Anett, I have seen you before

When Anett Kontaveit of Estonia was about to take court with Venus Williams yesterday, Barbara Schett in the Eurosport studio insisted that we don´t know a lot about this low ranked qualifier. I disagreed immediately! As if “we” would be the whole tennis community. I think I was among those few foreigners who saw her … Continue reading

Melanie, Mardy and me

Uups, where did the summer go? It seems like yesterday when I was watching Wimbledon and now the US Open is about to start. I haven´t watched any tennis since Wimbledon but that will change on Monday. Somehow, the tournaments between the Grand Slams don´t invite me to buy some kind of online or pay-TV … 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

Kookaburra as an umpire

It does take a very hot day to get me back writing. In Perth we are waiting for a surprise heatwave so early in summer. The temperatures should stay over 35 for the next five days, at least. Today should be only 34, they said in the weather forecast. The heat has not prevented me … 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

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

USsssszzzzz Open

It´s US Open time, so I should be a little more enthustiastic about writing this blog, creating hair-raising stories about the demise of Roger Federer, the rebirth of Rafael Nadal or the falling of almost all women top seeds, except for the top two. But here I am, on second Tuesday, trying to create something … Continue reading

Centre courts are overrated

Did you ever buy some Arthur Ashe stadium tickets at the US Open? Were you satisfied with the experience? If you got some courtside tickets, lucky you. But for the majority of us, binoculars are needed. The so-called nosebleed seats are not going to tempt you to see some tennis, especially in the first week … Continue reading