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Indian Wells – High Quality Qua...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (1)

Since the beginning of the BNP Paribas Open, we were treated to a lot of drama. From the now famous BNP Parasite (i.e. the gastro-intestinal virus that has been plaguing the tournament and made another victim yesterday – Mike Bryan, forcing the twins’ pull-out before their quarter-finals match, thus making it yet another year to […]

Indian Wells – Between Virus An...

Indian Wells – Between Virus And Doubles Drama

There is a virulent stomach virus going on in Indian Wells at the moment, which caused the pull-out and the retirement of many players, but also affects everyone there: players, linesmen, ball kids, journalists. No one is safe and we saw again retirements and pull-outs because of it yesterday, among which the 2010 French Open […]

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 – Logical Final

Copa Claro – Logical Final

If there have been surprises during the early rounds of the Copa Claro, the identity of the two finalists is not surprising at all, as the no 1 and no 2 seeds will face on the Central of the BALTC at 4PM local time. From the star-studded filed of the beginning of the week, only […]

Copa Claro – For The Last Time ...

Copa Claro – For The Last Time (On Clay), Feña

It was an emotional Friday night on the Centre Court of the BALTC, as not only did one of the most loved athletes of Argentina, Gabriela Sabatini, received her golden ring from the Tennis Hall of Fame (she has been inducted in 2006 and this was yet another distinction), but this special presentation was also […]

Copa Claro – From The Last Matc...

Copa Claro – From The Last Match To The First Win

If Sunday, at the Copa Claro, marked the last match of Juan Pablo Brzezicki’s career, Monday was just as special for another Argentine player, but on the reverse side, as Facundo Bagnis won his first career ATP match,  a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over another talented young Argentine, Lenoardo Mayer.

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The ...

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The Future Of The Game?

There was a lot of action in the first half of the third round tonight and if the first few matches were, I must say, a little boring, the match of the day really delivered as far as the show and quality of the play was concerned. However, the match between Bernard Tomic and Alexandr Dolgopolov (15) […]

Australian Open – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Cran...

Australian Open – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Crankiness, Injustice, And Rage

If I could describe in only one word the third day of action at the Australian Open, it would definitely be “eventful”. Many things have occured during (and after) the matches, some very good, but a lot, sadly, not good at all. From Mardy Fish’s crankiness and utter lack of class to Marcos Baghdatis’s racquet […]

Australian Open – Matches To Fo...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 1)

The first Grand Slam of the season starts shortly and not only are the expectation and anticipation at very high levels, there are also a huge amount of matches to follow, on both men’s and women’s sides, and an all-nighter is pretty much in the works for many tennis fans, as a lot of the […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 1) – Edited Due To Withdrawal

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in the early evening Sunday for us and as the singles draw was made on Friday morning (Australian time), taking an extra day for analysis (I admit, out of sheer laziness) gave me time to see who qualified and where they fell in the draw, thus […]

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

I started this pre-Australian Open part with the two warm-up tournaments that are played this week, but there are also exhibition tournaments that are quite known and to which many good players are taking part. Although in some cases, we really mean “exhibition”.

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares...

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares: 2012 Starts With 2011’s Bad Karma

As far as injuries were concerned, 2011 had a bad karma in the tennis world. Apparently, 2012 is determined to start the same way. After the pre-season pull-outs that I have listed last week, Somdev Devvarman pulled out of the Chennai event due to a shoulder injury yesterday. He was replaced by lucky loser Édourad […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Day Of The Youngsters In Shanghai

The Day Of The Youngsters In Shanghai

If some of the Tour’s veterans had good wins today at the Shanghai Masters 1000, it was, however, a day marked by the great performance of the youngsters, either with great wins or because they illustrated themselves despite the loss. Three of those matches involving the young guns were first round matches, the other being […]

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