Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28

A terminal decline for DGT?

Are there worrying signs for traditional foot soldier Daniel Gimeno-Traver? The Spaniard has been a near ever present in the top 100 since August 2008, but has dropped back out now and marked his top seeded status in this week’s Salinas Challenger with an immediate exit to 19-year-old Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Gimeno-Traver has now lost …

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Feb 27

More Wild Card wastrels in Dubai

There’s fast becoming an unexpected theme to this blog, and that is the allocation of Wild Cards. If things get any worse it’ll be re-directed to – however, the ATP 500 event in Dubai cannot be let pass without the apparent tale of the sudden entrance into the tournament of Novak Djokovic’s younger brother …

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Feb 23

The rankers (two) – more tales from the ATP ranking system

So in part one of this article we explored the anomalies of the ranking system. Now in part two, we’re going to try and look at who knows how to work the system best. At the moment, Portugese player Rui Machado is our star exploiter. He’s ranked at 80 at the time of writing. His …

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Feb 21

The rankers – the magic of the ATP ranking system (Part One)

James Ward

Here’s a question for you. I can offer you exactly the same reward for a week’s work, but one is more demanding than the other. It’s not actually that hard a question, and it’s one of the many fascinations that lie within the nuances of the ATP ranking system, which is perhaps best encapsulated in …

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Feb 15

The Brasil not so Open?

It’s unusual for this writer to be prescient in any form, but somehow it seems as if the whole issue of Javier Marti and his wild card allocations have re-surfaced. Marti received his first wild card of 2012, into this year’s Brasil Open in Sao Paulo and promptly beat Frederico Gil (such a hard court …

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Feb 13

Sizing up Sijsling

It’s been a good couple of weeks to be Igor Sijsling. The Dutchman has returned to form after a difficult period of several months and his win in the Quimper Challenger not only vaulted him up back towards the top 150 – and it earned him a wild card into this week’s ATP Tour event …

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Feb 07

We can be heroes, just for one (Davis Cup) day

Davis Cup can occasionally provide the worker bees of the ATP with a chance to grab centre stage. For some, playing for their country in front of a decent size crowd stimulates the soul in the way the Quimper Challenger does not. So let’s see if there are any unlikely heroes poised to bask in …

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Feb 06

The case for Carlos Berlocq

Pico - have a word with Martin Jaite this week eh?

When this blog was set up, it was thought of with the likes of Carlos Berlocq in mind. Grinders, grafters, worker bees, call them what you will. You might have noticed he’s one of the players in the header at the top of the blog (in fact the first person to mail us with the …

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Feb 01

I’m so wild about Wild Cards

Qualifying? Let me just flash this Octagon (Photo: RI91)

The allocation of wild cards in professional tennis is always a knotty issue. To the humble foot soldier, the local player, or the up and coming talent they are of significant value. They offer experience and two other highly prized things, money and (with a bit of luck) ranking points. The first round losers in …

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