The World Anti Doping Agency have banned Russia from major sporting events for four years. The ban has come after an investigation into Anti-Doping in Russia following an investigation against RADA (Russia Anti-Doping Agency) were deemed non-compliant for manipulating data handed to investigating team in January. Investigators said back in September that they would have to “pull a rabbit out of the hat” to convince WADA but failed to do so. This does mean that Russia are banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. They are however allowed to compete in the European Championships next summer as … Continue reading Russia banned from sporting events by WADA following failure “to pull a rabbit out of the hat.” Where does this leave Tennis at the 2020 Olympics?
This last week saw the final stint in Asia for the men as they competed in the Shanghai Masters. Some of the WTA stars stayed in Tianjin and some of the women returned to Europe in Linz. So what happened? The question is, what didn’t happen? The week isn’t even over yet! Murray/Fognini drama… We all saw it, but if not here it is… This is the rundown version… Fognini shouted as Murray played an overhead at the net. Before the change of ends Fognini then shouted to Murray “stop looking at me”. This continued at the net with Murray … Continue reading Shanghai Showdown 🤯 Bartoli’s back 👋🏻 Del Potro set back 🇦🇷 Federer 2023? 🧐 Naomi Osaka 🇯🇵 or 🇺🇸? Bublik’s retirement 🤦🏼♂️ & more! 🎾
The 2020 Olympics are still a while away. At the end of July the top men and women will head to Tokyo to compete for their country but there are some rules which could cause qualification to be tricky and some issues to overcome. Russia could be expelled from the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) following ‘inconsistencies’ in lab data and a decision is expected before the end of October. This could effect tennis quite a bit as players will not be allowed to compete if Russia are banned. Medvedev, Sharapova, Kasatkina, Rublev, … Continue reading Olympic Tennis Qualification; How do you qualify? 🧐 Russia await fate 😬 Thiem is staying at home 🇦🇹 Why Venus might miss out! 😮
Simona Halep is having a chill year, you wouldn’t have thought it. Wimbledon champion and the holder of the longest residency of active players in the top 10 going back over five years the Romanian has been a bit more chilled this year but that was the plan. Three major final defeats on the bounce led to massive pressure on herself at Roland Garros last year, Halep put soo much into that tournament and the mental strength she showed was incredible. Halep admitted during her pre-season for this year she didn’t put in as much work as she normally does. … Continue reading Simona Halep; “Chill year” 😎 Pre-Season break 🏝 Roland Garros defence ❌ Darren coming back? 🙏🏻 Flag-Bearer 🇹🇩 A medal will do 🏅Horia Tecau 🎾
Tennis has produced hundreds of brilliant stories in the past but there is one that tops them all and may never be topped and it involves a lady called Monica Puig from Puerto Rica. In January Puig began the season ranked at 92 in the world and quickly made a mark on the tour qualifying for Sydney and making the final before being defeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final and the target was always to qualify for Rio and beginning the year nearly outside the top 100 would have been difficult. I saw Puig do well at Nottingham making … Continue reading Why Monica Puig’s triumph in Rio will never be topped!
Prior to the Olympic Games there were questions on whether Tennis belonged at the event with a high number of high profile withdrawals for a various number of reasons but oh my didn’t it prove itself! No prize money or points on offer this year but go and ask Del Potro, Puig, Murray, Nadal, Kerber and every other player if that mattered to them? Time and time again throughout the tournament tennis has just produced these wow moments which will just be remembered forever and have made players heroes for their country. There isn’t a feeling like it, you just … Continue reading Tennis proved it does belong at the Olympics!
Once again Andy Murray has made the dream a reality. The world number one two has become the first player to ever defend an Olympic title which is a magnificent achievement. I think it’s fair to say the last week has been a bit of a Murray coaster after sailing through the first two rounds and then leaving it very late to defeat Steve Johnson and Fabio Fognini before a quick and routine win against Kei Nishikori and finished with a marathon victory against Juan Martin Del Potro. This means Murray has now won 18 matches in a row on … Continue reading Andy Murray wins Olympic Gold again!