If you filled in your Roland Garros drawsheets this morning, you probably had an easy time at the top of the men’s: Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, uh, Nadal.
There’s nothing for the 4-time champ (or Rafanatics) to lose sleep over, especially with clay-averse Andy Murray the big gun in his half. Rafa will shrug off Dr. Ivo or Hewitt in the 3rd round and get a workout against Ferrer in the 16s. Verdasco, Davydenko, Wawrinka and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 23, 2009 at 2:36pm —
Tough new anti-doping controls will be in effect at this year’s Roland Garros.
From Le Monde (click here for the original, my translation):
“This year, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, like all players who compete at Roland Garros (May 24 to Sunday June 7) will not only be subject to traditional anti-doping controls by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but also those carried out by the very effective French Agency for the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:18am —
*INTERVIEW BY FREAKYFRITES WITH PATRICK MCENROE + MARY CARILLO
Mary Carillo and Patrick McEnroe, who will be anchoring ESPN’s French Open commentary team at Roland Garros next week, took time to chat with reporters (and me) about the upcoming action on the terre battue. Here’s some of what they had to say about Nadal, Federer and the rest of the… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 21, 2009 at 12:24am —
I was lucky enough to be at Wimbledon on Sunday for the launch of the new roof on Centre Court. And it's magnificent! The players, Agassi, Graf, Henman and Clijsters, reported that the conditions were perfect. There's a complex air conditioning system that ensures that, even when the roof is closed, the humidity and air circulation is the same as if on a sunny day in the open air, and the tarpulin over the roof is specially designed to give the appearance of natural light. Sitting in the… Continue
Added by Kate M on May 20, 2009 at 9:00am —
Maria Sharapova made her singles comeback yesterday in Warsaw and managed to get through a three-setter against Tathiana Garbin. She came out smokin' in the first set, but had some rusty spots that led to the match being extended. Still, it was a good win for Sharapova and I'm glad to see her back as she's one of my favorite players on the WTA Tour.
But I think she should've just skipped the clay-court season!
That shoulder injury of hers was (or is?) obviously pretty… Continue
Added by Van Sias on May 19, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Its getting really annoying watching Murray on clay, he has the game for it as he can hit all the shots, his fitness is second to nadal so he can run around all day. Watching others like Monaco, Ljubicic and Verdasco all unlucky to lose in a way, they went for their shots, Murray it seems and this is what really annoys me is a better player but he wants to out think everyone and Del Potro last night just played to his strengths which to be honest for #5 in the world are nothing special and… Continue
Added by Meags on May 16, 2009 at 4:00am —
Check out these images of Fernando Verdasco (doing his usual shirtless dance), Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic
, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
showing off their Roland Garros
duds courtesy of… Continue
Added by tennis baller on May 15, 2009 at 5:23pm —
Thanks to Astro for giving us the opportunity to participate in an email interview with French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recently.
Worried about Jo Willy's performance on clay, we came up with several questions regarding his… Continue
Added by HCFoo on May 14, 2009 at 7:38pm —
David Ferrer was asked at the Madrid Open about Federer’s chances against Rafa and had this to say (in Spanish):
“Roger Federer has sufficient tennis to beat Rafa Nadal. He can do it, but it’s very complicated. Rafa is the indisputable number one on clay and in the world, but most of all on clay. Also it was said that Roger was unbeatable on grass and Nadal beat him. For me Rafa is the number one and is very difficult to beat him on clay and… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:31pm —
My perhaps "unpopular" view on the Gasquet suspension...
Richard Gasquet has officially been suspended by the ITF after testing positive for Cocaine in his system.
He will miss the French Open and a hearing will take place in about 60 days to further examine the situation.
Richard tested positive back in March however, later tested negative only a few days ago (May 7th). Gasquet is of course pleading innocent here.
Is it any coincidence that I… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 12, 2009 at 4:03pm —
The AP reported today that Richard Gasquet has been officially suspended from competition after testing positive for cocaine in Miami. He will be off the tour at least until the ITF holds an anti-doping tribunal on the matter, which could take up to 60 days to arrange. This means Richard Gasquet will definitely miss Roland Garros. He could face a two-year ban if found guilty.
Gilbert Ysern, director general of the French Federation had this… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 6:22pm —
We have another “5th Slam” contender/pretender this week as the ATP and WTA tours combine at the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. Here’s a quick tournament preview to help you get acclimated.
The top half includes a jaded Rafael Nadal and an overplayed Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray and Roger Federer are the top seeds in the other half.
Rafael Nadal’s quarter: It’s ROUGH, especially for someone who is feeling… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:32pm —
April 2009 Post - The Tennis News Authority
For those of us who watched tennis during the 80's, Ivan Lendl was always there, always a part of the big stage, and always in the thick of things.
Whether Lendl was taking strides across the lawn at Wimbledon to hit a forehand winner past Boris Becker, or dismantling John McEnroe at the French Open to hand him his most influential loss,… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 8, 2009 at 5:56pm —
The world of Twittering exploded onto the scene only a short while ago. While CNN and that Punk'd guy are finding millions of followers, there is a significant tennis scene available on the app as well! Let's take a look at some of the obvious choices, and some not so obvious. The list below will be the search name as well.
1) andyroddick - - Funny updates true to Roddick form. "i feel like i am watching a rerun of last years sportscenter..... will favre return again? my lord" - May… Continue
Added by Mark Oskar on May 7, 2009 at 8:05pm —
Jet setter Roger Federer has been spotted in yet another “top secret” training ground - this time a clay court facility on the outskirts of Zurich, with a lovely view of Lake Zurich*.
Blick reports that he is training with his under-the-radar coach, Severin Luthi, and a sparring partner named Roman Valent, who won Junior Wimbledon in 2001 but has left the pro tour due to injury.
To see the rest of the photos click to… Continue
Added by FreakyFrites on May 7, 2009 at 3:10am —
Recently, Kei Nishikori, the cover athlete for EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Japanese edition)… Continue
Added by HCFoo on May 2, 2009 at 10:29am —
Ive commented on a few blogs about hating Nadal etc and his aggressive style against the poetic, but after watching him dismantle Sonderling yesterday and Verdasco today, I concede, Im in awe, its just unbelievable tennis. He is just so good.
Damn it, look what he's made me say!!!!
I love Nadal and I want to tell the woooooooooooorld ha… Continue
Added by Meags on May 1, 2009 at 11:30am —
If you are a Roger Federer fan like I am, you will love this documentary my hubby found on Youtube. It's three parts in nine videos. I have put them all in a playlist so you can watch one right after another.
Check out Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion
Added by Kristi Hines on April 26, 2009 at 1:00pm —
So last week, I'm reading through the "tweets" I receive on Twitter and I notice one from Jon Werthiem, Sports Illustrated's tennis guru. He posted an item about something going on that I didn't even notice: No U.S. men were in the singles draw at the Monte Carlo event! That's amazing, but here's something that's pretty wild, too: There's none in the singles draw in Barcelona this week either!
And then, get this: Two out of three of the Challenger events this week are being played on… Continue
Added by Van Sias on April 23, 2009 at 9:30am —
Do you Twitter?
Twitter is the social network which asks its members to answer the famous question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. It's like Facebook, minus the photo albums, applications, groups, pages, etc. It's a very simple way to connect with friends, make new ones, or just follow your favorite celebs / athletes.
Here are some of the interesting tennis Twitter members I follow:
Andy Roddick -… Continue
Added by Kristi Hines on April 21, 2009 at 5:02pm —