Fed Cup 2018 World Group Round One Preview

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The Fed Cup is a unique and wonderful tournament. It provides some of the most open, exciting matches in the year, as well as giving the game’s future stars a platform from which to make their mark on the big stage. This weekend will see the return of this prestigious tournament, with ties set to […] READ MORE


Top 5 tournaments to look forward to after the Australian Open

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The 2018 Australian Open was definitely one to remember. The last fortnight offered nonstop, action-packed tennis, with high-profile shocks, marathon matches, and battles against the elements like we have seldom seen before. After all this, the tennis world seems a little short of breath. Deflated, even. But this need not be so. In fact, although it […] READ MORE


Cabal and Farah End Bryan Brothers’ Australian Open Doubles Run

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Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have beaten the World’s most successful doubles duo, Bob and Mike Bryan, to claim a place in the Australian Open men’s doubles final. The Colombians won in two close sets, 7-6 7-5, to set up a final showdown against Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, who beat Jan-Lennard […] READ MORE


Inexperienced Edmund Outclassed by Cilic In Australian Open Semifinal

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When Kyle Edmund reflects back on his maiden Grand Slam semi-final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Australian Open, he will have noted two very important lessons. Firstly, that his physical conditioning is still quite a way short of the top players, and secondly, he needs to ensure that he does not get carried away […] READ MORE


Hewitt and Groth Win Hearts Over Despite Their Doubles Quarterfinal Defeat

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It seemed like a scenario from a cheesy rom-com. Former World No.1 and Australian Open finalist, Lleyton Hewitt, coming out of retirement to help his friend, Sam Groth, compete in his last tournament in the Australian Open doubles. When writing about their tournament run, which came to an end today following a 6-4 7-5 defeat […] READ MORE


Could Alex De Minaur Be Australia’s Next Tennis Star?

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The 2018 season is well and truly underway, and as we count down to the first Grand Slam of the year, beginning in Melbourne on January 15, it seems the tennis world may have discovered its latest star. His name is Alex De Minaur, and at 18 years of age, he has just reached his […] READ MORE


WTA Year In Review: 11-15 Including Stephens

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This off-season, Last Word on Tennis will be looking back at the seasons’ top 50 players on each tour this year. This instalment covers the WTA 2017 players ranked 11-15, including Sloane Stephens and Kristina Mladenovic. Anastasija Pavlyuchenkova   A roller coaster of a year that needs a better Grand Slam record if she is […] READ MORE


Paul-Henri Mathieu: An Inspiring Career of Comebacks and Determination

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As he waved goodbye to an adoring Parisian public on October 28th, 2017, Paul-Henri Mathieu cut an emotional, but satisfied figure. Having lost to Vasek Pospisil in the final round of qualifying for the Paris Masters, “PHM” (as he is otherwise known) could now reflect on his odds-defying career with a tally of four ATP World […] READ MORE


Radek Stepanek: A Career Shaped By Davis Cup

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Earlier this week, Radek Stepanek, two-time Davis Cup and Grand Slam doubles winner, announced his retirement from professional tennis following a chronic back injury. The mercurial Czech, known for his sublime volleying and unrelenting spirit on the court, is now set to join Novak Djokovic’s coaching team in the coming days. In the wake of […] READ MORE


Jana Novotná: A Legend Beyond Tennis

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Few stories in the sporting world are quite as inspirational as that of Jana Novotná. The multiple Grand Slam winner was an exemplary athlete and role model to fans around the world, and although today will be remembered as the day that she lost her battle with cancer, Novotná leaves behind a unique legacy that […] READ MORE