Cincinnati is home to one of the most favoured theme parks in the America, Kings Island. Many tennis players head down there including Serena Williams on Sunday but the tennis produced some of the most brilliant rollercoaster moments over the week. Welcome back Kuznetsova! There were concerns not long ago whether we would see Kuznetsova in the USA after visa troubles made her miss Washington and couldn’t defend her title but got it sorted to be in Toronto and to pick up her wildcard in Cincinnati. The Russian is an experienced player who had a tough time with injuries and … Continue reading Cincinnati talking points; Keys, Kuznetsova, Kenin, Osaka & others…
No one has won more matches on the tour this year than Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has gone from strength to strength this season despite difficult spells but his 44 match wins is a tour high with Rafael Nadal in second with 41. Like I said, he had a blip. Semi-finalist in Monte-Carlo and finalist in Barcelona it looked like being a good clay court season but four defeats on the bounce and no wins at Madrid, Rome or Roland Garros were unexpected. Daniil following his first Masters 1000 win in Cincinnati will be hoping to make a mark in … Continue reading Daniil Medvedev; 20 days, 18 matches, 15 wins, 1 title & a US Open contender? 🧐
Three words I knew I wouldn’t forget. “Hope Dies Last” These words came from Grigor Dimitrov following a win against Frances Tiafoe in Toronto in an interview with Sky. He knew there was work to do to hit his heights and he’s not going to give up. Even now I know he isn’t. The story will be another round one exit for Grigor is going to plummet to his lowest ranking outside the top 70 in the world somewhere he hasn’t been since June 2012. Yes it’s another early exit but he played well and that is the bigger picture … Continue reading Grigor Dimitrov’s three words that still matter 12 months on as he falls outside the top 70 for the first time in 7 years!
Tears, surgery, doubts and doubles have all led to this moment. Today in Cincinnati wasn’t about winning or losing but to have a look at where Andy Murray is at. If anything for fans of Andy it has been a celebration to see him back out there. 210 days ago we thought he played his last singles match and as ever he gave his all. I sadly missed his match against Agut as I was on route to Melbourne but caught the ending once I got into Perth. What has happened since has been incredible. To be back on the … Continue reading Plenty of positives to build on going forward for Andy Murray 💪🏻
Andy Murray is coming back to singles. Hours before the draw was made in Cincinnati it was announced a wildcard had been given to the former champion who won here in 2008 and 2011. Andy had been flirting with the idea of singles and did hint not long ago about potentially playing here and it has been confirmed. His first round opponent is the tricky one-handed backhand of Richard Gasquet. Murray leads the head to head at 8-3 against the Frenchman and will be looking to go high and deep into that backhand corner of his to nullify his attack. … Continue reading No expectation, no pressure just joy!
Andy Murray is in Washington this week playing doubles for the first time in many years on the ATP tour with brother Jamie and has been speaking about what happens next. As expected doubles in Montreal is happening and it will be with Feliciano Lopez as many expected with Jamie, Pierre and Marcelo already coupled up. Murray and López of course teamed up together for the first time at Queens Club a couple of months back and won the doubles there with Feli also picking up the singles title to. Andy who said at Wimbledon that he is not ready … Continue reading Andy Murray; Washington with Jamie 🇺🇸 Montreal with Feliciano 🇨🇦 Singles in Cincinnati 🤔 New York? 🗽
Maria Sharapova is set to return to tennis following this on going shoulder/arm injury. The former world number one retired at Wimbledon despite just being one service game from going home anyway. A tweet circulated of her opponent celebrating the win which she expressed her displeasure at but at the same time retiring with one game left isn’t a good look, Piatti said that Sharapova’s management team reached out to him. He was surprised but it was impossible to say no. Interview with Spazio Tennis also said they worked a lot on her shots, technical side, video analysis and also … Continue reading Maria Sharapova set for Cincinnati return following stint at Piatti Academy