66. The Estoril Diaries: Day 5

The Estoril Ultimatum Today is quarter finals day in Estoril. The most anticipated match of the day – and probably the week – sees Nick Kyrgios and Borna Coric go head to head for the first time in their careers. Both are part of the ATP’s #NextGen campaign (see here) and this should be the…

65. The Estoril Diaries: Day 4

Following his win over Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of the Millennium Estoril Open in Portugal, I had the opportunity to ask Gilles Simon in his post-match press conference about the distribution of prize money at Wimbledon this year, announced by the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesday. I have produced the transcript…

64. The Estoril Diaries: Day 3

You will know by now that Cleaning the Lines produces data-driven content to bring a small measure of analytical rigour to the world of professional tennis. This week I have been onsite at the Estoril Open in Portugal and have posted daily some data-driven thoughts in what I’ve called The Estoril Diaries. However beautiful I find data…

63. Press – Kyle Edmund – 27.04.2016

27 April 2016 Transcript of Kyle Edmund’s press conference following his singles victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3 7-5; and his doubles victory with Frederico Silva over Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom 6-4 3-6 10-6. [Questions in English only] Q: How do you feel about your clay form after winning two matches in two weeks? Last…

62. The Estoril Diaries: Day 2

On a day when Wimbledon widened the gap in prize money between the haves and the have-nots (see text following the interview), I interviewed Steven Diez, a qualifier here in Estoril, who this year has also had to play Futures tournaments. Grand Slams and ATP events belong to the top tier of men’s professional tennis.…

61. The Estoril Diaries: Day 1

Parked on the edge of Europe with nothing between them and other continents, the Portuguese since the 15th century have historically been explorers. That they have not yet come to dominate professional tennis, one of the few sports with tournaments in each region, cannot accordingly be attributed to a genetic flaw. Happily, though, in terms…