Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31

Benefitting from the Olympic Spirit – Michael Russell and Rajeev Ram

Of course, the Olympics is a beautiful thing – the gathering of the global elite of sport in intense competition (in between fights about ticketing, empty seats, over zealous sponsors, drugs tests and selection policy) but more so than in Beijing four years ago, it’s spread some intriguing anarchy over the past few weeks on …

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Jul 16

Some looking up, Young looking down

We aren’t that much more than half way through the calendar year, but with 3 of the year’s Grand Slams now complete, it almost feels like the tennis season is three-quarters done. Not so for everyone, for two reasons. With the Olympics congesting the calendar, this fortnight or so has offered lower ranked players a …

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Jul 08

Facing the grown ups – Kimmer Coppejans

2012 French Open junior champions Kimmer Coppejans starts life with the adult tennis world in earnest this week, after getting a wild card into his first Challenger, the Health City Open in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. So far, Coppejans has played the vast majority of his matches at the junior level, although he has dabbled …

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Jul 06

Newport – the unsung stop of the ATP Tour

When Wimbledon is packed away for another year, the grass court season doesn’t quite die. The cynic would say it limps on rather to Newport. The tournament usually has to grapple with being in the week after a Slam and being scheduled alongside a round of Davis Cup ties. Attracting the top players is difficult …

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Jul 01

Mind the gap – the Wayne Odesnik Information Deficit

Wayne Odesnik might have become familiar with the phrase “Mind the Gap” during his stay at Wimbledon. It’s the perennial warning that visitors on the Underground system get as they prepare to alight from one of the stations to not plunge off the platform and delay the oft snarled up service. The phrase also applies …

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