Archive for April, 2010

 

Clay Season underway

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Andy Murray’s year not improving…

Poor Andy Murray’s year is not looking any brighter. Starting with that blaze of form at the Australian Open, the loss in the finals and the following few months seem to have knocked it all out of the Scot. At home he is garnishing criticism for not playing in the GB Davis Cup team, and out on the circuit he is being knocked out of the earliest of the early rounds. His latest disappointment was at the Monte Carlo masters. He had a bye in the first round, but was out in the second, losing 6-2 6-1 to Philip Kohlschreiber. ‘Muzza’ is going to have to pick himself up from this quickly; last year his clay season was an impressive improvement on the surface, and if he gets a bad season under his belt who knows what that’ll do to his confidence come Wimbledon.

…but Rafael Nadal’s year improving significantly

It’s been a bit of the grind the last eighteen months or so for the Majorcan. Fortunately for Rafa fans, he appears to be back to fighting fitness ready for his favourite season of the year. Those vibrant clay courts just wouldn’t be the same without him. His latest title, and first for a while, was taken at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating Fernando Verdasco 6-0 6-1.  This is the sixth consecutive time he has won his tournament. Well, some people are just greedy like that. With his form as blistering as it is at the moment, he looks on track to get his old French Open title back from Federer. Finger more »

 

News Titbits

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Navratilova announces breast cancer diagnoses
Martina Navratilova, the former tennis champion with 18 Grand Slam titles, announced that she as recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was caught at a very early stage and was detected through a routine mammogram. The doctors have given her an excellent prognosis, and she will undergo an operation and six weeks of radiation therapy in May. She gave a stark warning for women with regards to their vigilance over checking for breast cancer; Navratilova pointed out that she has always kept her body in fantastic shape, a good diet and high fitness, and yet this did not make her immune. She had left it four years since her last check-up: ‘…don’t make excuses’.

Serena still injured
Serena Williams is still struggling after her win at the Australian Open, with her knee continuing to play up. She has decided to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Earlier on in the year she also had to withdraw from the Paris Indoor Open, all important tournaments and weeks she is spending off the court. This means that her preparation for the French Open is coming under some serious trouble.

Roddick wins in Miami
It’s been four years since his last Masters title, but Andy Roddick finally nabbed it in Miami at the Sony Ericsson Open. After making the final in Indian Wells last month, more »