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 […]
Before the start of Day 1, I previewed what would be the heartbreak matches, and the popcorn encounters, of the top half, which started the tournament. I will repeat the exercise today, just before Day 2 begins. However, considering my prediction record for the first day, I will (try to) refrain from making any.
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 […]
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 […]
Throughout the season, even though the young guns have made some noise, the players that really stood out the most were, in my view, the veterans, especially the players of 30 years or more, some of whom having had a season many players would really envy them.
The tennis season came to a close on the ATP Tour (as there are still Challenger and Futures events going on) last Sunday when the Czech Republic was crowned Davis Cup champion after a thrilling and very dramatic 100th final against Spain, and if there is one thing to say about 2012, it is […]
The Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals were completed this Friday, and set a rare combination of semi-finals between the top four seeds for this season. The only other time it happened in either a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, this year, was at the Australian Open. However, it was only fitting that the […]
If the two ATP500 events of last week finally put an end to the Race tie between Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet, who are now five points apart in favour of the Argentine, the Masters 1000 of Shanghai will be just as determining for the players who are still in contention for a spot […]
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 […]
When he underwent two surgeries (hip and elbow) a month apart in the beginning of 2010, at the age of 31, many were those who deemed that the career of former World no 2 Tommy Haas was coming to en end. After all, haven’t we seen players like Guga Kuerten and Fernando González unable […]
There were four ATP250 tournaments this week, as well as a few Challenger Tour events and going back on all of them would take considerable time. For this reason, I will stop on a few players who, to me, marked the week for a reason or another.
The first round of Wimbledon starts at 6:30 AM (EDT) tomorrow morning and I already mentioned the matches that are the most heartbreaking for that half of the draw. The bottom half also has a few of those first-round matches that will end up being a nightmare for the fans.
The French Open is starting tomorrow, and with the draw coming out yesterday, the first thing I noticed was how bad the draw was for the Argentinean players. Well, the same can be said about the Colombians, as there are two in the main draw (Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla) and the draw […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”.
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 […]
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 […]