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

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

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 end of one era

On Monday, almost all the major web pages on tennis featured the last match of Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon – what Hewitt has meant in tennis and what kind of legacy he has left behind. In one sentence, there might also had been a short mention about the man who made it his last match. … Continue reading

The big thing on clay is soon under way

I started the outdoor tennis season on clay today. The photo above, however, was taken last year in similar circumstances. The gentlemen on left were around even this time, but there was no chance to put shorts on, it was so cool and windy. The court was not in great shape either, the ball bounced … Continue reading

Upset frenzy

Upsets are the best thing in tennis. I always look forward to seeing them already in the first week of a Grand Slam. Ernests Gulbis beating Roger Federer is great in my opinion, although the French fans might have been thinking otherwise. They even cheered the errors of Gulbis, which I think is bad. Li … Continue reading

Nole is better than his reputation

Novak Djokovic has had hard time growing up. As a young professional, he earned a reputation as a quitter, because he used to retire from the matches because of various physical ailments. When he did not retire, he whined and took medical timeouts during matches. Coming from a country with no previous tennis traditions did … Continue reading

Is the end of the season important?

As the tennis season is fast approaching its conclusion, we start to see news feeds containing information like “He can still qualify for the year-end championships, if he reaches the semifinal in this tournament and the final next week.” This talk increases week by week. The tour organizations are the main forces behind these statements, … Continue reading

Just say no to status quo

  After Rafa Nadal won the US Open and will surely soon regain the No. 1 ranking, we get some movement in the pecking order of men´s tennis. From my point of view, these changes are a good thing to have. Less than three months ago, I witnessed in person one of the great upsets … Continue reading

Murray vs. Djokovic – the rivalry for years to come

Friday was a very long day for all the tennis fans. The British supporters who had thought the match between Djokovic and Del Potro would be just a little appetizer before the main course Murray against Janowicz, soon got different ideas. The first match just went on and on and proved to be one of … Continue reading