Views & Opinion

Is Djokovic Done With Number One?

January 21, 2017

The tennis world is still trembling in the aftermath of Novak Djokovic’s seismic loss to Denis Istomin down under on Thursday. Although the aura of Djokovic’s invincibility had taken some serious hits since the Serb completed his career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June, the new year had given some indication that he had […]

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Albano Olivetti Makes Strides on the Comeback Trail

July 22, 2016

Frenchman Albano Olivetti’s return to the ATP Tour after an extended injury layoff has had its ups and downs, but as of late it appears to be on the upswing. The big-serving Frenchman was on the sidelines for 18 months after surgery for a cervical hernia following Wimbledon in 2014, and only returned to the […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Picks and Preview for 2015 U.S. Open

August 30, 2015

It’s the last day of August and the first day of the U.S. Open tomorrow. Questions may reign about the likely winner in the men’s draw, but in reality, in my view, not many. Will there be a surprise victor, such as last year’s champion Marin Cilic? Don’t think so. I see one of the […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2015

June 28, 2015

Back by popular demand are my top five first round men’s upset picks at Wimbledon, which starts tomorrow. Despite the fact that I was only one out of five on my predictions last year (actually that’s pretty good), I figured I’d do it again. After perusing the draw on Friday, eight matches jumped out at […]

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Nine-Time Champion Nadal Facing Doubts as French Open Begins

May 24, 2015

Five-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will have to traverse a mine field of obstacles at Roland Garros in the coming fortnight if he is to win his 10th French Open title. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Spaniard is still struggling to regain his confidence and form after an injury and illness plagued 2014 season. Nadal, now ranked […]

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Nerves Causing Travails for Nadal

March 31, 2015

A peculiar thing happened to Rafael Nadal on the way to losing to Fernando Verdasco at the Miami Open on Sunday afternoon. While Verdasco’s 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 third-round win over Nadal was his second in a row over the former world No. 1 after 13 straight losses, it’s not like Verdasco has found some new […]

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Djokovic Still Tops as 2015 Season Begins

December 31, 2014

The calendar flips to a new year tomorrow and the 2015 ATP World Tour kicks off Sunday at Brisbane for another highly competitive season. My thoughts on what has been and what lies ahead. One thing is for sure, Novak Djokovic is the best player on the tour right now and should be again at […]

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Mystery Surrounds Federer Withdrawal at ATP World Tour Finals

November 17, 2014

Roger Federer’s last-minute pullout from the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London yesterday completely stunned a disappointed crowd which was anxiously awaiting a blockbuster final between the Swiss icon and Novak Djokovic. Federer, wearing a warmup suit courtside, stated he was unable to compete in the final due to a back […]

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Sam Groth Moving on Up in the Rankings with More to Come

September 30, 2014

Sam Groth improved three positions on the ATP computer yesterday to tie his career-high No. 92 ranking. The big-serving Australian cracked the Top 100 for the first time in mid July after reaching the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. That alone would be quite an achievement for any tennis player, […]

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