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Introducing The Netflix Slam

The first Netflix Slam was staged at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, on a purpose-built board court.

Appropriating the term “Slam” for exhibition events that are not Slams in the traditional sense of Grand Slams has become a thing this … 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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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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The United Cup: looking forward

The inaugural AU$15 million United Cup culminated in January with the USA proving too strong for Italy in the final.

The mixed team competition, which offers ranking points for every rubber, has potential but adjustments to the format are needed for … continue reading

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The Championships…Bits And Bobs

Below is a sampling of the “Bits And Bobs…” that made the 2022 tournament anything but a “Humble Roast Dinner…”

Kramer And Smith Anniversaries

While the Centre Court Centenary dominated the headlines, two other anniversaries should not be overlooked – … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Rafa, Iga Et Autres Friandises (Rafa, Iga And Other Treats)

The 126th Internationaux de France de Tennis (or as the tournament prefers – Roland Garros – rather than the French Open) filled the May 22nd–June 5th calendar. The play at Stade Roland Garros updated the celebrated saying “There was something … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Kids’ Day Returns

On May 21st, the day before the tournament began, Kids’ Day made a comeback.

Having not taken place for the past two years because of the pandemic, more than 25,000 people sauntered around Stade Roland Garros participating in … continue reading

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What just happened? Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid

Carlos Alcaraz had a remarkable week in Madrid even by the teenager’s lofty standards this year.

His year started at the Australian Open, where Matteo Berrettini beat him in the third round in a tight five-setter, 6-2 7-6(3) 4-6 2-6 … continue reading

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BNP Paribas Open 2022…Świątek, Fritz And A Different Tennis Paradise

Having taken place last October because of the competitive schedule adjustment brought about by the pandemic in China, the BNP Paribas Open returned to its normal calendar date in March 2022. Though proof of vaccination was required to enter the … continue reading

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Australian Open 2022…Eventually, There Was An Epic Tournament

The 110th version of the Australian Open actually did take place at Melbourne Park this year.

Yet, with so much attention focused on what was happening off and around the courts, it was almost as if, initially, the event … continue reading