The final Masters 1000 event of the year is here. We began in California before heading off to Miami. A trip to Europe to play on some clay took us around Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome in quick succession. A break then took us to Cincinnati followed by a trip to Canada. Once the final major of the year was done and dusted the tour diverted to Asia with the Shanghai Masters taking centre stage and now it comes to Paris for the 9th and final Masters of the year. After 3 years of Djokovic domination in the French capital we … Continue reading Destination London, but first a stop off in Paris!
Denis’ first! It has been coming and I’m pleased it did. After seven semi-final defeats on the trot for Denis Shapovalov the Canadian went not one but two better. Not only did he make his first ATP tour final but he won his first title against Filip Krajinovic in Stockholm ending his week without a set drop. This is a big milestone for Denis in what is set to be a busy end of season for him with him expected to take part in Paris, Next Gen Finals and Davis Cup finals. Unfortunately he fell at the first hurdle in … Continue reading Denis’ first 🏆 Sascha’s slip 🤦🏼♂️ Who is Jannick Sinner? 🇮🇹 Daniil’s rest 😴 & why Jack Sock could end 2019 without a ranking… 📉
This last week saw the final stint in Asia for the men as they competed in the Shanghai Masters. Some of the WTA stars stayed in Tianjin and some of the women returned to Europe in Linz. So what happened? The question is, what didn’t happen? The week isn’t even over yet! Murray/Fognini drama… We all saw it, but if not here it is… This is the rundown version… Fognini shouted as Murray played an overhead at the net. Before the change of ends Fognini then shouted to Murray “stop looking at me”. This continued at the net with Murray … Continue reading Shanghai Showdown 🤯 Bartoli’s back 👋🏻 Del Potro set back 🇦🇷 Federer 2023? 🧐 Naomi Osaka 🇯🇵 or 🇺🇸? Bublik’s retirement 🤦🏼♂️ & more! 🎾
The Australian Open never fails to deliver and on day 1 we saw some surprises and of course upsets as the seasons major opener got under way at Melbourne Park American Wipe-out! The day began with 13 American’s taking court in Melbourne and the number 13 ended up being unlucky for with only 3 American’s progressing to round two. Incredibly the day saw Jack Sock, Coco Vandeweghe, John Isner, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams amongst others lose with the only winners being Ryan Harrison, Nicole Gibbs and 22 year old qualifier Mackenzie McDonald! Venus out! Bencic through! Belinda Bencic’ comeback … Continue reading Australian Open Day 1 – Bencic stuns, Grigor and Rafa cruise but top American’s fall!
Marin Cilic is on the verge of going home. Out of the eight players in London right now after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal you’d say he’s the second most experienced player in the field with a Grand Slam, Masters 1000 title and a third appearance in London which looks like ending winless. Cilic will be disappointed and will know himself it will take something extraordinary to qualify for the semi-finals now. This is Marin’s third appearance in London and so far he has a win/loss ratio of 1-7 at the tour finals and now plays a player he has a win/loss … Continue reading Nervous Cilic on verge of going home after another defeat!
In January you whisper about it, in June qualifiers begin and in October the race reaches it’s final sprint but now the marathon week is about to begin. A season hit by injury for many top players saw some returning faces in Roger and Rafa and some new faces! Rafael Nadal We are unsure whether the world number one will participate. The knee injury has flared up and forced him out of Paris. No matter what does happen he will finish the year as number one. Inside hard courts have not been his strength over the years so I wouldn’t … Continue reading London calling!
Dominic Thiem’s time in Paris is up. The Austrian earlier today played in his 106th main draw match of the year at his 27th singles tournament and despite his early exit in Paris his place in London is looking likely and maybe losing early in Paris might just be a blessing in disguise. I watched Thiem against Jack Sock and it was pretty much a stroll in the park for the American who set the tone early on breaking serve to love and winning the first 10 points of the match and after then didn’t look back as he took … Continue reading Thiem tumbles early in Paris but London is likely for the Austrian