Is Stan The Man To Stop Djokovic?

Is Stan The Man To Stop Djokovic?

The overwhelming feeling as I watched Wawrinka tear through the field in Rotterdam to reach his first final in almost two years, was joy. This stemmed from having witnessed his recent plight. On the podcast, Catherine described the grim scene in Eastbourne last summer when an ailing Wawrinka was thrashed by an ailing Andy Murray. The Wawrinka we’ve come to know is a force, and he just didn’t appear to have the same strength anymore. But he’s moving freely again now, and the rest of his tennis is beginning to follow.

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Laura Robson: The Long Road Back Starts Here

Laura Robson: The Long Road Back Starts Here

Laura Robson is 25 years old. She is ranked 511 in the world and has not played a competitive match for eight months. Until today. Robson made the trip from Bath, where she had commentated with me on the final rubber of Britain’s run to the Fed Cup World Group 2 play-offs, to Shrewsbury, home of an exceptionally well-run but modest ‘futures’ event for young players trying to make their mark, cobble a living together or come back from injury.

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Day 13: The Australian Open In Pictures

Day 13: The Australian Open In Pictures

I always knew I would enjoy my two weeks in Melbourne Park. I didn’t know I would enjoy it this much. Having spent the fortnight telling you what the Australian Open is like, I thought I’d use this penultimate blog to show you what it’s like. From my viewing points on the Rod Laver Arena, to the Margaret Court Arena, and the outside courts, I’ve included pictures from all to try to convey the differences. Around the grounds there are images that hopefully give you a feel for what ticket-holders get to see, if you have never been here, and the detail that the organisers have gone into.

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Day 8: Higher Stakes, Calmer Days

Day 8: Higher Stakes, Calmer Days

We’ve reached week two, and we’ve reached a fascinating juncture in terms of the changing feel of the tournament. The on-court stakes are intensifying, but the behind-the-scenes workload is actually diminishing. Some journalists have already departed. Fewer people will enter the grounds each day. And the locker rooms will empty dramatically. This same paradox occurs at every tennis event. The matches may be more important, but there are far fewer of them, and as such the day is less hectic.

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