Jan 17

Sam Hutt climbs off the tennis treadmill

“I didn’t want to keep asking my parents to fund me, though I am sure they were willing to sacrifice to do so. I just felt like I was taking and taking. You want to give something back to them and psychologically it affected me.” Those are the words of Sam Hutt, a player who was …

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Jan 16

Australian Open Qualifying Preview

Dane Propoggia

With a blink of the eye and trip to New Caledonia, Australian Open qualifying arrived. This year’s final round already seems to have a slightly different feel from Slam qualifiers of recent year. Many of the veterans involved seem like real, gnarled, veterans (in the gently ageing world of professional tennis) and some of the …

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Jan 12

Tennis Round Up 2015 – Week One

In an effort to keep myself informed, as much, as you on the week’s tennis, it’s time for a weekly round up now the tournament season is back into full swing. A week of 250 events spread across different time zones, with players coming back from off-seasons of contrasting length, and effectiveness. Some have injury …

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Dec 24

Tennis: King of Qualifying: 2014

It’s time, before the new season begins, to dig round the fringes of the ATP Tour, the qualifying section, and to declare this year’s King of Qualifying, the man who had the prized letter Q next to his name more than any other of his contemporaries. While this can occasionally be less than a badge of …

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Nov 30

Five tennis players facing a defining 2015

Tennis wasn't always fun for Michal Przysiezny in 2014 (pic: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac

While the tennis year of 2014 brought improvement for many, by the same token it also brought disappointment, injury and racket hurling in an expression of impotent rage for others (well, many too.) The sport is nothing if not relentless, and the year long ranking system makes continual demands on its performers. Gilles Muller and Simone Bolelli …

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Nov 24

Five Tennis Men of 2014

Champagne celebrations beat the treatment table for Pablo Cuevas loved 2014 (pic: Swedish Open)

So with the year done on the ATP Tour, Challenger circuit and Davis Cup, its time to pick out our (entirely arbitrary) selection of five tennis men of 2014. Here are five tennis players who have add character, a good tale and some presence to the scene at generally, 250 or Challenger level. Whether it’s making …

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Nov 17

Race for the top 100 – Sela sneaks in for now as angst in Andria is guaranteed

With one week to go in the Challenger season, some players are finally sitting pretty knowing they will be part of things in Melbourne at the 2015 Australian Open. Blaz Rola and Dustin Brown produced solid weeks to make sure they can put their feet up after their efforts in Champaign and Brescia. Rola, the …

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Nov 09

The Race for the Top 100 – Groth, Sijsling and Gojowczyk the winners

Gojowczyk, hard to spell, but now on the first page of rankings (Dennis Grombkowski - Getty Images Europe)

With so many Challengers taking place over the past week, there was bound to be significant movement in the battle for the top 100. It wasn’t going to take too much for Igor Sijsling and Sam Groth to be certain of their places, as our guaranteed line of 600 annual ranking points will almost certainly prove …

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Nov 03

The Chase for Tennis top 100: Weekly Update 1

While the main ATP Tour takes a pause for breath, the traditional end of season scramble continues in the final weeks of the Challenger Tour for places in the Australian Open main draw and the top 100. With a host of players likely to use protected rankings to enter at Melbourne – Juan Martin Del …

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Sep 11

Davis Cup Playoffs: Exiles & Underdogs seek to shine

Alejandro's not been on Falla in 2013

The new US Open champion, Marin Cilic, and Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov are all heading into this weekend with one objective, to make sure their country will feature in the top 16 nations for the 2015 campaign in the classic coming together of the big and not so well known names from across the globe. Some recent heavyweights …

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