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And Wimbledon gets under way

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Yes it’s day two of Wimbledon already. The delightful (sometimes) British summer is now host, and we are at its mercy now until the awards ceremony. So far the weather has behaved itself, with only a few disruptions due to drizzle, and organisers will be hoping for that to remain the same all through the tournament.

The British institution has yet to throw up too many surprises, and all things seem to be running smoothly for the well known players. Britain suffered a simultaneously mild cardiac arrest when Andy Murray dropped his first set, but he soon found the rhythm to make it past Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The Spaniard won the first set 6-4, but the Scot eventually got his head into gear and shifted his tactics according to the man on the other side of the court; which is always helpful.

Other big names: Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Roddick, Ivo Karlovic, Federer and Rafa included, also made it through. Roddick was on impressive form after his disappointing exit at Queen’s and looks set to continue through the tournament with ease at least for now. Delpo looked happy and comfortable with his game which is a relief for his fans after the long wait for recovery. Gilles Simon also made it through to the next round but had a battle on his hands with the feisty Edouard Roger-Vasselin who took him to four sets.

The rematch of all rematches will also take place in day 2, with John Isner and Nicolas Mahut facing one another one year after that mind-boggling score line last ye more »

 

Wimbledon just days away

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Yes that’s right, we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and already Wimbledon is bearing down on us. We’ve hardly had time to get over our sunburn from the French Open and soon we’ll be on the cool grass of the All England Tennis Club. For us Brits, this is the official start to our summer, and for the rest of the world it is the true start of the grass season and a great midway point in the tennis calendar. Standing at number 3 of the four grand slams, we start to see new faces emerge as those with grass court specialities come to the fore.

But what has been happening in this short rest between the two grand slams? In Eastbourne, the women’s players have been battling it out to prove their mettle in their warm up tournament before Wimbledon. One piece of exciting news is that both Serena and Venus Williams are back in the tournament, which is a particularly special moment for Serena after having a blood clot scare on her lungs during her injury absence.

Despite cries that their return will just place the rankings back into that usual Williams vs. Williams battle, I have faith that in the Williams sisters absence some amazing players have grown and blossomed. They definitely have more competition on their hands this year. Unfortunately, one player that won’t be able to give the Williams sisters a run for their money is Kim Clijsters. She has been ruled out of Wimbledon after injuring her foot, which is a real shame just before the start of one of the most exciting t more »

 

Tennis moves to the grass

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

We’re at that strange stage of the year where very important tournaments start to step on each other’s toes. No sooner has the biggest event of the clay court season culminated in two exciting, breathless finals, has the grass court season started in earnest with Queen’s. Play started on Monday, only 24 hours after Roger and Rafa battled for the title, so it’s understandable that a number of players are slightly lagging. Still, Queen’s is a great way to help round up the clay court season whilst simultaneously kicking off the grass season.

Rafael Nadal is proving his worth as a champion by progressing quickly and effectively through the tournament. After a minor wobble against Radek Stepanek, he made it into the quarter-finals only days after competing against Federer for his 10th Grand Slam title.  He won the match 6-3 5-7 6-1, and looks impressive as he heads towards the finals.

Andy Roddick has won at Queen’s 4 times, and is still on a positive course after beating Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-4. He now faces Fernando Verdasco. The other Andy, Andy Murray, is also on a steady course, making the quarter finals after a confident win against Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 7-6 (7-3). The tendon in his right ankle is still giving him problems, but so far it appears to be possible to play well with it. He is much more comfortable and at home at Queen’s, so his fans are hoping he can start a good build up for Wimbledon here.

So in what ways are these opening rounds of Queens a  more »

 

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 »

 

Best Bits of Wimbledon 2010

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Best Bits of Wimbledon 2010; the top ten of everything good and entertaining at this year’s Wimbledon.

1. The Longest Match in History

Unfortunately Juan Martin del Potro could not attend Wimbledon, but a replacement Big Friendly Giant could be found in the just as lovely (and even taller) John Isner. He, along with Frenchman Mahut, played the longest match in tennis history;  a match that spanned 3 days, and a jaw-dropping 11 hours and 5 minutes. No wonder Isner went crashing out in his next match, I was surprised his legs didn’t fall off before he managed to put away the winning point on that 11 hour match…

2. The Latest Day at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic and Olivier Rochus finished their match at 10.58pm thanks to the new roof over Wimbledon, the latest finish in Wimbledon history. It is written in the planning permission for the new roof and for Wimbledon, apparently, that no match can go beyond 11pm. Of course, the All England Tennis club could simply just decide to pay the fine for doing so, but thankfully none of that was needed.

3. The Djoker’s Back…

As a fan of Djokovic, it was nice to see him back to his more cheery self during the tournament. Ripping his shirt off at the end of his winning matches seemed certainly more like the old, carefree Djokovic that won the Australian Open in 2008. Good to have you back Nole.

4. …so is Rafa…

Rafael Nadal is certainly back on the form that gave hi more »