Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30

Escaping the Futures, looking at the past

Our interviews at the AEGON Bournemouth Futures were both with players ranked in the 700’s – although it didn’t make the cut in the final copy, the ambition of both players was at least to make the top 500 by the end of the year. They know they can’t hang around forever at the Futures …

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Apr 25

Player Interview: Britain’s Ashley Hewitt

Britain’s Ashley Hewitt is coming to that difficult point in his tennis career – and he sort of knows it. He’s 21, and ranked 717 in the world, as he makes the transition from the junior to senior levels, and is now facing the challenge of making it pay on his own without guaranteed cash …

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Apr 25

An interview with Dominik Schulz

In the days of the cold war, political commentators or “insiders” would sometimes attempt to explain the mysteries of Eastern European culture through use of the joke. These jokes struggled to translate, and would rarely get laughs, but I think Dominik Schulz (Age: 21, Ranking: 746) might be amused. He’s good like that. So this …

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Apr 22

Tennis News & Tittle Tattle – Week 16

It’s the column that refuses to die, just, but it would seem just too much of a crying shame to leave Jarkko Nieminen‘s claim he felt like a “rock star” thanks to the crowd’s support at the Monte Carlo Masters go unrecorded for future generations. He got paid like one too, picking up a very …

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Apr 08

Tennis News and Tittle Tattle – Week 14

An exciting weekend of success for Davis Cup journeymen everywhere. In the World Group, Carlos Berlocq, Lukas Rosol, Vasek Pospisil and Ilija Bozoljac all played significant parts in helping their respective nations of Argentina, the Czech Republic, Canada and Serbia into the last four of the World Group, with Rosol taking both singles points in …

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Apr 04

The Gone of Navarro-ne

Spain’s Ivan Navarro has called time on his pro career this week, at the age of 31, with his body starting to let him down. It seems as if concerns about an elbow problem have prompted him to look at that ugly business called “life after tennis.” He bowed out in a fairly low-key way, …

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Apr 03

Davis Cup – outside the World Group

There’s an already slightly anarchic feel to the Davis Cup already this year, with Spain’s players able to rest up and gently ingest sangria, and Kazakhstan showing their increasingly limpet like ability to hang on to World Group status – but away from the four quarter-finals, there’s the usual wave of matches in the Cup’s …

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