Week In Review: Roland Garros Wrap-Up

Nadal and Djokovic on Monday after their four set final in Paris

By Brodie McPhee Another spring and another fantastic Rolland Garros is finished. It took an extra day, but it was a dramatic couple of weeks that saw two worthy champions rise to the top of the red clay heap. It was an emotional victory for Maria Sharapova, as she became the first ever woman to complete the career slam (all four major titles) having only won one each time. This was her first … [Read more...]

Roland Garros Women’s Final Preview

Maria Sharapova and Sara Errani will contest the ladies Roland Garros final

By Brodie McPhee The headlines have already been written. Sharapova returns to the number 1 ranking after moving into the Roland Garros final, the one major title she has yet to win. In a sense, the headlines have already been written. A career slam and the number one ranking has a chance to put a book end on wild era of the WTA where players can be slam champions one week and footnotes of a draw … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Sharapova and Nadal Become Roland Garros Favorites

Maria Sharapova holds the Rome trophy after defeating Li Na in three sets

By Brodie McPhee Now the final major clay event before Roland Garros, Rome gave fans an oppurtunity to see their favourite players on a truly slow, traditional surface. On the ATP side, the King returned to the throne as Rafael Nadal once again defeated Novak Djokovic in the final, 7-5, 6-3. Having been rained out on Sunday, the final did not get under way until noon local time on Monday. A … [Read more...]

Week In Review: Madrid

Serena Williams celebrates her first Madrid title over Victoria Azarenka

By Brodie McPhee We have seen hard courts in many colors. The Davis Cup has featured a wide range of colors as far as green and blue to pink. Regardless of this, grass has always been green, and clay has always been red (if you don't include the dusty green ones). The past week tossed up a new varation, blue clay, for the first time. It came from the Madrid tournament, once held on hard … [Read more...]

Week In Review: Clay Season Begins

Juan Monaco after taking the Houston title over John Isner

A quiet week in the tennis world saw four small tournaments take place around the world, three of them on the red clay of spring. Juan Monaco followed up his excellent showing in Miami with a wildcard victory over American John Isner to take the Houston title in three sets. “This is a great moment in my career. I've worked very hard to be here,” Monaco said. “I have the clay-court season … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Miami

Agnieszka Radwanska - 2012 Miami Champion

  The top names in tennis gathered for a second straight week in the United States, this time on the hard courts of Miami. The ATP served up another batch of generally straight forward yet intriguing results, where as the WTA saw the return of some its biggest names. Novak Djokovic has not quite set the tennis world on fire like he did in 2011, where he went undefeated until Roland … [Read more...]

Week In Review: Indian Wells

BNP Paribas Open - Day 14

Another year, another fantastic event held at Indian Wells in California. A record attendance saw a fantastic week and a half of tennis that mixed predictable results with excellent upsets and overall, great drama. While it may not be remembered as so, the highlight of the week has to be the stomach virus that struck not only players, but reporters, ball kids, and other tournament officials. It … [Read more...]

For the WTA, the Future is Now

Petra Kvitova

Serena. Venus. Sharapova. Henin. Clijsters. Davenport. Hingis. In an age where professional women's sport is still all but a dream for some sports, women's tennis has defied the odds. Some of the best players the sport has ever seen have created some of the best tennis on the biggest stages, and in turn, created some of the biggest names that have transcended tennis circles. The personalities, the … [Read more...]

Why Milos Matters

milos raonic 2012

It was just over a year ago that Milos Raonic's meteoric rise and blast of 6 straight wins in Melbourne turned heads in the big time sports media in Canada. It was a winter morning in January where one journalist on TSN's (one of Canada's major sports networks) The Reporters asked another "did you see this coming?" and he aptly replied "honestly? No I didn't." There are a lot of stereotypes … [Read more...]

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