Rumours are circulating that Victoria Azarenka could be the latest WTA star to announce plans to retire. Caroline Wozniacki will call it a day following the Australian Open, Carla Suarez Navarro will at the end of the season and Dominika Cibulkova has already called time. There has been nothing official but with the 2020 season around the corner all is very quiet. Towards the end of the season before the WTA Finals there was an announcement that the Vika and Barty doubles partnership had come to an end. The duo made the US Open final this year and won in … Continue reading Where is Azarenka? Belarusian not on any entrants lists including the Australian Open!
With Denis Shapovalov these electrifying performances are few and far between. Over the course of the last two years I’d say the Canadian has played maybe a little too much tennis when he needed to hold back. Since the beginning of last year he has played 176 matches with 101 of them in 2019 which quite some number! The performance against fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was what I described as the performance we’ve been waiting for but then the level dropped off. Towards the end of the year he added Mikhail Youzhny to his team and in Paris at the … Continue reading Shapovalov’s Paris showcase which has whet the appetite for 2020!
From 2014-2016 Roger Federer began his year at the Brisbane International. Over the past three years he has been representing Switzerland at the Hopman Cup. Both events have now dropped off the calendar and Roger is set to head to Melbourne without a warm-up. The former number one was due to play in the inaugural ATP Cup which is in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney but pulled out meaning that Switzerland lost their place. Federer decided to pull out to spend more time with his family but at the end of the 2019 season did go on a South America travel … Continue reading For the first time since 2013 Roger Federer is heading to Melbourne without a warm-up. Good idea?
The question doesn’t change but the year does. Will we finally get a new male Grand Slam champion in 2020? Dominic Thiem was triumphant at Indian Wells, Daniil Medvedev had a exceptional run in America as well as both fighting in a Grand Slam final and Stefanos Tsitsipas ended the year with the World Tour Finals trophy in his bag but now to go a step further, who will? Dominic Thiem No one has come closer than Dominic Thiem. Second year running he was runner-up at Roland Garros at an event that feels like a matter of time before he … Continue reading A new name on a major honours list in 2020?
The World Anti Doping Agency have banned Russia from major sporting events for four years. The ban has come after an investigation into Anti-Doping in Russia following an investigation against RADA (Russia Anti-Doping Agency) were deemed non-compliant for manipulating data handed to investigating team in January. Investigators said back in September that they would have to “pull a rabbit out of the hat” to convince WADA but failed to do so. This does mean that Russia are banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. They are however allowed to compete in the European Championships next summer as … Continue reading Russia banned from sporting events by WADA following failure “to pull a rabbit out of the hat.” Where does this leave Tennis at the 2020 Olympics?
Simona Halep’s coaching team for 2020 has had another name added to the hat. Just a couple of months ago it was announced that Darren Cahill was rejoining the team for the 2020 season. Darren took a break at the end of 2018 to spend more time with his family and media commitments but was around Halep’s team at the majors. As preparations for the 2020 season begin the duo are back in action on the practice court but with a couple of changes. Daniel Dobre who came back into the team earlier into the year has left as it … Continue reading Simona Halep adds a new name to her coaching team!
Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will return from tennis at the end of the season. No one ran like the Dane on a tennis court, her work ethic has always been faultless but after fifteen years on the tour the 29 year old has decided to end her career at where she won her biggest title. In 2018 Caro won the Australian Open in an epic three set battle with Simona Halep. Despite only turning 29 in July the Dane has played in 892 singles matches and 91 doubles matches. Caro has won titles all over the world including in … Continue reading Caroline Wozniacki to retire after the Australian Open!