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!
Slightly surprising news but 31 year old Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro will call time on her career at the end of the 2020 season. Carla has played over 1000 career matches picking up 5 WTA titles. Her biggest event win was at Qatar in 2016 winning a Premier 5 event there against Jelena Ostapenko. Carla is a seven time Grand Slam singles quarter finalist and was a French Open doubles semi-finalist back in 2014. She has record 28 top 10 wins so far in her career but none since defeating Caroline Garcia at the 2018 US Open. Carla has an … Continue reading Carla Suarez Navarro to call time at the end of 2020!
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!
What I like about Novak Djokovic is that he will look back at this season with probably a sense of disappointment on some levels despite some success. There were moments in March and coming into the US Open where there was a dip in form which he will look at improving in 2020. Titles in Melbourne, Madrid, London, Tokyo and Paris would usually signal an excellent year but for a player like Novak Djokovic some pieces to his season were missing. He began his year with an extraordinary fortnight of tennis down at Melbourne Park causing past Rafael Nadal in … Continue reading Schedule changes to 2020 as Novak searches for more consistency and something he hasn’t done since 2007…