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Here it comes….

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Yep, it’s that time of year folks. We move from the leafy greens of Wimbledon and the achingly hot clay of France and move to the hard courts of the good ol’ US of A. The draws have been released and for the first time we get an idea of what this year will have in store for us. Of course things are constantly changing throughout an Open, but for now here are a few truths we can assure ourselves of going into the final Grand Slam:
No Delpo
For those that were holding their breath and crossing all things that could be crossed that Juan Martin del Potro will be back in time for the US Open (as I was), then there’s some unfortunate news. Del Potro, as defending champion of the US Open, will not be able to compete and defend his title in this year’s tournament. His wrist injury has kept him out of tennis almost since the beginning of the year, and after two weeks of easing his way into the game he has decided that his wrist cannot stand up to the task of a tournament. It’s such a shame after seeing a player reach a career high of fifth in the world, for him to then suffer such a debilitating injury that has pervaded throughout the whole season. One can only hope he keeps his spirits up during the time off; he will need his mental strength when he comes back in the game so he can claw his way back up to the top.
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Looking forward to the US Open…

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

So for the next Grand Slam, the players will be making the pilgrimage to America, where the US Open starts on 27th August. Who will be the ones to watch, and what things should we be looking out for, when the tournament gets under way?

1. Star appearances

You can always guarantee the stars will be out in force whenever there’s a top player on the court, particularly in the final stages. Maybe the big man himself Barack Obama will grace Flushing Meadows with his presence? Or maybe not.

2. Kids Day

Talking of stars, which stars will elect to appear at Kids Day, the fun and games opening to the tournament? Big names in tennis, comedy and acting do their best to make the day special for the kids lucky enough to get tickets to the event. Maybe Barack Obama can umpire a match of McEnroe verses Federer? Again, maybe not.

3. Absent del Potro

It’s sad to say, but the one person we won’t be seeing at Flushing Meadows will be last year’s champion. Juan Martin del Potro is still recovering from a wrist injury; even if at the last moment he decides to play, he has barely played since the beginning of the year. Last reports suggest he hopes to be back for the Paris Indoor tournament not long after the US Open. It’s a shame when a defending champion cannot actual partake in any defence of his title, but as Rafa showed at Wimbledon just because you have a year out of a tournament doesn’t mean you’re done for good. Del Potro lingers at  more »

 

Juan Martin del Potro upsets the King of Flushing Meadows

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The King of the US Open Roger Federer has been officially overthrown, dethroned and sent packing by the Argentine Big Friendly Giant, one Juan Martin del Potro.

Last year, not many would have recognised his name when they heard it. Climbing the rankings as a teenager, he had a name for being a little flash, and caused a flutter in many a hearts with a scorching photo shoot in Open Magazine. He had the infamous argument with Andy Murray on the chairs at the US Open last year, something so sacrilegious that it even received coverage over here in England, where American tennis gets little look in. But up until this year, most people hadn’t even heard of the 20 year old from Tandil, Argentina.

But now, El Palito (“the popsicle”) is becoming a name to admire, follow and enjoy watching. And in some style; reaching the semi-finals in the French Open, and following it up with his best victory to date, winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open – and doing it by beating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

With a name sounding like a exotic cocktail, most people love to say it in the best south American accent they can muster, but typing it out is tricky. The nicknames started when he reached the semi-finals at Rolland Garros, and they haven’t really stopped: Leaning Tower of Potro, El Palito, JMDP, DelPo, DP, Enano, and my new favourite ‘Wolverine’ (I think it’s the hair and the stubble, the long slender body, and some serious height). He has many a more »

 

Wildcard Winner

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Kim Clijsters proved that motherhood doesn’t mean the end to anything, blasting her way through the US Open competition all the way to the finals and then, last night, taking the title with both hands from Caroline Wozniacki.

The heights of Clijsters achievement will not have gone unnoticed to even the most disinterested of sports fans. Firstly, she’s come back to the tournament after a grand total of two years out. Two years in tennis years is like human to dog years; the body can really get out of shape in two years. On top of that, during those two years Clijsters became the mother of a beautiful little girl Jada, who joined Clijsters on the court after the final to come and pat the top of the trophy approvingly, officially confirming that her mother’s decision to come back to the game was a good one.

It was Clijsters who warned Roger Federer that becoming a parent will change everything about him, his game, his world. I doubt back then she expected to be raising a grand slam trophy as a wildcard (the first woman to do so at a grand slam), on her first tournament since returning from retirement only months previously and as a mother to an 18 month old daughter (the first woman to do so since 1980 when Evonne Goolagong Cawley achieved a title as a mother).

The match itself was a straight sets victory – barring a few nervy moments where her opponent overtook her – over Caroline Wozniacki, who looked almost as pleased for Clijsters as the Belgian d more »

 

Serena Williams leaves with little glory

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Serena Blew Up

That has to be the oddest end to a semi-finals match I have seen. My fingers were simply itching to type, it’s killed me having to leave it this long to write about the utter bewildering end to the Serena Williams vs. Kim Cljisters (if anyone is interested, the reason I couldn’t blog immediately was a blown charger and a dead laptop. Honestly, technology).

What on earth happened to the world no. 2 is the question everyone who has heard the news is asking.

No-one is immune from letting their temper get a hold of them from time to time, but you always assume professionalism stops a tennis player from getting in that sort of state on the court.

If anyone hasn’t heard what exactly went on, then here is what I have surmised from reports. It was 15-30 on the last set, Serena being the one flailing and Clijsters about to take a place in the finals. The 15-30 score had come as a conclusion of a foot fault called by the judge. Serena picked herself up and moved on. And promptly was called out for another foot fault.

Serena then turned to – quite rightfully, some would say – argue the point with the line judge. But it was obvious that this wasn’t just any argument over a call. Maybe Serena forgot that she is quite a tall and imposing woman; maybe she forgot to take the tone out of her voice as she tried to argue her case. In my experience, it is those two things that can get you in trouble even when you don’t necessarily intend to act ag more »