Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
“I thought the right decision for me was to withdraw from here. It’s obviously very disappointing because I really look forward to playing here and starting off the year here. I just feel like for me it’s more important that I really get 100 per cent and make sure that it doesn’t get worse.” “Right now I just need some good physio, good treatment, and my head is still in Sydney. I’ve been working really well and hard in this off‑season with no problems.”Wozniacki, who began work with new coach Thomas Hogstedt this off-season, has played sixty or more matches in each of the last six seasons.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
“Stan is an amazingly talented tennis player and a true professional," Norman said in the news release. "He is a pleasure to work with and I believe this is just the beginning. We had initially agreed to work on a trial basis but after seeing how well we work as a team it was only natural for me to commit long term. We have agreed that I will be on the road more than I have been in previous years and I very much look forward to the seasons ahead as I feel that with hard work and commitment Stan has the potential and ability to excel even further.”Wawrinka went 51-23 on the season with a quarterfinal appearance in Roland Garros and his first ever Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open. The 28-year-old finished the season at No. 8 in the world. “I have had one of the best years of my career and I feel that the relationship, trust and confidence I have built over the last 10 months with Magnus has obviously paid off gauging from my results to date” said Wawrinka.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The only thing not going right for Stepanek today is.......his shirt. Staggeringly bad. #DavisCupFinal— judy murray (@judmoo) November 16, 2013
As Ben Rothenberg wrote earlier this year: "For Stepanek, the Show Starts with the Shirt".
Yes, yes I know its his lucky shirt. That doesn't make it any less bad. #DavisCupFinal— judy murray (@judmoo) November 16, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Q. So now it's clear that Wawrinka is better than Berdych. STANISLAS WAWRINKA: The ranking doesn't lie. He's No.5 or 6. I'm only No.8. So far he's the best player. For sure this year, I play him three times, I beat him three times. Three important ones. First in Madrid to come back into the top 10, then US Open to make my first semifinal and then here. I'm really happy the way I'm playing against him, but it doesn't mean I'm a better tennis player than him.
Monday, November 4, 2013
NO. 1 RANKING UPDATE – For the first time since the ’09 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings is still up for grabs between current No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Here’s the No. 1 scenario: If Nadal wins two matches (2 RR matches or 1 RR match and SF match), he will clinch the No.1 Djokovic must win 2 RR matches and win the tournament for a chance at the No. 1 ranking.Nadal and Djokovic will both play their first matches on Tuesday. In a rematch of Saturday's Paris Masters semifinals, Nadal will play David Ferrer and Djokovic will play Roger Federer.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
"That’s been an issue for a couple of years. Credit to Rog, he hasn’t really made a huge deal of it. We’ve seen him struggle with it on-court a few times now. It’s becoming more evident that it’s popping up more often than it used to, and that’s a problem for him. He has to find a way at his age now to at least level that out, make that back issue plateau to the point where it doesn’t get any worse, or find a way that he can overcome that. Because with the way the game’s improving, the way these players are playing, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, these guys are improving. They’re not stagnating. So for Roger to constantly have to take that time off, you feel like you’re slipping behind. Not only are you not playing great at the moment, but you can’t put in the work in the offseason or those weeks off to improve as a tennis player... Unless you’ve put that work in on the practice court, then you can’t walk onto the court and feel like you’re going to get it done against these best players in the world. That’s sort of where Roger is at the moment. The last two years, you feel like he’s been climbing up the wall, then slipping a little bit because of the back, then climbing back up, and slipping a little bit, while the other guys are just shooting straight up the wall. The back issue is the main issue. I think the racquet is a great adjustment that needs time. He’s been using the same technology now for 15 or so years. I think it’s absolutely worthwhile to try. But more importantly, he needs to be healthy. I was with Andre for six years, and the last couple of years, when he was 34, 35 years old, he struggled with his back as well. It was a real balancing act, making sure that when he did step on court, he was healthy and fit. We also didn’t keep him on-court too long, it would actually wear him down. Gil Reyes, the fitness training coach of Andre that was working with me, we were constantly in conversation about what he needed a couple of weeks out from a tournament, what he was going to need one week out from a tournament, what he would need one day before a tournament started. That conversation between player, coach, and trainer becomes even more important when a player gets to 30 and above. He was taking cortisone shots for the last six months of his career, just to get himself onto the court. Roger’s nowhere near that, obviously, but things can snowball pretty quickly if you don’t take care of business. It might just mean that Roger may eventually have to take a good chunk of time off the tour to make sure he addresses his problem.... I have no doubt that he can put himself in a place to win more majors."
