May 26

French Open : Round One: Arnaboldi survives the rout

After the joy of qualifying for the French Open, comes the reality of playing in the first round at Roland Garros. Most were put to the sword ruthlessly by the higher ranked, Some were put to the sword by the similarly ranked. Two played each other, and then there was Andrea Arnaboldi. The Italian’s path …

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May 22

French Open Qualifiers 2015 – the final frontier

The young, the old, the promising and the slightly random make up the final round of qualifiers for Roland Garros, with 19 players at least knowing they will be part of the second Grand Slam of the Year. There will be at least three lucky loser slots for those who fall at the final hurdle. …

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Mar 26

What Walter Trusendi and Elie Rousset did – their side

It’s been a busy couple of days for the tennis authorities, with bans for two players down the tennis pyramid in Italy’s Walter Trusendi (currently ranked 425) and Elie Rousset of France (576). Their combined ATP main draw experience consists of Trusendi qualifying for Umag three years ago, and losing in straight sets to Daniel Brands. …

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Mar 20

Farewell Wayne Odesnik – The Peerless Pinata who remains a problem

Wayne Odesnik‘s career came to an abrupt end. Tennis’ most notorious drug offender (and FSOT content provider) managed to trigger the testing system in handsome style by recording another positive and was handed a 15 year ban after his past ‘dabbling’ with Human Growth Hormone. Despite protesting he was the victim of a contaminated supplement …

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Mar 02

Been a long time coming – ATP Tour losing streaks

When Turkish number one Marsel Ilhan won his opening round match at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Open tennis, it ended the longest active streak, among current top 250 players at any rate of consecutive defeats in ATP Tour main draw matches. Just to clarify this includes Grand Slam and ATP 250, 500 and Masters events. …

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Feb 09

Tennis Round Up 2015 – Week Five

It was a tennis week full of intrigue, fascination, the romantic and the downright concerning. When the temptation is to take it a little easy as everyone moves out of the Australian time zone. Victor Estrella, one of our 5 players of the year for 2014, continued his remarkable and romantic rise by winning the …

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Feb 02

An ugly day in Dallas: Denys Molchanov arouses suspicion

Monday night’s Challenger action in Dallas saw the continued return of Ryan Sweeting and rising British talent Liam Broady up against Denis Kudla. But it was the match between Ukraine’s Denys Molchanov and Argentina’s Agustin Velotti that got the pulses racing, for all the wrong reasons. Before the game, the betting markets had Molchanov as …

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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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