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June 7th, 2010

Federer, Nadal Take to Grass Immediately; Queen’s, Halle, Birmingham Previews

Notes: (Q) Dancevic could make a run at (1) Nadal in third round; Dent could go deep if he gets by Kevin Anderson first round; Fish could also easily go deep to meet (5) Cilic in quarters; (11) Gasquet vs. Nishikori interesting first-rounder; Since its inception in 1979, 25 of the past 27 Wimbledon champions have played at the Queen’s Club; three of the Top 4 seeds have won the Queen’s Club title; Roddick is 29-4 at Queen’s; past champions in the field are Murray (2009), Nadal (2008), Roddick (2007, ’05-03), and Hewitt (2006, ’02-00).

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 am in Grass season, Tennis | 92 Comments »

July 11th, 2009

Querrey Uncloaks The Magician Santoro in ATP Newport Semis

“It’s nice in the tiebreak when I serve four times and it’s four aces,” Querrey said. “First serve percentage was key for me and I did that well…If he gets on top of the point it’s very difficult, he’s very crafty.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:35 pm in ATP, Grass season, Tennis | Comments Off

June 7th, 2009

Murray, Roddick, Hewitt Star at ATP Queen’s

Top 10ers Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils headline the Aegon Championships this week at the Queen’s Club, where the four-time champ Roddick takes the favorites position after the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 9:07 pm in Grass season, Queens, Tennis | 104 Comments »

June 7th, 2009

French Champ Federer to Show on Grass at Halle?

U.S. tennis commentator John McEnroe almost seemed to goad French Open champ Roger Federer into skipping this week’s Gerry Weber Open on the grasscourts at Halle during his post-match interview at Roland Garros. It remains to be seen whether the Swiss turns up in Germany, or turns a doctor’s note into the ATP claiming “exhaustion.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:45 pm in Grass season, Halle, Tennis | 63 Comments »

June 7th, 2009

Unseeded Sharapova Favorite on WTA Birmingham Grasscourts

“The one thing I’ve always said about ranking is I think numbers never lie,” Sharapova said following her French Open effort. “They always reflect on your performance and what you’ve achieved. But taking that aside, I think no matter if you’re ranked No. 1 or No. 100, it takes just as much work to get there.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:19 pm in Grass season, WTA | 6 Comments »

June 5th, 2009

Nadal Withdraws From Queens Due to Bad Knees

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queens Club grass court tennis event due to begin on Monday.

Posted by Staff @ 8:24 am in Grass season, Injuries | 109 Comments »

July 10th, 2008

ATP Newport Blog: Fish Fried, Players Cut Loose

Nonetheless, this was a stellar day for curse beneficiary qualifier Rohan Bopanna. While beating Fish in the first set, fellow Indians, the Amritraj father and son were busy sending text messages of support. Who the messages were being sent to, I have no clue? It appears their help worked as Bopanna only needed two tiebreak sets for his Fish fry.

Posted by Staff @ 9:48 am in Grass season, Tennis | Comments Off

July 9th, 2008

ATP Newport Blog: Dent and Two-Handed Racquets

He had to cheer loudly to be heard over the crowd on center court watching Taylor Dent attempting a comeback against Canadian pretty-boy Frank Dancevic. Frank doesn’t strike me as a pretty-boy name; like say for example, Taylor? Dent gave it a valiant effort but he won’t be going home with the prize. No big deal says Taylor, “a year ago they told me I wouldn’t ever play tennis again.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:22 am in Grass season, Newport | Comments Off

July 7th, 2008

Newport Blog Day 2: Two-handled Racquets and Real Grass

I had the opportunity to try out my strokes on the grass court this afternoon with Brian Battistone. He and his brother Dann have been creating some waves and gaining a following for their unusual style of play and even more unusual rackets. Called the “Natural One,” the 29-inch racket has not one but two handles. The unique handle angle puts less stress on your elbows and helps the body balance better. I loved it so much I bought one.

Posted by Staff @ 10:04 pm in ATP, Grass season, Newport, Tennis | 4 Comments »

July 4th, 2008

A Match 1 Year in the Making

Nadal is not facing a radically depleted or wounded Roger Federer in the final. Federer won all 10 sets he played in picking up his 5th Halle title. Marcos Baghdatis and Nichols Kiefer stand out as solid wins in the quick transition from clay to grass. The Fed has also posted straight set wins over Robin Soderling, 2002 Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic, and the enigmatic talent of Marat Safin. Nadal made a similarly quick and impressive transition from clay to grass, but he did so with the wind of victory at his back not the sting of humiliation. Federer has looked sharp at Halle and at Wimbledon.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:05 pm in French Open, Grass season, Halle, Hamburg, No. 1 ranking, Queens, Wimbledon | 58 Comments »

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