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    Notes on pro tennis from a spectator's and regular tournament visitor's point of view.

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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

Crashing brand

Hitting a ball inside the lines and managing to do it well at the right time of the match is the thing that I like in tennis. I love the sound when the ball touches the strings and the different spins. I don´t pay much attention to the brand of clothing and racket any player … Continue reading

The magic of saving a match point

The first round of the Australian Open was anything but easy for Angelique Kerber. She fought hard but her opponent matched her stroke by stroke. In the first set Kerber led by a break, but let the lead slip away and lost a tiebreaker. In the second set she led again, but lost the advantage. … Continue reading

Jet lagged, but quite happy

Thank God there is still tennis on TV. Otherwise I would just be terribly frustrated by waking up at midnight. Having just returned from Melbourne, by rhytms are still in Melbourne time. I can´t stay awake beyond 6 pm, but can´t sleep beyond midnight either. I was aiming to wake up just before 2 am … Continue reading