I have been meaning to write this for a while but if you are thinking of going to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open then do it! It was the best experience of my life! Tickets; Pretty easy to get, you have 13 minutes once you’ve signed in online so don’t run out of time! Do separate purchases if required. Also your bank, like mine did might block your card and you have to start again! You can choose arena and dates with ease. Usually go on sale in mid October. Travel; The trains are really good and reliable. The … Continue reading Australian Open 2019; An incredible experience!
January and the Australian Open may have been about the achievements of Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic but also some shouting about what Milos Raonic and Lucas Pouille. Milos Raonic has had a tough time, a couple of Wimbledon finals to his name but injuries have not helped over the last couple of years but I think he deserves great credit for his performances in Melbourne. Wins against Kyrgios, Wawrinka, Herbert and Zverev really did start up the conversation again about his chances for the season and where the year could take him. Not only were the wins impressive on … Continue reading No one surprised us in January better than these two, can they keep it going?
The first major of the year is always a time to reflect on what has happened, who could improve and who has started in fine form, but who has work to do following the first major of 2019? Alex Zverev The most memorable thing Alex did at the tournament was smash his racket. His win at London in the ATP Tour Finals comes now with added pressure but he hasn’t started the season well. Alex has Ivan Lendl around him helping him out but I haven’t seen much in his game which I felt against Milos Raonic lacked any thought … Continue reading Who has work to do following an early Melbourne departure?
Whilst the war of words between some of the men of Australian Tennis stole the headlines over the two weeks at Melbourne Park there was plenty to shout about for the Australian’s and here is who did their talking on the court. Ash Barty A very good run by Ash. I was there for her performance against Maria Sakkari and the crowd was bouncing. She performed extremely well and we saw that once again as she came up against Sharapova and dispatched the five time major champion in three sets. The Australian did fall to Petra Kvitova who was in … Continue reading Barty 💪🏻 Bolt ⚡️ De Minaur 😈 Stosur 🏆
They say that some of the biggest tests in this sport come against the best players, they aren’t wrong. However the biggest test can sometimes be against yourself. How do you deal with having your hands on something and almost losing it? Naomi Osaka found herself on championship point on three occasions at what seemed like being the end of the second set and the end of the match. Petra Kvitova recovered, the Czech number one took the set and the tennis world was stunned. The now world number one went off court and came back and to her credit … Continue reading A humble champion who is here to stay!
Whether you are his biggest fan or not you cannot deny how simply exceptional Novak Djokovic is playing at the moment. On route to the final and on opposite sides of the draw we saw the talents of Nadal and Djokovic in full flight. The pair of players played exceptional well throughout the fortnight. I was delighted to see Rafa live and I would go as far as saying this was one of his best tournaments for some time. Up stepped Novak Djokovic in the final and well… what can you do? In his semi-final against the Serb hit just … Continue reading No one has ever played better tennis than this!
The heat rule is back again. Temperatures in Melbourne hit 41 degrees as play on outside courts was temporarily suspended but we took a while to get there and it really shouldn’t have. I will start off by saying I totally understand if the event is an outside event then trying to play outside is a must but common sense and safety has to be at the front. To start with at 11am we had doubles on RLA… at 12 noon it was 36 degrees following the conclusion of that match the roof was shut ahead of ladies semi finals … Continue reading The heat rule… ‘Heat Stress Scale’ or just use common sense?