The sunshine double has come to an end. Two weeks at Indian Wells and Miami have provided us with some great memories but who surprised us during this month of tennis? Bianca Andreescu I can’t really start anywhere else, Bianca won Indian Wells and continued her good form in Miami before pulling out injured. Most wins on the tour and first wildcard to win Indian Wells, she has brought her dominative tennis to the court with her forehand and variety causing havoc for the best on the tour. Hubert Hurkacz Hubert really did make a name for himself at both … Continue reading Who starred at the Sunshine Double?
Which ever way this final went this piece was going to get written. Just over a month ago I questioned why Dominic Thiem was playing clay before Indian Wells and I still stand by that as his clay court skills have never been in doubt. Before his run at Indian Wells his career record at Masters 1000 on hard courts was 26 wins and 27 defeats. Dominic has hired Nicolas Massu as part of his coaching team to help him be as effective on hard courts and he is looking good so far. Massu is a former top 10 ranked … Continue reading Breakthrough; Dominic Thiem’s breathtaking hard court tennis is what we’ve been waiting for!
Two weeks of tennis in the Californian Desert has come to an end. As ever Indian Wells provides with memories and history created but who impressed? Bianca Andreescu We could not start anywhere else, it wouldn’t be right. Bianca came in as a wildcard. No one has won more tour matches than the 18 year old this who made her second final of the year and became the first ever wildcard to even make the final at Indian Wells Her all court game, fearless approach and confidence has been incredible and wins against Cibulkova, Muguruza and Svitolina have been so … Continue reading Who impressed in the Desert?
It’s been a hell of a story. Dominic Thiem’s Masters 1000 record coming into Indian Wells was 26 wins, 27 defeats and now he has the biggest Masters title to his name. The Austrian who we have been waiting for some time to replicate his tennis on a hard court really brought it to the desert. It didn’t take long for Roger to nod ahead breaking immediately for a 2-0 lead and despite Dominic managing to claw back the break he was broken again as Federer went on to take the set 6-3. What was evident and expected from the … Continue reading Dominic’s Day in the Desert!
Wow. Bianca Andreescu. You can write fairytales all you want but this is on another level. 18 year old Bianca Andreescu began the year ranked 178 in the world, on Monday she will be world number 24. Final in Auckland and now she has become the first wildcard to win Indian Wells. This is ******* crazy I’m exhausted, that last set! Bloody hell! Winning the first set took some steel, falling 1-4 down in the second took a little more. Going a break down in the final set and suffering with cramp (a little more), having match points and … Continue reading A fairytale you could not even dream of!
It’s been an indifferent 10 days or so for Novak Djokovic. His week started with being star-struck as his idol growing up Pete Sampras was in town for the duration of Indian Wells and watched a few matches of the world number one. It’s not often we see Pete around, we usually do at US based tournaments but worldwide rarely. Defeat to Kohlschreiber did put a dampener on the week but it’s his first tournament since Melbourne and even know we’d like to see the best so well at the Masters event we are going to judge on Roland Garros. … Continue reading Novak in the Desert; Early exit, doubles fun, Pete’s watching & unexpected doubles with his idol
Following how he was towards the end of the 7-6 7-6 win against Karen Khachanov the expectancy was that Rafael Nadal would withdraw from Indian Wells with his knee causing him problems. A few hours before his anticipated semi-final with Roger Federer and what would have been the 39th meeting of Fedal the Spaniard announced he would be withdrawing but the question is, what next? Nadal’s withdrawals means that Federer will advance to the final with a walk-over. Nadal also said he will go home and is expected to head to his academy in Mallorca to train on the clay … Continue reading Rafael Nadal; Indian Wells 🚑 Miami ❌ Mallorca 🏠Monte Carlo 🎾