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
|Hell hath no fury like John Isner in a tiebreak.|
Monday, July 29, 2013
"About a week ago, Rafael Nadal thought it would be very difficult to participate in both Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. The idea was to choose one of the two to not jeopardize his participation in the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the season that starts on August 26 in the courts of Flushing Meadows. The reason was the left knee tendinitis and elbow of the left arm with which he left Wimbledon, where he lost in the first round against Steve Darcis."Doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary here. Nadal will likely be very conservative with his scheduling for the rest of his career on surfaces other than clay (and even that too). But the worrisome part is that the elbow may be a problem. More will likely be known about the elbow in Montreal, if Nadal is willing to speak of it. Nadal did mention having difficulties with the left elbow at Roland Garros this year, and he has had other flare-ups in the past, specifically at Wimbledon in 2010.
Friday, July 26, 2013
|Troicki: Guilty, or Not?|
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
"Wow, crazy couple of days! I was given a wildcard into the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag. On Monday I played doubles with Nikola Mektic against Andreas Seppi and Viktor Troicki and lost (7-6, 6-1). Then yesterday evening I played against the world no.58 Horacio Zeballos from Argentina, I lost (6-7, 6-4, 6-0) but it was a great experience to play against him and do all the press and media work that comes with it. Thanks to everyone for the huge support at the tournament."Coric may have come up empty in his first ATP experience, but based on the photos he's posted on his facebook page, strength is not going to be a problem for the Zagreb native. The kid, simply put, is ripped.
Read the full singles draw here.
Beautiful Gstaad. pic.twitter.com/ngFDJTJ7Lf— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) July 24, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
|Roger Federer's struggles continue, at least for now|
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|Say goodbye to that puny frame|
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Since we're on the subject of the former World No. 1 and current World No. 10, the Dane is reportedly being held culpable for Rory McIlroy's current slump. She's also officially done with Yonex as a racquet sponsor, per Matt Cronin's tweet:
Funny how busy the media is to find me a new coach!How about stop making stories and assumptions, ill let you know if anything new happens!— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) July 16, 2013
And, finally, in other Wozniacki-related news, her puppy came to watch her practice for the first time today:
Confirmed that Caroline Wozniacki no longer under contract with Yonex. Has no new deal with any other company yet— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) July 16, 2013
And that's a wrap on Caroline Wozniacki news for the day. Time to move on, people...
Came to watch his mommy practice for the first time! His daddy @mcilrorory would have been proud of his behavior! pic.twitter.com/vHaoL7itnN— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
New career high ranking of 48!!! This is exciting to see!!!! #PicaPower— Monica Puig (@MonicaAce93) July 15, 2013
|Rhyne Williams at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships/ AP|
McLean, Va. (July 15, 2013) – Octagon Tennis today announced a multi-year association between rising American tennis star Rhyne Williams and ABN AMRO. Williams will sport an ABN AMRO logo on his sleeve while competing, as well as chronicle his experiences in a blog on the bank’s website that will document his training regimen and share the sights and sounds of his journey and progress on the ATP Tour. ABN AMRO provides banking services, financial planning, insurance, private wealth management, prime brokerage, and clearing and trading. “ABN AMRO is proud to be associated with such a young and promising player as Rhyne,” said Janbart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer of ABN AMRO. “We believe his hard work and commitment to his sport are an inspiration to our staff and our clients around the world. ABN AMRO is a young and growing firm with great ambitions; like Rhyne we believe stamina and training and perseverance will bring excellent results.” Ernst Boekhorst, Manager of Sponsoring & Events at ABN AMRO, added: “Since we are a longtime fan of tennis with our sponsorship of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament we are very pleased to welcome Rhyne Williams. We hope to see him play during our tournament in February.” A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams is currently ranked 129 on the ATP Tour. Earlier in the year, Williams was a semifinalist at the U.S. Men’s Clay Courts in Houston, won his first ATP Challenger event in Dallas and earned a singles main draw wild card into the Australian Open. Williams, who played college tennis for the University of Tennessee, was the 2011 NCAA singles finalist and won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. “We are excited to have been able to procure this truly unique partnership for Rhyne with one of the worldwide leaders in the banking/financial industry,” said Kelly Wolf, Senior Director of Octagon’s Personalities & Properties division. “The association is a reflection of ABN AMRO’s continuing commitment to international tennis and its future stars.”Williams, currently ranked 129 in the world, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in April. It is his best tour-level performance to date. He also won the Dallas Challenger this February, and competed in the main draw of the Australian and French Opens.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
"It was the biggest peak audience of any television programme so far this year, and eclipsed the 11.4 million average and 16.9 million peak for last year's Wimbledon final, in which Murray lost to Roger Federer. This year's final was also the biggest audience of any Wimbledon final since at least 1990, the earliest that accurate audience statistics are available."Not to be overlooked is the fact that Prior to Wimbledon, the most popular program of 2013 had been the final of Britain's Got Talent on 8 June (It's a Simon Cowell show), which averaged 11.1 million viewers (51.4%) with a peak of 13.1 million.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Murray famously dreamt that he won Wimbledon last year after losing to Roger Federer in the final. No matter, because Murray played the match of his career in reality, striking 36 winners against only 21 unforced errors, breaking Djokovic's serve seven times, and withstanding a furious last-ditch rally from the Serb in the final game to close out the match in straight sets. In Murray's case the reality ended up being far better than the dream. Must be nice.
