Former finalist Andy Murray and former champion Kim Clijsters will be playing at the Australian Open in January. Kim Clijsters will be using a wildcard for the event which is believed to be her first tournament in what will be her return to tennis. There is noise suggesting she could play in Adelaide at the beginning of the year but not confirmed. I’m not too sure how Andy Murray gets into the draw yet for the Australian Open. There is a possibility when the entrants lists are published in December he go in on ranking. He will need to be … Continue reading Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters confirmed to play at the Australian Open
As a fan of Serena Williams I was sad that she lost the US Open final. As of fan of tennis I am pleased for Bianca Andreescu she continues to amaze. Saturday night after the match, I had Celeb’s Go Dating on Netflix and had quick scroll through Twitter and saw a tweet which criticised Serena. The tweet said she failed once again and outlined the fact that she has yet to win a title or a set in a major final since returning from giving birth to her daughter Olympia. That doesn’t sit well, that’s a lack of respect. … Continue reading Has the hunt for No.24 become an ‘if’ and not a ‘when’ ? Either way, four major finals since returning deserves respect and shouldn’t be deemed as a failure!
There has been no confirmation but the noise is that no matter what happens in the US Open final against Bianca Andreescu it will be the end of Serena Williams’ season. The former world number one is set to shut down her season early once again. Obviously she didn’t play after New York in 2017 as she was on Maternity leave. In 2018 after that US Open final she decided to close her year down and in 2016 and 2015 pulled out injured. The last time she played post New York was in 2014. Serena played in Wuhan but lost … Continue reading Win or Lose, Serena is set to shutdown her season after New York!
To win a major you need to win in a best of five sets scenario. This is something the younger players are getting less exposure too. The format now only exists in the four majors having been pulled out of Masters 1000 finals, Olympic Games, Davis Cup & Tour Finals. For a while we have been waiting for the next big breakthrough at a major in men’s tennis for some time. The last first time winner was Marin Cilic at the US Open in 2014. Since the beginning of 2004 there have been 63 Grand Slam events and the breakdown … Continue reading Is a lack of exposure to best of five sets scenario in men’s tennis a problem for upcoming stars?
Simona Halep’s season has been good to a point. If you look at her performances in her defeats this season she continues to give out invitations. Barty, Serena, Kiki, Vondrousova, Bencic and Anisimova all have hit her off the court but it’s part of her own making. Tactically I think she has got a lot of matches wrong this year. When I was in Melbourne I saw her kind of flick that switch against Serena but it was a little too late but she hasn’t worked it out since. Let’s go back to Melbourne; Simona was dropping the ball in … Continue reading Simona Halep needs to stop giving out invitations and find her ruthless streak!
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
I have been meaning to write this for a while but if you are thinking of going to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open then do it! It was the best experience of my life! Tickets; Pretty easy to get, you have 13 minutes once you’ve signed in online so don’t run out of time! Do separate purchases if required. Also your bank, like mine did might block your card and you have to start again! You can choose arena and dates with ease. Usually go on sale in mid October. Travel; The trains are really good and reliable. The … Continue reading Australian Open 2019; An incredible experience!