Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic we are lead to believe are good friends and get on very well off the court in their own time but on it, their fierce rivalry is starting to develop at quite a rate.
The two stars of the modern game have produced some astonishing matches when they go toe-to-toe on court, with their most recent encounter coming at the Miami Masters in the quarter-finals of the competition.
It was the Serb who came out on top on that occasion with a hard-fought 7-5 6-3 victory over the Scot, who is ever so slowly get back to his best tennis having undergone back surgery at the end of last year which has hindered his tennis of late.
Although it was a straight-sets win from Djokovic, which denied Murray retaining his title down in Florida, trying to beat the world number two clearly meant a lot to the two-time Gland Slam wining Brit. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at
What is he wielding?
We all know that the king of tennis, Roger Federer, plays with a Wilson tennis racquet; but the billion dollar question is which Wilson tennis racquet is Federer actually playing with? The blacked out frame is about as majestically as a Big Foot or a Unicorn.
It’s been ages, really it’s been about 9 months, since Roger Federer announced his switch to a new larger Wilson tennis racquet. Though he left out key details about what he was using; in fact, he didn’t really give any details other than the larger head size.
Wilson tennis is taking too long to deliver
I’ve spoken with several people on this matter, “What is Roger Federer using?” Nobody seems to know! I’ve talked to quite a few insiders (Wilson tennis reps), some players on the tour, and some stringers in the 1% of stringing; literally nobody knows.
Interestingly enough, Roger Federer has vanished from the Tennis-Warehouse Wilson tennis brand page: check it out
The moment that Wilson releases anything about this Dark Knight of a tennis racquet, their stock is going to skyrocket, though they’re really taking too long already to deliver the product. The public wants it; players have hand fulls of cash ready to throw at Wilson tennis, just to emulate what one of the greatest tennis players to have ever graced a tennis court is holding as his weapon of choice. Seriously, the sheeple don’t care what it is or what it plays like, or even if it gives them the worst case of tennis elbow they’ve every had, THEY WILL BUY.
Does this mysterious Wilson tennis racquet even have a name?
All I know is that there was a meeting recently at Wilson to discuss names for the frame. I don’t know anything else, I promise!
Though if I were in that meeting, I would have to guess the following three names were at the top of the heap: Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at
Nadal back treatment @ATPWorldTour.com
Ok, so we all know that Rafa lost to the new Swiss numbero uno, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. To me, it is refreshing to see another player that’s not named Nadal, Federer, Murray, or Djokovic hoisting a major trophy over their head; Stan Wawrinka earned every single point in his final match against the world #1. But I’m starting to see that Wawrinka’s AO win is being tainted by Rafa’s “injury” already.
Rafa got beat…
…but not because he was injured. Rafa got beat because Stan outplayed him and finished points exactly when he needed. He played an amazing final match that he should remember for the rest of time; he played a “Perfect” match in Australia. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at
Seriously, the Australian Open heat is ridiculous. It’s day 2 of the “Happy Slam” but there’s really nothing “Happy” about it if you’re competing at the beginning of a coming Australian heatwave.
On the start of Day 2 at the 2014 Australian Open, the heat started to rise, then it rose some more; during the middle of the Paire vs. Dancevic match out on Court 6, the air temperature rose to about 108 degrees Fahrenheit. That air temperature coupled with the strong sun, drove the temperature of the tennis court to closer to 146 degree Fahrenheit! It’s ridiculous to think that players were battling it out in that kind of heat without officials offering more than a few ice pack, a ball kid with an umbrella, and extra bottles of water.
Here’s a GIF of Canadian Frank Dancevic falling over and fainting from the extreme heat (courtesy of The Tennis Channel):
Frank Dancevic passes out
Monday, January 13th, 2014 at
Roger Federer has insisted he is ready to put a forgettable 12 months behind him and become a major force in tennis once again. The 17-time grand slam champion has long been regarded by many as one of the game’s greatest ever players, but the Swiss star appeared to be on the slide in 2013 after winning just one title and slipping to sixth in the world rankings.
While Federer struggled with his form throughout the year, rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all continued to take their games to the next level, making the 32-year old’s job even harder if he is going to add to his haul of grand slam titles. The Betfair odds might not support Federer’s belief he can get back among the mix at the top, although the Swiss star has shown throughout his career that it’s never wise to ever really write Federer off.
After a disappointing 2013, Federer made the decision to add former world number one Stefan Edberg to his coaching set-up during the winter. Following Federer an-injury winter working with the Swede, Federer now believes he is now in a strong position heading into the new season.
“I probably trained harder in the off-season than all the guys ahead of me in the rankings. They went off to play exhibitions, like I did last year, so that [counts in my favour]. I did a full-on month [of training], which I haven’t done in a long time.”
“I really feel like I’m on the way back. Who knows? Maybe I’ll play my best in March or April. I just want to get back to a good level and then, hopefully, I can start winning tournaments again,” insisted Federer.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at
Juan Martin del Potro is looking forward to enjoying an injury-free year and challenging the leading players on a regular basis in 2014.
The 25-year-old Argentinian, who won the US Open in 2009, had his career put on hold by a wrist injury the following year, but has now moved back up to five in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years.
Del Potro, who has a career-high ranking of four, has struggled to return to the top after plummeting to number 485 in the world, but is now looking to put pressure on the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal.
He believes he can do well at the Australian Open, where he has never got past the quarter-finals before, after showing people who bet on tennis what he can do in Grand Slams by reaching the semi-finals of last year’s Wimbledon, before eventually being edged out in a five-set thriller by Djokovic.
Del Potro said: ”I was close to reaching the final in Wimbledon but it wasn’t enough to win there. I have to be ready for the moment, like I was in 2009 when I beat Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in semis and finals. I think I’m ready to keep fighting with them in Grand Slams but they are still so good and the biggest favourites. I’m in the top five again and I see a good opportunity to keep improving my ranking, I’m looking forward to playing most tournaments healthy. That could be my biggest goal for this year.”
Del Potro’s career highlight came at Flushing Meadows in 2009 when, as the sixth seed, he beat the likes of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marin Cilic, and the perennial favourite in the tennis betting, Nadal, before recovering from a set and a break down to defeat Federer in the final.