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2024 Australian Open – The Pleasures of Opening Week

The rain poured down on the opening day of Opening Week. Matches were delayed and delayed and delayed again until the schedulers gave up.

Happily, the rest of the week’s weather was perfect and the qualifying event could make up … continue reading

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Germany rally to take the trophy in the second staging of the United Cup

Germany clinched the 2024 United Cup in an enthralling final against Poland at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.

Captained by Torben Beltz, Germany prevailed 2-1 over the Poles after a thrilling mixed doubles victory by Laura Siegemund and Alexander Zverev. … continue reading

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Rafael Nadal returns in Brisbane

Rafael Nadal returned to the ATP tour at the Brisbane International.

After a year off for a hip injury sustained in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open, including surgery mid-year, the forced inactivity caused his ranking to drop … continue reading

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Rolex Paris Masters…History Shouldn’t Be Forgotten  

This year, 60 ATP tournaments were scheduled. Thirty-eight offered the winner 250 points; 13 netted 500 points.

The nine Masters Series events, providing 1000 points, reigned supreme when it came to the possibility of ranking improvement.

Of those in this … continue reading

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United Cup 2.0

As expected, tournament organizer Tennis Australia has announced a number of changes for the 2024 United Cup, to be held from 29 December to 7 January. 

While 18 nations will still compete for the WTA/ATP Mixed teams trophy, ties will … continue reading

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US Open…Comes A Time

Having devoted years to pursuing a professional career, it is daunting to realize “It’s time…”

In New York, five players, three from the US, brought the curtain down…and using the theme of a Neil Young song, a “Come’s a Time” … continue reading

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US Open…“Momming”

It is not necessary to excel at Scrabble or Wordle to realize that Momming is a word… In fact it may have been derived from “Mumming” a 13th to 16th Century European winter festival activity involving groups of … continue reading

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US Open…Doubles Rarely Seen

Doubles is rarely seen on the big courts…which is the result of a double-team in itself.

Those responsible for match scheduling prefer singles for two main reasons…to maximize ticket buyers and march to the tune played by television networks that … continue reading

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Gods of Tennis – A Documentary on a Golden Era

The last couple of years has seen a flurry of tennis documentaries.

It may be due to the recent proliferation of sports documentaries generally, with Netflix leading the way with Beckham, Formula 1 – Drive to Survive, The continue reading

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A Classic in Cincinnati

“Definitely one of the toughest matches I’ve ever played in my life, regardless what tournament, what category, what level, what player.

“It’s unbelievable, from the beginning to the end. We both been through so much, so many ups and downs, … continue reading