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Emma Raducanu Wows America

What on earth is going on with Emma Raducanu at the US Open?

The 18-year-old Brit was a wildcard at Wimbledon, ranked just 343 in the world. She got to the fourth round, where she finally dropped her first set of the tournament, before retiring against Ajla Tomljanovic with what appeared to be a panic attack — hardly surprising after the intense press and public scrutiny. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end.

And now shes doing the same at the US Open in Flushing Meadows — but even better.  She not only got through three rounds of qualifying, but has now reached the semi-finals without dropping a set. This makes her the first female qualifier in American tennis history to get to the last four. In fact, the scores in those sets have mostly been a breeze – 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 — and , like many people, I  ve been confused as to how this has all been happening.

One thing that seems to have helped her is that her opponents appear to have been riddled with nerves against what now seems to be a carefree youngster. She came out onto the main stadium for her match against the home favourite, Shelby Rogers, smiling and waving at the crowd. And then she breezed through in a 6-2, 6-1 whitewash. Rogers had beaten the number one seed, Ashleigh Barty, in the previous round — so this was pretty unexpected. Read More

Novak Djokovic, the GOAT. Really?


Wimbledon was a fascinating tournament this year, except that it all went out with a bit of a whimper. Matteo Berrettini, the 25-year-old Italian heart-throb, won the initial set at his first Wimbledon Singles Final appearance, polishing off the tie-break with a thunderous serve down the tee. Initially, his opponent seemed a touch nervous. But anyone who thought he was in for a chance at winning the title against Novak Djokovic was dreaming. Novak got his act together and more or less breezed through to the finish line, winning in four sets by 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

Get the Serb on an off-day over the best-of-three sets in a lesser tournament and you might just stand a chance. Dan Evans managed it in Monte Carlo, an event more about the country club’s spectacular scenery and glamorous reputation, where the tennis appears to be somewhat secondary,

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

Novak Djokovic believes players don’t get a big enough cut of the revenue from grand slam tournaments.

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. Read More

Is this the last of Roger Federer?

July 2021

So, Wimbledon 2021 bids farewell to Roger Federer. It was a sad spectacle, really: spraying ground shots, missing easy volleys, being constantly passed and completely outclassed by the Polish player, Hubert Hurkacz, a 6’5” powerhouse whose game belies his gentle and shy nature.

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Naomi Osaka: The shy and sensitive sacrificial lamb

OPINION: Imagine the scenario. Your name is Naomi Osaka, you’re a teenager, playing a Grand Slam final against Serena Williams, the home player, a legend and firm crowd favourite.

You win the drama-filled match and, as you hold the trophy, some twenty thousand fans are booing you. You pull your visor down over your face to hide your tears and try to

block out the deafening jeers. And then you have to make a winner’s speech in front of this hostile crowd.



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US Open 2020


Finally, a Grand Slam event, the first since lockdown, albeit without spectators.

But no Nadal, who was preparing for the French Open on his beloved clay.

And no Federer, who was taking time out to have knee surgery.

So that just left Djokovic out of the top three, and who could beat him, since he hadn’t lost a match this year? Read More

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Novak Djokovic

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With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer choosing not to play, Novak Djokovic decided to travel to New York for the US Open. Here was his golden opportunity to win another Slam and get closer to Federer’s record of 20.

He hadn’t lost a match this year. How could he not win this tournament?





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Elizabeth Dendy OBE – OBITUARY


A Great Figurehead in the Field of Sport for the Disabled

Written for Campden Hill LTC

We are sad to inform you all that Liz Dendy, who was our president from the late 90’s until 2012, died two weeks ago at the age of 90 yrs.


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The US Open Tennis Debacle Waiting to Unfold

The world of professional tennis is in chaos right now.

The US Open grand slam, held over two weeks, is due to start on August 31. It’s going to be a very strange affair. No player entourages, definitely no ballboys handling players’ towels and, most significantly, no spectators. Read More

A Wimbledon Lament

By Katrina Allen

Languedoc Living

So, Wimbledon tennis this year has been cancelled, for the first time since WW2. The decision came late, leaving us all on tenterhooks, but really it was inevitable. Read More

The State of Play



By Katrina Allen

On Wednesday, the French Tennis Federation announced that the French Open was to be moved to September, one week after the US Open. The tournament was due to be held from 18th May.

The Federation made a unilateral decision on this. No discussion with players or any other tennis sports bodies who were, understandably, aggrieved. Read More

Aussie Open 2020

by Katrina Allen

This article first appeared in Languedoc Living

There was some debate as to whether the tournament would actually take place this year. The air was thick with smog from the bushfires during the qualifying, causing problems with breathing and one player even withdrawing part way though her match.

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Claire Fahey the Women’s Real Tennis World Champion – a profile


Have you never heard of Claire Fahey? Well, that’s probably because she’s at the top of the somewhat obscure game of Real Tennis, the predecessor of the sport that we see today at Wimbledon.

Real Tennis was invented in around the 12th century by French monks and the rules are fiendishly complicated.

The balls are hand-made and heavy, rather like a cricket ball but covered in felt. The rackets are not entirely symmetrical and are made of wood. Graphite is banned since the game would simply be too dangerous with those heavy balls.

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US Open Tennis


Rafael Nadal celebrates his fourth US Open victory. (Source: Twitter/@AustralianOpen)

By Katrina Allen

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It was an exciting Slam this year with a lot of close matches, in particular in the women’s event.

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The Trans Debate in Women’s Tennis

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Tennis ‘badly needs consistent policies for trans players’ in top pro events

WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova says she just wants fairness in the transgender sports issue.
WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova says she just wants fairness in the transgender sports issue.

OPINION: Earlier this year, Martina Navratilova, a much-lauded lesbian role model, caused a media storm with her remarks on transgender athletes, saying: “It’s insane and it’s cheating.”

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Equal Prize Money Question in Tennis

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Women’s tennis would benefit from five-set thrillers

When it comes to the slams, the women haven't even been offered the opportunity to play best-of-five. Simona Halep holds the trophy after being too good for Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women's final.
When it comes to the slams, the women haven’t even been offered the opportunity to play best-of-five. Simona Halep holds the trophy after being too good for Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women’s final.

OPINION: At this year’s Wimbledon, the women’s final between Simona Halep and Serena Williams lasted under one hour, ending in a 6-2 6-2 whitewash.

The men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lasted just under five hours in a five set thriller.

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Wimbledon Qualifying

Wimbledon Qualifying

Fever Tree Championships, Queens 2019

Federer and Murray Win Wimbledon Warm-Up Titles


Roland Garros 2019

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It was a reasonably good French Open this year, and although there were some great matches, I wouldn’t call it a hugely memorable one.

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Endless suffering of Andy Murray.

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Endless suffering of Andy Murray raises questions around player welfare


OPINION: Exactly one year ago former world No 1 Andy Murray pulled out of Aussie Open citing a hip injury.

Shortly after, he made a major decision – to have surgery on that hip.

He seemed very positive after the operation, fairly certain that he would make a full recovery and get back to business.

Andy Murray clutches his hip at Queen's in 2018, it has hampered him ever since and hastened his retirement.
Andy Murray clutches his hip at Queen’s in 2018, it has hampered him ever since and hastened his retirement.

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