Jul 10

Numbers of Tennis Things: An “It Depends” Guide with Carl Bialik

If you aren’t lucky enough to be sampling tennis live (and unless you are one of the golden few in the International Tennis Writers Association, you won’t be most of the time), you will be consuming tennis via the medium of television. This comes with certain benefits – or ideally benefits. Replays of important points. …

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Jun 26

Wimbledon Qualifying Gallery

As qualifying fades into the memories and all eyes focus on the main draw at Wimbledon, here are some of the images of the three days and more than 200 players who showed up at Roehampton with singles and doubles aspirations

Jun 25

Wimbledon Qualifying Day Four: Podcast

The day four podcast here, with a bumper effort to bow out. You can hear from Australia’s John Millman on shouldering success, Inigo Cervantes on going so close and his chances of a sudden Davis Cup call up, plus a short bit of a tall winner, Kenny De Schepper. Then we’ll take you inside the …

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Jun 25

Cervantes considering Davis Cup amid Spain boycott

Spain’s Inigo Cervantes says he is likely to play Davis Cup for Spain, if asked. Reports in Spain have suggested he will be part of the team chosen by Gala Leon, as several leading players declare themselves unavailable, and also question the leadership of the Spanish Tennis Federation. A final decision does have yet to …

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Jun 24

Wimbledon Qualifying Day Three: Podcast and Review

Wimbledon qualifying day three has left 32 men now fighting for the 16 places in the main draw. It was a beautiful day for the French, with no less than seven Gallic players now in and among them, including Vincent Millot, who picked up his second straight three set win. You can hear the recap …

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Jun 24

Wimbledon Qualifying: Farrukh Dustov is utterly Uzbek

Farrukh Dustov has had an interesting year. It’s seen his good level in Challenger play earn him a brief flirtation with the top 100 – a very brief one. One week at 99, a fall, and then a return to 98, for a single week before disappearing once more. Dustov is tall, checking in at …

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Jun 23

Wimbledon Day Two: Podcast and Random Review

Wimbledon qualifying on day two saw the hangover from Monday’s rain completed, with half of the 128 men in the singles draw now having had to go through the business of calling into the small portakabin marked prize money to collect their first round cheques for £3,625. That may be a more than welcome sum …

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Jun 23

Wimbledon Qualifying Day One: Things We Learned

It started late, got sunnier and didn’t see too many surprises. That was the not as long as usual thanks to rain but still lengthy story as the men slugged it out on the grounds on Day 1 of qualifying at the Bank of England club at Roehampton. Most of those expected to come through …

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Jun 12

Surbiton Challenger: Quarter Final Review

Quarter finals day at the Surbiton Challenger saw sunny conditions. While it may look idyllic, it was also extremely windy. The gusts of breeze were not consistent, ebbing and flowing, and it’s fair to say that they took the enthusiasm out of some of the remaining eight players. Three of the quarter-finals became fairly one …

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Jun 10

Zen and the art of being Freddie Nielsen

It’s the one mystery about Freddie Nielsen. It delight the sporting romantics, confuses the financially minded, and fascinates the rest of us. The Dane’s 2012 Wimbledon doubles win with Jonathan Marray was beautifully out of the blue, an essentially last minute partnership running through the established pairings like Qureshi & Rojer, the Bryan brothers and …

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