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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Aug 22

US Open Tennis Qualifying: The Final Frontier

'King' Oscar Hernandez is in fine form before abdication (pic: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

It’s been a great set of qualifying rounds for Asian tennis, there’s hope for Ireland and there’ll be a cult hero as part of Friday’s 32 competitiors in men’s US Open qualifying, who will be cut down to 16 for a US Open main draw place. It all makes for a classically random set of …

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Aug 19

US Open Tennis: Qualifying Preview

Evo and out? Dan Evans has much at stake in US open qualifying (pic: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images North America)

Normally, men’s tennis relies on the unpredictability being lower down the food chain when it comes to the Grand Slams, but this year’s US Open seems to be the other way round, with most of the leading contenders in less than stellar form, and the venerable Roger Federer emerging to be the most consistent of …

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Aug 06

In Brief: Tennis Odds and Ends you might have missed

You - Go & Fun Now! Somewhere in San Marino (photo: FST)

Tennis – it just never stops does it. If people aren’t winning and losing, they’re not being fit enough to enter tournaments, or groups of people are trying to stage them, with varying degrees of success. And there’s wild cards too – when are there not wild cards? Here are some bits and pieces that are …

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Jul 14

One, two, skip a few, in the top 100

In the week after Wimbledon, some switch off and re-charge their tennis batteries. Others though, plug away, knowing that while the elite get married or contemplate just who is their best coaching fit, they have opportunities that can be used to maximum benefit. Two contrasting players benefitted from putting their heart and souls into the …

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Jun 18

Wimbledon Qualifying – The genteel & the deadly serious

Hopefuls are hidden behind hedges as they aim for fame (pic: FSOT)

Grand Slam qualifying is always an exciting thing. It’s the magic of a giant Challenger with big prizes for more than one winner. Wimbledon is unique among the Slams, staging qualifying away from the main tournament site. To see the hopefuls be whittled down, one must head to the Bank of England Club at Roehampton. …

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Jun 18

Wimbledon Qualifiers Photo Gallery

Claire Feuerstein

A selection of pictures and players who hopefully capture something of the feel of the Wimbledon qualifying tournament staged at Roehampton.

Jun 11

The terminated career of Andrey Kumantsov

Kumantsov in Marseille in one of his 2 ATP Tour main draw matches

The Tennis Integrity Unit has claimed another player’s career. The Russian Andrey Kumantsov, 27, has been given a life ban after a TIU hearing found him guilty of four different practices. It concluded Kumantsov bet on matches, tried to manipulate his own, and also offered inducements to others. The TIU say there was evidence of 12 …

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May 31

Wonderful World of Wild Cards: Marcos Baghdatis

This photo of Marcos Baghdatis is brought to you courtesy of a wild card (pic: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images North America)

This week came the announcement of the wild cards for the ATP event at Queen’s Club as the grass court season begins to whirl into life. Along with Stanislas Wawrinka, there was one for the 2006 Australian Open finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. New tournament director Ross Hutchins said : “Marcos is still one of the most popular …

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May 27

Roland Garros: French Open Round One Review

Getting to play Ernests Gulbis means this much (pic: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Europe)

It’s hard to look beyond Facundo Bagnis when it comes to the highlights of the opening round of Roland Garros. One of the pleasures of the opening sections of Slams is the random match ups that can evolve into dramas which suck in the wider audience. Bagnis, having come through qualifying to make a Grand Slam …

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