Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 29

Lukas Rosol – don’t be a Bastl now

The ATP is dominated by the top three (point five) was the consensus, not prone to this kind of crazy nonsense where someone like a Lukas Rosol, ranked 100, could do any damage to one of the elite. That stuff is for the WTA these days. It was a day where the “little known” (TM) …

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Jun 26

A ramble through Wimbledon Round One

So as the first round of Wimbledon comes to an end, what’s worth reflecting on from the opening two ┬ádays on the charming grass courts with the so civilised surrounds? Here are some reflections from outside the elite land of Roger and Rafa who are let run riot on the outside courts for the first …

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Jun 23

Poker, Brian Dabul and an elephant in the room

The recent arrival of Rafael Nadal as an ambassador for the online poker website, PokerStars, has helped to underline tennis somewhat neurotic relationship with the world of gambling. If you head to the front page you see a smiling Rafa at present – if not one looking at ease. Nadal joins Gael Monfils and Boris …

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Jun 21

Meet the Wimbledon Qualifiers

Jimmy Wang

So, before most of the public has woken to the notion Wimbledon is taking place, there are already 112 good men and true already littering the battlefield after the qualifiers. While their collective hopes were unlikely to been have knocking Novak Djokovic off his perch, there’s been war going on for precious prize money to …

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Jun 18

The revealing spleen of David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian’s hoarding kicking, line judge bleeding boot of irritation in the Queen’s club final wasn’t the brightest thing he’s done. While it certainly appeared to be borne of momentary frustration rather than a desire to cause the officials any permanent damage, some of the follow up could perhaps be of more long term interest. …

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Jun 15

Ugly, beautiful or just ugly – Karol Beck at Nottingham

Karol Beck

Karol Beck’s Nottingham Challenger quarter-final win wasn’t pretty at all. It was a game that might have pleased the ultra-competitive Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, though it took long enough to manage. Three sets of grass court tennis in more than three hours is already a suggestion that something was untoward. Beck was matched …

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Jun 12

China’s seven year itch

In the outside courts of Halle, a small piece of tennis history took place, with a Chinese player recording a first win on foreign soil on the ATP tour in more than seven years. Zhang Ze of China came through two rounds of qualifying to make the main draw, and then proceeded to upset top …

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Jun 07

You nearly never heard of Nina Bratchikova

For a long time it looked like Nina Bratchikova would be one of those stories you never heard of. A junior of some talent (a top 50 ranking) who was failing to make it at the highest level in the senior game. Good juniors can succumb to many things. The lure of the opposite (or …

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Jun 06

Making sense of Marek Semjan

There were hoots of derision, snickers and the inevitable examination of results and mutters of “who?” after Marek Semjan, currently ranked 1166 in the world, managed to beat Spanish handsome devil/Olympic representative (delete as you see fit) Fernando Verdasco in the Prostejov Challenger, 6-4 6-7 6-4. Verdasco had taken a late wild card into the …

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Jun 01

Some reasons to reconsider buying the Serbian Open

Challenging times for the Serbian Open it would seem, even in its relative infancy on the ATP Tour. The 250 tournament is four years old but its future is somewhat uncertain. While the organisers (essentially the family Djokovic) have issued a statement saying it’s not up for sale, reports rumble on of a move to …

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