Tag Archive: james Ward

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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Jun 09

Surbiton Challenger: Talented teenagers and more up close

The opportunity to watch live tennis is too good to miss, and the Surbiton Challenger provides an intimate viewing experience. Set at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club, tucked away in the suburban streets, there is a combined ATP Challenger & ITF Women’s event, meaning the venue is teeming with tennis life. Players can be …

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Dec 24

Tennis: King of Qualifying: 2014

It’s time, before the new season begins, to dig round the fringes of the ATP Tour, the qualifying section, and to declare this year’s King of Qualifying, the man who had the prized letter Q next to his name more than any other of his contemporaries. While this can occasionally be less than a badge of …

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Nov 24

Five Tennis Men of 2014

So with the year done on the ATP Tour, Challenger circuit and Davis Cup, its time to pick out our (entirely arbitrary) selection of five tennis men of 2014. Here are five tennis players who have add character, a good tale and some presence to the scene at generally, 250 or Challenger level. Whether it’s making …

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Nov 09

The Race for the Top 100 – Groth, Sijsling and Gojowczyk the winners

With so many Challengers taking place over the past week, there was bound to be significant movement in the battle for the top 100. It wasn’t going to take too much for Igor Sijsling and Sam Groth to be certain of their places, as our guaranteed line of 600 annual ranking points will almost certainly prove …

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Nov 03

The Chase for Tennis top 100: Weekly Update 1

While the main ATP Tour takes a pause for breath, the traditional end of season scramble continues in the final weeks of the Challenger Tour for places in the Australian Open main draw and the top 100. With a host of players likely to use protected rankings to enter at Melbourne – Juan Martin Del …

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Aug 19

US Open Tennis: Qualifying Preview

Normally, men’s tennis relies on the unpredictability being lower down the food chain when it comes to the Grand Slams, but this year’s US Open seems to be the other way round, with most of the leading contenders in less than stellar form, and the venerable Roger Federer emerging to be the most consistent of …

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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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Feb 02

Davis Cup: The Success Stories and honourable others

It was just another weekend of Davis Cup tennis. There were lengthy epics, genuine surprises, (over) boisterous crowd behaviour and much more as five sets and patrotism came to the fore in what is so often a solo sport. All from a tournament in desperate need of reform which the top players find a terrible …

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