The week is only a couple of days old and there have already been plenty of stories grabbing the eyes of the tennis world. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is now stranger to a battle and I’m pleased to see the Frenchman win his first match against a top 20 opponent for the first time since 2017. The former Australian Open finalist 6-4 2-6 7-5 against world number eight and second seed in Washington Karen Khachanov. On the ladies side of the draw for many Americans it was a day to forgot with Sloane Stephens, Coco Gauff and Madison Keys all going home … Continue reading Tsonga’s big win 💪🏻 Sloane, Keys & Gauff ❌ Chung returns 😌 Grigor fights back 🤩
Novak Djokovic v Philip Kohlschreiber I suppose opening rounds don’t get tougher than this. Novak will be looking at this one and the first thing that will be on his mind will be the defeat to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells 6-4 6-4 earlier on this year. The good news for Novak is that since then they have met twice with Novak coming through on both occassions. They did meet at this stage of Wimbledon four years ago with Novak going through in straight sets and I expect Philip to really give him problems but over five sets I only see … Continue reading Wimbledon Round 1 – Novak v Philip, Naomi v Poots, Coco v Venus & many more!
Kei Nishikori is no stranger to coming from two sets down at a Grand Slam. Back in January at the Australian Open in the first round he came from two sets down before winning against Kamil Majchrzak who retired 0-3 down in the 5th set. In the fourth round that happened again as he fell two sets down to Pablo Carreno Busta and eventually won the 5th set 10-8 on the tiebreaker before retiring down 1-6 1-4 against Novak in the quarter finals. I heard someone say that they see Nishikori as a ‘dark horse’ for the title however it … Continue reading Kei Nishikori v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Kei’s had some big battles this year, but is this his most important?
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 😍
Alex De Minaur’s run has come to an end in Brisbane. The Australian who continues to draw crowds all over the world played another week of excellent tennis and can take plenty of positives once again from the week as he prepares for Melbourne. For tennis on a whole it is so good to see Jo back and playing well. Last year was tough for Jo as injuries halted his season on the tour finishing 12 matches in a injury plagued season but has returned to the tour in Brisbane this year and has looked fit and ready for the … Continue reading Tsonga 6-4 7-6 De Minaur – Alex halted as Jo turns on the style
Sharapova calls time on season A season of disappointment for Maria who has appeared in just 11 tournaments in almost 9 months on the tour this year and has withdrawn from her remaining tournaments this year and has called time on her year to recover. Were not too sure what the recovery is for as she hasn’t looked injured and even after this announcement posted videos to social media of an intense workout. Welcome back! A good sight for tennis fans. Much loved Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sabine Lisicki both who are former major finalists made their return to the tour … Continue reading Sharapova calls time, Tsonga and Lisicki return, Murray arrives in Shenzhen & Mohamed Lahyani suspended!
We are nearly half way through the Australian Open. Today saw the hottest day of the championships reaching 42 degrees on court which is mad but it didn’t stop the usual suspects from doing their thing. Svitolina and Wozniacki progress untroubled! Elina Svitolina played in the heat of the day but it didn’t seem to bother her at all. The Ukranian saw off her fellow countrywoman 6-2 6-2 in around an hour to book her place in the fourth round and is on course to make the semi-finals without having to play a seeded player. Caroline Wozniacki was the last … Continue reading Australian Open Day 5 – Jo and Nick put on a show! Business as usual for Svitolina and Wozniacki!