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

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

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

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

Rafa has lost a step

I don´t think if I ever had seen so much tennis I wanted to see in a single day that I had yesterday. I started at Margaret Court Arena which I had tickets for watching Madison Keys against Zarina Diyas, then continued with Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev. Because I already saw the latter matchup … Continue reading

Hello, Birmingham

It´s always exciting to enter a new venue in tennis. You don´t know anything about the area, what it looks like, how it feels like, what the atmosphere is like. Yesterday entering the Priory Club in Birmingham for the first time my first thought was a disappointment, although it turned out to be a great … Continue reading

Birmingham premiere

It´s raining cats and dogs here at home the whole day. Good time to break my blog silence and tell something about the future. My on-site tennis deprivation finally ends on June. But this year I´m not going to Wimbledon.  Instead I will be attending two ladies´ tournaments back to back. Already last summer I … Continue reading

Angie, the retriever

By far the best match yesterday in Eastbourne was played first in the morning. Angelique Kerber was fighting against Caroline Wozniacki. Those two are playing pretty similar game. Both are exceptional in defense and don´t have one killer shot. That means many long rallies and sometimes impossible retrieving. However, the aura of these two players … Continue reading

Pizza improves performance

Eat pizza, play better! That could be the new slogan in tennis. Sam Querrey ate a big cheesy pizza the night before he went out to play his quarterfinal match in Eastbourne. He went on to play well, won his match against Julien Bennetteu and reached his first semifinal on the ATP tour for some … Continue reading

Fräulein Vorhand

In the late 80´s and early 90´s, Germany was a spoiled tennis nation. Steffi Graf was at times almost unbeatable  and the charismatic Boris Becker was very popular and successful. By the year 2000 that all was history. Graf and Becker had retired and the tournaments in Germany started to suffer big time. The Hamburg … Continue reading