The final Masters 1000 event of the year is here. We began in California before heading off to Miami. A trip to Europe to play on some clay took us around Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome in quick succession. A break then took us to Cincinnati followed by a trip to Canada. Once the final major of the year was done and dusted the tour diverted to Asia with the Shanghai Masters taking centre stage and now it comes to Paris for the 9th and final Masters of the year. After 3 years of Djokovic domination in the French capital we … Continue reading Destination London, but first a stop off in Paris!
This last week saw the final stint in Asia for the men as they competed in the Shanghai Masters. Some of the WTA stars stayed in Tianjin and some of the women returned to Europe in Linz. So what happened? The question is, what didn’t happen? The week isn’t even over yet! Murray/Fognini drama… We all saw it, but if not here it is… This is the rundown version… Fognini shouted as Murray played an overhead at the net. Before the change of ends Fognini then shouted to Murray “stop looking at me”. This continued at the net with Murray … Continue reading Shanghai Showdown 🤯 Bartoli’s back 👋🏻 Del Potro set back 🇦🇷 Federer 2023? 🧐 Naomi Osaka 🇯🇵 or 🇺🇸? Bublik’s retirement 🤦🏼♂️ & more! 🎾
The race for London has not been as tight as this for some time. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Medvedev and Thiem are in. Stefanos Tsitsipas’s qualification is all but confirmed. The top eight qualify which leaves two spaces left. A week in Shanghai should put a little daylight between some and there is still plenty of tennis to be played but it might come down the wire at the Paris Masters. Who is in contention for final two spots? Roberto Bautista Agut He is in one of the lead positions right now. His season has dipped and retirement in Beijing hasn’t … Continue reading With Tsitsipas all but confirmed, who are the seven possible players battling for last two spots in London?
The Laver Cup this year will be taking place in Geneva, Switzerland and the teams have finally been confirmed. Team Europe has been confirmed for some time but now Team World has just been confirmed and here are the eight players who will be taking part. Team Europe Captain – Bjorn Bjorg Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Alex Zverev Fabio Fognini Team World Captain – John McEnroe Kevin Anderson John Isner Milos Raonic Denis Shapovalov As you will notice there are five players for Team Europe and just four players for Team World. It is expected to be filled … Continue reading Laver Cup teams announced!
On a day which saw an incredible 55 matches played out at the Foro Italico the final one to take to court just before 10pm local time was Stefanos Tsitsipas against Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarter finals against Roger Federer. Both players had already been in action during the day following Wednesday’s wash-out with Stefanos winning 6-3 6-2 against wildcard Sinner and Fognini saw off experienced Albot 7-6 6-3. Fabio just didn’t get really going at the beginning of the first set as the runner up in Madrid raced to a 3-1 lead. The Italian began to … Continue reading Tsitsipas silences Pietrangeli crowd with Fognini win
I watched the draw in pure disbelief! What a draw we have and the opening round match-ups even without the top eight in action is stunning! Denis Shapovalov v Felix Auger-Aliassime Wow. Two Canadians who are good friends and have explosive games! Felix is big off the forehand as we know and if he can get that time to unleash then he will be difficult to play against. I like Denis’ game it is full of imagination but there is one thing that bothered me. I saw a video on Twitter of Denis’ best shots from Barcelona and they were … Continue reading Madrid; Men’s round one match-ups 😯🤩
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!