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

What makes a champion?

Wednesday looked like not so special day as far as the order of play was concerned. Pretty boring matchups, I thought as I decided not to record anything before I was supposed to wake up. How wrong I was! On paper, Sharapova vs. Panova or Nadal vs. Smyczek were just an ordinary day at the … Continue reading

Andy, the hero

Andy Murray´s popularity has reached new heights after his Wimbledon win last year. Yesterday he was put first on No. 1 court. I think it´s good that he is not playing on Centre all the time. The crowd on other courts are keen to see him as well. Because it is easier to get tickets … 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

Coaching gets bizarre

My second day at the Australian Open finished yesterday by watching Maria Sharapova practise session. At first I couldn´t recognize the coach she was talking with, but of course he was Sven Groneveld, her new coach. His different hairstyle and sunglasses fooled me. Sven has been on tour for a couple of decades coaching various … Continue reading

Margaret gets some shade

At a Japanese restaurant yesterday I finally realized a Grand Slam tournament is about to begin. The restaurant was really packed since it was Friday evening, but for some strange reason the diners in one table left just as we entered. Five minutes afterwards, there was a familiar face on the door. Martina Hingis. The … Continue reading

The significant other brings trouble

Today I finally decided to buy another ticket for the Hopman Cup besides that France-Spain match next Friday.  I went for the Australia vs. Italy match on the New Years Eve, mainly because of the atmosphere the Australian presence might bring.  But the atmosphere around the Perth Arena was not so enthusiastic today. The organizers … Continue reading

Caroline´s mystery racquet

One of the great things of having a tournament in such a small town as Eastbourne is the fact that everywhere you turn, there are tennis players. Last night I found myself at a Thai restaurant sitting almost next to Caroline Wozniacki and her famous boyfriend Rory McIlroy. I noticed them only because Caroline´s father … Continue reading