London 2012: India's Tennis Prospects for the Olympics [Review]

on April 22 2012 11:49 PM
London 2012: India's Tennis Prospects for the Olympics [Review]

They are the prime medal prospects for India in London. But forget about the medal, now their chance to have a place in the summer Olympics is in complete disarray.

With the June 11 deadline for naming the doubles pairings for the Olympics fast approaching, it is not sure whether Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza will be able to take the London flight this July.

For Sania, it is sheer bad luck, but for the rest of the two, it is lack of consistency, battle of ego and internal politics.

Paes and Bhupathi began their clay season last week at Monte Carlo Masters.

Unseeded Serb-Swiss combination of Viktor Troicki and Stanislas Wawrinka stunned the sixth seeded Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in the second round on Wednesday.

It took just 56 minutes for the hot favourite Indian pair to go down in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Rated at number six in the ATP World Doubles Rankings, the Indian duo utterly failed to put up a fight.

Paes, pairing with Radek Stepanek won their first match 6-3, 6-3 against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Eduardo Schwank.

But the fifth seed pair lost to top seed Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-2, 6-0.

Nadal Thrashes Djokovic to Remain the King of Monaco

on April 22 2012 3:10 PM
Nadal Thrashes Djokovic to Remain the King of Monaco

It was expected that the king of clay may prevail again, but the one-sided story of just 1.19 hours is not anticipated at all.

Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for an eighth consecutive year with a comprehensive 6-3 6-1 victory over Novak Djokovic.

The 25-year-old is now unbeaten at Monaco in 42 matches. Nadal, who becomes the first player to win 20 Masters, did not drop a set this week in Monte Carlo.

After loosing his previous seven finals against the world No 1, Nadal was in control from the start. It is also Nadal's first title since his French Open triumph last year, making him the clear favorite to conquer Roland Garros again.

Djokovic won the first game of the match to love, but slowly lost control at the cliffside club on the shores of the Mediterranean.

From the moment Nadal broke him in the third game of the match, the result seemed one sided.

In contrast, Djokovic, who has lost his grandfather last Thursday, struggled to find a rhythm, making 25 unforced errors to just 11 winners.

TENNIS NEWS: Federer Closing in on Nadal [ATP Rankings]

on April 17 2012 7:34 AM
TENNIS NEWS: Federer Closing in on Nadal [ATP Rankings]

Though there are not many changes to the current ATP rankings, Roger Federer is closing in on Rafael Nadal at the No. 2 spot.

Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, is just 335 points away from Nadal, who holds second place with 9215 points in ranking, as of Monday.

Nadal is definitely in an advantageous position at the No. 2 spot, while fighting for his eight-straight Monte Carlo Masters title this week at Monaco.

Federer has withdrawn from the Monte Carlo tournament, as the Swiss star has taken a break from the game. He will return to action at the Mutua Madrid Masters next month at the Park Manzanara in Spain.

Nadal needs to win the championship this week to secure his No. 2 spot in the ATP rankings. The journey will not be easy for the Spaniard, as he is bothered by knee ailments.

Nadal, who has not won a tournament for 10 months and has lost to Novak Djokovic in seven successive finals said, "It's OK now, I need time to see how it is at the top level, to run without thinking about the knee, when I put all my pressure on the knee. It's the start of the clay-court season for me, and hopefully it will work well.

Nadal - Djokovic: World's Best Players to Duel at Santiago Bernabeu This Summer

on April 11 2012 3:37 PM

History will be made on July 14 when the two best tennis players in the world meet at one of the most renowned sports venues in Europe.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square off on a tennis court at Santiago Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid, to raise funds for the Real Madrid Foundation and Rafa Nadal Foundation, both of which benefit disadvantaged children.

It will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Los Blancos.

Organizers hope the event at the 80,000-seat stadium will break the world record for attendance for a tennis match set last year when 35,681 fans watched Serena Williams play Kim Clijsters in Brussels.

"The objective of this exhibition match is to set a spectator record for a game of tennis, exceeding 80,000," the nine-time European champions said on their Web site. 

Nadal, an ardent Madrid fan who tries to attend as many matches as possible, is thrilled to be taking part in the historic event.

On his Facebook page, Nadal posted: "Back to practicing, very happy because the Rafa Nadal Foundation's event has been confirmed at Bernabeu!"

The State of Tennis

on April 10 2012 1:03 PM
The State of Tennis

Tennis, especially American tennis, is coming off a good weekend.

The U.S. Davis Cup team won 3-2 in Monte Carlo against France; Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova 6-0 6-1 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. for her 40th title; and several tennis dignitaries were rolling Easter eggs on the White House Lawn.

What is the state of tennis?