Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 22

Bogota’s Uncertain Start

It’s always interesting to see a new stop on the ATP Tour, and it was the turn of Bogota, the Colombian capital, to host the travelling circus over the past week after an absence from the calendar of more than a decade. The tournament took over the Los Angeles franchise, as the west coast of …

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Jul 15

Challenger Previews – Granby, Binghamton, Recanati, Poznan and Eskisehir

The Challenger tour focus is mostly on hard court this week as we start the process of building up to the US Open, with North American and Europe the focus. Poznan is the one event out of line, with clay the prefered surface. There are the usual tales of injury concerns, promising juniors trying to …

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Jul 08

Challenger Previews – Beijing, Istanbul, Scheveningen, San Benedetto

The Challenger world is spread across Europe and Asia for the next week, with Beijing, Istanbul, Scheveningen and San Benedetto offering 128 players the chance to continue the eternal quest for the ranking points and prize money that allow tennis life to continue. Beijing is the most valuable tournament, with $75,000 worth of prize money …

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Jul 07

Looking ahead to Newport – a decade of oddities

This blog has made no secret of it’s love for the ATP event in Newport, Rhode Island. It has it’s own feel with the Hall of Fame celebrations, fields of widely varying quality and grass courts usually the speed of the Jamaican 4 x 100 metre relay team. So with this year’s event almost upon …

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Jul 07

Joe Salisbury – the Scholarship Route

The classical way to forge out a professional tennis career is to be a successful junior, then go and grind it out in the Futures and Challengers circuit until the money comes in and the ranking goes up.. But there is another route which has worked for many pros, including Somdev Devvarman and many more, …

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Jul 06

Albano Olivetti looks to follow King Kenny’s path

It’s been a frustrating 18 months or so for French giant Albano Olivetti. In February 2012, he was celebrating a huge upset victory over then top 10 player Mardy Fish, at the ATP event in Marseille. Now in August 2013, he’s struggling to re-find his best form after an elbow injury kept him out of …

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Jul 05

Brydan Klein: British and Sticking With It

Brydan Klein is hoping that his change in nationality can finally see him reach the career heights he was marked out for when winning the Australian Open junior title. Australian born, but with a British mother, he has had a fractured relationship in the past with the tennis authorities in Australia, some of which is …

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