Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 29

The Marrakech Express is a Klizan Experience

The Moroccan tennis tour on the Challenger circuit is one of the first signs of spring and the very first stirring of the clay court campaign. It’s a sequence of four events in February and March that usually bring out a host of familiar favourites. Alessio Di Mauro emerges here for the year with the …

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Mar 21

Ready Dreddy Go – the Dustin Brown revival

As tennis unfolds 2012 style, there is, of course, the usual pinballing up and down the rankings, but it’s good to see Dustin Brown starting to make a move back to the top 100, where he was roughly a year ago. So why the enthusiasm? Well, firstly, he provides a welcome touch of Afro-Carribean to …

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Mar 21

Miami Preview

So what does Miami have in store for the Foot Soldiers of Tennis? Well, realistically some early exits, and the odd decent pay cheque for anyone who can win a couple of rounds. The qualifying stages saw plenty of upsets of varying degrees, so perhaps that might set the tone for the main event. One …

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Mar 13

Dancing on Ice.. the Sarajevo Challenger surface

Tennis fans are pretty much uniform in crying out for some faster surfaces to be mixed in with the somewhat uniform and turgid semi-puddings which are staging most of the leading events. However, it seems as if the surface offered by the Sarajevo Challenger, offering 80 ranking points and the sum of 4,300 Euros to …

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Mar 12

Trials of a Man Called Horse (face)

Thanks to the benefits of the seeding system the early rounds of Grand Slams and Masters series see the Foot Soldiers of Tennis thrust, with varying degrees of willingness, into the spotlight, as they get lined up to face the Djokovic/Nadal/Federer combo. They are but the make weights in the match for crowd and by …

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Mar 08

Indian Wells Preview

While February is a good time for observing the Foot Soldiers of Tennis, March is less so. The month is dominated by the heavy hitters who are all basking in the Californian luxury of Indian Wells or the delights of Key Biscayne. While it’s extremely difficult to imagine anyone outside the elite 4 players lifting …

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