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Are Players Right To Cry And Defy Kipling At Wimbledon?

Locker Room

February 23, 2018

As our favourite tennis players wait to go onto Centre Court for a Wimbledon final, they have the chance to look up and read some famous words: “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…” They come from Rudyard Kipling’s inspirational poem “If…” ROLLERCOASTER It is a lesson in how to stay level-headed, […]

Federer’s “Ultimate Achievement” – World Number One At Thirty-Six

Locker Room

February 17, 2018

Once again, an emotional Roger Federer buried his face in his hands and tried to take in the significance of what he had done. In itself, the victory shouldn’t have wowed the world. The only surprise, perhaps, was that Robin Haase won the first set in the Rotterdam Open quarter-final, which finished 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in Federer’s […]

Valentine’s Special: What Makes Tennis Players Win The Love Game?


February 9, 2018

Fifteen love…thirty love…forty love…they’re all in love! We’re beginning to think tennis players are the most romantic people in world sport. We all know how buying your partner a ticket for Wimbledon is one of the most romantic things you can do, right? GLAMOUR But what about the players? It seems like love is in the […]


Locker Room

February 7, 2018

I’m in a good place and really looking forward to the rest of 2018, despite the results not going my way at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. In the singles I lost to Sabine Ellerbrock but I played some really good tennis, taking the first set 6-2. The next two […]

Federer In Tears After Winning Twentieth Grand Slam

Australian Open

January 28, 2018

Roger Federer tried so hard not to cry during his victory speech, but in the end it was all too much. He stood there, lifting the trophy above his head, tears pouring down his cheeks, the standing ovation seemingly eternal. What a storm he had to weather as Marin Cilic came back and broke the […]

Australian Open Title So Sweet For Caroline Wozniacki

Australian Open

January 27, 2018

An ecstatic Caroline Wozniacki dropped to the floor and lay there with her head in her hands, the tears of relief and realisation already flowing. At long last she had won her first Grand Slam title. It must have been hard to take in. A joy almost too immense to handle after so many barren years. Collecting the […]

Federer Faces Cilic In Aussie Rematch Of Wimbledon Final

Australian Open

January 26, 2018

Roger Federer will face Marin Cilic, the man he reduced to tears in the Wimbledon final, to decide who takes the Australian Open title for 2018. It will make for an intriguing showdown, after Hyeon Chung was forced to retire while being soundly beaten by Federer in their semi. The South Korean’s problem, apparently, was severe blistering to his left foot. […]

Cilic Ends Edmund Dream, Halep Wins Classic And Meets Wozniacki In Final

Australian Open

January 25, 2018

Marin Cilic ended Kyle Edmund’s Aussie Open dream, with a little help from the Brit’s aching body, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Edmund limped at times and struggled for the kind of consistently agile movement that helped him get this far. Maybe Marin would have beaten him anyway. Cilic paid tribute to Kyle like this: ‘He is […]

Feisty Federer Survives Early Scare To Face New Sensation Hyeon Chung

Australian Open

January 24, 2018

Roger Federer survived a serious first-set scare and a brief argument with the umpire to come through in style against Tomas Berdych. The great man disputed a Hawkeye verdict and let off some steam – but it seemed to help him in the long run, even though he came perilously close to losing the first set […]

Incredible Edmund Sets Up Semi Against Cilic

Australian Open

January 23, 2018

Kyle Edmund seems to have turned British tennis on its head in the space of a few remarkable days. Can he take two more steps and actually win the Australian Open against all odds? After Rafael Nadal had to retire with a hip injury early in the final set against Marin Cilic, it seems that anything is […]

Djojovic and Thiem Fall To Melbourne Underdogs

Australian Open

January 22, 2018

Novak Djokovic used to do this to his opponents. Now he knows what it feels like. Hyeon Chung is the man with all the hot shots right now. We saw it in this stunning 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory against one of the game’s greats. The South Korean can draw you scampering for a […]

Stars From Far East Shine In Melbourne As Big Names Go Tumbling

Australian Open

January 20, 2018

Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean man to reach the last sixteen of the Australian Open, when he shocked fourth seed Alexander Zverev with a relentless brilliance. The 21-year-old sensation plays Novak Djokovic next. And make no mistake, the former world number one will have to play something near his best tennis in order to progress. Meanwhile […]