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

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

A draw ceremony to remember

In my first full day in Melbourne I wanted to see some qualifying tennis at Melbourne park. So I left my accommodation early and planned to watch some glimpses of play. I don´t want to spend the whole day at the qualifying, otherwise I would be ovet-tennised before the tournament begins. However, I saw something … Continue reading

The most un-Finnish tennis player

This is becoming quite funny. Almost every time I open the TV, there is a Finn playing tennis with an Australian and winning. As a Finn in Australia, this has kept me watching tennis in the evenings in Perth. Henri Kontinen and John Peers just happened to win their first tournament together in Brisbane. I … Continue reading

Money, money

It seems that lately I have spent all my time writing articles about things like handicraft classes and the importance of silence in everyday life. Plus stories on football and orienteering, something about every sport imaginable but tennis! Yes, I do it for money.  As a result, I have postponed my tennis book project. Is … Continue reading

Rogers and Rafas should not always play on Rod Laver

One thing that has surprised me at this years´s Aussie Open are the court assignments. Or if not that, then people´s reactions to it. When Serena Williams played her first match, she was put to open the night session at the new Margaret Court Arena. That´s all right, but then I saw some Serena fan … Continue reading

Ana´s serve toss and Rafa´s pink shirt

My first day of tennis watching started with a sore throat and ended with me sucking ice cubes to get rid of it. In between, I watched some intriguing and not so interesting tennis action. As I have said before, the first day of a tennis tournament is always the best in my mind. Full … Continue reading

Hisense and MCA in 2015 – what to expect

One more day and then the fun starts! I think I´ll wake up at least at 5 a.m. local time to catch the most of the action at Melbourne Park. There have been times when I have put an alarm on earlier, but it leads to fatigue sooner or later. But at times I just … Continue reading

Spectator´s paradise

The winter olympics are everywhere right now. As a result tennis has been the furthest thing in my mind during the last two weeks. But I have gotten an impression that the players think the same! Maria Sharapova came quickly to play a tournament in Paris after the Australian Open, but in her mind she … Continue reading