Steffi vs. Monica, part II?

The intense tennis spectating at Birmingham and Eastbourne tournaments is over.  I am at home checking the brand new Wimbledon draw. I will watch Wimbledon at home with my computer, but before that I want to write down something I don´t think anyone has written down before. I think we all might well be soon … Continue reading

Omg, 20 years!

I can´t believe how fast time flies. It´s 20 years since I first visited the Wimbledon tournament. I have almost doubled my age after that. People who were born that year are all grown up now, but I don´t feel much difference in age. The calendar tells I´m 43 now, but should I believe it? … Continue reading

Jakob´s Creek caters only for V.I.Ps

My partner has been a frequent visitor to a Jakob´s Creek Wine Bar at the Australian Open in previous years. This year he was going there again, but got stopped. “This is only for corporate guests”, said the man on the door. Ok, so the ordinary spectator should from this point on just go to … 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

Serena or Steffi on the court with me?

Late last Friday I was once again in the middle of our weekly doubles match. It was not looking good – I was serving at 1-5, set point down two times. Somehow we won that game and several games more and ultimately the set in a tiebreaker. Wow! That was a reason for a high-five! … Continue reading

The reason I started to follow tennis – Martina N.

I have been writing this blog for about five months now, so it´s a little wonder my tags still don´t include the person who initially got me interested about tennis – Martina Navratilova. It was the Wimbledon final in 1985 and somehow I had brought myself in front of the TV set in the middle … 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