Here Come the Girls…

Jan 18, 2009

Four British women have now made it into the draw for the Australian Open: Elena Baltacha (118), Katie O’Brien (104), joining Anne Keothavong (53)and Melanie South (102). Not since the US Open in 1992 have four British women succeeded in the draw, so for the future of British tennis, this is exciting stuff. What with the spotlight centred squarely on Andy Murray for Britain’s Grand Slam hopes, it’s refreshing to see the women players do so well without the media attention. And as Baltacha and Keothavong have both claimed, they have nothing to lose. As well as a lot of well-earned respect to gain.

Viriginia Wade’s Wimbledon win in 1977 is an illustrious part of British women’s history, but it has constantly been blighted by other nations. Players have generally paled in comparison to the Eastern Europeans; the world rankings are dominated by players from Russia (Nadia Petrova, Dinar more »

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My Quarter Final Picks

Jan 18, 2009

As this is a fantasy tennis website, I thought today I’d run you through who I think will progress to the quarter finals. However, you have to remember that your Grand Slam Fantasy Tennis Team must include 3 players from outside the top 16, one of whom must be unseeded.

If you want more info head over to the main site where you will find some fairly simple instructions to follow.


Rafael Nadal – has a tough road ahead with Gasquest, Gonzalez, Tursonov, Hewitt and Canas in his section. I think he’ll get through, but it might make that second week very tough, with either Gael Monfils or Gilles Simon his most likely quarter final opponent.

Gael Monfils – will probably play a higher ranked Frenchman, Gilles Simon in the match to progress to the quarters. I think after the diappointement of having to withdraw last year, and his obvious form in beating Nadal in Doha earlier this month, he’s the one to watch in this section of the draw.

Andy Murray – has been gifted with a relatively easy first week and should have little trouble getting through – possibly without dropping a set if you look at his recent form.

James Blake/ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – want to wait until the last minute for some news on Tsonga’s back before I decide on that one. I’ll take a fit Tsonga every time, carrying an injury…not so sure.

David Nalbandian – comes more »

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Aus. Open Build-Up

Jan 17, 2009

The Russian Invasion!

A few years back a young female Russian tennis player had the world at her feet. Looks, talent and a growing rivalry with another young prodigy, Martina Hingis.

Depending on how you look at it Anna Kournikova was either a massive waste of talent, or the most over-rated female tennis player of the modern era.

Either way we should be forever grateful to her for paving the way for the parade of Russian women that have followed in her path. What would a summer of tennis be without the Russian’s.

And so it was in Friday night’s final of the Medibank international, Sydney’s major lead up event for the Aussie Open. In the red corner from Russia, world number three, Dinara Safina. And…also in the red corner from Russia, world number four Elena Dementieva.

The eventual winner of the final, (and one of my tips to take the title in Melbourne in a fortnight) – Dementieva. Last year’s Olympic champion has been in hot form this month, winning in Auckland, and doing a demolition job on an admittedly tired Serena Williams in the semi’s here.

She’s looking as fit as I’ve ever seen her, and she just seems to have her head in the right place. I think she’ll be hard to beat. The one weakness in her game is the serve – over seven rounds of a Major someone’s going to get after it at some stage. How she handles that will determine how far into the second week she survives.
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Great British Hope?

Jan 16, 2009

In the eyes of the British public, Andy Murray is Britain’s golden boy. Shirt off and baseball cap screwed on over his curls, the footage of him training helps British hearts to lighten a little. To be the saviour of British tennis, however, is a tough job. To be the saviour of British tennis and win a Grand Slam title, is even harder. I don’t know if Murray is quite ready to pull this off.

To win a Grand Slam requires not just an all round good game, but a flair and a power that ensures beating off every element of competition. These things, I believe, Murray lacks in great quantities. His strokes are good and steady, he plays an all round good game and occasional brilliance at the net will win a point. But it’s boring. And the obstacles at the Australian Open are anything but boring.

There is the heat. Australia’s tourists find it hard to lie around a pool edge reading trashy novels in the heat, never mind playing three intense sets of tennis against the formidable likes of Nadal and Federer. Speaking of these two giants of tennis, they are Murray’s next obstacle. Those steadily improving biceps have got to come up against the small boulders of strength that mark ‘the Majorcan Raging Bull’ Rafael Nadal’s upper arms. The new-found level-headedness might have to face the impossible-to-ruffle Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.

The Australian Open is one of the purest examples of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. A brewing pot for potential disaster and ruin in the blist more »

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Welcome to GSFT Beta!

Jan 16, 2009

Welcome to, a new and exciting fantasy tennis site created by tennis fans for tennis fans. We created this site so that fans of the Grand Slams could compete to see who can predict the outcome of the tournament and key matches the best. Also, we wanted to create a fun environment where fans can discuss tennis, read a dynamic tennis blog, and share Grand Slam travel experiences and advice.

We encourage you to please let us know what you think about the site. We are currently in beta, and we expect there to be bugs or issues that we have not yet found, or ideas for improvements that we have not thought of. Please post any thoughts and ideas in our help and support forum and we will be sure to discuss them with you and add the most promising ideas to our later releases.

Our current to do list includes the addition of leagues so that a group of friends can compete against each other to see who knows their tennis. This feature will be implemented for the French Open. If you have any other ideas, please share them with us.

Thank you very much for being a part of GSFT, and please share our site with anyone else you think would enjoy it.

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