After all of the quarantine controversies, the uproar over the mismanagement of both ATP and WTA tours and amidst the boos from the ‘opinionated’ home crowd – we had another succesfull major in the middle of a pandemic. Yes, we missed those crowds for a large chunk of the fortnight and yes we lost a […]Read More Australian Open 2021: Novak and Naomi divide and conquer
Compared with other popular sports, tennis largely escapes the broad contemptuous strokes from critics. Footballers pay is wholly unjustified, rugby players are thugs, golfers and cricketers have zero personality and their sports and fans are ridiculously dull. I could go on. But tennis, well the main gripes seem to revolve around the classist roots that […]Read More OPINION: Pandemic continues to reveal tennis’ dark side
It is as you were then, the men and women’s tours pretty much remain as they have for the past two years. The Big Three, Four, Whatever still dominate the men’s honours list – such is this remarkable unprecedented era we are still very much part of. On the women’s side we continue to see […]Read More Roland Garros 2020 in review. Rafa and Iga make more history.
The first major amidst the pandemic certainly lacked the full suite of stars, but the tournament delivered in quality, drama and the perfect send off in two classic finals. Naomi Osaka finally got to revel in a hard-earned victory where tennis and not tantrums took centre stage. A great time too to use a worldwide […]Read More US Open 2020: Naomi sends a message as Thiem’s time arrives at last
As if 2020 hasn’t been a strange enough year already, so now does tennis inject it’s own cocktail of controversy and confusion. The first major tournament amidst the pandemic had so far been notable for some ‘firsts’. There’s the unique atmosphere of a players’ Olympic village of sorts, with fans now replaced by the world’s […]Read More US Open 2020: Quarter Finals preview
Predictably, the standards of tennis in this opening round in New York have been extremely high. People forget that the non-household names who occupy the lower half of the Worlds Top 100 are also amazing players, the very cream at the top of both tours’ 1,000+ professionals. In terms of shocks, we’ve had quite a […]Read More US Open 2020: Round 1 sees Brits steal the spotlight from a strong homegrown showing. Venus and Clijsters out.
Here we are then, the first major tournament since Coronavirus changed the very landscape of our planet and our lives for who knows how long. As the pandemic shows no sign of loosening its grip, so we must try and continue as best we can. Sport too has had to endure and adapt and only […]Read More US Open 2020 Day 1 Preview; Tennis’ first major amidst global turmoil
Renowned for berating herself to the point of implosion as a player, former top 5 stalwart of the WTA Daniela Hantuchova has tried many a venture since retiring 3 years ago. If her high standards remain off court then she SHOULD be happy with the results; vegan nutrition bars, ESPN slam commentary and one of […]Read More Perfectionist DNA: Dani’s podcast series is relaxed yet relevant
For a player of such longevity – one who played in a Grand Slam tournament across four different decades – my first memory of Fabrice Santoro was at Roland Garros in 2004. Unrivalled in their knowledge, the Eurosport commentators were clearly enjoying themselves, chuckling and gasping at the Frenchman’s array of shot-making and crowdpleasing. That […]Read More Tribute: Fabrice Santoro, the magician
This blog has served many purposes since it’s 2006 inception. A university module, a personal shrine to my favourite players, an online travel diary of my own tennis excursions and a personal match log. This and several attempts to serve as a viable news outlet for daily Grand Slam updates, summaries and infamously woeful predictions. […]Read More Into the final set tiebreak: All Things Tennis winding down next year