Nov 25

Challenger Tour Finals: Eight chase success

If you haven’t had enough round robin tennis to end the year, there’s one more glorious opportunity to take some in as the ATP Challenger Tour Finals take place in Sao Paulo. Two groups of four will battle it out, just as their bigger brother event does in London, with the luxury of four singles …

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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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Sep 17

Davis Cup – Five Players with a Long Weekend

It’s one of the most intriguing weekends of the tennis year, as some players summon their heaving bones from the US Open to go through their final Davis Cup tie of the campaign. There are lots of arguments about where Davis Cup fits in the schedule, the format (although not from this quarter) but it …

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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/zolles.com/Christian 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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Jul 10

Numbers of Tennis Things: An “It Depends” Guide with Carl Bialik

If you aren’t lucky enough to be sampling tennis live (and unless you are one of the golden few in the International Tennis Writers Association, you won’t be most of the time), you will be consuming tennis via the medium of television. This comes with certain benefits – or ideally benefits. Replays of important points. …

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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 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 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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