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!
Kei Nishikori is on the search for a new coach. After 9 years together it has been announced via Kei’s Twitter that he and coach Dante have gone their separate ways. After 9 years of working together literally day in and day out, I have decided it is time for a new voice. I am forever grateful for Dante’s contributions to my career and we will obviously remain very close friends. I appreciate so much the last 9 years and our friendship🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/zpC8dj17y9 — Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) October 15, 2019 Former French Open champion Michael Chang who celebrated 30 years … Continue reading “It is time for a new voice” Kei Nishikori splits with coach after 9 years!
2019 marks five years since Kei Nishikori made it to the final of the US Open. Kei of course lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic on that day and since then hasn’t been back since. Kei has had his second best run at majors this year with fourteen wins over the four events with quarter final appearances in Melbourne, Paris, London and a third round exit in New York. In the seven Masters 1000 events so far this year he has four wins, two of them came in Madrid. Two wins in six tournaments? What constitutes a good year … Continue reading Kei Nishikori is on track for London but will he have to “pull up trees” for his season to be deemed a success?
Novak Djokovic has joined Rafael Nadal in qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic’ Wimbledon win has seen him climb into first place 500 points ahead of Rafael Nadal but who will be next? It is a matter of when not if for Roger Federer. The Wimbledon runner-up is just over 1000 points of Rafa but as the tournaments run down will be there sooner rather than later. Dominic Thiem (4th, 3315 points) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th, 2995 points) look like appearing in London in what would be Stefanos’ debut and would take something extraordinary for them … Continue reading London Calling 🇬🇧 these two are in, who will follow?
On Monday, 16 men and 16 women will battle for a place in the quarter finals. 32 will become 16 but who will be the final eight on both the men’s a women side? Women’s Bottom Half Maybe looking ahead but a guarantee is that we will have a first time Wimbledon finalist! In the bottom half of the draw we have; Elina Svitolina v Petra Martic Karolina Muchova v Karolina Pliskova Simona Halep v Coco Gauff Shuai Zheng v Dayana Yastremska No of the eight players have been to a Wimbledon and now one will. But first, we have … Continue reading Wimbledon; Middle Monday Preview
The bottom half of the draw are set for their quarter finals as the battle for the title intensifies. On the top half of the draw we still await our last quarter finalist with Del Potro and Khachanov having to come back to finish. Stan Wawrinka (24) v Roger Federer (3) A Swiss off! Roger hasn’t had a major test yet in her first tournament here since 2015 and Wawrinka has battled like a warrior to be here. Stan has seen off Kovalik, the in-form Garin, Dimitrov and of course that five hour meeting with Tsitsipas just to be here. … Continue reading Nishikori, Wawrinka, Federer & Nadal; who will make the final four?
I like Kei Nishikori. I feel like were in a state of deja vu. How much does Kei Nishikori have left in the tank for Rafael Nadal? I found myself asking the same question in Melbourne and he then got bulldozed by Novak before retiring injured. I said yesterday he has a knack of making things difficult for himself and that’s been the theme of his match against Paire, tournament on a whole and honestly at times his season. Inconsistency has been a problem ball to ball, game to game and match to match. He hasn’t had a top 10 … Continue reading Kei survives but how much has he got left in the tank?