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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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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