Tennis News from the back of the back pages

Jul 23, 2009

To actually find anything in the mainstream newspapers or online about tennis results at this time of year, you have to do a bit of digging. I turned through page upon page about other sport stories; the golf US Open and the number of hip replacements between them; the Ashes tournament where England finally managed to beat the Aussies at Lords for the first time since the sport was invented; and it was even eclipsed by Steven Gerard allegedly elbowing a guy in the face.

But finally I found the tennis news. Wedged in the bottom corner between all of the other stories,

For starters, Robin Soderling overcame Juan Monaco of Argentine to win the Swedish Open title 6-3, 7-6. It was obviously an emotion win for the Swede; he claimed after his win that he wouldn’t have traded the win in his home country at Bastad for any of the Grand Slams.

And disappointing news from the Andy Roddick camp; he pulled out of the Indianapolis Championships leading up to the US Open because of a hip injury. It has been confirmed that the injury occurred whilst playing in that epic final against Federer. Roddick initially denied he had hurt himself when he slipped and fell onto the Centre Court grass, but that is now the reason given for the sustained hip injury that has kept him out of the game since the final.

On his Twitter feed that he was disappointed to have to pull out, but claimed that he was “not properly prepared at this point” to get back into the game.

He also had to withdraw from the US Davis cup match against Croatia. The US actually went on to lose that quarter-final encounter, and I can imagine it was to the great chagrin of the team’s coach John McEnroe. Good job he has grown up from his years of racket-smacking or some rackets may have been splintered at the final result….

To replace Andy Roddick, James Blake has been offered the wild card for the tournament which starts on Monday.

Let’s hope Andy Roddick gets himself back on form in time for the last Grand Slam of the year.

And the rankings have shifted, in particular for one Jeremy Chardy. The French player was ranked no. 43 before entering the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, but after he claimed his first career title there he is now

 

-           SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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