I knew Kudla was good on grass. He played finals of Wimbledon. in Andy Murays dream..— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) July 7, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
2. Delpo finally has got his feet underneath him well enough on the grass so that he can fully unleash his game. He definitely looks more like a future Wimbledon winner than ever...
I heard center court for Murray's match go for £10,000 a seat! http://t.co/7lqqicXtFt— Johan Kriek (@johankriek) July 5, 2013
3. Ubaldo, didn't anyone tell you that they don't keep stats on journos? Only the players, silly.
Shotgun fearhand DelPo!— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 5, 2013
4. Not only was Djokovic tough--he was rough and tumble...
Bud collins covered 50 Wimbledon Clerici not sure about his 50 I am at 40! total of the neighborhood in pressbox 140 presences #wimbledon— Ubaldo Scanagatta (@Ubitennis) July 5, 2013
5. How good was Djokovic-Del Potro? Damn good. But don't believe me, I'll let the pros tell you...
Heh. Your racket, Mr. Djokovic (GTY) pic.twitter.com/1KokXcGvF2— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) July 5, 2013
6. Mighty Mel was digging it.
Tennis at its finest... Relentless offence from delpo and mind boggling defence from Nole...— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) July 5, 2013
7. You could have said this a hundred times.
I really hope all tennis fans are watching this semifinal with djokovic and delpo cause it is some amazing tennis and true heart! #Wimbledon— Melanie Oudin (@melanie_oudin) July 5, 2013
8. It wasn't just long--but it sure was long!
That is great stuff from Delpo— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) July 5, 2013
9. Can't tell you how many times I have thought this during Wimbledon. Djokovic is treating the grass like it is a slippery hard court. It's Matrixesque.
BBC says Lendl-Becker SF in 1989 is longest ever at #Wimbledon, 4hrs 1min. This match? Now 4hrs, 4mins... and we've just started the 5th set— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) July 5, 2013
10. Needless to say, with Andy Murray playing the second match, everybody saved some energy for the long haul.
How the heck is Djoko doing this freaking sliding thing on grass!!!— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) July 5, 2013
11. And Jerzy Janowicz and his amped-up serving made sure the British faithful were kept on the edge of their seats.
In-office discussion: Are the fans on Henman Hill more intoxicated or sunburned at this point? A close race for sure... #Wimbledon— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) July 5, 2013
12. Evidently the tape on Janowicz' arm doesn't keep him letting it fly.
That is the 3rd time this Touney Jerzy Boy has hit 140 mph serve and the 2nd in a row that he hit 140 in 1st game— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) July 5, 2013
13. The women appear to be intrigued by Janowicz "gentle touch."
Janowicz has more tape on his arm than a crime scene let's be honest.— John McEnroe (@McEnroeTweets) July 5, 2013
This guy loves to drop shot— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) July 5, 2013
14. Did some people get carried away when officials elected to close the roof due to darkness (or, rather, the rumor of darkness) after the third set? Do bears hibernate?
I'd like to know how many drop shots #Janowicz hit in this match!— Alina Jidkova (@AlinaJidkova) July 5, 2013
15. Anna Wintour, however, remained cool and calm.
I repeat. Time and again we are told this is an outdoor summer event. If this screws Murray, Wimbledon will deserve opprobrium of the nation— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) July 5, 2013
16. In the end, it wasn't about the roof, it was about Murray being the better and more experienced player.
9:30 at night, the roof is closed and the sun is down. But yes, Anna Wintour has put her sunglasses back on. OK #Wimbledon— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) July 5, 2013
17. And, even on the craziest fortnight in recent memory, the trend prevails. It will be Murray and Djokovic in the final. Who could ask for anything more?
You kidding me??? Murray with reflexes like a mongoose on amphetamines!!!— Rob Koenig (@RobKoenigTennis) July 5, 2013