Tag Archive: Daniel Brands

Aug 29

US Open Qualifying Review (in person)

Welcome to New York. If you can’t make it here, you may be stuck in US Open qualifying trying to get out. The first impressions of the venue start on arrival – they are serious about bag searches and that you will be stuck in queues, especially no doubt when the main event starts. The …

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Mar 02

Been a long time coming – ATP Tour losing streaks

When Turkish number one Marsel Ilhan¬†won his opening round match at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Open tennis, it ended the longest active streak, among current top 250 players at any rate of consecutive defeats in ATP Tour main draw matches. Just to clarify this includes Grand Slam and ATP 250, 500 and Masters events. …

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Nov 11

The Kings of Qualifying for 2013

With the ATP Tour season now done, it’s time to reflect on those heroic, mostly un-sung draw fillers, known as qualifiers. Known for their ability to be scheduled at unsociable hours on court three, and many other attributes, their place in the draw is an excitingly randomly democratic experiment. Looking over the season of course, …

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Jan 13

Australian Open – Stuff, Things, Bits

So the 16 qualifiers for the Australian Open (and lucky loser Tim Smyczek) are jubliant and ready to join the 111 who are relatively relaxed in the first Slam of 2013. Plenty are already packed and ready to go though, and some would just regard progress into Round Two as reason enough for their own …

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Jan 08

Australian Open 2013: Men’s Qualifiers to watch – Round One

So with almost obscene haste, the qualifying sessions for the Australian Open are upon us. 128 men are the customary three matches away from not only the prestige, but thanks to the substantial prize money increases offered, a handsome sum of cash (AUS$ 27,600 or US$28,960) which can make getting through the rest of the …

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