I am so excited about the Fed Cup Final this weekend. I mean, just look at this line-up…
Let’s look at the head-to-heads: Ivanovic-Safarova: 2-3; Jankovic-Kvitova: 0-1; Ivanovic-Kvitova: 3-1; Jankovic-Safarova: 5-1
Lucie Safarova, Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic. All of them are awesome in their own unique and special ways. I mean what could possibly go wrong?
Okay, so the truth is that a lot could go wrong. And I mean A LOT.
“I beat the Olympic champion, US Open champion. I beat Andy Murray. Unbelievable feeling for me. Still, I have the feeling that in a few minutes I’m going to wake up and it will all be gone.” – Jerzy Janowicz A name. That’s all Jerzy Janowicz was to me before this week: a name. […]
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But we need to talk.
The WTA year is technically already over. How do I know that? Well, the WTA Year End Championships featuring the top players on tour has already been completed. A Champion has been crowned. All that is supposed to be left is Fed Cup, a team competition. Then… off-season!!
BUT NO. There’s more. Let’s look at your website:
Recent news reports from Australia have Bernard Tomic in the headlines, and not for anything he’s done on a tennis court. The reason? Naked rooftop wrestling. No, we’re not kidding. There’s even a video of it.
This got us thinking, what does the future hold for Bernard Tomic in the ATP? Welcome to the inaugural Changeover Chats, a quick back and forth between the writing staff at The Changeover.
How do you lose a match in which you were up a set and a break…without losing a single game in the process?
That’s the question Novak Djokovic might be asking himself today.
We know certain things about the WTA top three in 2012 — Victoria Azarenka was virtually unstoppable on hard courts, Maria Sharapova was unusually great on clay, and Serena Williams was undefeated on grass.
But we can take that one step further by examining the composition of their rankings. What percentage of their total ranking points was accumulated on each surface?
And now for something completely different: the first installment of Changeover Music! Here we let loose on our dream of being the stadium DJs during tennis matches. Of course, nobody will hire us. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is playing Julien Benneteau in Paris today. Hence, we have to go with a French band, right? And why not […]
Stan Wawrinka is one of the best tennis players to follow on twitter. If you don’t follow him yet, please do so now. He especially shows his sense of humor through his RTs. Below are some of my favorites.
(All tweets below are real and were indeed RTed by @stanwawrinka himself. You can fact check me on that one.)
The Valencia Final started two hours after the very eventful Basel final got underway, and at the same time as the very significant women’s final in Istanbul was starting. Basel and the WTA Championships had the big names, so Valencia received very little attention. Which is unfortunate, because it ended up being quite a fascinating final.
The point I want to make with the picture above is simple: Alexandr Dolgopolov could have very well spoiled the Ferrer-Ferrero-Valencia Bromance on Sunday and ended up with the trophy. He had clear opportunities to do so, and at 3-all in the 3rd set, he was looking like the better player. The upset seemed quite plausible.
You guys, Julien Benneteau is just awesome.
He’s awesome at tennis. When he’s on his game, the enigmatic Frenchmen effortlessly prances around the court, hitting winners at will.
He’s awesome at being dramatic. All Benneteau matches are like HBO mini-series. I’ve seen him shake hands with his opponent and take a bow after the second point of the match, yell at fans on the sidewalks through the fence and wind screens for being too loud, and sit on a match-time clock and refuse to move until an umpire changed a ruling.