Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 25

Roland Garros – Tales for the French Open First Round

So to Roland Garros, the French Open, terre battue, the sound of short tempered socialites in the crowd and so on. While it looks likely to be the tale of a certain Spaniard and 127 others, there may be some interesting diversions en route over the next fortnight. NICE TO SEE YOU, TO SEE YOU …

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May 20

French Open Qualifying Preview – Roland Garros is ready

Pablo Carreno Busta

So the draw is out for French Open qualifying, and the 128 are busy preparing to be shredded down into 16 players who will make the main draw and guarantee a career enhancing cheque for €21,000. There are some obvious talents to focus on, who have shown well on the main tour or the Challenger …

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May 20

Tennis News, Tittle Tattle and Gossip – Week 21

It was the week that the French Open announced its wild card picks and no-one paid much attention. Six French players plus the nominees from the US & Australian federations thanks to their reciprocal arrangement, were given main draw places. John Millman got a deserving helping hand from down under, and Alex Kuznetsov was known …

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May 16

Fernando Romboli Drugs Ban

You might have wondered why Brazil’s Fernando Romboli has been missing from the Challenger circuit. You probably haven’t, but the truth has been revealed by the International Tennis Federation, that he failed a drugs test. The whole process seems to have been laborious. Romboli’s positive test happened last July, at the Bogota Challenger and the …

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May 14

Tennis News, Tittle Tattle and Gossip – Week 20 (and a half)

Apologies for the increasingly slack updates, and a warning in advance this update might feel somewhat British in nature. If you thought Kazakhstan had a fairly boisterous player recruitment programme, it seems Britain has also learned the skill of acquiring talent, albeit with more apparent home town connections. Brydan Klein, brought up in Australia but …

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May 06

Tennis News and Tittle Tattle – Week 18

It was a week where youth and drugs both had their way but not, unusually, together after some rock concert. Firstly, the conclusion of the trial of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes caused much disquiet. The man who helped dope a number of cyclists got a one-year suspended prison sentence. But having teased people like a …

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