I’ll be interested to know what Serena and her camp think about the timing of the release of this documentary. Even at Wimbledon a couple of months back she was reluctant to take part in questions about a magazine article scheduled for release during the championships regarding what happened at the US Open. The article was in Harpers Bazaar which is an American women’s fashion magazine. The big question at that point was why have it scheduled to be released during a major and not wanting to talk about it. I kind of feel this might be a similar situation. … Continue reading ESPN’s “Serena vs The Umpire” documentary is poorly (strategically) timed but still outlines an issue in the sport and maybe in Serena’s team?
It does seem to be something that has been building throughout the season. Since the show Being Serena went on air we have seen this when they have spoken about fitness, breastfeeding and Patrick was quite firm getting his point across. Apart from the show we have also heard him being vocal at tournaments. Serena’s first major since returning was Roland Garros and she made the decision to play doubles with sister Venus which meant she didn’t get a day off between matches and not being able to rest and recover did not help her progress and Patrick was vocal … Continue reading Rift in the camp? Serena can’t understand why Patrick said he was coaching when they’ve never used signals before
Alez Zverev is a man with plenty of potential. We have seen that on the tour as he has propelled himself high up the rankings to a high of number three of late and has three Masters 1000 titles to his name. The challenge is to replicate this form into majors. Why can’t Zverev find the wins on the biggest stage? Of his 14 defeats on the tour this season he has lost 6 of those matches after winning the first set. Since the start of 2017 in his 8 Grand Slam losses he has won the first set on … Continue reading 3R exit in New York not an issue as Ivan Lendl will bring plenty of ideas!
Over the last 12 months we have seen some impressive comebacks on the men’s tour. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal came back after lengthy time away from the game and revisited their scheduling to improve their chances where it mattered and picked up major titles. Novak Djokovic missed the entire second half of last season and in February had surgery once more following his return in Australia which fell short. He changed his coaching team and with this elbow issue mixed up his serve. It took time and probably more than he expected. I said going to Miami and Indian … Continue reading Most impressive comeback? Federer? Nadal? It’s got to be Djokovic!
4 years ago Kei Nishikori made the US Open final. Wins against fellow top 10 players Raonic, Nishikori and Djokovic saw him reach his first major final. His performances were exceptional as he made his first major final but is still searching for that big career title win. In the final against Cilic his game didn’t have any steel or adaption to the circumstances he found himself in and four years on I see him being no closer to a big win. His win/loss record against some of the best on the tour currently reads at; Nadal – 2/10 Djokovic … Continue reading Is Kei Nishikori any closer to a major win than he was 4 years ago?
Novak Djokovic has done it again. As the fortnight at Flushing Meadows progressed it felt like it was going to happen once more. On Friday night he saw of Kei Nishikori with ease, a set was not dropped. Likewise tonight but the Argentine made him work a little bit harder but he didn’t have to be at his very best as he secured his 14th Grand Slam title which leaves him in joint third position now on the toes of Rafa and Roger following a stunning summer of tennis. This man is a different animal. The way he defends the … Continue reading A different animal!
Nothing quite like that has happened before! However, it should be about the tennis. Naomi Osaka who I wrote about the other day has won the US Open. In March she claimed the Indian Wells title with a stellar run seeing off many top players but also a few weeks later broke down in Charleston after a defeat and admitted she was feeling depressed. The way she opened up and the way she played here in New York was fearless and just full of composure. She had a tough run to winning the title with wins against Sasnovich, Siegemund, Sabalenka, … Continue reading Composure at the highest level; Naomi Osaka is a Grand Slam champion!