The Overule: Tsitsipas struggles, Sock yet to win, Federer’s plans, Svitolina’s week, Andreescu to miss Dubai as Konta looks for a win!

Ranking-less Jack Sock still waiting for a win, should he be given ATP wildcards or should he work a bit harder?

Jack Sock came back to tennis, it didn’t last long but I didn’t expect it to. Jack was once upon a time a top player, this was a brief moment. 

He finished 2019 without a ranking and hasn’t looked bothered in all honesty. 

At the same time I don’t get why they do but tournaments especially those in the US will hand out wildcards but they will. A better way is to play challengers and qualifying as it proves you want it more.

Finalist in Miami, semi-finals in Madrid but Stefanos Tsitsipas has lost his last 13 doubles matches!

It has bee quite the unusual run for Stefanos Tsitsipas. Since making the semi-finals of the doubles at the Madrid Masters no matter who he has been paired with in doubles he cannot find a win.

It isn’t an ideal time for the Greek who can’t catch a break in singles at the moment either having won just three of his seven matches this year.

Federer expected to play Roland Garros without any warm-ups

It is expected and it has been confirmed that Roger Federer is not set to play any warm up events as he heads to Roland Garros.

The 2009 Roland Garros champion is set to play Indian Wells and Miami before taking a break until the second Grand Slam of the year. This does mean he will as usual miss the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo but is set to skip Rome and Madrid despite playing in the latter last year.

Was Hua-Hin the right choice for Elina Svitolina?

Hua-Hin is a small town in Thailand, with a population of around 63,000 and miles of beaches where temperatures don’t dip below 20 degrees even in December sounds like a good destination but was it the right choice for Elina Svitolina?

I’m writing this now and not at the end of the week as I don’t think it matters if she wins the title or not. I like Elina and I’ve written about her quite a bit and I can’t understand this decision, I can only imagine there was a big cheque involved.

Eli had an ‘ok’ 2019 in my opinion. She made two Grand Slam semi-finals and had a good/unexpected run in Shenzhen at the WTA Finals. I think the Grand Slam runs actually shadow over the difficulties. Her performances against the in-form players has not been top 10 standard and we’ve seen her blown off the court twice this year against Danielle Collins and Garbine Muguruza winning four games in four sets of tennis. I’m interested to see how she gets on in Dubai…

Bianca Andreescu was expected back for Fed Cup and Dubai but persistent knee injury has forced her out once again, so when will she be back? In time to defend her Indian Wells title?

Bianca Andreescu’s return to tennis is one that were still unsure of when it will happen and judging by pull-outs so is she.

Bianca was expected to return in Fed Cup but she was only originally scheduled to play fifth rubber which would have been the doubles leading to questions over her selection and fitness. The Fed Cup tie never came down to the doubles so she didn’t play.

Since then the Canadian has now pulled out of Dubai, will she be back now for her Indian Wells defence which begins in just over two weeks time?

All eyes on Dubai as Kim is coming back!

Kim Clijsters never played in Dubai. The Belgian made her first Grand Slam final in 2001 at Roland Garros in the same year the women’s event in Dubai made its tour debut.

Dubai was never a stop for Kim on her calendar and didn’t look like being a possibility for her return which was scheduled for the green clay at WTA Charleston but Kim is feeling confident following an injury and is ready to make her debut in Dubai!

Kim announced towards the end of last year her intentions to return to the tour and was planning on the Australian Open to be her first event following a seven year absence from the tennis circuit. A knee injury forced her to postpone her comeback to where we expected to be Charleston but is now back next week!

Kim has been busy when not on the tour. Her and her husband have three kids now and is set for a third stint on the tour now. Kim has been staying close to the game as she has her own tennis academy set up at home and was with the Belgium Fed Cup team who booked their spot in April’s finals.

Konta winless in singles as she heads to Dubai

Jo Konta skipped Fed Cup to reducer workload and protect her body, so she turned up to St. Petersburg and signed up for singles and doubles.

Jo’s season did end early last year with a knee problem and it forced her out of Adelaide, but it just doesn’t resinate well when you say protect your body and then sign up for two events.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Jo on the tour, she is yet to win a match and heads to Dubai hoping for a good run of form. 

Jo lost to Barbora Strycova in Brisbane, the inform Ons Jabeur in Melbourne and Oceane Dodin in St. Petersburg. 


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