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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: No One Tells the Same Punchline 1,000 Times in a Row. Tennis’ Classic Joke

I’ll be honest and say I’m a little tired of the joke. It is actually a tennis classic, built into the fabric of the sport. But every. . .single. . .time someone ends a long losing streak against another player, it’s the same line. Nobody beats Tomas Berdych 18 times in a row. That’s what we heard after he beat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open this week. And when Andreas...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
24 minutes ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Real Housewives of Tennis and the Welcome Tension of Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych

    When Jimmy Connors didn’t approve of John McEnroe, he put his finger in Mac’s face and started jawing. When Andy Murray was unhappy with Tomas Berdych Thursday at the Australian Open, he tattled. I’m having a hard time getting past that. Maybe it’s a British thing? Berdych made some remark to Murray as they walked past each other on a changeover after Berdych won...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Quick Gains And Abrupt Losses: The Story of Andy Murray And Tomas Berdych

It’s how major titles are won. It’s how high-level success is built and sustained. It’s how a lofty place in a sport’s pantheon is established. Backing up results — not just being good on one day, but the next day, and the day after that — separates the hot player on a feel-good run from the enduring, persistent, tested champion. The laws of averages dictate that athletes...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watch Novak Djokovic Play Tennis Against A Tank

I’m really not sure what inspired YouTube user timtimfed to make this video of Novak Djokovic battling a tank on a tennis court – which I assume was a lot of work – but, boy, am I sure grateful he did. It’s wonderful. [reddit] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Madison Keys, Serena Williams, And The Doors Of Time

It is easy to focus on certain details, certain individuals, certain contexts, to the exclusion of others. Thursday afternoon in Melbourne, Australia, it was so easy to look at Madison Keys — all of 19 years old — crushing a tennis ball with a smooth and relaxed stroke, and conclude that “the future of women’s tennis had arrived.” On the surface, such a statement seems...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic dives into 25th Grand Slam semifinal, first as a father

  Novak Djokovic reached his 25th Grand Slam semifinal by beating No. 8 Milos Raonic, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday. But the photo of his son Stefan watching his accomplishment that was posted on social media may have stolen Djokovic's thunder. The No. 1-ranked player cruised through his quarterfinal without ever facing a break point by his 24-year-old opponent...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams to face Madison Keys in Australian Open Semifinal

Madison Keys (January 28, 2015) No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 35 Madison Keys booked spots in Australian Open semifinals on Wednesday. Keys broke up what could have been an “all-Williams” semifinal when the 19-year-old knocked out 34-year-old Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam final four. Serena Williams had a much easier time advancing, dismissing last...
Via Tennis Panorama
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey, and Steve Johnson to Play U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

(January 27, 2015) HOUSTON – The top three Americans on the ATP World Tour rankings will play at River Oaks in April during the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. John Isner, the 2013 tournament champion, will be joined by his countrymen Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, playing singles at the tournament while fellow Americans Bob and Mike Bryan highlight...
Via Tennis Panorama
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tomas Berdych Faced His Demons And Rafael Nadal… And Lived To Tell About It

It is one of the most famous quotes in tennis history. After beating Jimmy Connors in 1980, Vitas Gerulaitis — who had lost his previous 16 matches to Jimbo — said, “No one beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row!” Never mind the fact that Bjorn Borg had won 20 matches against Gerulaitis without a defeat — the quote is rightly considered a classic, and it was typical of...
Via Attacking The Net
3 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Venus Williams Getting Her Farewell Run? No Way (I Think)

The tennis gods like to give aging superstars one last good-bye run. Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras. It’s a graceful way out. And it’s something about luck mixed with wringing out the last drops of greatness mixed with making adjustments to account for what has been lost. Everything sort of comes together at the same time. And that brings me to Venus Williams, who...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
4 days ago  |  Discuss

So long, Federer: the end of an era

This is why they play the matches. Sure, I can make all the predictions that I want, but the game is always proving that all of my predictions are worth exactly bunkum. Roger Federer lost a couple of nights ago to a journeyman, an unseeded Italian player named Andreas Seppi who had never beaten Federer and who has since been eliminated from the tournament. It wasn’t that Roger...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Stosur Has Serve Go a Bit Off-Course

Fans of tennis know Sam Stosur, the Australian star that used to be ranked #1 in the world in doubles. Well, last night in her doubles matchup alongside partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, Stosur’s powerful serve went a bit off-course. Unfortunately for the duo, they lost their third round match at the Australian Open. Check out the mishap below. The post Sam Stosur Has Serve Go a Bit...
Via The Sideline
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Eugenie Bouchard’s solution to ‘Twirlgate’ controversy: Ask the guys to flex

Eugenie Bouchard is not only one of best women’s tennis players on tour, she is a sage and savvy problem-solver. Events at the Australian Open this week haven’t been only about the world’s best tennis players competing in one of the highest-profile tournaments in the world. Instead, discussions about and allegations of sexism and what...Read More The post Eugenie Bouchard’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Federer Stunned In Australia: It’s All Andreas’s Fault

Andreas Seppi, one of those players who constantly flies below the radar at major tournaments, seemed consigned to a career in which he’d never be able to remember a match on tennis’s biggest stage for all the right reasons. Seppi took a two-set lead on Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2012, but he couldn’t hold the line. Seppi gave ground as the match went on and fell in...
Via Attacking The Net
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Male interviewer asks Eugenie Bouchard to ‘give us a twirl’ after match (video)

A profoundly uncomfortable and arguably inappropriate incident during the Australian Open involving Ian Cohen, a male presenter, and Eugenie Bouchard has ignited accusations of sexism at the prestigious tennis tournament. After Bouchard, the seventh-ranked female tennis player in the world, easily defeated Kiki Bertens 6-0, 6-3, an on-court, post-match interview was conducted by...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. Plunked in late January, the so-called...
Via Attacking The Net
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Seven seeded women out in Melbourne

The Australian Open is officially underway, and there’s already loads to talk about, especially on the women’s side of the draw. Before we get there, let’s just quickly recap the men’s draw. So far, only one seeded player has lost, talented but inconsistent Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who found himself ousted at the hands of an Australian wild card, Thanasi Kokkinakis. Otherwise...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Andy Murray is officially a brand, logo included!

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are known as the "Big 4" of men's tennis. But after today, they are also now known as the "Big 4" of...personal branding?The Brit baller unveiled his personal logo, designed by Aesop, ahead of the year's first major, the Australian Open, that kicks off next week. It will be showcased on his tennis bag and on his warm-up...
Via Down the Line!
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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