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An email interview with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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…
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Added by HCFoo on May 14, 2009 at 7:38pm — No Comments

FERRER ON FEDERER: ROGER HAS THE GAME TO BEAT NADAL

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 — No Comments

French Tennis Player Richard Gasquet Suspended For Cocaine Use

My perhaps "unpopular" view on the Gasquet suspension...

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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 — No Comments

RICHARD GASQUET SUSPENDED FOR COCAINE, SAFIN BLAMES PARTY FOUL

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 — 3 Comments

MADRID OPEN PREVIEW: THINKING INSIDE THE MAGIC BOX



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 MEN:



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 — No Comments

Ivan Lendl: The Most Underrated Tennis Champion in History

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 — 1 Comment

Twitter Tennis: The 10 Best People/Sites to Follow

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 — 3 Comments

ROGER FEDERER TRAINS FOR MADRID IN ZURICH

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 — 2 Comments

Kei Nishikori visits EA Sports studio

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 — No Comments

Nadal I admit it you're great!



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 — 2 Comments

Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion

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.

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Added by Kristi on April 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

It's Just a Little Dirt

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 — No Comments

Tennis on Twitter

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 on April 21, 2009 at 5:02pm — 2 Comments

Sarah Gronert - Nature's Tragedy or Human Triumph?

Sarah Gronert recently found herself dogged by the controversy when some of her opponents raised the question about her so-called masculine advantage as a result of her being bornt with both male and female genitalia.



On July 6, 1986, a family in a little town of Germany welcomed a baby girl into their small world. This 'welcome', however was with a little twist of fate. The biological condition of the baby did not confirm with the stereotypical traits of any new born. It was… Continue

Added by Rohit Sharma on April 16, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Ivanisevic pulls out of Grand Cayman event

Bad news for Goran Ivanisevic fans out there. The former Wimbledon champion from Croatia was forced to pull out of this week’s Legends Championships Tennis Tournament at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman due to a lingering knee injury.



“I am very disappointed not to be able to play in the Cayman Islands due to the longer than expected recovery time necessary after my knee operation,” Ivanisevic said.



“I was looking forward playing in a first-class event on a dream island. I… Continue

Added by Tennis Viewer on April 21, 2009 at 6:45am — No Comments

Paralysis by Analysis

I'm a bit of a literary person, but have been surprised to learn that quite a few of this type have been or are very good tennis players. Richard Wilbur, e.g., the former poet laureate of the U.S. is quick to describe the old image of the centipede getting his legs all twisted up from self-consciousness. Thousands of people always want to ask him how to write a sonnet. In his prose pieces he compared this to the drop-shot. Yes there are a bunch of parts to both, but if you just focus on the… Continue

Added by John Escher on April 19, 2009 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

The AGONY and ECSTASY of Roger Federer

The future champion's rise is talked as much as is discussed the current champion's downfall. Roger Federer's string of losses to in-form youngsters is the talk of the town. From bursting into tears in Melbourne Park to racquet slamming in Miami, the man is in serious need of a rejuvenation....!







Napoleon Bonaparte once quoted - "My downfall raises me to infinite heights". Perhaps he wanted someone in the modern tennis world to draw inspiration from that thought. And… Continue

Added by Rohit Sharma on April 17, 2009 at 1:24am — 1 Comment

Roddick to marry swimsuit model fiancée this weekend

People Magazine confirmed through a reliable source that 26-year old American tennis superstar Andy Roddick and 21-year old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker will tie the knot this weekend in Austin, Texas - where the world no. 6 is based.



The source also revealed that prenuptial festivities have already taken place, including a bachelorette party for Decker and her bridesmaids which took place last weekend in the model’s native North Carolina.



Roddick, on… Continue

Added by Tennis Viewer on April 15, 2009 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Novak Djokovic has “Hawk Eyes”

Among ATP World Tour players, world number three Serbian Novak Djokovic has the best percentage when it comes to challenging calls which require the Hawkeye video replay system. Not sure if this distinction is something to be proud of, Djokovic humbly said during the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami that it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has the eye of a “falcon or something.”



ATP also revealed that women players have more sucesses in video challenges than men (36 % versus 35… Continue

Added by Tennis Viewer on April 14, 2009 at 9:54am — No Comments

INSTANT REPLAY: A look back at the week's top tennis plays

Andy Murray, Prince Albert II, Rafael Nadal


Miami memories

VANtage…
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Added by tennis baller on April 12, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

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