Alex De Minaur’s run has come to an end in Brisbane. The Australian who continues to draw crowds all over the world played another week of excellent tennis and can take plenty of positives once again from the week as he prepares for Melbourne. For tennis on a whole it is so good to see Jo back and playing well. Last year was tough for Jo as injuries halted his season on the tour finishing 12 matches in a injury plagued season but has returned to the tour in Brisbane this year and has looked fit and ready for the … Continue reading Tsonga 6-4 7-6 De Minaur – Alex halted as Jo turns on the style
The concerns are there. Rafael Nadal since the beginning of last year has only completed one hard court tournament which was Toronto which he won. Since the beginning of last year he has withdrawn from 17 of the 18 tournaments he was scheduled to play. This now does lead to a big concern on his body and what will happen between now and Melbourne without a tournament completed since he won Toronto against Tsitsipas around 6 months ago. To only have completed one of these tournaments in the last year is quite astounding and it emphasises the battle he is … Continue reading 18 hard court tournaments, 17 withdrawals! Rafa is now a big doubt for Melbourne
The long awaited return of Andy Murray came in Brisbane. It’s been a longer 18 months for the former world number one but fans and fellow players alike welcomed the Brit back to the court in Australia. Up first for Andy was a match against James Duckworth and saw off the Australian 6-3 6-4 in little under 90 minutes to secure his first win of the season. After the match when he was interviewed on court he did get quite emotional when asked about his journey back to playing and what the plan is now. He was honest saying he … Continue reading Andy – ‘I want to try and enjoy playing tennis as much as I can, I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last’
The last time Rafael Nadal played a professional tennis match was at the US Open before retiring. Since then he has had surgery on his ankle he has played exhibition in Abu Dhabi but lost to Kevin Anderson from a set up, now he is top seed in Brisbane and plays a returning Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis in round one. So, lets have a look at this new serve and what to expect from it… We have only seen the serve once so far against Kevin and in honesty I’m not a fan. First thing you notice with … Continue reading Nadal’s new serve, what to expect?
ATP Qatar One of the first tournaments of the year get’s going before the year is out. ATP Qatar will be the first stop for so many top player who took big headlines in 2018. The headliner is of course World number one Novak Djokovic who will be joined by one other top 10 player in Dominic Thiem. Also in the draw is David Goffin who begins the year ranked at 22 and his target must be a top 8 finish. Also in the draw is two players who both stunned Djokovic in 2018 both in Paris, one at Roland … Continue reading The starting block; Qatar 🇶🇦 Brisbane 🇦🇺 Shenzhen 🇨🇳 Auckland 🇳🇿Perth 🇦🇺
Andy Murray is probably in Miami right now. The Brit has been very vocal on social media platform Instagram where he has entertained his fans all over the world with his holiday snaps and a Q&A now and then. His coach Jamie Delgado has tweeted over the last 24 hours that they have left London and are on route to Miami. Andy usually trains at Crandon Park where the Miami Open is until next year when it moves home to Hard Rock Stadium. We are unsure where the Brit will begin his pre-season training block but we do expect it … Continue reading London ✈️ Miami ✈️ Brisbane ✈️ Melbourne ✈️ ?
Grigor Dimitrov is still on course to defend his Brisbane International title. The Bulgarian has been solid since the season began following his heroics last season in London and on route to a three set win against Kyle Edmund showed some great sportsmanship. Grigor bossed the first set and from that point it did look like being a formality for the world number three but Kyle battled well and saw off some break points at 4-4 in set two which propelled him to take the tie-break 7-3 in the second. The third set was a bit of battle early on … Continue reading Dimitrov shows great sportsmanship as he progresses in Brisbane