Tag Archive: Marinko Matosevic

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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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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Aug 06

In Brief: Tennis Odds and Ends you might have missed

Tennis – it just never stops does it. If people aren’t winning and losing, they’re not being fit enough to enter tournaments, or groups of people are trying to stage them, with varying degrees of success. And there’s wild cards too – when are there not wild cards? Here are some bits and pieces that are …

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May 27

Roland Garros: French Open Round One Review

It’s hard to look beyond Facundo Bagnis when it comes to the highlights of the opening round of Roland Garros. One of the pleasures of the opening sections of Slams is the random match ups that can evolve into dramas which suck in the wider audience. Bagnis, having come through qualifying to make a Grand Slam …

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Feb 27

The Kings of Qualifying

Every week, the qualifier emerges blinking from his weekend habitat, into the ATP main draw on a Tuesday lunchtime. Sometimes their appearance is brief and ignominious, but occasionally not only will they pick up a nice cheque, or a high profile meeting with a top 20 player, but they can even make a good run …

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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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Mar 21

Miami Preview

So what does Miami have in store for the Foot Soldiers of Tennis? Well, realistically some early exits, and the odd decent pay cheque for anyone who can win a couple of rounds. The qualifying stages saw plenty of upsets of varying degrees, so perhaps that might set the tone for the main event. One …

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