Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 30

Challengers Galore – Braunschweig, Portoroz, Winnetka, Manta, Timisoira and Todi

Florian Mayer

With the usual residents of Challenger land expected to have long since left London, there are no less than six Challengers taking place this week across three continents as they clay courters can forget the ugly business of playing on grass. BRAUNSCHWEIG Braunschweig, in northern Germany, stages the biggest hitting event of the week, with …

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Jun 30

Wimbledon – the second week!

Kenny De Schepper

So to the last 16 at Wimbledon. The second week of a Grand Slam – where the game’s elite fight it out for the right to be considered the very best. Or, just occasionally, a bunch of players who flit between 250’s and Challengers get the chance for a year’s pass among the fancy dans. …

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Jun 26

Wimbledon So Far: More Interesting than Average

So it was the day when the blood of the leading players was left spattered on the Wimbledon walls, and RedFoo proved a more astute tennis analyst than John McEnroe. That, though, was one of the more plausible outcomes of the last 24 hours. The scattering to the wind of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried …

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Jun 26

Wayne Odesnik at Wimbledon – the annual tradition

Wimbledon has its traditions. They include certain foods, all white clothing and the annual sacrifice of Wayne Odesnik to a media inquest after his opening round loss about anything but the match. Tennis most notorious drug ban recipient probably wasn’t in the best mood having lost in five sets to Jimmy Wang, having failed to …

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Jun 23

Marburg Challenger Preview

Away from Wimbledon, the Marburg Challenger offers hard core clay enthusiasts, frustrated Grand Slam qualifying near missers and some German wild cards the chance to compete out of the main tennis spotlight. The town lies pretty much in the centre of  the country, while the event offers the winner €4,300 and 80 ranking points. Less …

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Jun 21

Wimbledon Preview: Its Pella versus Levine

The turnaround between Wimbledon and the French Open is absurdly swift, although in the future there will be a precious extra week to re-charge. But it normally leaves the pre-Slam feeling increasingly familiar, as the 32 seed draw allows the progress of the usual suspects into the last week, to the point where even the …

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Jun 19

Wimbledon Qualifying – the final round

With seeds occasionally, strewn to the wind, Wimbledon qualifying for the men is scheduled to come to a conclusion on Wednesday. All will earn their place over the true Grand Slam distance of five sets – plus at least one lucky loser. A whole range of players are into the final round, ranging from players …

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Jun 16

Wimbledon Qualifiers: Round One Matches to watch

So its Wimbledon qualifiers time, even though the dust has barely settled from Rafael Nadal and 127 others turning up at Roland Garros. With Wimbledon deciding to hand back three wild cards, it meant late escapes into the main draw for Vasek Pospisil, Adrian Mannarino and Igor Andreev, leaving Dudi Sela as the unfortunate who …

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Jun 06

Sergei Krotiouk banned from tennis – less small time than you think?

The odd sudden puff of smoke emerges from the Tennis Integrity Unit, with Sergei Krotiouk the latest victim of the otherwise under the radar body that is designed to make sure the sport continues free from the ugly blight of match fixing. He’s been given a life ban and a US$60,000 fine. His career prize …

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Jun 02

Roland Garros – One Week In

So after rain, scheduling dramas and all at Roland Garros we’re down to the last 16 stage of the second Grand Slam of the year. And as is usual, that means that most of the cast members of this blog are long since contemplating a return to the Challengers or even, horror of horrors, that …

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