[VIDEO] ATP World Tour Uncovered Asian Swing Preview

Posted: September 26, 2014 by Dan Martin in Uncategorized

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Originally posted on Living Tennis:

It proved to be a frantic 24 hours for Mahesh Bhupathi and his brainchild, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)—a brand-new competition styled on cricket’s Indian Premier League.

No sooner had he announced that Rafael Nadal, his headline act for the India-based team Micromax Indian Aces….

We regret to announce that due to health reasons, #RafaelNadal will not be playing in the #IPTL. We’re rooting for you, #GetWellSoonRafa!

…than he followed it with even bigger news: The Spaniard’s place would be taken by Roger Federer.

Make way for the newest #IndianAce! Watch @rogerfederer create history at #IPTL. #BreakTheCode #MicromaxIndianAces

Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament, which will take place in four cities across the Middle East and Asia during the first fortnight of December, is said to be precautionary after missing the entire North American US Open Series with a wrist injury that has sidelined him since his fourth-round exit at…

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Why Tennis is the Best Sport

Posted: September 25, 2014 by Dan Martin in Tennis
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Prelude

This series will with humor argue that tennis is the best sport for fans to follow.  We will look at some sports as groups and some individually.

The Obvious Ones

Bowling:  Tennis is better than bowling for a myriad of reasons.  First, bowling has a cap on how well a players’ performance can be measured.  If a player in 1970 bowled a 300 game and a player today bowls a 300 game, they bowled equally well by the metric of the scoreboard.  Of course, improved bowling balls or shoes might improve the frequency of 300 games, but we’ve seen the pinnacle at which the sport can be executed.  As great as John Newcombe was at hitting shots, I think we can safely say that Novak Djokovic often hits shots that the techniques and equipment of Newcombe’ day would not allow for in any practical manner. Therefore, tennis’ scoring system does not impose a limit on how well the sport can be played.  Beyond all of that, stamina, agility, speed, etc. are not overly emphasized by bowling.  These factors make tennis more interesting than bowling.

Golf: A recent article claimed that golf is the hardest of all sports.  Uh … To golf’s credit, I think that the lack of reflexes in golf leads to every golf shot requiring great mental concentration.  Having said that, tennis players have to do very precise things on the court with the prospect of an opponent punishing failures of execution.  From that standpoint, tennis offers a fan one great advantage over golf.  Tennis has direct competition in which one competitor’s quality of shot directly impacts the odds of success for his opponent. This interplay between competitors adds a layer of complexity to tennis that golf lacks.  Beyond that, agility, stamina, and conditioning mean that the human form is pushed further and harder in tennis than in golf. Many fans want to see the human form at its peak and do not want to see a 59-year-old nearly win a top prize.

Psychologically they pushed each other, but neither directly impacted the position or dificulty of their opponent’s next shot

Darts and Jarts:

I just wanted to say jarts.

Originally posted on National Post | Sports:

Li Na, the region’s first Grand Slam singles champion, was instrumental in expanding the game in China, where tennis participation doubled in the past five years. Her achievements were lauded by fellow players, former champions and fans after she announced her retirement because of chronic knee injuries on Sept. 19. She was the second-highest paid female athlete.

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The 32-year-old’s departure “places a huge emphasis on Chinese succession planning in tennis,” said Simon Chadwick, a sports business professor at the Coventry University Business School in England. “Just as the sport was gaining traction in China, it loses its biggest icon. The country now needs a new icon but while the country waits, Li Na needs to remain in the public eye and become an advocate and ambassador for Chinese tennis.”

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China’s Li Na announces retirement from tennis

Posted: September 21, 2014 by Dan Martin in Uncategorized

Originally posted on The Triple Bagel:

News today that Chinese tennis superstar Li Na has announced her retirement with immediate effect.

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The two-time grand slam champion came to the decision having struggled with injury in the late stages of her career.

Today Li Na announced her retirement in the form of an open letter, paraphrased below (the full version can be read here); it is a testament to her likeable and friendly demeanour both on and off court. The 32 year old will be missed by players and fans alike:

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Originally posted on TIME:

Game, set and match to Scottish independence? Hours before polling stations opened in Scotland this morning, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray finally revealed his support for the Yes campaign, saying that the negative campaign tactics of the No camp had swung his views. “Huge day for Scotland today!” he tweeted to 2.71 million followers.

For much of the referendum campaign, the pro-union Better Together camp has been guilty of complacency, assuming that its hefty poll lead was solid. In the final weeks ahead of the vote, as the polls narrowed to within touching distance and then narrowed again, that complacency has turned to panic. The panic has revealed how little the No campaign understands about why it…

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Will the Big 4 restore slam order in 2015?

Posted: September 19, 2014 by Dan Martin in Uncategorized

Originally posted on The Grandstand:

The 2014 Grand Slam season will be remembered for bookend stunners. We thought it could not get more surprising than Stan Wawrinka’s triumph at the Australian Open, but it did just that when Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori squared off in the U.S. Open final earlier this month.

By prevailing Down Under, Wawrinka became the first man outside the Big 4 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray to win a major since Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 U.S. Open. The Cilic-Nishikori showdown signaled the first first time since the 2005 Australian Open (Marat Safin d. Lleyton Hewitt) that a slam title match was without either Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic.Check out ESPN’s entire list of men’s singles Grand Slam winners and runner-ups.This year’s borderline hard-to-believe results beg the question: is a new era upon us or will the Big 4 restore order to the Grand…

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Is Novak Djokovic’s Racket His Secret Weapon?

Posted: September 19, 2014 by Dan Martin in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Living Tennis:

There’s always a lot of speculation over what rackets the pros really use. Most of us are aware that a lot of the time the rackets that the pro’s are advertised to use aren’t really what you see them playing with. In this post I hope to shed just a little light onto the current world number one’s choice of racket.

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Head would like us to believe that Novak Djokovic uses their Graphene Speed Pro but unfortunately that isn’t the case. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on one of his actual frames and have a hit with it.

So first question I suppose is; what is it? Well to be honest, I’m not sure even Novak himself knows. All he knows is that it’s his racket. There have been many discussions on various tennis forums on what it is and various people believe different things. If I…

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US Open 2014 Review

Posted: September 16, 2014 by Dan Martin in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Sport & More:

Over 250 players took part in the main draw for one of the biggest prizes in tennis but as we know there can only be two winners at the end of the two weeks those being Serena Williams and Marin Cilic. So, what happened over the last two weeks?

CiCi Bellis

The headline maker of the US Open this year is 15 year old CiCi Bellis who was given a wildcard for the USTA for the tournament didn’t expect to find herself in the second round of the US Open when she saw she’d be playing Australian Open runner up Dominika Cibulkova. Before the US Open CiCi has been playing on the ITF circuit and has won a doubles title this year but her first ever match on the WTA tour against one of the best players in the world couldn’t of gone better with the American winning 6-7 6-4…

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Originally posted on tennistipsfromapro:

A great clip here of a jubilant Swiss Davis Cup captain, Severin Luthi and Swiss # 2 Stan Wawrinka chairing Roger Federer around the stadium following his win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini which clinched the semi-final tie for the Swiss team.

Federer has made the Davis Cup a priority this year, and has 5 singles straight set wins in a row to his credit. The Davis Cup has eluded Federer and Switzerland, and this year with a team that boasts the world # 3 (Federer) and # 4 Stanislas Wawrinka they stand just one really tough match away from adding the prized “salad bowl” to the trophy cabinet.

That one match is a tantalising Davis Cup final against France, in France, late November. The French, whilst not boasting the same firepower as the Swiss big guns, are still in with a real shot as they bat very deeply. The team…

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