71. The inevitability of ageing

This year’s Australian Open has drawn attention again to the ageing phenomenon in professional tennis. With today’s women’s final being contested by Serena and Venus Williams and tomorrow’s men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, for the first time in the Open era (since 1968) all four members of the principal singles’ finals at…

70. Race to London 2016: All the scenarios

With only the Paris Masters 1000 event left to play before the World Tour Finals in London there are still 2 places up for grabs and as many as 7 players who could yet fill them. Thiem and Cilic are reasonably strong favourites to fill those spots, with Berdych and Goffin closest to benefit from…

69. Novak Djokovic: an underappreciated great

By defeating Andy Murray 10 days ago and in so doing winning the French Open, Novak Djokovic is, as Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim has written, firmly part of the GOAT conversation – the Greatest Of All Time. Despite his dominance for four of the last five years, inclusion of Djokovic in this discussion would have…

40. A Day at the Monte Carlo Masters

I was fortunate enough to get down to Monaco on Thursday for round 3 day at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event. It’s a stunning location, set against the mountains on one side, the sea on the other, and a whole pile of cash in the middle. In that context how could you not take…

39. #AUSrising

Australian men’s tennis is on the up and as successful rankings-wise as it has been in over a decade. Kyrgios may have stolen the spotlight but it is Tomic who has been galvanised. Add in the likes of Duckworth, Kokkinakis and Groth and Australia is indeed resurgent. What started out as #NKrising is most certainly…