At just before half past eleven on Wednesday night in Paris the fate of Matteo Berrettini’s place in London was taken out of his hands. The last player you probably want to face in this situation of ‘must win’ at this time of the season is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The good news for Berrettini is that he wasn’t the only London hopeful to have a nightmare before Halloween on a day that saw Schwartzman, Agut, Goffin and Fognini lose their chance. Alex Zverev’s place is pretty much confirmed leaving that one spot which is held by Matteo. Monfils, Wawrinka and De … Continue reading Out of his hands! Defeat leaves Berrettini waiting over his place in London!
It’s been a great the day at Wimbledon, some of the best have gone home and others have had to work incredible hard to battle their way through to the third round on Friday. Reilly Opelka 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 Stan Wawrinka Reilly’s biggest win of his career out on Court 2 this morning. The American who is ranked around 60 in the world and doesn’t have much tour experience is now into the third round of a major for the first time. I liked the composure Reilly showed. He has that big serve but to also withstand the … Continue reading Big battles on Day 3 at Wimbledon 💪🏻🎾
All across Europe the biggest names in tennis have been in action once again as they prepare for Wimbledon with some upsets ahead of the third major of the year putting question marks over their chances. On a day where there were upsets there was also a big statement win and that was from the top seed in London, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Roger Federer also had a big fight as his bid for a 10th title in Halle continues. I came into this tournament with some doubts to be honest about what he can do on grass as I haven’t seen … Continue reading Federer & Stefanos survive as Sharapova, Osaka & Wawrinka fall!
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
Only three former champions are here at Queens Club. Defending champion Marin Cilic who has had a rough season is in the draw as is 2017 winner Feliciano Lopez and 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov. Former finalist Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic who have been hit by injury this year are also back in action. Stefanos Tsitsipas Top seed. First time in his career that Stefanos has been a top seed at an ATP 500 event. There is big pressure on. He is always so vocal and inspirational on social media but after his early loss in Rosmalen will be hoping … Continue reading Who will be the King at Queens?
The grass court season is here. Over the next couple of weeks we will see something world class tennis in the lead up to Wimbledon some here at home in Britain and some abroad. Rain halted play for most of Europe today but there were some big headlines to come from it. Garbine Muguruza (leg) and Madison Keys (unknown) have both withdrawn from WTA Birmingham next week where I could be covering for a day due to injuries but we are unknown on the injury for Madison. Johanna Konta, Ash Barty and Petra Martic who of course made the final … Continue reading Venus joins Birmingham, Muguruza & Madison drop out. Stan brings in Dani, Sharapova is staying in Mallorca! & Serena?
I owe Stan Wawrinka an apology. In April I said I don’t think we will see his best again. Do I think Stan could win another Grand Slam? I’m not sure. Do I think Stan can challenge deep at majors and in masters events? Absolutely. Did I think that earlier on in the season? Absolutely not. I like being proved wrong and I’m happy to admit I was. I’ve always been a fan of Stan, I remember when he won that first major in Melbourne. I almost cried. We talk about skill a lot in tennis but something we don’t … Continue reading Resilient Stan showed he’s still the man!