Archive for January, 2018

 

Federer & Wozniacki All Smiles In Melbourne

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The 2018 Australian Open in Melbourne produced another enthralling fortnight of exciting Grand Slam tennis, but when the curtain came down on the hot and happy Slam and the crowds were finished cheering, it was Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki who were left smiling and holding the silverware in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships.

World men’s No.2 Federer added his 20th Grand Slam title to an already bulging trophy cabinet by defeating Marin Cilic in five sets, while newly crowned world No.1 Wozniacki couldn’t stop smiling after winning her very first major championship on Rod Laver Arena against Simona Halep, Federer’s joy also produced tears when making his acceptance speech as the 20-time major champ was overcome with emotion at what he had just achieved, Wozniacki also shed tears of joy when she outlasted Halep in a tremendous three-set women’s singles final, the Dane finally capturing the major title that has alluded her all these years.

Although all tennis fans were gaga over another great Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne, AO 2018 will also be remembered for the brutal heat that most players had to endure throughout the fortnight, watching some of the best names in the game struggling in the heat certainly wasn’t fun or exciting and the Australian Open organisers will no doubt be discussing the best solution for all concerned before next year’s tournament, hopefully they can come up with a new heat policy that is fair and reasonable to a more »

 

Chung Moves From Generation Next To Generation Now

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

There have been many Cinderella stories already at the first grand slam tournament of 2018 in Melbourne, but the most compelling of all those would have to be that of 21 year old Hyeon Chung from South Korea who has now reached his first ever major quarter-final at the Australian Open, Chung stunned his idol and former six-time champ Novak Djokovic and the majority of tennis fans around the world with an excellent display of power, pace and precision to win in straight sets against the well fancied Serb, it appears that the NextGenATP 2017 champ has suddenly graduated to be Generation Now.

Chung is currently ranked world No.58 and although he has been touted as a future Top 20 player, it seems many tennis pundits are now predicting a quick rise through the ranks for the Suwon native and a possible Top 10 place is certainly not out of the question in the not too distant future, the tennis Chung displayed on Rod Laver Arena last night was reminiscent of an in-form Djokovic at times and some of his court movement and passing shots were right up there with some of the best that Novak has produced over the years on RLA.

Chung will next face Tennys Sandgren, a 26 year old American who is also enjoying a career best run in Melbourne, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Chung and Sandgren have between them dispatched four of the bigger names in the men’s singles draw, Chung outlasted the 4th seed Alexander Zverev in a tough third round five-set encounter before his cl more »

 

AO 2018 Heats Up In More Ways Than One

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

The first week of the 2018 Australian Open is now almost behind us and the main talking point, apart from the sizzling number of matches being played, has been the extremely hot weather conditions and how it has affected certain players, some of the match days in week one reached close to 40 degrees centigrade and the on court temperature was being reported as somewhere in the 60′s at times, that immediately poses the question for the Melbourne Park tennis administrators of whether to consider reducing their heat policy in the coming years.

A number of good players suffered in the brutal conditions and it would have surely taken only a serious injury to occur or worse before the policy would have been amended mid tournament, as tennis fans we all want to see players performing at their best on the big stage, however heat, just like wind, will affect some players more than others, overheating however can cause serious health issues and far more significant damage to a human being than strong winds possibly can, therefore is it time for the roof to be closed on all the main courts in Melbourne when the heat gets beyond the norm?

Having a reduced heat policy would certainly create some issues for the administrators, for example…..what if they had three or four extremely hot days in succession, that would then create a back log of matches which would cause issues in itself, how many matches could be played under the roof before the tournament would be potentially more »