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Davis Cup – Playoff Ties to Wat...

Borna Coric, Andy Murray

The Davis Cup World Group playoffs are starting today, as Israel asked, and was granted, that the tie be played Thursday, Friday, Sunday with a rest on Saturday due to Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish holiday. For the occasion, and because yours, truly is a Davis Cup lover, we offer you an overview of […]

Australian Open – Day 3 Roundup

Photo: AP

  First of all, I would like to apologise for not having done a roundup of Day 2. I will not say “It won’t happen again” because it is always possible that it will happen again before the end of the Australian Open.   Nevertheless, some very interesting things happened in the second day, including […]

He’s Back!

David Nalbandian's classic trademark: his wonderful two-handed backhand (Photo: Hans Rhule Fotografía)

  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 Best Conclusion To A Great Season

Guido Pella concluded the best season of his young career by winning the ATP Challenger Tour Finals title, his fourth and most important Challenger title of the season (Photo: ATP Challenger Tour Finals website)

    A couple of months ago, I wrote the following about Guido Pella, after he had won his third Challenger Tour title of the season, and reached a then career high ranking of 121 in the world:   “At this rate, he can very well reach [the top 100] before the end of this […]

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make His...

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make History

  In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).

Bad News For David Ferrer

Bad News For David Ferrer

  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 […]

An Unwanted Guest Spoils Day 2

An Unwanted Guest Spoils Day 2

    At many a party, there is someone who comes and crashes the whole thing for a spell. Wimbledon is no different and today, the unwanted guest was, as always, the rain, which delayed the start of the matches by more than an hour on the outside courts, then stopped them for three full […]

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Los...

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Losses: The Olympics Start At Full Gear (2)

  After going at length on the first winner of the men’s draw, the surprise exit of Tomas Berdych, and the fright Alejandro Falla caused Roger Federer again two years later, there are still, of course, many more events of the first day of Olympic tennis to talk about. However, I will stop on an […]

Cursed Tournament

Cursed Tournament

After the heartbreaking image of Juan Mónaco writhing in pain after a nasty fall on the Court Central of the Monte Carlo Country Club in his second-round match, I hoped there would not be any more injuries or bad events happening to the players taking part in the first clay-court Masters 1000 of the season. […]

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters ...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (2)

If yesterday’s quarter-final matches were high quality indeed, the ones played today will definitely be high voltage quarters. Starting at 4PM ET, tennis fans will be treated to what, on paper, will be the best quarter-finals this Masters 1000 could offer. If one of the matchups became quite redundant (and a bit of an ordeal to […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (1)

The third round of the BNP Paribas Open was completed yesterday, although it started on the wrong foot with the announcement of yet another pull-out caused by the gastro-intestinal virus, that of Nikolay Davydenko, which gave Thomaz Bellucci a direct entrance to the round-of-16. This means that the virus was really kind of profitable for […]

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 […]

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (A...

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (And Other Tidbits From The Qualifications)

The second day of qualification action at the Copa Claro started under the rain, which caused the postponing of the beginning of the day to noon instead of 11 AM. The rain also came to visit us for a bit during the afternoon. On a personal front, this caused me to look like a lobster, […]

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 2)

The second day is close to starting in Melbourne and as I did yesterday, here are the matches that I will watch or, at least, follow as closely as possible if they can’t be seen:

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 1)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 1)

While some of the players are competing in Sydney and Auckland this week, others are in Melbourne and getting accustomed to the courts in preparation of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, or battling in the qualifications to enter the main draw, qualifications that have seen their first day suspended for a long time due […]

A Dream Team For The Dream? (And News...

A Dream Team For The Dream? (And News, etc.)

It’s the off-season, but this doesn’t mean that nothing is happening in the tennis world. The players have resumed training for the most part in preparation of the 2012 season, a few have changed coaches, there were very interesting exhibition tournaments to follow and there will be more coming next week as well, etc.   […]

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

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

If you remember, a couple of days ago, I started talking about the players who had known some kind of resurgence throughout the 2011 season. I should say those who have improved to the point of reaching, this season, their best career results. I started this part with Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, then […]

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 […]

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