Andy Murray is safely through to the next round in Beijing. The Brit who began this week at 501 in the world is up to provisional 286 following impressive wins over Matteo Berrettini and Cam Norrie. It looked like being a case of Deja vu having come through against Berrettini 7-6 7-6 and leading Cam Norrie on Wednesday by 7-6 and at 6-6 would go to another tie-breaker. A couple of errors from Murray gave Norrie the initiative who took a 3-0, 4-2 and then 6-4 lead before going on to take us to a third and final set. We … Continue reading Murray 7-6 6-7 6-1 Norrie; Murray up’s the ante following a close two sets!
It’s good to see Kevin Anderson back. The South African isn’t the biggest name on the tour but he’s someone to look up to, especially at 6ft 8in. He hasn’t played since Miami due to an elbow injury which wasn’t tennis elbow but golfers elbow because of his big serve. I’ve always liked Kevin. He is a genuine down to earth person who fights for what is right in sport and life. Lady K is his dog which he and his wife Kelsey adopted from a shelter and continue to do work for them. He is a bit supporter as … Continue reading Back in action with a win!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!
You could not ask for a more stunning location for a tennis tournament. April means a couple of things on the ATP tour. Clay court tennis returns and the annual love affair with the Monte Carlo Country Club is in full swing. Some have been on site for a while already and others are arriving over the coming days as the best in men’s tennis begin the fight in the first of the three Masters 1000 events on clay in the lead up to Roland Garros. Usual suspects by the coast include two time champion Novak Djokovic and a man … Continue reading It’s almost here… Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 😍
Well, the draw gods have treated us to some stunning round one match ups at the ATP 500 event in Queens Club and the WTA Premier event in Birmingham where I will be next week. So let’s have a look? Queens Club Marin Cilic v Fernando Verdasco Top seed Marin Cilic takes on an unpredictable Fernando Verdasco. Fernando’s game is very much at it’s best when he is able to sit on the baseline with time. He adapts well to all surfaces and recently secured his 500th career win on the tour. Fernando will provide a challenge and I think … Continue reading Dissecting the Draw’s – Queens Club & Birmingham
Kvitova & Pliskova survive The highest ranked Czech players on the women’s side of the draw had a big battle on their hands today. Petra Kvitova who I wrote about survived a scare against last years surprise star Cepede Royg who put a good performance. Kvitova 3-6 6-1 7-5 Cepede Royg Karolina Pliskova who has also been in very good form on the clay court season saw off compatriot Krejcikova in a close 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to progress to the second round at Roland Garros. Djokovic wins but unconvincingly. Novak Djokovic who had a very good week in Rome where … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 2 – Czech stars survive, Azarenka out, Thiem cruises, Stan stumbles and Ferrer throws away!