British tennis star and world number one Sir Andy Murray is the favourite to lift the Indian Wells tournament – the biggest non-major event in the ATP.
The new generation of talented players in Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem would be facing off with usual veterans Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, 2017 Australian Open winner Roger Federer and others.
American Sam Querrey – who just won the Mexico Open and moved from no. 40 to no. 26 in the rankings – would be going into the tournament with great confidence. Federer would be hoping to find his form again after a second round loss in the Dubai Duty Free Championships against Evgeny Donskoy ranked outside the top 100.
2017 started slow for Murray but after his Dubai victory, he is expected to build on it. He defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the title. He is the top seed for the event and a clear favourite. (more…)
Stanislas Wawarinka endured a horrible outing at the on-going 2016 Paris Masters.
In another game, Andy Murray seeing off Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-5 was more herculean task-like than it should have been given the gap between them in ATP world ranking. Andy’s perpetual struggles at the Paris Masters arewell documented though and the Scot needed 90 minutes to see off Verdasco.
Murray has been paired with 13th seed Frenchman Lucas Pouille for the round 16 game on Thursday. Both have met twice in 2016 at Rome’s open clay court and Shanghai Masters hard court in May and October respectively. (more…)
If someone from Australia can level up with Lleyton Hewitt in terms of name and fame in the game of Tennis, it’s Nick Kyrgios.
The youngster doesn’t have a major yet, but, the talent is incredible and the glimpses suggest he can deliver a number of majors moving forward. However, he is not everyone’s favourite as he doesn’t have any control over his anger and he lets out unacceptable words even when he is in public view.
But, Hewitt reckons every player has a certain personality and Nick Kyrgios also has one which he should not look to alter. He must remain as he is as fans want to see intense characters like him.
The Wimbledon pre quarter final face-off is coming up for Kyrgios and he will have Andy Murray on the other side of the court, the player whom he has lost to three times back to back in the majors.
However, the brattish Aussie had denied Murray a straight set win the last time he had met him in the American Open and he is taking confidence from that.
When that New York match was mentioned and Kyrgios was asked if he can see it as a positive, stretching his Scottish opponent to four sets which he’d failed to do in the other slam matches against him, he said, “Definitely. It’s a positive.” (more…)
Nick Kyrgios is not offended at all by what John McEnroe has said about him.
He reckons he should take the positives out of the words of a legend.
McEnroe, a former German player who is a winner of 7 Slams, is of the view that Kyrgios should have progressed much quicker than he has in the last 12 months and should have made it to top 5 by now.
Kyrgios had stunned a lot of people by getting the better of Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Championships the previous season.
According to McEnroe, after that particular win of the Aussie youngster, he had thought that he would make some big strides and would rise quickly in the rankings, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
When asked about that in a talk show yesterday, Kyrgios said, “I have got a lot of respect for Mr. McEnroe for what he has achieved in Tennis and I would take his views as inspiration. If he believes I have the capability to become one of the best in the world, there can’t be a bigger compliment for me. I have been working hard on my fitness as well as on my game and I am sure it will show in my performances in the coming time.” (more…)
Venus Williams will have to pay a fine of three thousand Dollars for keeping herself away from the media conference that had to take place after her match versus Sloan Stephens yesterday.
Venus lost that match in straight sets and she was so upset that she stormed her way to the hotel without having any interaction with the media.
She released a statement though, but, the organizing committee established that her not addressing the media was a fineable act and thus, she should be imposed the fine.
The statement which Venus released read, “I was hoping for a good start which would have allowed me to get myself into the groove, but, it did not happen unfortunately. However, credit to Sloane for being so good on the day. She was exceptional.”
Venus had been knocked out of the opening round of the French Open in 2013 as well and to suffer another upset in the same tournament a couple of years later, her frustration level must have been reaching sky high, but, the seasoned campaigners like her are supposed to respect the rules and regulations.
No player, if given a choice, would opt to talk to the media after an embarrassing defeat, but, still, they do because that’s how it is. You are answerable to the press as well as your fans. (more…)
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If Lleyton Hewitt is to be believed, Roger Federer’s world record of winning seventeen Slam singles title would not get broken in near future.
Hewitt reckons there is no one in the circuit who is capable of toppling Federer, not even Nadal.
Nadal is in touching distance of Federer’s record. He is just three Slams away to be able to level with him and four to get past him.
But, according to Hewitt, Nadal is not going to have his way easy in the seasons to come by. His body is not the same. There have been a lot of bruises and blows which he has taken over the years. Also, he is not someone whom you can call the versatile player or the complete player. He does not look as comfortable at other courts as he looks at Clay ones.
Hewitt was in Singapore last week to attend a function organized by one of his sponsors.
Talking about Nadal and how he sees the Spaniard’s career shaping up from here onwards, Hewitt said, “If it’s clay, he is class above the rest. No doubt. He is sort of unbeatable. But, the moment it shifts to hard or grassy surfaces, some of the other guys come into play as well. The likes of Novak and Andy, they are brilliant too.” (more…)
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Former South African professional tennis player Robbie Koenig believes age might play a huge role in Roger Federer winning another Grand Slam title. While the South African doesn’t doubt the level of play and enthusiasm the Swiss master has or the game, he believes Father Time has caught up with him and it could play a huge factor in him winning his 18th Grand Slam title.
Koenig stated that Federer still believes he can win another Grand Slam title and he mentioned that when someone has been as successful and done so much as Roger, he is in the right to believe in his capabilities to win another major title. But he mentioned that there comes a time in a professional tennis player’s life when he crosses the age of 30, he gets off days and on those days, more often than not, he loses which wouldn’t have been the case in his prime. (more…)