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

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

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

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

You never know how much you are going to play

Rafael Nadal pulls out of the US Open. Juan Martin del Potro is not going to play after all. Li Na is out the whole hard-court season because of knee injury. Azarenka is injured again. We are just not going to get rid of these announcements. And it is no wonder because tennis is not … 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

What it takes to play well on clay

The secret of playing well on clay is not always easy to discover. The clay is supposed to reward touch and skill, NOT power. If that is the case, why on earth does Agnieszka Radwanska not have any success on clay? And why was it Martina Hingis´ worst surface? In contrast, the ultimate power player … Continue reading

Ready? Play!

For me, there are five very exciting moments in a tennis year and one of them stands out as the best.  You cannot predict which matches will turn out spectacular in any certain year, but one thing you can certainly predict are the tournament times. The most exciting time is about to start now. It … 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

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