Melbourne Epics Should End Calls For Men To Play Three-Setters At Majors

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The 2021 Australian Open Men’s Singles event has produced more epics than an old-time Hollywood studio. In at least four classic five-set encounters, the best male tennis players in the world – including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios (who may not be ranked as highly as the others but […] READ MORE


Can Last Brit Standing Cameron Norrie Challenge Rafael Nadal?

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Pity poor Cameron Norrie. He finally gets a match against one of “The Big Three”, in the third round of the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal, only to discover that the latest coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne means that he will face the great Spaniard in an empty stadium. That can only make his task against […] READ MORE


The Five Most Memorable Australian Opens Of The Open Era

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Unfortunately, the 2021 Australian Open threatens to be the most memorable of all Australian Opens, because it is still possible that it might not take place or that it begins and then has to be cancelled, because of the Coronavirus outbreak that forced the suspension of all the warm-up events in Melbourne this week. If […] READ MORE


A Brief History of International Team Tennis Tournaments

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Ahead of the ATP Cup next week, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, takes a look at the history of international team tennis tournaments, from the Grandaddy of them all – The Davis Cup – to the newest arrivals, like the ATP Cup itself. Tennis may be the greatest individual sport, but it also has […] READ MORE


What Next For Laura Robson?

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Is tennis the sport that broke a thousand hips? It must seem like that to British tennis fans, after they learned this week that Laura Robson has followed Andy Murray in having hip problems so severe that she will have to undergo a third hip operation at some point in the near future. Tennis is […] READ MORE


Can Aryna Sabalenka Make A Major Breakthrough In 2021?

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Women’s tennis might just be the most competitive sport in the world at the moment. In the four years since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open, her 23rd and so far final Major, no fewer than nine different women have enjoyed a maiden Grand Slam triumph, with Naomi Osaka being the only one of […] READ MORE



Ten Things To Look Forward To In Tennis In 2021

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Tennis lovers, like everyone else, will be glad to see the back of 2020 and will hope that, especially with mass vaccination against Coronavirus, it will finally be possible to get back to normal, or at least “mormal” (more normal), in 2021. 1.THE RETURN OF FANS Embed from Getty Images There is surely only one […] READ MORE