Category Archives: ATP Offcourt

Pic Of The Day: Rafa and Roger At Match For Africa Part II

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s two-leg exhibition came to an end today as the pair played for Rafa’s charity at the Magic Box in Madrid. After Roger’s win yesterday in Zurich, Rafa clinched their match today 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1.

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Roger Federer *surprisingly* Defeats Rafael Nadal In Zurich Leg of Exhibition

Part one of Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s double exhibition took place in Zurich today, with Roger defeating Rafa 4-6 6-3 6-3. From the sounds of it, it was a pretty dull affair for the regular tennis fan, but the event served its purpose extremely well; the crowd were happy, tennis was given a little bit of publicity, and most importantly, the event raised around $2.5m for Federer’s charity and the African countries he intends to donate the money to. So a massive well done to both. Now the pair will be off to the magic box in Madrid tomorrow for their second exhibition to benefit Rafa’s charity. Expect a win for Rafa.

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Kei Nishikori Hires Brad Gilbert: Good Or Bad Move?

Rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori has hired Brad Gilbert as his “travelling coach” for 2011. Gilbert, former coach of Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, will accompany him to around 15 events in 2011, with Nishikori continuing to work with full-time coach Dante Bottini.


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“Watch Out Darlings, The Djoker Is Coming!”

I was just innocently browsing youtube, minding my own business, and before I know it I’m watching a video of a man singing his heart out about Novak Djokovic. As far as I’m concerned, songwriting of that calibur deserves a grammy.

“He plays with tennis ball and with our hearts, driving all the fans.. total nuts.”

Pure genius.

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Don’t Mess With Tommy Robredo

Check out these outtakes from Tommy Robredo’s photoshoot with his clothing brand, Erke. If looks could kill, the cameraman would surely be dead by now.

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Rafael Nadal to Become The New Face Of Armani Jeans and Underwear

Following in the footsteps of footballers David Beckham and Christiano Ronaldo, world number one Rafael Nadal will front the spring/summer collection of Armani underwear and jeans.


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The LTA Continue to Throw Money Down The Drain

Beginning next year, the LTA will be offering British players an extra £1000 for coming through qualifying and reaching the main draw of a tour events. Even typing it out is surreal. Surely the prospect of reaching the main draw of a tour event is enough motivation and incentive to do so? Decisions like these just make the LTA appear so clueless and out of touch. It’s as if they have so much money rolling in from Wimbledon all year that they have no idea what to do with it.

The LTA seem to have their priorities completely wrong. Right now, they are pumping money towards the current players, in the lame hope that something will suddenly click and Britain will produce another Andy Murray. But these players just aren’t good enough. For all the criticism levelled on the British men and women, no matter how hard they try and regardless of how much money thrown at the likes of James Ward and Dan Cox, they are not going to suddenly morph into Tomas Berdych overnight and start making Grand Slam finals.

If the LTA are serious about developing British tennis, then they need to aim those monstrous wads of cash at the grassroots, and begin to nourish talent from a younger age. In Britain, tennis is competing against so many other sports. The best athletes are moving to football and rugby, and those with the most natural hand-eye coordination are taking up cricket and even golf instead. Until they begin to make tennis a more attractive sport for youngsters, and until they focus on attempting to rid tennis of the ‘country club’ stigma that still exists even today in 2010, Britain will continue to be the laughing stock of the tennis world.

The biggest problem is that, as underlined by this most recent blunder, the LTA are no closer to doing so than they were 5 or 10 years ago.

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That Obligatory Calender Bashing Post

It’s November, it’s winter, the clocks have gone back, and christmas is fast approaching - yet they’re still out there panting, running, sweating and smashing that yellow ball back and forth. Though players and fans alike have protested about the length of the season for years now, it seems like everyone has something to say about it in 2010. On the WTA side of things, the tour brought in their well-publicized roadmap last year. It was supposed to be the saviour for all the injuries on the WTA, but in reality, not only have the injuries increased, but it has become clear that the roadmap is more about forcing the players to play as many events as possible (injured or not) rather than addressing the injury problems.

On the plus side though, while the ATP players are still on-court and running on fumes, most WTA players have been chilling out on sandy beaches all around the world for the best part of 3 weeks now. The problem is that creating a longer off-season is easier said than done, and the ATP certainly won’t be as stupid willing to just throw all the big European indoor tournaments into the bin to make space for it, just as the WTA did. But something needs to be done about the length of the playing season, and it needs to be done fast.

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And So We Beat On

The ATP tour isn’t quite finished though. It should be, of course, but we still have a few weeks to go. In Stockholm Roger Federer has been making his way through the draw without too much fuss. Today he played Ivan Ljubicic and after racing to a 5-3 lead, Ljubicic promptly crumbled and it was businesslike from then on. He faces Florian Mayer who scraped through Nieminen in a third set tiebreak. That’s as far as he will go though, there is no way that Federer is going to slump to 2-7 in finals in 2010. No way.

Back in Moscow, Viktor Troicki continued his good form of late by beating Pablo Cuevas, and he will face Marcos Baghdatis in the final, who clawed his way back from a double break down in the third set to Denis Istomin, to steal the match on a breaker. There’s still lots of tennis to be played and watched between now and the unfillable void that is the off-season. Enjoy it.

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Roger Federer Has Finally Lost It

And I’m not talking about his game, either… I almost dropped my glass of water onto the laptop as I caught sight of his hair-line in this pic. Enjoy it while it lasts, Fed!

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