Round up of news

Aug 19, 2010

Doubles Distress

It seems that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have a little way to go before breaking the world of doubles: at the Rogers Cup in Toronto they fell to a surprised defeat against Canadian wildcards Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic. The two were expected to do well considering their singles ranking and history in the game of tennis, but it just proves that doubles is not just a case for two world class singles players to step into lightly: just because you can play singles, does not necessarily mean you can play doubles. Particularly at the top levels, doubles is highly specialised, and the partners live and breathe each other’s game for years to be able to gel and climb their way up the rankings.

Still, the event made a little bit of tennis history: it’s the first time in 34 years that two top singles players have joined together to try to create a tennis ‘Dream Team’.  The last two to try were Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe, who reached a quarter final and a final. Comparing their success to Nadal and Nole’s failure seems a tad harsh, however: the doubles game, like the singles, has changed drastically, and become much more of a speciality. It breeds a new type of player; no-one would ask a sprinter from a cycling team to win the day by winning on a mountain stage, now would they?

Of course Serena and Venus Williams knocks that theory right on the head, being champions in both singles and doubles. The except that proves the rule.

Juan Martin del Potro on road to recovery

Juan Martin del Potro’s name is still on the list of players heading to the US Open, so Delpo fans can breathe a small sigh of relief that he hasn’t backed out of the tournament yet. Things will probably become much clearer after he has played in the Thailand Open later in September. If things go Ok there, del Potro should return to retain his title – however difficult that may be – but things could just as well go from bad to worse. Reports are that is currently holding a racket, and getting back into a bit of play, but going from that to playing in a tournament is a very different kettle of fish. Good luck with the recovery Delpo; it would be great to see the tall Argentine be at the US Open, even if he has little change of reclaiming the title.

Justine Henin injured…

Another person who deserves well wishes is Justine Henin; the player announced on her Twitter account just a few hours ago that she was trying to stay positive after a devastating injury to her elbow has put her out for the rest of the season.  Such a shame for a player who we have been longing to see get back to her glory days. At least she is staying positive, announcing on her twitter that  what she needs is ‘Patience…patience.’

In Toronto…

Andy Murray has boosted his confidence for the US Open by beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the Rogers Cup. The Scot players well in America, with the hard court surfaces suiting him well. After a great star to the year when he reached the final at the Australian Open, the near-miss seemed to have knocked the confidence out of the British player as he failed to go anywhere significant throughout the rest of the season. His next shot came at Wimbledon, but even there he failed to capitalise on the home favourite status and one of his best surfaces. This, however, appears to be something sunnier to put on Murray’s CV, managing beating the two most feared players Roger and Rafa in the process of winning. His US Open chances will be undoubtedly scrutinised in the next ten days as the tournament looms ever closer.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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