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ATP Masters Preview: All you need to know ahead of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open

With less than a month to go before the annual festivities at Roland Garros, we reach the midst of the clay court season in early May as players look to hone their skills ahead of the big one in Paris. Fresh from their exploits in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, the players on the ATP Tour enter two … Continue reading

ATP Masters Preview: All you need to know ahead of the 2017 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

After the enthralling American hard court swing, tennis’s clay court season kicks into gear this week in the French Riviera as the top players on the ATP tour contest the 2017 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. As the first Masters 1000 event of the year held on the red dirt, the tournament in the principality offers an insight into what … Continue reading

ATP Masters Preview: All you need to know ahead of the 2017 Miami Open

Words by Jack Sumner After Roger Federer’s triumph in Indian Wells, the ATP Tour’s American hard court swing continues this week in Miami… Last week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Roger Federer continued his remarkable start to 2017 by winning his second title of the calendar year. The Swiss Maestro looked imperious in … Continue reading

ATP Preview for Indian Wells: All you need to know ahead of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open

Words by Jack Sumner The ATP Tour enters the American hard court swing with the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year… One of two tournaments (along with the Miami Masters) that features more participants than any other non-grand slam event on tour, the arrival of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is among the … Continue reading

Stan Smith, the Tennis Shoe, Has Become Bigger Than the Man Himself

Stan Smith is fully aware that you think he’s a shoe and not a former no. 1 ranked tennis player…   In the United Kingdom, soccer fans in Liverpool and Manchester fight over who got into Stan Smiths first. In Greece, Smith says, where it is traditional to give babies white shoes on the day of their … Continue reading

Tennis predictions for 2017 following the Australian Open

If the 2017 Australian Open taught us anything, it’s that tennis, and sport in general, is far from easy to predict.  Venus and Serena Williams, aged 36 and 35 respectively, battled their way through the draw to make the most unlikely of their grand slam final meetings, which Serena won to record her 23rd major title. … Continue reading

Federer beats Nadal to win the most significant men’s tennis match in history

The greatest champions in almost every sport have endured battles where their legacy was on the line.  Think Bolt in Rio, or Phelps at the same Olympics. Pele’s Brazil at the 1970 World Cup, Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters. Flo-Jo and Jackie at Seoul in ’88. Ali in the Jungle. On Saturday in Melbourne, Serena … Continue reading

Dream finals on the cards at the Australian Open

In an Australian Open that has so far seen it’s fair share of upsets and fairy-tales, a battle of the generations and the apparent utilization of a tennis time machine, the prospect of a dream final in both the men’s and women’s draws remains intact. On Saturday in Melbourne, we could well see an all-Williams sister final to … Continue reading

Australian Open 2017: Middle weekend claims number one seeds, but old guard stand firm

Andy Murray AND Angelique Kerber, current world number ones and the top seeds in the men’s and women’s draws respectively, crashed out of the Australian Open on Sunday as both suffered upsets in their fourth round encounters. Murray was ousted in four sets by late bloomer Mischa Zverev while Kerber was handed defeat by enigmatic American CoCo Vanderweghe. … Continue reading

Australian Open 2017: Evans steals show on day five, Federer and Venus ace Father Time

A 35-YEAR-OLD Roger Federer rolled back the years on Friday in Melbourne, treating those in attendance at Rod Laver Arena to a display of his vintage best as he steamrolled Tomas Berdych to reach round four. Advancing to an even trickier-looking tie with Kei Nishikori, Federer beat world number 10 Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, having been in … Continue reading