Archive for March, 2010
Under the gleaming Miami sun, tennis has come to town. Players have been sampling what the place has to offer left right and centre, with sightseeing and even a bit of swimming with dolphins on the cards for the players. Alongside this chance to hear about the players in a more relaxed state of mind, there’s also a round up of the Miami tournament on this blog.
Fernando Verdasco was caught on camera tearing up the waves on a jet ski, looking right at home in the sunshine with the cityscape behind him. Novak Djokovic took a day off from training to do the tourist thing; Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, a sojourn on the beach. With a new relaxed image, he seemed happy to take his early exit at the Indian Open in his stride. You may have heard about his doubles match with partner Mel B from the Spice Girls for the Miami Open’s ‘Kids Day’. Try to catch some video on that if you can.
A group of players even had the chance to swim with dolphins, including Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling and David Ferrer, who squeezed themselves into wetsuits and had a splash with the dolphins at the famous Seaquarium in Miami. Some of the WTA Tour players joined in, including Kristen Flipkens, Julie Coin and Alexandra Dulgheru.
Miami is a second home for Andy Murray; the Scot owns an apartment in the sunny city, and trains there for a substantial part of the year. The last few days he has been taking some flak for not doing enough for his country’s (rather dismal) performan more »
It’s that Davis Cup time of year again, and in the weekend 5th to 7th March teams have been winning or losing the world over.
In the World Group, Spain had a smooth ride into the quarter finals, beating Switzerland 4-1. They didn’t seem to be too bereft without their star man Rafael Nadal. David Ferrer put the final nail in the coffin for Switzerland, beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 6-0. They’ve set up a quarter-final head-to-head with France, who beat Germany in Toulon.
In Belgrade, the Serbian team took out the United States, with Novak Djokovic beating John Isner in a five-set battle 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), a match which went on for four hours before Djokovic could eventually break Isner. This gave the Serbians a 3-1 lead, which the Americans couldn’t overcome. Serbia comes up against Croatia in the second round in July.
Things weren’t quite as rosy for the Great Britain team. Last year they were relegated to Group 2, and things don’t look to have picked up after a 3-2 loss to Lithuania. There are two different reactions to the loss; the first is calls for heads to roll at the Lawn Tennis Association, and for John Lloyd to be replaced as captain. The second is that it’s going to take time for the team to grow; there’s no use in sacking everyone after each defeat. John Lloyd has been captain of this team for five consecutive defeats now though; surely his number will be up soon.
Russia will join Spain and Serbia in the final eight, after bringing about the more »