Tennis/Real Tennis

Murray Out! All Eyes on Edmund..

                  Andy Murray Clutching at Hip (photo: Katrina Allen)

So, Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon. It’s sad for him and it’s also sad for those of us who were rubbing our hands in anticipation of what would have been a fascinating match against the Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round. Paire would have been a tricky opponent, having had two match points in a hugely tense final set tie break against Roger Federer in Halle.
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“Bad Boy” Dan Evans is back

Wimbledon Qualifying A Court-Side Special Review

Queen’s Club 2018

Nick Krygios

Novak Djokovic

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Queen’s Club Fever Tree Championships 2018

Has much changed in women’s tennis? Diva Magazine

This article appeared in Diva Magazine in June 2018

Back in 2014, I wrote an article for Diva Magazine about Amélie Mauresmo, a former World No 1 tennis player. She had just been appointed coach to Andy Murray, which rocked the tennis world since it was the first time a woman, let alone a lesbian, had coached a top ten male player. Read More

Andy Murray’s Return to Form..

This article appears on the Wimbledon Debentures website

https://www.wimbledondebentureholders.com/

 

Murray vs Krygios at The Queen’s Club Fever Tree Championships, Tuesday 19 June.

 

Murray vs Krygios a special court-side review

 

https://www.wimbledondebentureholders.com/

Agassi Tips Two American Prospects to Replace Federer and Nadal

This article appeared in Givemesport.com

Rafael Nadal has just won his 11th Roland Garros title at the age of 32.

Roger Federer, at the age of 36, is favourite to win this year’s Wimbledon.

These two players have won all the Grand Slam titles between them since Melbourne last year and appear to be unbeatable.

So, who might be future contenders for those Slam titles?

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French Tennis Open – Roland Garros 2018

This article appeared in LanguedocLiving.com

by Katrina Allen

 

There were two big questions at the start of the tournament this year. Could Novak Djokovic regain his form and test Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay”? And could Serena Williams possibly come back after having had her first child in September and having played only a handful of matches since then?

But the tournament turned out to be far more exciting than that, with some nail-biting matches.

 

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Real Tennis – Day One; Can Camden hang onto his title?

The Queen’s Club, London

24 April 2018

Rob Fahey vs Camden Riviere

DAY ONE

 

A taster – from the previous world championships

Camden Riviere was here to defend his title! Fahey was very much the underdog, mostly due to the considerable age difference. You can train as much as you like but giving away nearly 20 years is a pretty tall order. Read More

Real Tennis – Day 2: Is Rob Fahey down and out?

The Queen’s Club, London

April 2018

Real Tennis World Championship

DAY TWO

 

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For the first day’s report go to Day One

What an extraordinary day’s play!  Rob looked finished at the end of day one where he managed to win the first set and then appeared to run out of steam.

Today, he came out looking fresh and squeezed the first set in a tight 6-5. He then managed to take the second with a real nail-biting 6-4 which made them level at three sets all.

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Seeing is Believing

A Site (sic) for Sore Eyes…

 

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We get beyond our 50’s and start to collect injuries: bad backs, tennis elbow, dodgy knees, and then the eyes start to go. That bit has only hit me in the last few years and it’s depressing. Read More

Watch some incredible real tennis rallies…

 

and a mere club game in Bordeaux! Jacques Pouyot finishes with a winning gallery…

BILLIE-JEAN – My Idol

This article appeared in Tennis Threads, the only printed British tennis magazine.

 

 

 

Billie-Jean King’s name is everywhere at the moment after the film release of ‘Battle of the Sexes’.

Billie-Jean was my idol. As a junior, I modelled my whole game on hers. In fact, I still think of her when I serve. Hers was a loose and languid action.

She attacked, she screamed when she missed a volley, slamming her racket on the net cord followed by a roar of frustration. The British public were shocked at the aggression but she didn’t seem to care.

I had a couple of coaching sessions with her when I was about 13.

She told my parents “she has a nice game”. I nearly fainted.

Our paths crossed a number of times after that. Every time she saw me she’d say ‘how are ya doing? how’s ya game?’ in her American drawl. I began to think I had a double. Surely she didn’t really recognise me. But it was great kudos – my schoolmates would say ‘does she know you?’ ‘Oh yes, we go back a long way, Billie Jean and I’.

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Lower-Ranked Players Need More Support

This post appeared in Stuff.co.nz and The Dominion Post

Novak Djokovic’s call for more money is right one if it goes to lower-ranked players

KATRINA ALLEN

Last updated 09:27, January 20 2018

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OPINION: So, Novak Djokovic called a meeting of players to discuss, well we’re not really sure what exactly … there have been rumours of boycotts, breakaway unions and demands for more prize money.

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Billie-Jean King – the Trailblazer

 This article appeared in Stuff.co.nz and The Dominion Post

 

“We know that homosexuality is a lust of the flesh … they too know this, this is why they want marriage, because it’s self-satisfying…my belief is marriage the bible way.”

“Transgender children are the work of the devil.”

“Tennis is full of lesbians.”

These are just a few quotes from Margaret Court, senior pastor and former Australian world No1 tennis player, in response to the country’s vote in November, on same-sex marriage.

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Former tennis great Margaret Court whose comments on homosexuality have prompted calls for a name change for Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena.

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Borg vs McEnroe – the film

 

You Cannot Be Serious

 

Has there ever been a good film about tennis?

John McEnroe thinks not.

 

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The trouble with films about tennis is that most actors just can’t play the game.

“Players” and “Wimbledon” were both murdered by hopeless attempts to look like proper players. McEnroe had a walk-on part in “Players” and regretted it, saying that tennis films were always terrible. Read More

NextGen Opening Ceremony

My friend Scott Barclay’s article on that disgraceful opening ceremony. The organisers have apologised but what were they thinking?

http://bit.ly/2hRBT9W

BABY FED.

So, Dmitrov (a.k.a Baby Fed) finally won a major title at 02 last night.

What took him so long? Girls, apparently. Lots of them. His performances off the court clearly affected his performances on it. The most high profile one was, of course, Sharapova. When asked what attracted him to her he said, “well, she’s tall and she’s blonde. What else would you want?” Err, brains, or humour maybe?? My opinion of him plummeted. Read More

Wimbledon Tennis 2017

by Katrina Allen

This article appeared in  LanguedocLiving  July 2017

Usually, I’m really sad when Wimbledon finishes but this year I was particularly sad, and not for the usual reasons. Read More

Halle Tennis Tournament, June 2017.

This article first appeared on Campden Hill LTC  Website, May 2017.

Halle (The Gerry Weber Open) Tournament, Katrina Allen

Have you been lucky enough to see the sublime Roger Federer play live? This time last year, I hadn’t, and was pretty desperate to do so before he retired.

And then I came across William Skidelsky’s book ‘Federer and Me, a Story of an Obsession’. It’s a brilliant read, both funny and informative but, best of all, in his chapter about the German tournament in Halle, he revealed how I might realise my dream. For this is where Federer plays his Wimbledon warm-up and where he has a lifetime contract (so there’s no chance of seeing him at the rival tournament at Queen’s). And, unlike Queen’s, there’s a sliding roof so play is guaranteed in the main stadium where they naturally schedule all his matches. Read More