Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

Tennis Prize Money – the Bachinger Question

With tennis prize money the hot topic, and Roland Garros and Wimbledon, having been appropriately poked, boosting returns for qualifying and first round losers, we thought we’d take a pertinent example of risk and return in Germany’s Matthias Bachinger, who has just produced his best ever performance on the ATP Tour by reaching the Bucharest …

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Apr 26

A brief stop in the future

With a couple of hours spare on a Thursday, what could be a better thing to do than go and visit an ATP Futures event? So it was with poor quality camera phone in hand and a sense of the random that greeted a check in at the Bournemouth $10,000 tournament, officially Great Britain F6, …

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Apr 24

The delights and downfall of Di Mauro

Monday in Bucharest might just have marked the last chance for Italy’s Alessio Di Mauro to grace an ATP main draw. The Italian, now 34, had made the final round of qualifiers before succumbing to the in-form Guillame Rufin, and with his ranking down to 371, he won’t be likely to even get a farewell …

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Apr 17

The slightly but not too kamikaze Kubot

There are often perceptions that men’s tennis is becoming increasingly monotone as baseline grinders slug it on a non-variety of stodgy surfaces. That case has undoubted merit as player and fans alike seek some variety and not five hour five setters which reduce the limbs to jelly and TV schedulers to distressed wrecks. There are …

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Apr 16

Casablanca – not worth the Haasle apparently

Some discouraging news for fans of truly global tennis everywhere came in the shape of Robin Haase’s verdict on the ATP event in Casablanca. With the demise of the Johannesburg stop on tour in the wake of the Australian Open, the clay court season opener in Casablanca is the only tournament held in Africa on …

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Apr 05

Return of the Davis Cup

The Davis Cup is back for an early quarter-final stage, as the ATP calendar does its quadrennial re-jig to accomodate the Olympic games. In the World Group round of 16, we examined some unsung heroes looking for glory. Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer emerged as they upset Russia. His reward is an away tie in Spain against …

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Apr 04

The trouble with TV tennis commentary – and it’s not what you think.

If there’s one person guaranteed to get a kicking during any tennis match on TV, it’s the commentator. He, or sometimes she, will invariably distract from the match, or say something that winds up the audience, especially if they are a hardcore fan of the sport, or one of the players. Andrew Castle, a former …

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