 2013 Yes, I knew that Juan Martín del Potro had wrist issues since the start of […]
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 week of the Australian Open is now a thing of the past and we had to wait until Day 6 to get the first huge surprise of the men’s singles draw.
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 Top 4 reigned supreme on the Grand Slams in 2012, but many want to add their name to that glorious list in 2013.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
There were a lot of emotions in Parque Roca on Friday, during the first day of the semi-final tie opposing Argentina to Czech Republic. After all the uncertainty surrounding the presence of Argentina’s n° 1 player, Juan Martín del Potro, suffering from a left wrist injury, and his confirmation that he would play “for […]
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 […]
Since yesterday, I have seen two players being accused of tanking their opening match at the Masters 1000 of Toronto, and I can’t stand there without saying anything, especially after having seen both matches, and knowing where both players come from.
The Olympics brought the consecration of five players, either for completing their Career Golden Slam or for winning an Olympic medal that was evading them.
Before turning my eyes to Toronto, it is of circumstance to give one last look at a great Olympic tournament, which has brought the consecration of some of the greats of the sport, the redemption/rebirth of some others and, all in all, has given us great emotions over the last nine days.
Please forgive me if, before going all analytic once more, I am, at the moment, a bit more personal. I rarely do it, especially not for a whole post, but today, the circumstances call for it.