The Five Finest Fed Cup Teams

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Last weekend, the Czech Republic won its third Fed Cup in a row and its fifth in the last six years, establishing themselves as undoubtedly one of the finest of all Fed Cup teams. But where does this current Czech side rank in the all-time list of great Fed Cup sides? Here are the five […] READ MORE


Petra Kvitova finds form in time for Fed Cup final

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Petra Kvitova may have won the WTA Elite Trophy in China last weekend, but her victory was not entirely impressive. On the one hand, it was obviously wonderful for Kvitova to win a tournament (only her second of the year, after winning the Wuhan Open earlier on the “Asian swing” of the WTA tour). On […] READ MORE


Why The Real Elite Are Not At The WTA Elite Trophy

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When I read this week that Johanna Konta was still competing in China, I assumed that, having forgotten to put my clocks back last weekend (to readjust them to British Standard Time), I had somehow slipped back several weeks in time. That was when Konta was competing in the China Open in Beijing and the […] READ MORE


Veteran Kuznetsova Threatens the Young Guns at the WTA Finals

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There is nothing in sport like getting on a roll, generating so much momentum that you feel almost unbeatable and that every shot or pass feels easier than it ever has before (and perhaps ever will again). It is a fleetingly rare experience for most sportsmen and women, and when they are on a roll they […] READ MORE


Can Del Potro Win The Davis Cup Final To Cap His Comeback Year?

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There is no greater story in sport, or indeed in life itself, than the comeback. Resurrection stories, in which a player or team seemingly returns from the dead (or its sporting equivalent), are probably the great universal stories, appealing to us all because they remind us that we, too, can recapture our former glories. In […] READ MORE


Does Rankings Fall Signal The End Of The Federer-Nadal Rivalry?

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Thirteen was certainly the unlucky number for Federer and Nadal this week, as the new world rankings found them both outside the world’s top four for the first time in thirteen years. At that time, Federer had won Wimbledon for the first time and Nadal was just a 16-year-old (albeit a freakishly powerful one) heading for […] READ MORE


Forget Sharapova, Kerber is the New Queen of Tennis

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Perhaps the single most depressing aspect about the coverage this week of the reduction of Maria Sharapova’s ban has been the reminder that for so many people (and indeed, so many media organizations and sponsors) around the world, she remains the face of women’s tennis, despite the fact that in her absence this year so […] READ MORE


Davis and Fed Cup Plans Risk Destroying the Great Team Competitions of Tennis

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Last week, in the wake of two genuinely epic Davis Cup semi-finals, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) unveiled proposals for both the international men’s and women’s team competitions that could prevent any future Davis Cup or Federation Cup tie from ever attaining “epic” status, in the process devaluing them both and perhaps even ultimately destroying […] READ MORE