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The Impact of the Australian Open

Rankings Shakeup The 2014 Austrlian Open has set a different tone for the year with huge changes in the rankings, causing champion Stan Wawrinka to jump up to third, while Andy Murray slides down to sixth following his quarter-final exit. Below is the top 8 before and after the tournament. 1. Nadal (13130)     … Continue reading

Stan Stuns Nadal

Stan Stuns Nadal

Both contenders in the 2014 Australian Open final had a tough – but to be quite honest predictable – semi-final. Rafael Nadal beat Federer in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Wawrinka’s was even tougher, coming up against Thomas Berdych just after beating Novak Djokovic in a gruelling five-setter. But the ‘Stanimal’ (as aptly named by … Continue reading

The Big Australian Open Preview

The Big Australian Open Preview

Can Nadal overcome Djokovic’s dominance down under?  I think that Novak Djokovic will triumph at this year’s Australian Open. Four times a champion and the winner in each of the last three years, he always produces in Melbourne and I can see that continuing. The draw has been kind to the Serb, another reason for … Continue reading

Murray Christmas

Murray Christmas

On Sunday Andy Murray was named as the BBC’s 60th Sports Personality of the Year, claiming an overwhelming 56% of the votes. He received more votes than the rest of top ten put together. A convincing win, you could say. Prior to the annual event it was announced that the Wimbledon champion would not attend … Continue reading

Double Trouble?

Double Trouble?

Yesterday I read John McEnroe’s comments in The Times on that state of the doubles game. So, has doubles outlived its usefulness? Doubles doesn’t nearly achieve the same glow to it as singles. In the piece, McEnroe tackles some of the reasons why. During his illustrious playing career, the American was equally as successful in both the … Continue reading

Classic Match of the Week

Classic Match of the Week

Serena Williams will end the year as the WTA world number one regardless of any further results. She has won three of the four slams this year. To commemorate her guaranteeing a third year as ending as No 1, this week’s Classic is her first Wimbledon triumph –  back in 2002. – Nathan Morley

Book Review: Jimmy Connors The Outsider

Book Review: Jimmy Connors The Outsider

As promised, here is a look into Jimmy Connors’ 2013 autobiography ‘The Outsider’. It’s the second of two recent reviews. Connors was obviously a very successful player and, in this book, he doesn’t shy from venting his thoughts. He was involved in a golden era of tennis and never shy of controversy. He reveals that … Continue reading

Book Review: Court Confidential

Book Review: Court Confidential

This review has been a long time coming. I read the book around a couple of months ago and intended to write about it here but haven’t up until now, which I thought was a good time considering that more eyes are now gripped to tennis with the year’s final slam just getting underway. The … Continue reading