Sam Querrey Produces The Upset of 2016

Jul 3, 2016

Sam Querrey, the tall 28 year old native from California in the USA has produced the biggest upset of the 2016 tennis season in the third round of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 6’6″ American served and blasted his way to his best ever victory over the seemingly unstoppable world No.1 Novak Djokovic 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5), this will surely be the biggest upset of he season as it will take another extraordinary performance from somebody this year to beat the effort by Querrey in beating the red hot Djokovic.

Upsets do occur in all sport of course, but when we see one of this magnitude in the world of tennis it is certainly worth writing about, almost all tennis pundits were picking Djokovic to have a decent shot at a calendar Grand Slam in season 2016, however nobody told Querrey and almost nobody would have expected the Serb to not make it into the second week at SW19, if Novak was going to lose on the grass courts of Wimbledon then most of us would have picked it to be at the hands of either Andy Murray, Roger Federer or perhaps Milos Raonic, the way Nole has been playing this season meant that even a loss to one of that aforementioned trio would have been surprising and an upset of sorts.

The fact that it was Querrey, the current world No.41, has come as a shock, we were all starting to feel that Djokovic was close to unbeatable when on form, however tennis is a physical game that requires plenty of mental effort and fortitude, so just how much did that rec more »

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Rain Could Be The Main Talking Point At SW19

Jun 27, 2016

The 2016 Wimbledon Championships will no doubt provide all tennis fans with some memorable and exciting tennis over the next fortnight, however the main talking point at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year could well be the rain that is forecast for practically every day of the tournament.

Fortunately, we will still get to see tennis regardless thanks to the roof concept on centre court, however if the wet stuff interferes too much on the outer courts then the disruption to the tournament could be significant, an occurrence like this will obviously favour the big names who get to play on the main show court at SW19.

It remains to be seen whether or not the weather will play too much of a part at The Championships in 2016, let’s hope the weather forecasts are slightly incorrect and that we don’t get too much disruption throughout the fortnight in London.

The respective world No.1′s, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will again start warm favourites in the gentlemans singles and ladies singles championships respectively, some are predicting that Andy Murray will finally find the answer on how to stop the Nole juggernaut, now that Ivan Lendl has rejoined his coaching team, while a lot of fans are also predicting another new Grand Slam champion to emerge among the women, however I’m sure Serena will be doing her utmost to prevent that from happening.

Let’s hope the rain doesn’t put a damp feeling on the next two weeks of Grand Slam tennis at The Championships more »

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Muguruza & Djokovic Create Their Own History At Roland Garros

Jun 5, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen history created with Garbine Muguruza winning her maiden Grand Slam title in the women’s championship and Novak Djokovic finally claiming the elusive title he so earnestly craved in the men’s championship, Muguruza was simply sublime in the championship decider against Serena Williams winning in straight sets, the Spaniard played all out aggressive tennis in a power game we have become accustomed to seeing from Williams herself, the 22 year old has now risen to world No.2 and looks the most likely candidate to topple Serena and become the next world No.1, although she may not have been at her best, Williams didn’t play poorly in this one, sure there was the rumour about the adductor strain but it didn’t appear to hamper Serena as she too played with plenty of power throughout the match, Djokovic got off to a slow and nervous start against Andy Murray dropping the first set but the world No.1 soon found his range and he was simply too good for Murray in four sets, the win saw the 29 year old Serb claim his career Grand Slam and 12th major title and he now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.

Muguruza and Djokovic are now on different paths however, Garbine has tasted Grand Slam success for the first time and she undoubtedly has the game to win many more, Djokovic has already won twelve majors and is in the prime of his career, however Novak will turn 30 next year and he has several more »

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Rafa And Rain The Main Talking Points At RG 2016

Jun 1, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen many different things, some great tennis, some unexpected tournament performances from several players, particularly among the women, but the main talking point at Roland Garros this year has been the retirement of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and the persistent rain which has left the tournament receiving criticism from plenty of fans and players alike.

The third round withdrawal of Nadal (wrist) was a huge surprise for everyone and certainly hurt a tournament already reeling from not having Roger Federer involved, but once the shock of Rafa’s decision to withdraw had subsided, the rain soon become the main talking point, the persistent wet weather has thrown the championships into mini chaos with some matches resuming while light rain was falling, two of the more fancied women, Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 seed) and Simona Halep (No.6 seed) were both ahead and seemingly in control in their respective matches against Tsvetana Pironkova and Sam Stosur before the rain intervened, however both players were then ousted on the resumption of play in damp and heavy conditions.

Radwanska and Halep both voiced their concerns and disappointment about the situation but the show must go on at RG and there is no coming back from eventual defeat on the court regardless of how much complaining they do, that leads most people to the question of a roof and how long the fans and French public have to wait until the French Open erects a roof over centre cou more »

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Can Novak Be Stopped In Paris?

May 22, 2016

The 2016 version of Roland Garros is now underway and the burning question that seems to be on the lips of most tennis fans is, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic from adding the French Open crown to his growing list of achievements, that question will be definitely be answered throughout the next fortnight of course but with the first day of the tournament now behind us, I thought it appropriate to look at the contenders who will try and prevent Djokovic from Grand Slam glory once again.

In the men’s singles championship, it appears that Nole will have five main threats to worry about in 2016, his recent Rome conqueror Andy Murray, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, nine-time RG champ and King of Clay Rafael Nadal, consistent world No.5 Kei Nishikori and the popular Frenchman and 2015 semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic will not have to contend with world No.3 Roger Federer who withdrew through injury.

Novak won’t have to face any of these five players until at least the semi-finals (Nadal or Tsonga), therefore the undisputed world No.1 must start a warm favourite to win his first title at Roland Garros in 2016 and claim his career Grand Slam in the process, if he is to square off against any of the remaining three threats (Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori), it will obviously be against only one of them in the French Open final, a GS victory therefore at RG this year would require Nole to produce two strong back to back performances against the best of the res more »

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