Five unexpected men’s French Open champions including Mats Wilander

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Since 2005, the French Open men’s singles event has been won by just four different players: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Stan Wawrinka. Prior to then, though, there had been a number of surprising male champions at Roland Garros since the Open started in 1968. Here, we look at five unexpected French Open […] READ MORE


The Best Men Who Never Won Wimbledon

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Many of the men’s game’s greatest champions have lifted the title at Wimbledon, with the honour board at the All England Club unsurprisingly a who’s who of tennis greatness. But there have also been some very fine players who never managed to get over the line at Wimbledon. Here’s a look at some of the […] 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


Three Best Men’s Players to Never Win the Australian Open

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Winning one of tennis’ four Grand Slam tournaments is the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. The Australian Open (then known as the Australasian Championships) became the last event to be selected as a major tournament by the ILTF (now the ITF) in 1924. The year’s first Major did not always match the French Open, […] READ MORE


Yannick Noah – The last Frenchman to triumph at Roland Garros

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With the French Open meant to have taken place currently, Last Word on Tennis decided to fill the void by revisiting some famous matches at Roland Garros. Our second trip down memory lane is to the 1983 tournament when Yannick Noah became the first Frenchman to win his home Slam in 37 years.  Background Noah […] READ MORE


Henri Leconte Reveals “The Lowest Point Of My Life”

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Former world #5 Henri Leconte was in good spirits at his office in Luxembourg as he spoke exclusively to me on The Double Bagel Tennis Podcast last week, and of course given the current circumstances, we talked virtually through Zoom. The 56-year-old Frenchman is living “in his second life” right now, as he believes when […] READ MORE



The Five Finest Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals

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With Finals Weekend upon us, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks back at the five finest Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals. This year’s Australian Open semi-finals may have been damp squibs, with both Kyle Edmund and Hyeon Chung suffering from injuries (in Chung’s case to the point where he had to retire early), but […] READ MORE


Eurosport’s Pathetic and Biased US Open Commentary

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For the most part I think Eurosport do a fairly good job with tennis; they’ve covered the Australian Open incredibly well for many years now, their Roland Garros coverage isn’t too bad either, and this year they’ve expanded into taking full exclusive US Open coverage in the UK following Sky not renewing their rights. That […] READ MORE