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Juan Martin del Potro Delray Beach
Aldo Ostreicher - Dec 19, 2020

Some of you may be wondering how Juan Martin Del Potro dealing with his injury. Will he be back in 2021? Well, we have reasons to be optimistic, but there is still big uncertainty about the exact day of his comeback. A Career Stopped by Injuries All tennis players have suffered some injuries during their […]


How to tackle an ultra aggressive tennis player
Christina King - Jun 30, 2020

It can be difficult to work out how to tackle an ultra aggressive tennis player. Too often it feels like the match is on their racquet. Because of the nature of their game, they tend to hit a lot of winners, but also make a ton of errors, making it hard to get into a […]

How to beat a persistent counterpuncher
Christina King - Jun 14, 2020

They’re dogged. They run everything down. They fight for every point and never give up. They are what I would like to call the persistent counterpuncher. What are you supposed to do against an opponent like this? Well, I have concocted a six point strategic plan to tell you how to beat a persistent counterpuncher: […]

Steen Kirby - Jun 7, 2020

Professional tennis has returned, in a similar fashion to what I proposed in April, with many ATP, WTA, and Challenger/ITF level players returning to organized competitive matches using hub locations scattered around the globe and round robin style competition for money and pride, but not official ATP/WTA ranking points, which remain frozen in place. The […]

Vithun Illankovan - Apr 26, 2020

Former WTA Doubles World No.1 Rennae Stubbs (who won four Women’s Doubles and two Mixed Doubles Grand Slams) recently made some comments implying that the future of the ATP is bleak. Unfortunately for the ESPN analyst, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why… It all came about when 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger […]

Could Rafael Nadal's Academy help expand global tennis?
Steen Kirby - Apr 6, 2020

Does the Rafael Nadal Academy (or a venue like it) hold the key to professional tennis returning amidst the global coronavirus pandemic? It’s a legitimate possibility for the sport as the crisis continues to roll on, hurting the financial bottom line for players and tennis executives/organizations the world over, and depriving the game’s global fanbase […]

Tennis
Amy Lundy - Apr 1, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of millions quarantined around the world, sports fans are starving for live sporting events. Tennis fans are amongst those missing their favorite sport. Enter news of a masterstroke from golf. Organizers have announced plans for a made-for-TV live event featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady […]

Djokovic
Martin Keady - Mar 6, 2020

“Djokovic” and “Escapologist” don’t quite rhyme, but they are close enough metrically to suggest that in time the great Serb might just acquire a new nickname to go with “The Rubber Man”, the monicker that is a testament to both his freakish physical flexibility and his ability to bounce back from even the most difficult […]

Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open
Vithun Illankovan - Jan 18, 2020

Ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season, five Last Word on Tennis writers – Vithun Illankovan, Tracey Essex, Damian Kust, Jim Smith and David Gertler made their Australian Open predictions. 2020 Australian Open Predictions Men’s Champion The player we think will win the Men’s Singles tournament Vithun: [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) The men’s […]

Novak Djokovic Australian Open
Pablo Mosquera - Jan 13, 2020

The first edition of the ATP Cup is in the books. Carried by Novak Djokovic, Serbia emerged victorious in the final against Spain. But this article is not meant to congratulate the Serbians and thrash everyone else. Many individuals have reasons to be happy about their play in Australia. Contrarily, other players arrived with high […]

Vithun Illankovan - Dec 31, 2019

A rivalry is, by definition, “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.” They can be one-sided or incredibly close but are always characterised with high levels of intensity. This article will countd own the Top 10 most memorable Tennis rivalries over the last 10 years.  In order to be considered […]

Tennis in the 2020s
Martin Keady - Dec 22, 2019

Having looked back at both the highlights and lowlights of the last decade, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, now looks ahead to the next decade – the 2020s – and identifies 10 things that we can hopefully look forward to in the future development of tennis. Here are the final five. Serena Williams Matching […]

