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Nadal & Barty Claim Glory In Paris

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The 2019 Roland Garros Championships in Paris have come to an end and it was yet another historic Grand Slam event with Rafael Nadal notching up a record 12th men’s singles RG crown, while Australian Ashleigh Barty claimed her first major women’s championship singles title respectively.

Nadal was simply supreme once again in Paris and if the Spaniard can stay fit for a few more years on tour, few would bet against him from adding to his amazing haul at the French Open, Barty was a completely different story altogether, but the 23 year old Queensland native from Ipswich certainly made headlines of her own throughout the two weeks, Barty had never previously made it further than the second round at RG, but 2019 changed all that for the popular Aussie as she swept her way to her maiden Grand Slam title.

Debate may well go on for years and years about who the men’s tennis GOAT is, but one thing that can’t be debated is the fact that Rafa is simply the King of Clay and the GOAT on the red dirt surface, his achievements on clay will probably never be matched or surpassed and his name will forever be linked with the French Open Championships in Paris, it’s staggering to think that the native from Manacor in Spain has won the same Grand Slam event an amazing twelve times, nothing Rafa now does would shock tennis fans anymore I believe.

Barty is probably wondering how Nadal can do this eighteen times after winning her very first major event, however the Aussie will now more »

 

The Men’s Big Three Roll On In Paris

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The first week of the 2019 Roland Garros French Open Championships has now been completed and we are down to the last eight in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships, as is normally the case in major events there has been a number of upsets throughout the first week in Paris, one thing that is yet to change however is the dominance of the big three in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have steamrolled their way through the men’s draw thus far and all three players look likely to progress to the final four at RG, Nadal and Federer could be on course for a semi-final showdown if the seeds hold.

The men’s quarter-final line-up includes six of the top eight seeded players in the tournament, while the women’s draw has produced far more upsets with only three of the top eight seeded players remaining, defending champion Simona Halep is in fact the only seeded player among the top four women’s seeds still alive in the event, the women’s draw also includes two unseeded players (Amanda Anisimova & Marketa Vondrousova) in the last eight unlike the men’s championships where all eight players are seeded, Karen Khachanov (10) and Stan Wawrinka (24) are the only two men’s players seeded outside the top eight.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer continue to amaze tennis fans around the world with their dominance in such a highly competitive sport, father time will eventually catch up with all three men, but each time their expected fall from more »

 

Djokovic & Osaka Confirm No.1 Status

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open has now been written down in the history books, and history will say that Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions after two weeks of exciting and exhilarating tennis in Melbourne, Australia, the first Grand Slam event of the season didn’t disappoint with plenty of tight and tense battles between the best players in the world of tennis, however after a fortnight of terrific tennis, Djokovic and Osaka confirmed their status as world No.1 by winning the men’s and women’s singles championship respectively.

Novak produced arguably the most perfect performance ever seen in a major final, dismantling Rafael Nadal comprehensively in straight sets, the form that the Serb displayed in the final was simply superb, Nadal hadn’t dropped a set heading into the championship decider, but that meant nothing to Djokovic as he found his A+ game to dominate the final on Rod Laver Arena, Osaka found the going a little tougher in her match with Petra Kvitova though, the 21 year old from Japan had to show her mental toughness in the final after Kvitova had threatened a comeback by winning the second set, Naomi showed her maturity by knuckling down and winning a tight third set against the popular Czech, in doing so she claimed back to back Grand Slam titles and become the new women’s world No.1.

Djokovic has now claimed the last three men’s major titles and Osaka the last two women’s, nobody can dispute that more »

 

Is The Next Generation Finally Upon Us?

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

What an incredible first week of tennis at the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne, as always, with players refreshed from the off season, we have seen some fantastic matches played and some very tension filled clashes over the first seven days, none more so however than last night’s men’s fourth round clash between defending champion Roger Federer and the young Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20 year old Tsitsipas played tennis beyond his years as he took down the six-time AO champ in four high quality sets of tennis, with Alexander Zverev’s recent success at the end of season ATP World Tour Finals and the success of other young players in Melbourne like Frances Tiafoe, Daniil Medvedev, Alex De Minaur and Borna Coric, have the Next Generation of tennis players finally arrived?

Tsitsipas won the end of season ATP Next Gen Finals in 2018, but after his stunning upset of Federer on Rod Laver Arena last night, the Greek right hander has announced his arrival on the main stage of tennis, the changing of the guard and the end of the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer has been talked about for years, however it seemed like the conversation always ended the same way, the young up and coming players are good but not quite ready to take over yet, that is maybe until now or indeed sometime in 2019, I am sure the big three of Novak, Rafa and Fed aren’t quite finished just yet, but it may well be that the future of the sport is now upon us.

The ATP have done their best more »

 

Nadal & Halep Confirm Top Status In Paris

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The respective men’s and women’s world No.1 ranked players confirmed their status at the top of their chosen sport by winning the men’s singles and women’s singles championship respectively at the conclusion of the French Open in Paris, the King of clay Rafael Nadal won an unprecedented 11th Roland Garros title in another awesome display, while Halep notched up her very first Grand Slam singles crown with an impressive performance in the women’s final.

Rafa was simply outstanding once again on the red dirt in Paris defeating the young Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, if he can remain fully fit and focused, it is difficult to see how anyone is going to beat the Spaniard at his home away from home on the terre battue, Nadal’s record at RG is currently an amazing 86-2 and it seems inevitable that, barring injury, he will add to that total in the years ahead, Halep on the other hand is maybe only just getting started on a dynasty of her own, she fought back well to topple American Sloane Stephens in three sets and if the Romanian ends up winning even a quarter of the RG titles that Rafa has already won I think Simona would take that.

It is certainly no accident that Nadal and Halep are currently Roland Garros champions and also ranked No.1 on the respective ATP and WTA rankings system, both players are very consistent at the big events and both have already mentioned that court Philippe-Chatrier is their favourite court of them all, it will be interesting to see how more »

 
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