Archive for March, 2009

 

Indian Wells Masters Gets Underway

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The Indian Wells Masters is underway in sunny California, and it’s a tournament like this that just shows how times have changed. For starters, when this tournament took place last year Roger Federer was at the top of his game. Now he’s lost his No. 1 spot and has been out for a number of weeks with a back injury. He’s certainly impressive by anyone’s standards, but questions have been asked. You may have heard of a one ‘Rafael Nadal’ over this past year too; he has risen to take the World Number One spot from his sporting rival Federer in spectacular fashion, as well as winning a Grand Slam on a surface he has always found particularly tricky two months ago. And Andy Murray has shot to prominence as the new British Wonder, despite having a recent rocky patch with his health.  

On the girls side, it puts a smile to fan’s faces to see Maria Sharapova back. She has been out for a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury, missing the first Grand slam of the year (the Australian Open).

But disappointingly, not much has changed from one Indian Wells tournament to the next for Ve more »

 

Davis Cup Upsets & Cleansweeps

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Davis Cup for 2009 is underway and has seen some great tennis action from all parts of the globe. The theme of the weekend seemed to be a mixture of destructive tennis and surprising upsets.

The Upsets

Czech Republic defeated France 3-2

French men’s tennis is currently bursting with talent – just getting on the team is an achievement at the moment. Along with Spain they have more players in the world’s top 25 than any other nation and were rated as one of the favourites to win the title this year

But over the weekend their top ranked player, Gilles Simon went 0-2 in his singles matches which left his team mates too much work to do. “You should never forget a weekend like the one I just had,” said Simon, struggling unsuccessfully to hold back tears after the loss. “You need to ask yourself the right questions, in order to be ready when facing a similar situation in the future.”

France will now be forced to re-qualify for the world group for the first time in almost a decade.


Israel defeated Sweden 3-2

In one of the least atmospheric Davis Cup ties imaginable, Sweden went down to massive underdogs Israel in front of just 300 invited guests, with anti-Israel more »

 

British Davis Cup Hopes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I’ve had a hunch for years that British sport is cursed. We won the rugby world cup in 2003 and things were looking great until our star player Jonny Wilkinson’s limbs basically started to drop off. We won the Ashes tournament in 2005 and have gone to a below average performance in test matches and been embroiled in some captain and coach troubles. And don’t even get me started on football.  When it comes to tennis, the trend has continued. For long period of time, the media built up Tim Henman as a true Wimbledon hope, then the hopes were shattered every year. It didn’t really have much to do with Tim Henman the player; he was a good player, but proved to be just not good enough compared to others when it came to winning Wimbledon.

Recently there’s been a period of relief of this curse with regards to tennis. Andy Murray has become the new British prodigy. I was suspicious; the media was telling us how amazing he is but they often aren’t a great judge of talent. But, so far, he’s delivered very well. Unfortunately, the British Sports Curse reared its ugly head again: Murray is unlikely to be able to play in the first match of the Davis Cup against Ukraine in Glasgow next week. Uh-oh, here we go again.

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