Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 30

Davis Cup 2013 – the usual mayhem

Barely has the sexy presence of Radek Stepanek finished taking his shirt off than the Davis Cup is back with us for 2013. While a combination of injuries/scheduling/fall outs and squabbles has deprived us of (in ranking order), Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Janko Tipsarevic, Nicolas Almagro, Tommy Haas and Kei Nishikori …

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Jan 27

Tennis News and Tittle Tattle – Week Four

With tennis life not solely concentrated on Melbourne – just mostly – here’s some stuff going on worth putting to the record. Two more men’s waded into the male v female tennis debate, perhaps not to their advantage. Canada’s Peter Polanksy (ranked 183) said: “One entertaining match on the women’s side of the Australian Open …

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Jan 23

Two Challengers Remaining – Decisions for British Tennis

Britain’s two hard court challenger events, at Bath and Loughborough, won’t be taking place in 2013. It means the only professional men’s tennis staged in Britain at Challenger level and above will be on grass. The decision to end the two events (both were €42,500) is a complex one, seemingly based on a mixture of …

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Jan 17

Half of them gone – Australian Open so far

So half the field have already been dispatched from the Australian Open. Here’s a few thing to reflect on as we prepare to move into the last 32 stage. If you’ve had these thoughts on Twitter or elsewhere, let that merely be a reminder of how difficult it is to come up with original observations …

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Jan 13

Australian Open – Stuff, Things, Bits

So the 16 qualifiers for the Australian Open (and lucky loser Tim Smyczek) are jubliant and ready to join the 111 who are relatively relaxed in the first Slam of 2013. Plenty are already packed and ready to go though, and some would just regard progress into Round Two as reason enough for their own …

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Jan 11

The Challenger Calendar Latest

When the 2013 Challenger calendar emerged, the opening months of the year looked like it would offer suspiciously thin gruel to the up and comers, mid level grinders and futures escapees who form the Challenger circuit. As discussed here and on Heavy Topspin the number of challengers for the first three months of the year had …

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Jan 09

Australian Open Qualifying Day Two – Matches to watch

So that’s half the field cut down already on Day 1 of qualifying for the Australian Open. 64 cheques, worth AUS$3,280 have no doubt already been cashed, to go along with the $1,000 vouchers to offset travel expenses. Yesterday we managed to produce four interesting matches out of five, with close matches between Brands and …

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Jan 08

Australian Open 2013: Men’s Qualifiers to watch – Round One

So with almost obscene haste, the qualifying sessions for the Australian Open are upon us. 128 men are the customary three matches away from not only the prestige, but thanks to the substantial prize money increases offered, a handsome sum of cash (AUS$ 27,600 or US$28,960) which can make getting through the rest of the …

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Jan 06

Tennis News and Tittle Tattle – Week 1

SO LONG SERBIAN OPEN The Djokovic family owned Serbian Open, scheduled for Belgrade for April and May, has bitten the dust. The ATP effectively “bought back” the licence to run the tournament, which was the traditional Dutch clay event at Amersfoot. Various factors have been blamed, including the timing in the calendar and poor attendances …

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