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

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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May 22

Roland Garros: Le Qualifying Showdown

McGee is within some good forehands of his Slam debut (pic: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images AsiaPac)

With Roland Garros qualifying only slightly delayed by rain, the men’s field has been whittled down to a little more than 32 playing for 16 places in the main draw, with the first final qualifying round matches taking place on Friday. There has been the usual surprise results on the way, and as things stand, …

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May 20

Roland Garros Qualifying Round Up: Day One

De Bakker was among de beaten seeds on Day One (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Day One of Roland Garros qualifying was the usual mix of weather frustration and personal despair, as plenty of players exited stage right, while some others celebrated previously unprecedented success. It saw some round one matches put back, but there are a fair number of round two matches already scheduled for Wednesday, and six of …

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May 19

The Road to Roland Garros – Qualifying

Paolo Lorenzi

The extended Challenger style super mayhem that is qualifying for a Grand Slam is upon us again, as Tuesday sees 128 men take to the Roland Garros courts in pursuit of one of the last 16 places left in the draw. There are a remarkable 40 different nations represented in the draw, with Egypt and …

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May 09

Bedene going British as Slovenia differences prove too much

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene’s career is taking a new direction, as he intends to represent Britain in the future. The Slovenian born Bedene, from Llubljana,would become his new country’s number two as he finally ends what’s become an increasingly tense relationship with the country’s national federation. Bedene has some good reasons to become British. He’s been based in the …

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