Ten Things To Look Forward To In Tennis In 2019

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Having looked back at the highlights and lowlights of 2018, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks ahead to 2019. 2018 was a genuinely historic year for tennis, as it marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Open era, when the sport finally went fully professional after years, if not decades, of “shamateurism”. […] READ MORE


Ten Terrible Things In Tennis In 2018

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As tennis finally enters its all too brief off-season, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks back at the low-lights of the 2018 season. On the men’s side in 2018, it was as if the strain of trying to keep up with “The Big Three” of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic finally took its toll on […] READ MORE


Ten Terrific Things in Tennis in 2018

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As tennis finally enters its all too brief off-season, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks back at some of the highlights of the 2018 season. If 2017 felt a little like 2007, at least on the men’s side as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal shared the year’s Majors between them, 2018 felt a little […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Davis Cup Finals

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This weekend’s Davis Cup Final between France and Croatia will be the last in the competition’s current format, before it is dramatically revised for next year. However, it could just be the last Davis Cup Final full-stop, if the ATP Cup, which is due to be played in Australia at the start of 2020 (just […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Fed Cup Finals

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The Federation Cup (or Fed Cup, for short) has always been the poor relation of international team tennis. The Davis Cup, the equivalent competition for men, began in 1900, while the Fed Cup only began in 1963; the Davis Cup is being relaunched next year, while various Fed Cup captains (including Britain’s Anne Keothavong) have […] READ MORE


Who Will Be The Next Dominant Women’s World No.1?

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Recently, some of the best women tennis players in the world have been affected by injury, illness and even life-altering disorders. The current World No.1, Simona Halep, withdrew from the season-ending WTA Tour Finals before they even began with a back injury, and far more worryingly the current World No.3, Caroline Wozniaki, who did compete […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Marathon Final Sets In Tennis History

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Marathon final sets are clearly an endangered species. Wimbledon’s announcement last week that it will follow the lead of the US Open and introduce a tiebreak for the final set in a match (although, unlike the US Open, a fifth-set tiebreak at Wimbledon will only come at 12-12) will surely increase the pressure on the […] READ MORE


Wimbledon Fifth Set Tiebreak At 12-12 Makes Perfect Sense

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It is often said that the greatest sportsmen and women are so great that they necessitate a change in the rules of their sport to allow other players or teams even a chance of competing against them. Perhaps the best example is the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s, in particular […] READ MORE


What Will Tennis Look Like In Another Fifty Years?

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For the final part of his series, “1968: The Year That Changed Tennis”, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, does not look back at the last fifty years but instead looks forward to the next fifty, to consider how tennis might change again in the half-century ahead. Tennis has truly been transformed in the fifty […] READ MORE


Could The Laver Cup Become An Inter-Continental Championship?

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At the moment, with the Laver Cup just having been played and two new “team” tournaments (the revamped Davis Cup and the ATP’s own suggestion of a “World Cup”) being proposed for tennis next year, it is possible to forget that tennis is actually an individual sport and not a team sport. Perhaps that is […] READ MORE