Juan Martin Del Potro is to undergo his third knee surgery in less than 15 months as pain still persists after his last surgery in June of last year. The ‘gentle giant’ is one of the most loved tennis players around the world and it is such a great shame that he continues to be held back by injuries. Wrist injuries were an issue earlier in his career and the Argentine will now have had seven surgeries in his career: May 2010 – right wrist March 2014 – left wrist January 2015 – left wrist ligament June 2015 – left … Continue reading Juan Martin del Potro to undergo second knee surgery
The Greatest Showman may be Hugh Jackman but on Saturday it was fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios who put on a hell of a show at Melbourne Arena on Saturday night. Melbourne Arena was electric and the noise amplified as after 4 house and 26 minutes Nick Kyrgios defeated Karen Khachanov. Now for the eighth time it is Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal and this could get tasty. Almost six years ago they met for the first time a few thousand miles away from Melbourne in London. Kyrgios stunned the Spaniard in four sets with his trickery causing him heaps of … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal: An eighth meeting, a first on Nick’s home turf as a place in the final eight awaits!
Rain fall down at Melbourne Park may of delayed proceedings a bit but the stories still came quick and fast as the first day of the first major of 2020 got underway. Serena Williams was not messing about as she won 6-0 6-3 against Anastasia Potapova in what was a landmark win for the American. Not only is the hunt for 24 underway but Serena’s win against Potapova was her 350th Grand Slam singles win. Dan Evans on the other hand didn’t look like he was going to survive his first major as a seeded player. The British number one … Continue reading Aus Open Day 1: Serena’s landmark win, Dan survives, Naomi’s happy but Coric and Shapovalov fall!
2020 has not yet got going for Andy Murray. He had ATP Cup, Australian Open, Rotterdam and Montpellier on his schedule to begin his year but has not and will not compete at any of the events leaving question marks over what happens next? A pelvic injury brought his participation at the Davis Cup Finals in November to a short end after an incredible run of tournaments which saw him win in Antwerp. The injury is still lingering. So much so that he had to miss his usual scheduled training block down at Crandon Park in Miami. Some suggest Miami … Continue reading Andy Murray emphasises no ‘timeline’ on his recovery after latest setback sees him pull out of Montpellier & Rotterdam!
Looking through the records I was quite surprised to see that during his career Novak Djokovic has missed just one Grand Slam event since January 2005. The one he missed was the 2017 US Open due to injury. Novak is about to embark on his 16th consecutive year at Melbourne Park and has won a quite incredible six times in the last nine years. He heads there this year as undoubtedly in the best form out of the top guys following an unbeaten and ruthless ten days at the ATP Cup but he won’t be number one but this time … Continue reading Novak Djokovic has never won the Australian Open as 2nd seed but he has set the standard for others to follow after impressing at ATP Cup
Over the course of the next couple of weeks 256 players will battle for the Australian Open titles. Out of the 256, 6 of them are Brits so who is playing down under? Kyle Edmund v Dusan Lajovic Kyle had a good week in Hobart making the quarter finals before losing to John Isner in a match where he played the better tennis. The issue for Kyle who is of course a former Australian Open semi-finalist is that Dusan Lajovic is in very good form right now. I would have to say one of the most valuable players during the … Continue reading Brit’s in Melbourne, how will the seven singles players get on?
Andrey Rublev was one of those who spoke about his disappointed at having to miss the ATP Cup. Rules state that the top two player in singles and doubles leaving Rublev just outside the top 20 as the third highest ranked Russian but the 22 year old has had the best start out of the lot! Two weeks, one in Qatar and one in Adelaide and two pieces of silverware. Andrey just recently hit 100 wins on tour and will head to Melbourne Park in perfect form winning eight out of eight matches and titles against Corentin Moutet and Lloyd … Continue reading Two weeks, two titles! Andrey Rublev heads to Melbourne in a ruthless mood!