7 weeks to go, who is on course for a place in Milan?

The season will end with a trip to Milan for the Next Gen Finals for the top eight players ranked 21 of younger, as of yet there is only one qualifier however I don’t him to be there. So who will be in Milan in early November? Stefanos Tsitsipas does occupy the first spot but he looks set for a place in London so last years champion will not be there. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 19 years old Quite the break out year for the Canadian who is the highest on the qualification list at the moment in second place. His … Continue reading 7 weeks to go, who is on course for a place in Milan?

Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-1 6-4 Felix Auger-Aliassime; The performance I’ve been waiting for!

Well, I didn’t see it coming but I’m pleased it happened. Denis Shapovalov dropped just six games in his demolition you could call it of his friend and fellow countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime. The season felt like it was plodding along. I remember watching Denis against Pierre-Hugues Herbet the other week and he won in straight sets but it was messy. I saw him in the next round and it was a big messy and lost. I’ve always liked Denis’ game. He has all the tricks and skills but pulling it together on a regular and consistent basis has been a … Continue reading Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-1 6-4 Felix Auger-Aliassime; The performance I’ve been waiting for!

Who stole the headlines at the opening round matches at US Open?

It has been an incredible couple of days down in New York. With round one now over who has caught the eye down at Flushing Meadows? Vasek Pospisil 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3 Karen Khachanov Vasek has his first main draw win in a year following a rough time with injury. Karen Khachanov will be gutted to go home so early in a major following a good run of performances but he didn’t get going. Karen played ok but that was it. I never saw him take the initiative and try and go for it against the Canadian, instead he … Continue reading Who stole the headlines at the opening round matches at US Open?

All eyes on πŸ‘€

Round one at Flushing Meadows has some incredible line-ups but the attention will be on one meeting in-particular… Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova A rivalry continued. Since 2004 there have been 21 meetings. 22 if you count the walk-over at Roland Garros last year with Serena’s withdrawal. The head to head was once led by Maria at 2-1 but 18 wins in a row leaves Serena with a 19-2 record against the Russian. The tour domination these two are use to is no more. Both are in a state of finding their best. Serena has found a very good level … Continue reading All eyes on πŸ‘€

Montreal & Toronto ready for a week of intense battles πŸΏπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

A trip to Canada always kicks off the hard court season in full swing! The tournaments alternate destinations each year. This year the ladies will be back in Toronto and the men will be in Montreal. The draw is packed with many exciting round one match ups! So let’s take a look… Milos Raonic v Taylor Fritz Taylor is the form player, he has had some great results of late with wins in Nottingham and finalist in Atlanta. Everything has come together for the American whose game does look much more combined now. Raonic is looking for some momentum, he … Continue reading Montreal & Toronto ready for a week of intense battles πŸΏπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Donna, Felix, Matteo, Belinda & Amanda

We are over the half way mark now in the season. It’s been full of incredible moments and many more are to follow but who should we watch out for in London? Donna Vekic Donna arrives into London pretty much sick of British weather. Having played the majority of her time in Nottingham indoors she got rained off a couple of times in Birmingham too. Donna always plays well on the grass but is having her best season on the tour this year. She is on the verge of a top 20 position in the rankings and I can see … Continue reading Donna, Felix, Matteo, Belinda & Amanda

The ‘NextGen’ stars to keep an eye on at Queens and Wimbledon!

Frances Tiafoe, Alex De Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are all in action in London next week. Monday see’s the beginning of Queens Club with these five all hoping to impress here and at Wimbledon. Stefanos Tsitsipas Stefanos is the top seed here. World number six who this time last year was ranked at 38 in the world and is now the top seed at a ATP500 for the first time in his career. I love Tsitsipas, his game is incredible to watch and his performance against Nadal in Madrid was my favourite live match ever! I … Continue reading The ‘NextGen’ stars to keep an eye on at Queens and Wimbledon!