Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 31

Wonderful World of Wild Cards: Marcos Baghdatis

This week came the announcement of the wild cards for the ATP event at Queen’s Club as the grass court season begins to whirl into life. Along with Stanislas Wawrinka, there was one for the 2006 Australian Open finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. New tournament director Ross Hutchins said : “Marcos is still one of the most popular …

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May 27

Roland Garros: French Open Round One Review

It’s hard to look beyond Facundo Bagnis when it comes to the highlights of the opening round of Roland Garros. One of the pleasures of the opening sections of Slams is the random match ups that can evolve into dramas which suck in the wider audience. Bagnis, having come through qualifying to make a Grand Slam …

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May 22

Roland Garros: Le Qualifying Showdown

With Roland Garros qualifying only slightly delayed by rain, the men’s field has been whittled down to a little more than 32 playing for 16 places in the main draw, with the first final qualifying round matches taking place on Friday. There has been the usual surprise results on the way, and as things stand, …

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May 20

Roland Garros Qualifying Round Up: Day One

Day One of Roland Garros qualifying was the usual mix of weather frustration and personal despair, as plenty of players exited stage right, while some others celebrated previously unprecedented success. It saw some round one matches put back, but there are a fair number of round two matches already scheduled for Wednesday, and six of …

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May 19

The Road to Roland Garros – Qualifying

Paolo Lorenzi

The extended Challenger style super mayhem that is qualifying for a Grand Slam is upon us again, as Tuesday sees 128 men take to the Roland Garros courts in pursuit of one of the last 16 places left in the draw. There are a remarkable 40 different nations represented in the draw, with Egypt and …

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May 09

Bedene going British as Slovenia differences prove too much

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene’s career is taking a new direction, as he intends to represent Britain in the future. The Slovenian born Bedene, from Llubljana,would become his new country’s number two as he finally ends what’s become an increasingly tense relationship with the country’s national federation. Bedene has some good reasons to become British. He’s been based in the …

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