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Featured Articles – October 2009 Archive (21)

Sony Ericsson WTA Championships, Doha - Preview

The final fight for supremacy begins at the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Championship in Doha, Qatar where the world's top eight women compete for the top honours.

A mere look at the division confirms that where on on hand, the White Group features two slamless No.1's and a couple of breakthrough performers, the Maroon Group consists of the creme-de-la-creme of Grand Slam tennis.

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Added by TennisEarth on October 27, 2009 at 3:29am — No Comments

While the cats are away, the mice will play

Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 - Previews

It’s been kind of interesting to look at which small fry have emerged to positions of success over the past two weeks while the big guns have been preparing for the year-end tournaments. Mainly, this has turned out to be an exercise in confirmation of why the best players are the best, and why the remainder are the also-ran.

Go… Continue

Added by tennischick on October 26, 2009 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Baghdatis wins If Stockholm Open!

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis won his first ATP World Tour title since February 2007, after defeating Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 7-5 at the If Stockholm Open on Sunday.

After struggling for a few years on the tour without any great results, the Baghdatis was delighted to win 250 ATP Worldtour points and cash in €93 000.

"I played really well in the first set," said Baghdatis. "It was important to get a good start, but then in the second set Olivier stepped it up. I was a bit… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 26, 2009 at 1:49am — 2 Comments

Once in the Lifetime Chance

As you can see I have had tremendous drive to succeed as a player and as a tennis coach as well.I still have otherwise I would not educate myself on daily basis.

During the time period I was with that player under 14 whom I brought from number 10 to number one in less than one year I realized that if I want to bring somebody to professional tennis I have to start to teach him/her from very beginning.Why is that? By coaching that player I saw that is almost impossible or impossible to… Continue

Added by Damir Popadic on October 24, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Can we finally get rid of courtside coaching?

Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis - Day 3

I’ve always maintained that courtside coaching in tennis was a spectacularly bad idea. It has offended me at a lot of levels. For a start, I do not believe that all sports are created equal. An idea that may work well in one sport (such as mid-game coaching during a basketball match), simply may not translate well into another. Can you imagine a pair of figure skaters… Continue

Added by tennischick on October 23, 2009 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Volley Lesson: Improve your Volley Through Soft Toss

Added by Gary Sakuma on October 23, 2009 at 2:23am — No Comments

If Stockholm Open 2009

Finally I was here, the If Stockholm Open 2009. The matches I was going to see were not the ones I originally hoped to see but I was there on tuesday and the real action was on wednesday. The differences? Well the wednesday had players like: Soderling, Ferrero, Haas and Baghadits to offer, while the tuesday had future hopes Kontinen and Dimitrov, both junior Grand Slam champions. Also playing on the tuesday were: Kendrick, Belluci, Nielsen, Berrer,… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 22, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Davydenko was smarter than Nadal

2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 - Day 8

I had mixed feelings when I read recent news reports quoting Andre Agassi as saying that both Federer and Nadal are on the decline. Of course I gave Agassi the benefit of the doubt of assuming that he was only responding to questions asked by the media. But still I found his statement to be in slightly poor taste.

Although he was a member of the previous generation of… Continue

Added by tennischick on October 19, 2009 at 8:18pm — 6 Comments

How Will History Judge Nikolay Davydenko?

Maybe you expected it, but if you didn't, no worries: I'll bet you're like about 95 percent of the tennis fans out there!

I'm referring to Nikolay Davydenko winning one of the ATP Tour's biggest stops, the Shanghai Masters. He followed up his near-classic semifinal win over Novak Djokovic with a straight-set defeat of Rafael Nadal, the top seed. This is Davydenko's fourth title of the season, all coming post-Wimbledon. I wonder if his legs are a little fresher after being sidelined… Continue

Added by Van Sias on October 19, 2009 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

Five years from now...

