A trip to Canada always kicks off the hard court season in full swing! The tournaments alternate destinations each year. This year the ladies will be back in Toronto and the men will be in Montreal. The draw is packed with many exciting round one match ups! So let’s take a look… Milos Raonic v Taylor Fritz Taylor is the form player, he has had some great results of late with wins in Nottingham and finalist in Atlanta. Everything has come together for the American whose game does look much more combined now. Raonic is looking for some momentum, he … Continue reading Montreal & Toronto ready for a week of intense battles 🍿🇨🇦
16 wins in her last 20. 15 of them on the clay but now we are on the grass. Jo who is ranked back at 18 in the world following an excellent clay court season decided not to play Nottingham with it being so close to the conclusion of her clay court season so is opening her grass season in Birmingham. Jo’s start could not have gone much better. Her first round opponent was Anett Kontaveit who is having a good year and is super dangerous from the baseline. The Estonian is coached by British coach who is the former … Continue reading Jo Konta opens with Birmingham win!
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
The Masters and Premier draws are always packed and as ever some of the best singles players in the world will also be doubling up this week in Madrid but who is playing? The first big name on the sheet is Simona Halep. The former champion here will be with fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu and up against a fellow Romanian in Olaru who is with Jurak. Either team will play top seeds Siniakova and Krejcikova in round two. Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have also doubled up again and their ranking means they receive a BYE for round one and … Continue reading The single stars who are doubling up in Madrid!
Simona well rested? The big question is, is Simona ready? Simona had a fall on her thigh/hip in Fed Cup citing her reasoning for not playing in Stuttgart however has been active on social media practicing and I think this withdrawal was just a precaution and she even said she was mentally and physically tired. I think and hope we will see a determined Simona Halep in Madrid. Little preparation Eli Svitolina’s preparations have been hit with a knee injury. Defending champion in Rome in a few weeks time, the Ukranian number one will have some rustiness to dust off … Continue reading The questions ahead of Madrid, Part 1
WTA Stuttgart is over for another year, the best always begin their clay court season here and we have been left with plenty of talking points in the road to Roland Garros. Injury concerns? I would say the withdrawal of Halep (pre-tournament) and Osaka (before semi-finals) is purely precautionary. I don’t think there is an underlying issue with Halep just tiredness and maybe a niggle following an emotional weekend in Rouen. Halep posted on Twitter practicing on clay a day after her pulling out and asking Stan for backhand tips. Hey @stanwawrinka – what do ya think? Can I make … Continue reading Stuttgart; what got us talking?
The sunshine double has come to an end. Two weeks at Indian Wells and Miami have provided us with some great memories but who surprised us during this month of tennis? Bianca Andreescu I can’t really start anywhere else, Bianca won Indian Wells and continued her good form in Miami before pulling out injured. Most wins on the tour and first wildcard to win Indian Wells, she has brought her dominative tennis to the court with her forehand and variety causing havoc for the best on the tour. Hubert Hurkacz Hubert really did make a name for himself at both … Continue reading Who starred at the Sunshine Double?