Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at
Roger Federer has a very strong claim to be the greatest tennis player of all time. His career, however, is obviously in decline and his greatest rival ever is seemingly the stronger player at the moment.
But just how steep and final Roger Federer’s decline may prove to be is still up for debate.
They say the market always knows best and when it comes to the bookmakers, they seem to have Roger Federer’s number. Fed’s odds for major competitions have lengthened to levels which would have been completely unimaginable just a matter of months ago. So is it all over?
With Betway and others, Roger has been gradually moving out in the betting in all major tournaments, but there are signs that he’s absolutely determined to get back to his previous levels. In October 2013, Roger parted with his coach of six years, for example, which isn’t the sort of decision taken by a player who thinks his career is all over. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at
Photo @ Christian Mesiano
Laura Robson will play in the Hobart International at the beginning of January after adding the tournament to her Australian Open preparations. The British number one will head to Tasmania a week after playing in Auckland in another warm-up event ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Australia’s former US Open champion Sam Stosur should go into the event as the favourite with Betfair, but it won’t be easy for the veteran in a tough field which also includes top-20 player Kirsten Flipkens, who made the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this year, and former world number one Venus Williams adding some real star power.
The Hobart event starts on January 5 with the Australian Open beginning eight days later, allowing a number of top players to finalise their preparations before heading to Melbourne for a tournament that Betfair have Serena Williams as the stand-out favourite.
It will be Robson’s second appearance in the Hobart International. The 19-year old suffered a first round loss in 2013 at the hands of Sloane Stephens, but the British youngster bounced back from that disappointment to go on and reach the third round in Melbourne soon after. And that performance in the Australian Open was key to Robson going on to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the third round at the US Open.
Robson was seeded for the first time at a slam in Flushing Meadows but finished the season ranked 45th after disappointing results in Asia towards the end of the year. Robson has made changes to her coaching set-up, in a bid to take her career to the next level, hiring Nick Saviano following her decision to split from Miles Maclagan in October.
Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at
Poll: A new coach for Roger Federer
Since the somewhat shock split between Roger Federer and Paul Annacone, us tennis fans are wondering who, if anybody, will Roger Federer be bringing into his coaching box in 2014.
When Roger Federer brought on Paul Annacone in July 2010 (one month trial) and full time in August the same year, the Swiss amassed more records. Most importantly, his return to ATP World #1 in 2012 with his win of another Wimbledon title.
At the end of a dismal 2013 season for Roger Federer, the Swiss split with Annacone without word as to who will be placed as the coach.
Who could be the best coach for Roger Federer in 2014?
I’ve put together a short list of who could keep the hope of Roger Federer being a serious contender next season alive.
Photo @ Jacky Cheong
Brad Gilbert - We all know who he is, we know the nicknames he’s given touring players, and we all know what successes he’s had as a tennis coach. He brought Andre Agassi back from the dead; helping Andre win 6 of his 8 major titles.
He coached the last known American male to win a major title, Andy Roddick.
Gilbert has also coached Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, and most recently Sam Querrey.
What Gilbert brings to the table is that he’s got an edge, an attitude; a bit of aggressive style of play. Something that Roger Federer may be lacking in his career at the moment. I don’t believe that BG will bring anything new tactically, but could help tremendously with the mental game.
Chance of Brad Gilbert as Federer’s coach = 30%
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Jimmy Connors - Who wouldn’t want Jimmy Connors as their coach? The guy is a legend! As a coach, he may be inexperienced though he does offer a lot. Connors’ baseline style of play could improve Federer’s game some. By teaching Federer to be more patient from the baseline and take the ball early from the backhand could get Roger back to winning form sooner.
Connors does also bring a mental component to the game. He could help Federer play more aggressively against strong players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
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Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at
Week long Tennis Warehouse Black Friday Sale
It’s that time of year again! The sales are coming and with that comes Tennis Warehouse’s Black Friday deals! This time, Tennis Warehouse has outdone themselves for Black Friday 2013…it’s week long! Holy forehand batman!
2013 Tennis Warehouse Black Friday
All the details on the 2013 Tennis Warehouse Black Friday sale are as follow:
If you need some new tennis gear or have somebody on your Christmas list that is a die-hard tennis player, then Tennis Warehouse is the place to buy the right gifts. 2013 Tennis Warehouse Black Friday deals are going to be hot so I expect that lots of the deals are going to be amazeballs and will likely sell out of the good stuff pretty quick. Get the Tennis Warehouse Black Friday deals first!
Be sure to check out Tennis Warehouse Black Friday deals for 2013 on a daily basis as they will be adding additional deals daily!
Monday, October 28th, 2013 at
Victoria Azarenka’s injury problems resurfaced during her semi-final defeat to Li Na at the WTA Tour Championships but she refused to retire despite being in obvious discomfort.
The Chinese player surprised the odds on betfair by crushing the current world number two, Azarenka, 6-2 6-1, winning eight games in a row at one point in the encounter.
Azarenka suffered the injury midway through the first set, confirming after her exit from the tournament: “I served really hard and really locked my back. Everything just can’t move to one side. I don’t know what really happened. It was just a bad movement and everything moved, big spasm – no flexibility.
“The physio told me I’m really locked – that there’s really no structural damage, but it can’t be fixed that quickly. It was just about trying to do the most you can out there. Sometimes when I had to get off the chair it was really challenging. It’s a big mess of emotions that your mind just goes through, really.”
The 24-year-old Belarusian, who has won the last two Australian Open titles, her only two Grand Slam successes, suffered an ankle injury at the BNP Paribas Open in March that forced her to withdraw from the tournament just before a quarterfinal clash with Caroline Wozniacki.
She then suffered a knee injury during her victory against Maria Joao Koehler at Wimbledon that forced her to withdraw from the third Grand Slam of the year before her second round match against Flavia Pennetta.
Azarenka’s injury misery continued when she had to withdraw from the Rogers Cup because of a back problem but she did recover to reach the final of the US Open where she was beaten by the perennial favourite in the tennis betting, Serena Williams, in three sets.
Monday, October 14th, 2013 at
V-Grid Tennis Fest Featuring the Bryan Bros. Called a Huge Success Once Again
Presented by Alexander Cadillac, the Event At Spanish Hills Country Club Raises More Than
$100,000 To Help Fund Ventura and Santa Barbara Youth Tennis Associations
Bryan Brothers Charity event with Andy Roddick and Mark Knowles
Camarillo, Calif., (Oct. 12, 2013) – The V-Grid Tennis Fest Featuring the Bryan Bros. just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year as the popular Ventura County fundraiser presented by Alexander Cadillac once again raised more than $100,000 for both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, as well as other local causes and regional charities supported by the Bryan Bros. Foundation.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1 doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan faced former Davis Cup teammate Andy Roddick and Mark Knowles in an entertaining exhibition match that had no shortage of amazing shots. “It was our best-ever event once again,” Tennis Fest organizer Dave McKinney said. “Every year we up it. It sold out and we had close to a thousand people and it was standing room only. The quality of the tennis during the exhibition was the best ever and the entertainment value was even better. “This is really turning into a must-attend event in Ventura County.”
More than 40 local wineries and restaurants participated and the Bryan Bros. performed for the crowd.
“We are so appreciative that the community came out to support our Foundation and the Tennis Fest,” Mike Bryan added. “Having Andy and Mark come out was awesome as well.”
For more information on the Bryan Bros. Foundation see the website at: http://www.bryanbros.com/about-the-foundation.html. The tournament website is: www.bbtennisfest.com.