Category Archive: Tennis Politics

Sep 22

Defending the Davis Cup

The Davis Cup. Heavyweight, in terms of tradition, and the trophy. Have you seen the size of the thing? On a less flippant note, substantial changes to the venerable competition appear imminent under the radically sweeping broom (or moustache) of the new ITF President David Haggerty. The former head of the USTA has broadly presented …

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Apr 14

Tennis in Kosovo Part II: The Past and Future

The challenge of starting tennis, almost from scratch. It’s been quite a test for Kosovo to be able to establish and grow the sport, despite the success of many players from the former Yugoslavia. Think Seles, Ivanisevic, Djokovic and Cilic, all Grand Slam winners. (You’d forgotten Cilic for a second, right?) In the 1990’s, as …

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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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Feb 12

The Challenges of Challengers – Alison Lee Interview

It’s scattered over virtually every continent, taking in plenty of towns and cities you have never heard of without tennis (Granby, Canada, this means you) and is a vital pathway in player development, as well as being a spectacle in its own right via streaming, and in the current climate, lest we forget, a popular …

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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 25

Cervantes considering Davis Cup amid Spain boycott

Spain’s Inigo Cervantes says he is likely to play Davis Cup for Spain, if asked. Reports in Spain have suggested he will be part of the team chosen by Gala Leon, as several leading players declare themselves unavailable, and also question the leadership of the Spanish Tennis Federation. A final decision does have yet to …

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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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Mar 26

What Walter Trusendi and Elie Rousset did – their side

It’s been a busy couple of days for the tennis authorities, with bans for two players down the tennis pyramid in Italy’s Walter Trusendi (currently ranked 425) and Elie RoussetĀ of France (576). Their combined ATP main draw experience consists of Trusendi qualifying for Umag three years ago, and losing in straight sets to Daniel Brands. …

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Mar 20

Farewell Wayne Odesnik – The Peerless Pinata who remains a problem

Wayne Odesnik‘s career came to an abrupt end. Tennis’ most notorious drug offender (and FSOT content provider) managed to trigger the testing system in handsome style by recording another positive and was handed a 15 year ban after his past ‘dabbling’ with Human Growth Hormone. Despite protesting he was the victim of a contaminated supplement …

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Feb 02

An ugly day in Dallas: Denys Molchanov arouses suspicion

Monday night’s Challenger action in Dallas saw the continued return of Ryan Sweeting and rising British talent Liam Broady up against Denis Kudla. But it was the match between Ukraine’s Denys Molchanov and Argentina’s Agustin Velotti that got the pulses racing, for all the wrong reasons. Before the game, the betting markets had Molchanov as …

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