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Hola Madrid!

  What a feeling it is to see your “old friends” once again after 6 months! The last time I saw pro tennis live was in Singapore last year during the women´s season ending championships. Madrid is one of the best chances to see many top pros live in a couple of days. Yesterday I … Continue reading

Fast4 tiebreak, what´s going on?

Switzerland won the Hopman Cup for the second year running. An expected result, bearing in mind that Roger Federer was once again in the team. Although Germany had a strong team in singles, Zverev and Kerber are not great doubles players. Actually, they surprised me in mixed doubles. In the first set they were down … Continue reading

Singapore, seats and a Chinese mistake

There was a time when the season ending championships used to be a big deal. But we have to go back a couple of decades to find that time. For the women, the golden years ended when the championships left Madison Square Garden in New York City almost 20 years ago. At the time the … Continue reading

Cheaper tickets were just as good

I had bought a ticket package for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in Singapore featuring two singles matches already in June. Back then I was thinking that maybe I will take one more session on Friday. I chose the day session not only because I´m getting sleepy quite early, but also because of the pricing. … Continue reading

Sveta turning back time

I remember well the first time I saw Svetlana Kuznetsova. The year was 2002 and the place Finland, my home country. Still ranked outside top 100, Sveta had come to play Nordic Light Tournament there. She had to qualify to get to the main draw, but went on to win it all. She also won … Continue reading

High heels with a thunder

A new tournament is always thrilling to explore. You don´t know how the court would look like from the stands and how close you are actually getting. This week I´m watching WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time. But before I got to the arena, I fortunately checked the other programme during the day. … Continue reading

Centre Court exclusive

I have been watching a lot of tennis during the last two months. But since I have not been personally present at the tournaments, I haven´t felt the urgent need to write something. Every photo I would had posted had been taken months if not years ago and the press has covered every move that … Continue reading

Waiting is no fun

My second day at the Madrid Open started not much better than the first day. This time I arrived with a shuttle bus that travels between Legazpi and Caja Magica, the venue of the tournament. There was a long line for ticket holders and one even longer line for ticket buyers. The problem was once … Continue reading

Cheap and greedy at the same time

Greetings from the Madrid Open! It´s a tournament you can attend at such a small budget it´s even laughable. On the first Sunday almost all the top women are in action, but the ticket price for the ground is 5 euros. Yesterday I saw Kerber, Kvitova and Azarenka up close. On the other hand I … Continue reading

Indian Wells doesn´t deserve a big tournament

Not so long ago, let´s say 20 years, Indian Wells was just an ordinary stop in the WTA and ATP tours. Women and men played in consecutive weeks. All was well, but then they decided to go big. Build a big stadium, go combined and start to aspire being bigger than the well established Miami … Continue reading