Archive for August, 2009

 

Arthur Ashe Kids Day

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Arthur Ashe Kids Day has been a tradition for the unofficial start of the US Open, a chance for the players, comedians and singers to entertain the younger tennis fans and raise some money for charity. This took place on the 29th August this year, two days before the tournament actually gets underway.

This year, the rather soggy weather over New York dampened the morning activities which were unfortunately cancelled. These were to include interactive games, clinics, hair braiding, face painting; all those messy, fun things that kids enjoy doing.

Last year, Stanley Tucci umpired a rather anarchical match between Roddick and Djokovic. It involved quite a bit of cheating, score-fiddling, and a few of Djokovic’s well-known and not always well-loved (by the players he targets anyway) impersonations. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic whacked balls at targets to raise money for their charities, and Demi Lavato provided the more lyrical entertainment.

This year the day went along a similar vein complete with big n more »

 

The Last Week before the US Open

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The last week before the final Grand Slam of the season ends has passed, and there’s only days to spare before the US Open begins.

Still, before we talk about that, there needs to be mention of the final week coming up to the last open of the year. For starters, Roger Federer took the Cincinnati title from under Andy Murray’s reign. The Brit was the favourite, but was knocked out by the Swiss world no. 1 in the semi-finals. Federer went on to breeze past Novak Djokovic in the finals  6-1 7-5.

Other news from the week gone by includes British Laura Robson causing a stir in the US Open qualifying. The teenager was given a wildcard to the tournament, and managed to beat Stephanie Foretz who is ranked 332 places above her. The world no. 460, fifteen year old Robson went through along with two other Brits: Elena Baltacha and Mel South.

Now, as it looms in the near future we need to turn attentions to the US Open.

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Cincinnati Masters and Beyond

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The New Number Two

Andy Murray has successfully become number two to Roger Federer’s number one after winning at the Montreal Masters. Finally topping Rafael Nadal at the number two spot, the Scot was delighted at his new rise in the rankings.

He now eyes the number one spot: to topple undoubtedly one of the greatest sporting giants. Can, and should, Murray do this? He has never won a Grand Slam in his life; compared to Roger Federer’s 15. And if Murray was to become the world no. 1 having won none? Surely it would say something about the rankings system? This may be just me being a little prickly, and I would wholeheartedly agree I am not Andy Murray’s greatest fan. Could Murray climbing the rankings signal a new era of tennis, taking over from the bastions of an era slowly starting to fade? Maybe. Maybe not.

Cincinnati Masters

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Comebacks galore

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

So there’s been a number of comebacks this week at the Montreal Masters.

Apart from the doubles loss with Ross Hutchins against Jurgen Melzer and Jeff Coetzee, Murray has maintained sparkling form. He breezed through his first round  singles match and only moments ago blasted past David Ferrero in the second round 6-3 6-1. This is Murray’s comeback after a break since Wimbledon. If he wins at Montreal, or reaches the semi-finals whilst Nadal goes out in the second round, then he will take the number two spot away from the Majorcan. I still don’t understand how that can happen when the guy has never won the Grand Slam, but that’s just me I suppose…

Speaking of Rafael Nadal, he is continuing to make a good and comforting return to the sport. He looked to be back on top form in his doubles match with fellow Spaniard Francesco Roig to beat Novak Djokovic and partner Dusan Vemic. He didn’t appeared to be bogged down or particularly worried about the tendinitis that has plagued his knees since the French Open. In fact the match was quite a quick affair.

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ITF still investigating Gasquet

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Even though a board of the Court of Arbitration for Sport had cleared Richard Gasquet of his doping charges and ruled that his twelve-month ban was ‘unjust’, the ITF just don’t want to leave it lie.

The reason given for Gasquet’s brush with the drug cocaine was kissing a girl in a nightclub. Since there was the amount of “no more than a grain of salt” in his blood and, well, he’s French, the board accepted his claim, cleared him and the twelve-month ban was topped.

The ITF, however, has appealed against the decision by the independent tribunal, apparently unable to accept their judgement of the situation.

And who’s there supporting the ITF?

Yep, it’s the ever-present WADA.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks the extent of WADA’s control over the lives of sportsmen and woman is ridiculous. The spo more »