Rain fall down at Melbourne Park may of delayed proceedings a bit but the stories still came quick and fast as the first day of the first major of 2020 got underway. Serena Williams was not messing about as she won 6-0 6-3 against Anastasia Potapova in what was a landmark win for the American. Not only is the hunt for 24 underway but Serena’s win against Potapova was her 350th Grand Slam singles win. Dan Evans on the other hand didn’t look like he was going to survive his first major as a seeded player. The British number one … Continue reading Aus Open Day 1: Serena’s landmark win, Dan survives, Naomi’s happy but Coric and Shapovalov fall!
Over the course of the next couple of weeks 256 players will battle for the Australian Open titles. Out of the 256, 6 of them are Brits so who is playing down under? Kyle Edmund v Dusan Lajovic Kyle had a good week in Hobart making the quarter finals before losing to John Isner in a match where he played the better tennis. The issue for Kyle who is of course a former Australian Open semi-finalist is that Dusan Lajovic is in very good form right now. I would have to say one of the most valuable players during the … Continue reading Brit’s in Melbourne, how will the seven singles players get on?
Dan Evans lives just the down road from me in Cheltenham. A quick walk a journey on the 94 bus and were there! Right now he is out in Sydney and will soon be heading to Melbourne. Following Andy Murray’s withdrawal from ATP Cup he was the star player and he played up to that billing but where could his year take him? When the next set of rankings are announced Dan will be at a career high of around 32 in the world meaning he is expected to be a seed at a Grand Slam for the first time … Continue reading Dan Evans shone in Andy Murray’s absence but how far could the Cheltenham resident go in 2020?
Dan Evans splits opinion. April 2017 Dan failed a drugs test at Barcelona. He had just reached a career high of 41 and out of competition took the class A drug. Dan’s tennis world fell apart around him. He received a one year ban from the sport and over the course of the year has made an impressive comeback. As subsequent of his ban from the sport was that his ranking would drop. He fell in May of last year just after he returned to the tour at 1195 but is now back up to 63 in the world following … Continue reading Dan Evans; Cocaine, 1195 to 63 in 13 months, Murray spat, Miami outburst, Practice with Federer & Impressive comeback!
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!
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!
I think tennis does need to have a look at itself. Dan Evans was defeated 6-4 6-4 by Alexander Bublik in the final round of qualifying for Miami main draw in a match which was just chaos. I understand the frustration to the poor line calls but there is a line and it got crossed. Dan said during the match; “That was a f—ing s—show out here. That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen. Write it up in your report.” He called umpire Rafael Maia; “A clown in the chair” Dan also received two code violations during the match … Continue reading Very “Lucky Loser” ? – Dan Evans receives spot despite ‘f•••••g s•••show’ outburst and point penalty