Category Archive: Tennis Players

Jan 05

Five Players Facing a defining 2017

The 2017 tennis season is already underway, with balls being struck with energy over different time zones and Noumea making it’s once a year move into the wider consciousness. While some can look back with satisfaction as to their progress, others found 2016 exasperating, injury-laden or simply without enough ticks next to them on scoreboards. …

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Apr 07

Kosovo’s Davis Cup Debut – when losing to Liechtenstein isn’t that bad

The European-African Davis Cup Zone III is not always the area where a lifetime’s hopes are reached. The 2016 round robin was held in Estonia, at the Tare Tennis Centre in the capital, Tallinn. But one team really were thrilled to just to be there to take on Liechtenstein, Greece and the hosts. That was …

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Dec 19

Five Tennis Players facing a big 2016

As some rise into the top 100 – yes, we mean you, Inigo Cervantes – others, inevitably, disappear down the rankings on the ATP Tour. The replenishing and renewal of tennis talent base is one of the sport’s fascinations, along with the unmerciful number cruching of the rankings computer. If you win matches, you make progress. Lose …

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Dec 13

Five Tennis People of 2015

With tennis largely shutting up shop for the year (although the Futures circuit really is in perpetual motion) it’s time to look at five figures in the tennis world who have done something worth mentioning, be it for year long work or, on occasion, just a glorious one off. 2015 saw some themes continue, with …

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Nov 12

Futuropolis: Filip Peliwo’s Bath-time experience

Futures Land at the University of Bath (courts 1-3) It’s a Thursday lunchtime in Bath, the picturesque city in the west of England, which has been busy since Roman times thanks to its baths. A couple of miles outside the city centre lies the University of Bath, which has become something of a sports hub. …

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Aug 20

Tales of the 250s: Who thrives at the entry level

Thiem is a terrifying sight for 250 players (pic: e|motion/ Hofer) While some exhausted tennis fans welcome a month off when the ATP calendar is dominated by 250 events, for many players these are vital times. Players looking to move or survive can boost their chances handsomely with a successful run our two. Those who struggle to …

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Jun 26

Wimbledon Qualifying Gallery

As qualifying fades into the memories and all eyes focus on the main draw at Wimbledon, here are some of the images of the three days and more than 200 players who showed up at Roehampton with singles and doubles aspirations

Jun 25

Wimbledon Qualifying Day Four: Podcast

The day four podcast here, with a bumper effort to bow out. You can hear from Australia’s John Millman on shouldering success, Inigo Cervantes on going so close and his chances of a sudden Davis Cup call up, plus a short bit of a tall winner, Kenny De Schepper. Then we’ll take you inside the …

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Jun 24

Wimbledon Qualifying Day Three: Podcast and Review

Wimbledon qualifying day three has left 32 men now fighting for the 16 places in the main draw. It was a beautiful day for the French, with no less than seven Gallic players now in and among them, including Vincent Millot, who picked up his second straight three set win. You can hear the recap …

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Jun 24

Wimbledon Qualifying: Farrukh Dustov is utterly Uzbek

Farrukh Dustov has had an interesting year. It’s seen his good level in Challenger play earn him a brief flirtation with the top 100 – a very brief one. One week at 99, a fall, and then a return to 98, for a single week before disappearing once more. Dustov is tall, checking in at …

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