Five years from now, how do you think the ATP tour will look? Will Roger still be playing at the age of 34? Rafael Nadal will be 28 and most probably still be able to play some good tennis if he has not quit due to injuries. Could Djokovic be the World No. 1 in the future and be a consistant Grand Slam Winner? Maybe Andy Murray aswell? Del Potro is still young and has the many good years infront of him. I have given this alot of thought and I am wondering who that person is, the one that… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 19, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Roger Federer is Not A Douchebag

This blogpost was found here:

This is an ongoing post that will chronicle how Roger is NOT a douchebag, contrary to popular (and by popular, I mean internetz) belief. I’ve seen a lot of lists naming all the times that ~RF has been arrogant, prissy, douchey, etc. And yeah, he can exhibit those qualities, but at the end of the day he’s still a nice guy (a great guy, in fact!). Federer is just like every other player –… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 17, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

How to Beat Lobbers

Added by Gary Sakuma on October 17, 2009 at 7:38am — No Comments

I am so frustrated!

This keeps happening again and again, day after day. Do you want to know what is making me mad? The city which I live in, is called Uppsala. It is the fourth biggest city of Sweden and has around 180 000 inhabitators. Why would I be telling you this? Patience, I will get there. =P

So the city has one big club, it is called the UTK, Uppsala tennis club.

The club has 9 indoor courts. Then there is this other club that has three places where you can play and they are all split in… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 16, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

So What About Copyrighted Content?

Hi everyone. I know that most internet users run willy-nilly copying great photos and pasting them to their favorite websites (Tennisopolis included.) I couldn't imagine how many illegally duplicated photos are on Facebook alone. Not to mention all the illegal vids on YouTube. Nonetheless, it is not allowed. Unless you have been given permission by the author of a photo (some people call them photographers, but in the world of copyright law "author"… Continue

Added by Mark / The Mayor on October 15, 2009 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

Season of Discontent

The quarters are set in Shanghai, but it seems like all the talk this week has been about injuries leading to match retirements and the big issue on players' minds: a longer offseason.

Scratch that: I meant on "some" players' minds. It's not everybody, but two of the game's big dawgs on the ATP Tour, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, have made their thoughts known on the subject. But here's something I thought of that should be brought up: Why hasn't Novak Djokovic come out and said… Continue

Added by Van Sias on October 15, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Avoid Wrist Injuries on your Forehand

Added by Gary Sakuma on October 15, 2009 at 2:41am — No Comments

Rafael Nadal vs Tall Players

It first happened in the US Open 2009. Rafael Nadal got beat pretty bad by Juan Martin Del Potro who later went on to clinch the Us Open title. Even though Rafa was injured in that match there was something I just could not get out of my head, Nadals gameplan. What was his gameplan? To feed Del Potro with short topspins to allow him to come in and attack with his huge forehand? I would like to think that Rafa is a smart player, I mean it has to take… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 14, 2009 at 6:39am — 4 Comments

Tennis pros on steroids?

Sitting at a café in Cyprus as we speak, man I should have had time to post a blog yesterday but I did not have any. Oh well, enough time to write a blogpost I believe. Professional athletes use of steroids, is something I would like to discuss. The first person that comes into peoples mind is usually Rafael Nadal and it has been quite a topic for discussion during these last years. While some claim that he and many other top players on the ATP Wourldtour are using steroids, others say that it… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 11, 2009 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

The most beautiful racket in the world!

Ive been playing with Prince Ozone Tour for the past 3 months and playing some of the most consistent stuff in 2 yrs. My problem with it is I cant serve with it! Maybe its the larger head I dont know, cant hit a hot serve and cant slice out wide. As my serve is my biggest weapon I decided to go look somewhere else and I found the most beautiful racket in the world. The Wilson Pro Staff Tour 90, same mold as the Fed racket, similar spec,… Continue

Added by Meags on October 11, 2009 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

Marge Simpson is hotter than Serena

Serena Williams goes to the doctors office in Beverly Hills

When ESPN decided to run a bunch of nude covers including one of Serena Williams, I really thought that this would become the immediate topic of rampant conversation. After all, it’s not everyday that you see Serena strategically positioned to hide all her female parts while wearing not a stitch of clothing.

But to my surprise, the ‘Body Issue’ seems to have sunk… Continue

Added by tennischick on October 9, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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