TENNIS CHEERS AS AZARENKA RETURNS

Victoria Azarenka is back to the game of tennis. After an extended break due to childbirth, the star is back to where it all began.


She was pictured in Belarus at the wall – that was her tennis ‘companion’ – alongside her infant son and a new coach.

The wall is at the tennis facility in Minsk at a small gym. Azarenka trained there a short walk from her parent’s two bedroom apartment. Her mother used to work at the tennis centre so she got the opportunity to train there.

“It was the best hitting partner, because it never misses, never complains, she said.

“I started with 40 kids hitting against the wall, and if you missed, you had to wait five minutes to hit another ball. So you made sure you didn’t miss,” she added, recalling fond memories of the wall. Read more »

WILLIAMS FAVOURITE AT INDIAN WELLS

World number one Serena Williams is set to feature in the Indian Wells when the WTA event begins from March 9-19.


The 2017 Australian Open champion would be lining up against a host of stars but she is clearly the favourite to lift the title. The California desert would be the centre of attraction for the Premier Mandatory event.

The 35-year old would be having a go at the tournament after five weeks when she won in Australia. Her technical and emotional balance works to her advantage, and she would be hoping to make a mark. She boycotted the tournament for over a decade before returning in 2015. She reached the final but lost to an impressive Victoria Azarenka in 2016. She won the singles title in January, beating her sister Venus but she has not played since. Read more »

GORDON REID TO END YEAR AS WORLD NUMBER ONE

Gordon Reid has emerged as the fourth British tennis player to complete 2016 as World’s Number One, following Andy and Jamie Murray and Andy Lapthorne.


Scotland’s Reid beat Stephane Houdet in the semi-finals of the NEC wheelchair masters to verify his status. The 25-year-old, who received singles gold and doubles silver at the Rio Paralympics, gained 6-2 6-1 at the Olympic park in London has this to say:

“It feels incredible to be world number one.

“It has been the best year of my career and to come here in the last tournament of the year and take the number one spot off Stephane shows I have earned it.

“Tomorrow’s final is bonus territory.”

Reid got into his match having only dropped one set in his three round-robin games and he was in super form against the Frenchman, who occupied the pinnacle spot entering the season-finishing occasion. He raced right into a 4-0 lead inside the first set and with Houdet struggling to address his strength and speed; he fast wrapped up victory over the 46-year player. Read more »

Jelena Jankovic backs Professionals

Jelena Jankovic says once the professional career of the players start, they give all the importance to the game only and not to the life in general. It’s all about touring, practicing and competing and in all that, they ignore the dangerous signals their bodies might be sending them.

A while back, Jankovic found herself in a situation where she had been left wondering if she was suffering from cancer because she had been told by a specialist that it might be the case as she had a tumour of abnormal size.

The samples of her blood were taken and were sent to the pathological laboratory to be examined so that it could be confirmed if it indeed was the first stage of cancer. It took about a week or so for the reports to arrive. However, when the reports arrived, she came to know that fortunately it was not cancer and was a tumour of different nature.

Though the period she went through fearing for the worst taught the 26th ranked WTA player how dangerous it can be if one is careless regarding the condition of one’s health and remains ignorant about the body. Read more »

Roger Federer reckons Great Britain looks a more powerful team in comparison to Belgium

Roger Federer reckons Great Britain looks a more powerful team in comparison to Belgium and thus, has a greater chance of clinching the Davis Cup title.

Great Britain and Belgium are going to lock horns in the final tie of the Davis Cup in a couple of days’ time.

According to Federer, Murray is going to be the most important player in the tie and his presence is what has given Team GB the favourites tag,

Speaking on TV the other day, Federer said, “My pick would surely be Great Britain as they’ve got the services of Murray.”

Murray is yet to be beaten in the singles matches in Davis Cup 2015.

Not only has the Scot won his matches, he has been rather dominant against his opponents. He has been widely backed to continue his winning run in the final too.

When Federer was asked which player from the Belgian side, he reckons, would perform well and might give a good fight to Murray, the Swiss maestro, who himself had managed to win the title in 2014 with Switzerland, said, “David Goffin is there. He is someone who has been pretty impressive in the recent times and I believe he would be able to soak in the pressure of the big occasion. He is their top ranked player too. So, there’s going to be a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.” Read more »

Lleyton Hewitt enjoys a lot of support in the Australian Davis Cup camp

It seems Lleyton Hewitt enjoys a lot of support in the Australian Davis Cup camp.

Everyone in that change room respects him and has supported the decision of him being appointed the captain next year.

Currently, it’s Wally Masur who is in charge of the Australian team, but, he is almost certain to be replaced by Hewitt come January.

Hewitt has recently been working with a couple of young Australian players i.e. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios and both of them have been quite impressed with the vast knowledge of the game that the veteran has.

Speaking about him the other day, Kyrgios said, “Lleyton is someone whom I’ve always looked up to. He is such a class act.  He knows a lot about the technicalities of the game. It’s wonderful to talk to him and learn.”

“He has taken some time out of the busy schedule that he has and is helping us which is quite appreciable.”

When asked if Hewitt is going to be his coach for the foreseeable future, the 20-year old said, “Let me make it clear that I have not appointed him as coach. He has been here just to provide some inputs to me and Thanasi. He is also to be given the charge of Davis Cup side. So, being here with us and mentoring, it’s beneficial for him too as he would be able to prepare himself mentally for the leadership role that is coming his way.” Read more »