In January the thought of playing tennis again didn’t look promising. This week Andy Murray returned to doubles with Feliciano Lopez and they have re-written history at Queens this week on their way to their first title together in their first partnership on the tour. First of all they had to beat Farah and Cabal the top seeds in straight sets on his return to tennis. Another straight sets win against Evans and Skupski followed and in the semi’s and final it got tougher. The duo saw off Peers and Kontinen the third seeds at Queens club in a match … Continue reading It’s a Murray/Lopez win at Queens!
Thursday night entertainment does not get better than this. Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez have seen off the top seeds at Queens Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal 7-6 6-3. Just to see Andy Murray back on court once again fist pumping was a sight we have missed over the course of the year. As ever with new doubles team there are moments of lack of communication which you’d expect and even happens with the best of teams. These two complimented each other well. Murray of course is a strong returner and we saw his full net play in action. … Continue reading Andy Murray makes winning return to Tennis with Feliciano Lopez!
Rain brought an early end to play at London and Birmingham yesterday with not one match completed in London. Today saw a better day for both but first round play in London is still not complicated on a big day across the UK and Europe as the grass court season continues. Jo out! Bit of a shock but Johanna Konta is out. The British number one never really got going and if you compare the performance today to the one against Ostapenko it was night and day. The Latvian was ruthless against Swiatek in round one and looked so composed … Continue reading Konta ❌ Venus ✅ Barty ✅ Del Potro’s knee 🙏🏻 Boys battle in Halle 💪🏻
The other day I did go in a little on Denis Shapovalov for his form this year. His performance against Juan Martin Del Potro at Queens was much better but still problematic. Relaxed and patient are two words I would use to describe Juan Martin Del Potro’s performance. The Argentine did his bit well, he served well and didn’t face a break point in the entire match. Shapovalov did his bit to a point. Her served well and his forehand I thought was on form. His serve isn’t a part of his game in which we speak an awful lot … Continue reading Patience Prevails; Del Potro 7-5 6-4 Shapovalov
It’s good to see Kevin Anderson back. The South African isn’t the biggest name on the tour but he’s someone to look up to, especially at 6ft 8in. He hasn’t played since Miami due to an elbow injury which wasn’t tennis elbow but golfers elbow because of his big serve. I’ve always liked Kevin. He is a genuine down to earth person who fights for what is right in sport and life. Lady K is his dog which he and his wife Kelsey adopted from a shelter and continue to do work for them. He is a bit supporter as … Continue reading Back in action with a win!
At one point it did like being a short afternoon for Frances Tiafoe. The American down a set and a break was being given the run-around but a small fightback never really ignited his chances to extend this to a third set as Nicolas Mahut for the majority of the match gave him the run around. I sad in my preview piece for the tournament I still don’t understand Frances and the first 14-15 games I was a bit lost. It was this volley following the serve. Image Credit – BBC Sport / Queens I love the idea of serve … Continue reading Mahut 6-3 7-6 Tiafoe – American given the run-around despite a late resurgence
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!