Archive for April, 2009

 

U.S Open History, Trivia & Stats

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The U.S Open is held annually  over the two weeks either side of the Labor Day public holiday and is the last of the four majors played every year. Since 1978 it has been contested on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York. Prior to this it has been held at a number of different venues including Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Forest Hills, New York making it the Major to have relocated more times than any other.

The court surface at Flushing Meadows is quicker than many other hard court surfaces and so has proven to be favoured by players who were more of the serve-volley style. Examples of this include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Pat Rafter who have had great success at the U.S Open, claiming multiple titles.

The U.S Open is the only Major that plays a tie break in the final set of the match, while the others require you to continue playing full games until a winner emerges. They were also the first Major to introduce a challenge system whereby players who disagreed with a line call could ask for it to be checked on replay, and have the decision over turned if it proved to be wrong.

Trivia & Statistics In The Open Era (1968-present)


Men

Most Victories – Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer (5)

Most Consectutive Victories – Roger Federer  (5)

Youngest Winner – Pete Sampras aged 19 yrs 1 month.

Country with Most Victories – U.S (19)

Women

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Sweden Punished by ITF

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Malmo city and the Swedish tennis federation has felt the wrath of the ITF, with both being punished for the decision to have Davis Cup first round tie against Israel played behind closed doors. Sweden faced Israel on the 6-8th March, and the matches were feared to spark violence over Israel’s behaviour in Gaza, so there were no spectators at the stadium in Malmo.

The International Tennis Federation had a committee to look into the decision and it didn’t take long for them to make their own; they came down swift and hard. Their biggest problem was the fact that no-one was allowed to see the two nations compete. And therein lies a certain, albeit obvious problem. If there aren’t spectators, particularly in a tournament such as the Davis Cup, then what on earth is the point?

Still, the ITF have really done their all to punish the decision. For their troubles, the city of Malmo has been banned for five years from hosting the Davis Cup. And the Swedish Tennis Federation has been given a fine of $25000 and then an additional £15000 which would have been collected during the matches in the form of gate receipts. Sweden requested that th more »

 

Wimbledon History, Trivia & Stats

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The oldest and most prestigious of the world’s tennis tournaments was played for the first time in 1877, at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London where it has remained throughout it esteemed history.

The All England was originally formed as a croquet club, only adding the ‘tennis’ in the year that the first tennis championships were held. While croquet is obviously no longer a focus at the club, for sentimental reasons it has remained part of the title…although there was a short lived attempt to have it removed in the early 1880′s.

It didn’t take long for the tournament to garner attention from overseas competitors, with the first foreigner to claim a title being American May Sutton who won the women’s singles in 1905. Norman Brookes of Australia soon after won the men’s title in 1907 and its fate was assured as it went on to become one of the world’s premiere sporting events.

As with the other majors, Wimbledon opened its doors to professional players in 1968 when the Open era began and has remained as the only major to be played on the traditional grass surface.

This has created a stark contrast in particular with the major that proceeds it – The French Open, which is played on clay. These two surfaces can almost be seen as the exact opposite of each other. Grass is very slick with the ball skidding much more and has tradtionally been seen as a serve-volleyers surface. The clay at Rolland Garros is much slower and is more suited to more »

 

Federer Junior On The Way

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Roger Federer announced on his website on 12th March that he and his girlfriend Mirka will be parents by the summer. Yes, Federer is about to become a Daddy for the first time. By the looks of his post on his website, Federer was glowing in his new role as soon-to-be father.

But will the bundle of joy have an effect on Federer’s game? There appears to be two schools of opinion on the matter. One; that Federer has not banked on the exact toll fatherhood can take, and we won’t be seeing any more grand slam titles coming his way when the baby arrives. Two; that although it will most probably have some impact on Federer as a man – doesn’t fatherhood always? – it will have a minimal effect on his tennis career.

First, argument number one. Well, you can’t help but feel it is a little extreme. I read one alarming article that wrote Federer off the minute he held the new baby; no-one, apparently, is to expect wins or Grand Slam titles to be added to his name once he becomes a father.

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