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Tsonga Earns Star Billing In Paris

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the toast of the town in Paris at the moment, the 30 year old Frenchman has continued his dream run in the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros by ousting the 5th seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set quarter-final, Tsonga has had an injury plagued season so far in  2015 but the popular native from Le Mans has put all that behind him by blazing his way to the semi-finals of his home event for the second time in his career, it remains to be seen whether Jo-Willy has what it takes to progress through to his second ever Grand Slam final but the Parisian faithful will certainly be spurring their man on loudly and proudly in an effort to get him across the line.

Tsonga will square off against the 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals after the Stanimal brushed aside his friend and No.2 seed Roger Federer in a rather one-sided quarter-final clash, Wawrinka defeated Federer in straight sets to end the Swiss maestro’s hopes of another deep run at Roland Garros, the last four match-up between Tsonga and Wawrinka should be a colourful and entertaining match for the French crowd to really get their teeth and voice into, could the Parisian crowd play a significant role in helping Jo become the first Frenchman to make the big dance in Paris since Henri Leconte back in 1988, perhaps they ca.

Tsonga has earned star billing with the local fans over the past 10 days and his star will shine even brighter if he can become the first French more »

 

Can Novak Finally Claim The Career Grand Slam?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

With the 2015 French Open now well underway the big question still on the lips of most tennis fans is whether or not the world No.1 Novak Djokovic can finally claim the elusive career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in the next ten days, Djokovic has made a solid start to his quest for glory in Paris and he should comfortably dispatch his next opponent, Thanasi Kokkanakis in the third round, but the much anticipated quarter-final showdown between Novak and the nine-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal is eagerly awaited by all, it would certainly be a deflating feeling for the entire tournament organisers, and fans in general, if these two giants of the game don’t get to square off in the last eight.

Djokovic is the current Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and has a fantastic 35-2 record in 2015, his only losses (Karlovic@Doha, Federer@Dubai) this season have come early in the year and the 8-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been toppled since his runner-up finish in Dubai at the end of February, but he must now dethrone Nadal, the greatest clay court player of all time, in the quarter-finals of the French Open before he even considers claiming the one elusive major title to thus far elude him, the 28 year old Serb is in the form of his life, he is now a husband and father and life seems like it couldn’t get much better for Nole, however the Serb will be well aware of how quickly things can change in the  more »

 

Novak & Serena Continue To Dominate

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The newly crowned men’s and women’s Australian Open singles champions, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, proved once again that they continue to dominate the world of tennis as they respectively set the benchmark in their chosen sport for their peers to follow, Djokovic claimed his 5th Australian Open title and his 8th career Grand Slam singles title after defeating long time friend and rival Andy Murray in the men’s singles final, Williams claimed her 6th Australian Open title and her 19th career Grand Slam singles crown after dispatching world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the women’s championship decider.

Both of the respective world No.1 ranked players once again underlined their supremacy at the top of the game in Melbourne and the question has now been raised yet again as to whether the chasing pack can dethrone either of the world’s top ranked tennis players in 2015, it’s only the beginning of the new tennis season but already most tennis fans are probably installing Djokovic and Williams as the pre tournament favourites for the French Open which commences at Roland Garros in late May, Djokovic has never won in Paris and the Serb will be keen to try and claim a career Grand Slam in 2015 while Williams will be looking to add to her impressive tally of Grand Slam singles title’s by winning her third French Open crown.

The 2015 season could easily unfold in many different ways yet, but Novak and Serena have certainly made a statement by winning their respective title’s more »

 

Djokovic Versus Murray For Australian Open Title

Friday, January 30th, 2015

So, who will play the final match of the 2015 Australian Open has been decided and it will be between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and the current world No.6 Andy Murray, it wasn’t that long ago that Murray was considered as among the big four in men’s tennis, with his impresive run to the men’s singles final in Melbourne during the past fortnight, the 27 year old Scot will soon make a return to the top quartet in men’s tennis and once again be considered one of the big four in the game, he will face off against his long-time Serbian friend and rival Djokovic in the championship decider, the two men have squared off 23 times in their respective career with Djokovic holding a distinct 15-8 advantage currently over Murray, it’s interesting to note that Murray’s two previous Grand Slam victories both came against the Serb, his first in the US Open final of 2012 and his second at Wimbledon in 2013, Novak and Andy have both shown glimpses of their best form on Rod Laver Arena but the champion will be the guy who can summon up their “A” game when it is needed the most.

Djokovic has been the dominant figure in men’s tennis since the end of last season, winning the Paris Masters in Bercy in November before going on to once again be crowned the end of season  ATP world No.1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Murray appears to be over his back issue’s from late 2013 and he now seems poised to make a return to the top echelon of the game, his recovery will no doubt be complete if  more »

 

Big Four Favoured In Melbourne

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The 2015 Australian Open is here, and the start of a new tennis season always provides us tennis fans with a multitude of questions as the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific kicks off the major events for the season, even though there are plenty of Grand Slam contenders, it appears that the big four in the respective men’s and women’s singles championship are once again favoured by most pundits in 2015, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending AO champ Stan Wawrinka stand out as the most likely contenders among the men, similarly the world’s top four ranked women’s players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova appear to be the favoured quartet among the women, the men’s and women’s competitions also mirror one another with the next tier of players ranked just below the big four also good chances of making a deep run in Melbourne throughout the next fortnight, in the men we have Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, while in the women we see the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki all hoping to push for Grand Slam glory.

I believe it would come as a major surprise if anyone outside the respective groups of eight named above claimed their individual title in Melbourne, however Spaniard David Ferrer and world No.11 Grigor Dimitrov might beg to differ when it comes to discussing potential men’s champions, and Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova could argue the point more »