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!
At the beginning of the week I began with the word opportunity now I finish with the phrase ‘opportunity taken’ as Monica Puig ranked at 34 in the world became the first Puerto Rican women to win an Olympic medal let alone a gold medal and the lowest ranked tennis player to ever win Olympic Gold. This is more than just tennis this is watching someone leave everything on the court every game played and the tears at the end of every game shows what it means to her. Puerto Rico is a small country with a population of just … Continue reading Monica Puig from Puerto Rico creates history in Rio!
And breathe… Well sometimes tennis just does that to you. A match that started so well for Andy Murray took an unexpected turn as Fabio Fognini turned up. Waiting for Fognini to turn up this afternoon… — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) August 11, 2016 Murray strolled to a 5-0 lead and to be honest didn’t have to break a sweat in the opening set as he took it 6-1 against the Italian currently ranked at 40 in the world. The second set was the complete opposite of what we saw in set one with Fognini running the show and the majority … Continue reading Murray leaves it late to see off unpredictable Fognini!
Puerto Rico is a country with a population of about 3.5 million and one of those writing the headlines and looking to make history is Monica Puig. The 22 year old is probably one of the most down to earth and likeable players on the tour. Puig has been on a rise since Eastbourne where she went on an excellent run and hasn’t looked back since. Puerto Rico have been competing in the Olympics since 1948 and since then in the last 68 years have won 8 medals at the Olympics with 6 of those 8 coming in Boxing but … Continue reading Monica Puig advances to Olympic semi-finals!
A few months ago Novak Djokovic was unstoppable. We were talking about Olympic Gold and calendar Grand Slams however a lot can change quite quickly in Tennis and he has gone from looking unstoppable to fragile. The world number one crashed out of the Olympics before the tournament really got going losing in straight sets against Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Djokovic in the bronze medal match in 2012 and this was followed from his exit in the doubles not long after as he and Zimonjic lost their match. Djokovic also will not be playing in the mixed doubles … Continue reading From unstoppable to fragile, what next for Novak Djokovic?