Cecchinato Surprise Packet of RG 2018

Jun 5, 2018

The French Open at Roland Garros is infamous for producing surprise names going deep in the respective men’s and women’s singles draw each year, the 2018 version of RG is continuing that trend with the unseeded world No.72 Marco Cecchinato reaching the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time ever, in fact prior to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament commencing, the 25 year old Italian was 0 from 4 at his previous attempts in major events.

Cecchinato shocked former world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to make his way into the semi-finals in Paris and he will now take on the Austrian clay court specialist Dominic Thiem for an unprecedented shot at a Grand Slam final, Cecchinato might well be dreaming about following in the footsteps of the unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio who won the title in 2004 over his compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets, however with Thiem and the likelihood of Rafael Nadal still in the draw though, that prospect still seems a long way off.

It was only last year that we saw Jelena Ostapenko win the women’s championship as an unseeded player, that title was Ostapenko’s first ever tournament win at the time, the French Open certainly continues to spring the surprises on us when it comes to the world of tennis, there have been surprises among the women’s draw again this year too, particularly in the bottom half of the draw, however nothing of the same magnitude as Ostapenko’s magic run in 2017.

In the men’s singles however, if Cecchinato was more »

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Federer & Wozniacki All Smiles In Melbourne

Jan 29, 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 »

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Chung Moves From Generation Next To Generation Now

Jan 22, 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 »

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AO 2018 Heats Up In More Ways Than One

Jan 20, 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 »

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Tennis’ GOAT’S Prove Their Worth In Melbourne

Feb 1, 2017

What an amazing fortnight of Grand Slam tennis we all witnessed in Melbourne, Australia, what was even more amazing is that the respective male and female tennis GOAT both ended up winning their respective singles championship, Roger Federer claimed Grand Slam title No.18 when he defeated his longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal in a classic and thrilling five set men’s final while Serena Williams broke the Open era record of Steffi Graf with her 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a straight sets victory over her brave sister Venus Williams, both Federer and Williams have surely now put to rest the debate about who is the Greatest Of All Time among each gender.

Federer’s achievement in winning his fifth Australian Open is simply remarkable, the Swiss Maestro is 35 years of age and took a hiatus from the game after Wimbledon last year to rest and recuperate a knee problem, he played reasonably well at the Hopman Cup teams event in Perth in early January but nobody, not even him, would have expected the great man to roll his way through the draw to not only make the final but then go on and win it, the fact it was against Rafa made it even sweeter for all those Federer fans but wasn’t Nadal so gracious in defeat, the sight of another major Fedal final had all tennis fans eagerly anticipating another great contest and the two great champions produced the goods once again.

Serena’s achievement of winning her seventh AO title was kind of overshadowed by Roger’s remarkable more »

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