The “Sunshine Double” better known as the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments over the last few weeks certainly provided enough compelling storylines and surprise champions. Whether the results in the desert and in South Florida translate into long-term trends for the rest of the season is still very unclear, but it certainly proved that the ATP and WTA – though joined together at these combined events – are on different paths – at least when it comes to dealing with the lack of a dominant player or group of players week in and week out.
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The first week of the French Open is behind us and already we have the match of the tournament. No it is not Gael Monfils and his five set opening round win against Tomas Berdych nor his later five set loss to another Thomas who likes to wear short shorts aka Tommy Robredo. No tennis fans, the match everyone is talking about is simply called “Haasner”. Continue reading
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I don’t know if John Isner has ever walked on a tightrope before, but he might want to get some practice in soon.
It’s been a good couple of months for the big man from Greensboro, N.C. First he beat Roger Federer on clay in Switzerland as part of Isner’s efforts for the U.S. Davis Cup team and then he defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic to reach the finals of Indian Wells. Isner’s wins last weekend over Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the France/USA Davis Cup tie in Monte-Carlo has now made Isner the talk of the tennis world. And with Isner only a hundred points or so away from passing Mardy Fish to become USA’s No. 1 player, the expectation is growing that Isner is going to do something big, maybe really big, this summer. Continue reading
John Isner Wearing Lacoste (Photo Coutesy of Lacoste).
For those watching the Australian Open this week, some may have already caught a glimpse of John Isner and his new look for the 2012 season. LACOSTE recently announced that the company signed a four-year deal with Isner, joining fellow American Andy Roddick who also wears the brand. Continue reading
Without a doubt, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the dominant player for the moment on the ATP Tour, but if one had to pick who the hottest player is, that title would have to go to Mardy Fish who literally became the hottest player after surviving an intense match versus John Isner in the finals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships yesterday that saw both men endure court temperatures of over 150 degrees before Fish finally prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Fish, who won the title in Newport the previous week, is on an roll that even he wouldn’t have expected a year ago. But the question remains, can Fish break through and challenge the likes of Nadal or even Roger Federer this summer on the U.S. hardcourts? Continue reading
Although Andy Roddick will probably be the first to admit he played too passively through most of his shocking five set loss to unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu in the Round of 16 of Wimbledon, more than anything it was Roddick’s inability to make inroads into Lu’s service games at key moments that will haunt the American for some time. Sure Roddick hit a backhand pass winner to break Lu in the first set, but why couldn’t Roddick string together a few more points like that especially when Lu seemed vulnerable in the final games of the fifth set when Lu kept missing first serves? Roddick’s tactics will be debated for some time but this loss, along with the epic win by John Isner last week, proves once again the return of serve is the Achilles heel of U.S. men’s tennis. Continue reading
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After the first announcement a month or so ago that Queen Elizabeth II would be making her first appearance at Wimbledon in over 30 years, rumors swirled over what would happen, who who play in front of her on Centre Court and what it could mean for the sport. And although today’s pomp and circumstance didn’t go off without a hitch as tennis royalty met with HRH briefly before she sat down to watch Andy Murray dismiss Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets, the real drama took place on Court 18 as John Isner and Nicolas Mahut resumed their marathon match in hopes of finding a winner. It’s hard to upstage the Queen of England but a lanky kid from Greensboro, North Carolina may have just done that after winning a match that will engrave his name in the tennis history books forever. Continue reading
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