State of Clay: Five Things We Learned at the Monte Carlo Masters

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The Monte Carlo Masters marks the traditional start of the European clay-court season, at least on the men’s side of the game. Martin Keady looks back at the last week of action from Monaco, to see what lessons can be learned for the rest of the season on ‘le terre battue’. Five Things We Learned […] READ MORE


The Five Finest WTA Miami Open Finals

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In the second part of our two-part series on the finest Miami finals, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the finest Women’s finals in Florida. The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, are both residents of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, choosing to live near to each other as they maintain the close sisterly […] READ MORE


The Five Finest ATP Miami Open Finals

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As the 2021 Miami Open approaches the end of its first week, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the finest finals in the tournament’s history, beginning with the Five Finest Men’s Finals. Miami in particular and Florida in general have long been the spiritual home of American tennis, because of the fabulous […] READ MORE


First Signs Indicate No Roger Federer Miracle This Year

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It is literally early days, of course, for Roger Federer on the injury comeback trail. However, all the evidence from Qatar this week suggests that what most tennis writers and commentators had thought before his comeback began – namely, that he will struggle to achieve in 2021 what he achieved after his last big comeback […] READ MORE




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