It has been an incredible couple of days down in New York. With round one now over who has caught the eye down at Flushing Meadows? Vasek Pospisil 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3 Karen Khachanov Vasek has his first main draw win in a year following a rough time with injury. Karen Khachanov will be gutted to go home so early in a major following a good run of performances but he didn’t get going. Karen played ok but that was it. I never saw him take the initiative and try and go for it against the Canadian, instead he … Continue reading Who stole the headlines at the opening round matches at US Open?
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 🤩
Hyeon Chung is out of luck at the moment. The Korean made his name in 2017 and ended the year winning the inaugural Next Gen Finals in Milan. Roll on a few months later and he saw off Novak Djokovic in Melbourne as he progressed to the semi-finals of the first major of the year. Chung 7-6 7-5 7-6 Djokovic – A masterclass against one of tennis’ masters! Following on from that he made the quarter finals of Indian Wells and Miami and in this period of the year picked up so many wins against Zverev, Berdych, Goffin etc… However now, … Continue reading Hyeon Chung; NextGen Winner, Big wins, Conquering Novak & A year of injuries
R1 is done. We have seen big upsets, comebacks, withdrawals and much more over the last 48 hours, so what are the stories? Halep out! This is the main story, Simona Halep has been dumped out of Flushing Meadows by Kaia Kanepi who was too strong from the baseline and Halep could not shift the momentum. She was a break down in set two and clawed it back but couldn’t gain any rhythm. The only good news Halep can take from this is that she will not lose her number one ranking. Andy recovers! Andy Murray had a bit of … Continue reading US Open R1 Round Up – Halep out ❌ Dimitrov confidence crisis 😞 Andy’s comeback 💪🏻 Garbine & Sloane impress 👌🏻 Edmund’s ill 🤧 Stan wins 🦁 Usual winners ✅ & Youngsters impress 👍🏻
Performances don’t get much better than what Juan Martin Del Potro did against Hyeon Chung in Cincinnati. We praise performances on a basis mostly on aesthetically pleasing tennis but when a play completely nullifies a players weapons it should be met with as high praise. Del Potro can sometimes put on these performances without breaking a sweat and knowing the possibility of two matches in 8 hours he had to be clever. Hyeon’s game is big, he goes for the forehand a lot. He likes to wind it up and strike for the corners of the court but how to … Continue reading No pace, no rhythm and nothing to work with! The perfect performance from Del Potro
The journey to Flushing Meadows begins. The US Hard Court Series kicks off in Atlanta 862 miles south-west of the Billie Jean King Tennis Centre, so who will be kicking off in Atlanta? Nick Kyrgios Nick is the second seed here in Atlanta so the pressure is on! He had a good grass court season and there is an added pressure this second half of the season to end it on a high following injury issues and it is a shame but he is only 23 so there is plenty of time but time waits for no one. I want … Continue reading The ATP stars ready to take on Atlanta as US Open Series begins!
The Mutua Madrid Open is a staple event on the tour. 2018 celebrates 10 years as a WTA tournament and 22 years as an ATP tournament. Madrid has seen the biggest names in sport lift the trophy but who will be crowned champion in just over a week’s time? ATP Rafael Nadal Well, there isn’t really anywhere else to begin. Nadal has been champion 5 times here during his career and his form so far this clay court season has been flawless. I don’t really see who could provide a massive challenge to him. Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem were … Continue reading Who will light up the Caja Mágica?