The journey back for Andy Murray is still unknown. Despite a title on his return to Queens Club with Feliciano Lopez, a good run with Serena in mixed doubles, some hard fought wins in Asia and topping off an emotionally driven season with a title in Antwerp there are still a lot of unanswered questions which we may get answers to in 2020. The question is, how much tennis will Andy play and will he want to play? He was told by his surgeon in his Amazon Prime documentary that if he played seven more years of tennis there is … Continue reading Entering the unknown; what Andy Murray’s schedule could look like in 2020!
In Tennis it is too easy to get involved in statistics without looking at the play and the patterns in a match. If you look at Stefanos Tsitsipas’ stats from the ATP World Tour Finals in London it does open up one question… Aces – 32 Double Faults – 5 Forehand Winners – 51 Forehand Errors – 38 Backhand Winners – 18 Backhand Errors – 30 Net Points Won – 60/74 Break Points Won – 10/20 Break Points Saved – 23/27 What about the backhand? Stefanos is known for having one of those Hollywood one-handed backhands but he has become … Continue reading Stats can be deceiving as Tsitsipas’ backhand does more damage than numbers suggest!
Throughout his career, Andy Murray has never backed down from a challenge. Early on in his career he was doubted physically, mentally and slated in the press. When he faced adversity he always came through strong. Any doubts have always been quashed. He has always come through obstacles and has battled at the very top of mens tennis consistently in one of the most brutal era’s. In the Resurfacing documentary on Amazon Prime we heard from his family, his team (Mark Bender, Matt Little, Shane Annun & Jamie Murray) and former coaches (Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert, Amelie Mauresmo & Ivan … Continue reading Andy Murray Resurfacing documentary emphasis the Brit’s unmatched determination!
The coaching carousel of tennis is in full swing. As players finish their season, go on holiday and prepare for 2020 they continue to make changes to their respective teams. Muguruza & Conchita We saw this coming when Conchita Martinez and Karolina Pliskova recently split. Having Conchita back will be good news for the Spaniard. They have worked together before and last time Muguruza won Wimbledon. Muguruza is too good of a player to have another season in the shadows. Pliskova & Vallverdu & Savchuk Quite the surprise. Pliskova has completely changed her team for 2020 as she hunts Grand … Continue reading Tennis’ coaching carousel in full swing ahead of 2020!
Stefanos Tsitipsas has the game to get to the very top of mens tennis. The man from Greece isn’t afraid of producing an upset. His well executed game and his incredibly strong personality will make him a force to reckon with over the coming years. We have some incredible mental strength from Stefanos over the course of the season. Federer in Melbourne, Nadal in Madrid, Djokovic in Shanghai and Federer in London. It has been the most captivating year from Stefanos. I was there in Melbourne and the mania he created with his results especially that 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6 … Continue reading The captivating, tenacious & puzzle solving Greek from Athens has all the attributes to be the best!
Dominic Thiem’s 2019 season was one of his best. Big wins, big titles but also big changes to his game. A coaching change from Gunter Bresnik to Nicolas Massu has proved profitable as has the reduction in top-spin in his game on a whole. Top-spin looks good on the eye but its effectiveness can sometimes be questioned. Too much top-spin can make it difficult to gain control in rallies and take charge of matches but Thiem has changed that in his game. First serve The change up on the Ad side when serving has been monumental from the Austrian. Dominic … Continue reading How Dominic Thiem is reaping the rewards after a reduction in topspin
Back in May there was a possibility Rafael Nadal would head to Roland Garros without a title. Following an explosive run to the final at the Australian Open he was quickly dispatched by Novak Djokovic in the final with the match finished by the time I landed in Perth from Melbourne. Questions were asked of the Spaniard then who gave soo much but the tank was empty come the final hurdle. A second round exit to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco followed which subsequently was the earliest he left a tournament this year. Injury forced him to withdraw before his semi-final … Continue reading Nadal left Madrid twice this year, first time with questions & second time with answers!