Archive for February, 2010

 

Goings on so far

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The hustle and bustle of a Grand Slam season has died down, the chatter and gossip and winners and pictures have started to fade as a (rather good) memory into the back of our minds. Now comes the long stretch, that long wait until the next Grand Slam event. In between times, however, the players do not get that kind of rest and restoration. They continue to pound the circuit, looking for form and progress that will stand them in good stead in the future. As there has been so much going on, with tournaments starting only days after the Australian Open ended, I’m going to highlight a selection of the most interesting and note-worthy pieces of news so far.

Dubai

Everything’s happening at the Dubai Championships. First, Roger Federer pulls out of the tournament – what would have been his first since winning the Australian Open – with a lung infection. Not wanting to put his health at any further risk, the Swiss has said he is hoping to take just two weeks off to recover, and should be back for the Indian Wells tournament. We wish the world no. 1 a speedy recovery; the word ‘infection’ is never good, and lets’ hope recovery goes well for him.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were therefore seen as the ones that would go head to head for the title – which the Djoker took last year – in Dubai. Unfortunately, Andy Murray has suffered a shock exit in round 2, beaten by Janko Tipsarevich 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-3. The Scot had appeared to be going into the whole tourna more »

 

Predictions for the year ahead…

Monday, February 1st, 2010

·         Roger Federer will get one more Grand Slam: one is as far as I am willing to go. After del Potro beat him in the US Open and Andy Roddick came so close at Wimbledon last year, I get the feeling there are too many strong competitors to the Grand slam titles for him to comfortably get the next three.

·         Juan Martin del Potro will get a Grand Slam, and will get a girlfriend by the end of the year: I’ll go out on a limb with this one and say either the French or the US Open. Radical, I know. I just don’t think we’ve seen the end of this guy, despite all the murmurs afte more »