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Technique is important - but so is feel

Without using the right technique, it is not possible to become

anything special in tennis or even evolve as a tennis player. We all

have to learn the correct techniques, we have to learn how to hit the

ball and when to hit it. When to hit cross court and when it is okay to

go for a clean down the line shot. When to approach the net.... you

know the deal. I think the problem comes, when you try to hit the ball

like for example federer. You are so eager to make it… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on February 8, 2010 at 6:02am — No Comments

Federer vs Hewitt - The Curse

The last time Lleyton Hewitt beat Roger Federer was in 2003, in Melbourne Australia. That was a long time ago. It must suck to always be in the same draw as Roger, especially if you have lost the last 13 meetings. How do you prepare? I mean it must be so hard to be Hewitt at a time like this, homeground, cheered on by the whole crowd. This is your chance, this is your turn to show the world that you can do it, you really can. Can you imagine the… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on January 26, 2010 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Valiantgame is back!

Hey guys!

I am really sorry about the blog being down. See the guy who is in charge of the host where I uploaded the blog was away for a couple of weeks and during that time, the domain shut the whole thing down because he had not paid in time. Very annoying but what to do?

It is finally back up and I do not intend to let this happen again. So what has happened in my life and in tennis? Beginning with me, I have suffered from an injury that has lasted for almost two months now.… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on January 23, 2010 at 6:11am — No Comments

Roger, when it matters..

Robin Soderling keeps saying that he is getting closer and closer for each time he is facing Roger, he has lost 13 of their meetings and was able to win 14th time lucky at the Abu Dhabi Capitala tournament. But can you really give him credit for the win? First of all the tournament isn't more than a warmup for the year comming up in my opinion and when it really matters, Robins chances are slim, I mean just look at these highlights:

Total… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on January 4, 2010 at 2:02am — 2 Comments

The year 2009

The tennis year of 2009 started of as the first year ever when people started to doubt Roger Federers ability. Discussions were being held all over the world, in the magazines, newspapers and online. Was Roger going to be able to win a slam again after the devastating loss at the Australian Open where he shared his most inner feelings with the world. For me personally, 2009 was the first time I thought I saw a new side of Roger. One that was very arrogant, one without patience and respect for… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on December 8, 2009 at 5:59am — No Comments

Former GS Champion Johan Kriek discusses coaching...

On Facebook.

Johan Kriek (born April 5, 1958) is a South African / American professional male tennis player and founder of the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world's neediest communities. He also had an academy that was called Kriek Eagelton, partnered with his friend John Eagelton. Unfortunately, they broke up recently and Johan made his own tennis academy called Springbok. (The Johan Kriek Tennis Academy). He now lives… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on December 1, 2009 at 3:14am — No Comments

ATP World Tour Finals comes to an end

What a great week it has been.

Robin Soderling showed the world that he has alot to offer and that he is one player to watch out for.

Fernando Verdasco showed that he still needs to improve the mental aspect of his game if he wants to be able to play at this level in the future.

Rafael Nadal who wanted to do well and who never gave up, unfortunately could never be aggressive enough to make any difference.

Andy Murray with all the pressure of being in… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on November 30, 2009 at 2:07am — 2 Comments

ATP World Tour Finals 2

There are two feelings going through my mind when discussing Robin Söderlings great success so far in the finals, everybody knows he won in straight sets versus Rafael Nadal. The first feeling is tells me that it is great to see a swedish tennisplayer that has achieved such success!

A dedicated player with all the shots needed to play on such a high level. The other feeling does not really like Robin. And I am not only talking about his personality, everyone is different, some are… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on November 25, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

ATP World Tour Finals

And so we have reached the end of the year, time for vaccation and relaxation. Time to heal the wounds and get ready for the new year, 2010. But before that, it is time for the top8 players in the year-end ranking to face of in one of the most anticipated world tour finals ever.

This year, in London. Everybody is excited about it, because of the fact that it has moved from Shanghai to London, most probably more people are going to want to watch it and take place on the facinating… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on November 16, 2009 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Paris Masters 1000 Update

Roger Federer

Shocking first-round exit against Julien Bennetau. Federer wins first set comfortably (5-2). And like he usually does when he gets comfortable, in his mind he thinks the match is over and it is going to be an easy win, but Julien forces the second set into a tie-break and wins that one. Roger looses his composure and gets broken early in the second set, match results: 5-2 6-7 4-6 - Julien Bennetau wins his greatest match ever so far in his career. Good for him. What… Continue

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

Roger and Rafa about Agassi's meth confession

Nadal-"Asked about the surprise statements Andre Agassi, in which the U.S. admitted having used drugs. "I think is fatal," said Nadal, who said he did not understand "why say that now because he is retired, is a way of hurting the sport without any sense. If at the time the ATP covered the topic of Agassi and yes I passed other seems a lack of respect for all sports and from my point of view I want, I believe and hope that none of this is happening now. I think we have a clean sport and I am… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on November 9, 2009 at 5:46am — No Comments

IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy

As you all know, I have recieved great feedback from the Bollettieri Academy, they have always been adressing my questions and taken their busy time to help me out, especially Nick Bollettieri who took his time to do a 20 minute long interview for my blog. I had some more questions about the academy and how it all works so I asked Dan Tierney @ the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

Take a look, it is very interesting reading for anyone who is… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on November 1, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Peter Lundgren interview - About Roger and Dimitrov

Peter Lundgren had tears in his eyes; Grigor Dimitrov had stars. Together they watched Roger Federer win his historic French Open title on television in the players' lounge at Queen's – Lundgren, Federer's coach in his formative years, Dimitrov the Bulgarian teenager being talked of as the next great talent to hit ­tennis. He was the Wimbledon and US Open junior ­champion last year and next week he will play in the Wimbledon main draw for the first… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on October 28, 2009 at 7:00am — 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

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

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

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

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

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