All you need to know about attending Madrid!

I have to say my experience at the Mutua Madrid Open this year was a fantastic one! The tournament which isn’t one of the oldest at the Caja Magica really does put on a show and here are just some things I have learnt from my experience to share with those thinking of going to the event. Tube The closest tube station to the Caja Magica is on San Fermin-Orcasur which is on the yellow line (line 3) and is about a 10 minute walk to the Caja Magica. I got three tubes on a day and it only took … Continue reading All you need to know about attending Madrid!

How we can learn from Tennis in Spain

Capitalising on success is vital. I think we (Great Britain) as a country can learn a lot from Spain and the way they and others do things. Spain of course has Rafael Nadal as their leading light in tennis and he is a god here but it goes deeper than that. The country hosts events in Barcelona (men) Mallorca (ladies) and Madrid (men and women) on the main calendar tour and is always a sell out and engages with young people. How do they do that? Make it fun! I think it is criminal in all honesty that Wimbledon and … Continue reading How we can learn from Tennis in Spain

Novak takes Madrid following a vintage performance!

Not many people have a winning record against Novak Djokovic but for Stefanos Tsitsipas than record is now level following a comprehensive performance from the world number one. Novak started off as a man on a mission. This was the first time I’ve seen Novak live and wow 😮 The level of performance was incredible. His forehand was on fire throughout the match and that early break of serve he got from his unbreakable defence set the theme for the match. Tsitsipas for the second night running impressed he is a courageous young man to go at these top players … Continue reading Novak takes Madrid following a vintage performance!

Madrid Open – Saturday!

Wow! What a day! Saturday delivered in style. We started off with three time for champion Simona Halep against Kiki Bertens and it was last years finalists who picked up the biggest title of her career! Next up was the second men’s semifinal of the day following Novak’s tight win against Thiem and now it was time for Nadal v Tsitsipas! The tension and atmosphere was electric, I have never witnessed anything like it at all 🤩 The clock began to get to get towards midnight but still no where near deciding… Match points came and went but at the … Continue reading Madrid Open – Saturday!

Madrid stunned as Tsitsipas ousts Nadal!

All day coming into this one I had the word revenge in my head. Tsitsipas has always walked away disappointed and in their meeting in Barcelona last year he said he will learn and that defeat in Melbourne after beating Roger will still hurt so could do it in Rafa’s backyard? It started off with a break of serve for the Greek number one who then quickly surrendered true lead and at the change of course ends would be asked if he could hold serve… You could cut the tension with a knife with neither player giving anything away in … Continue reading Madrid stunned as Tsitsipas ousts Nadal!

Kiki takes Madrid in style!

Thankfully by the time this one had begun the sun had moved around and was not shining on the main court during an extremely hot day in Madrid. It was the world number two Simona Halep who got off to the better start finding an early break of serve before being pegged back not just once but twice as Kiki Bertens began to settle into the rhythm of the match and Halep’s level began to drop and before you know it from 4-2 up now trailing 5-4 with the Dutch number one taking the first set. The momentum continued for … Continue reading Kiki takes Madrid in style!