Tennis 2010s
Martin Keady - Dec 17, 2019

In a four-part series to end the 2019 season, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back not just at the last year but at the last decade in tennis. This week, he continues to examine the downsides of the last decade. The Major Failure of an Entire Generation of Male Players (Marin Cilic excepted) […]

tennis 2010s
Martin Keady - Dec 10, 2019

In a four-part series to end the 2019 season, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back not just at the last year but at the last decade in tennis. This week, he examines ten highlights from tennis in the 2010s. Andy Murray’s Two Wimbledon Wins Embed from Getty Images Of course, for any British […]

Tennis 2010s
Martin Keady - Dec 9, 2019

In a four-part series to end the 2019 season, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back not just at the last year but at the last decade in tennis. This week, he examines ten highlights from tennis in the 2010s. The 2010s can be viewed as the second part of the true Golden Age […]

2019 Davis Cup Trophy Spain
Martin Keady - Nov 27, 2019

The Davis Cup loves to describe itself as “The World Cup of Tennis”. Indeed, it has copyrighted that very phrase and proudly proclaims it from its website, especially in the wake of Spain’s first victory in the new, week-long format that has just finished in Madrid. However, using its own business logic, the Davis Cup […]



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Otto Virtanen was one of several first-time Challenger Tour champions in 2022.
Damian Kust, Editor - Nov 27, 2019

A record 184 ATP Challenger Tour events were held in 2022. The circuit keeps growing with plenty of positive changes incoming next year. Before we had to the short Challenger off-season, here’s a bunch of stats and facts about what happened in 2022. Feel free to check out the previous editions of this piece about […]

Dusan Lajovic 2022 Australian Open
Damian Kust, Editor - Nov 27, 2019

The last two Challenger events of 2022 were a new tournament in Maspalomas and Maia, which has been ending the season since its introduction in 2019. Dusan Lajovic claimed his 7th title at this level in the former, while the up-and-coming 18-year-old Luca van Assche joined the winners’ circle. Read back on this week’s action: […]

Djokovic and Tsitsipas have already qualified for the ATP Finals.
Laurie Burnette - Nov 27, 2019

The 2022 tennis season proved a rather strange one. A season which started in January with Novak Djokovic getting sensationally expelled from the Australian Open. Women’s #1 Ash Barty retired completely out of the blue. Alexander Zverev was disqualified for cursing out an umpire and repeatedly smashing his chair with his racquet in the Mexican […]

Linda Fruhvirtova at the US Open.
Nurein Ahmed - Nov 27, 2019

What is so special about Linda Fruhvirtova? The 17-year-old began the 2022 season as a virtually-unknown teenager on the senior tour, but soon became the talk of the town. Fruhvirtova gave us a glimpse of her potential and talent in her run to a maiden WTA title in Chennai, India, just after the US Open. […]

Mardy Fish Friends of Sharapova
Glenys Furness - Nov 27, 2019

US Davis Cup captains Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan have been reprimanded by The International Tennis Integrity Agency. Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan have been fined and banned for four months for promoting gambling on Social Media. The posts were made during the US Open. Both Fish and Bryan participated in a DraftKings promotion during […]

Yosuke Watanuki Citi Open
Damian Kust, Editor - Nov 27, 2019

Both Leandro Riedi and Yosuke Watanuki managed to claim back-to-back titles in what is the penultimate week of Challenger Tour action in 2022. Meanwhile, Oleksii Krutykh claimed the win in Valencia, while Guido Andreozzi was a shocking champion at Temuco. The Argentinian became the lowest-ranked player to win a Challenger since Guillermo Canas, who was […]

Canada with the Davis Cup trophy.
Martin Keady - Nov 27, 2019

Nearly a whole year after winning the ATP Cup in Australia right at the start of the season, Canada’s men ended the season with a unique team tennis double by winning the Davis Cup for the first time ever. In so doing, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and their doubles specialist Vasek Pospisil, who won key […]

Felix Auger Aliassime Celebrates
Devesh Bubna - Nov 27, 2019

Eight finals played. Eight finals lost. For a player considered the next big thing, the mentality seemed to be missing for Felix Auger-Aliassime. The 2022 season promised great things for the next-gen players. The Top 3 were finally, with a combination of injuries, Father time, and some very questionable stance on the vaccine had suddenly […]