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Davis & Fed Cup Finals Preview: Immortality Awaits




There is nothing to compare with the passion and patriotism of team tennis. Grand slam events may come close, but in terms of atmosphere, the Davis and Fed Cups reach a higher level of national pride, where immortality awaits the winners. Who could forget the atmosphere in which Andy Murray triumphed last year in the decisive rubber to secure an historic Davis Cup title for Great Britain for the first time in 79 years?

Can Argentina Make Their own History?

Argentina have the opportunity to make their own lasting impression on the competition, and win the Davis Cup for the first time ever. They will certainly have a mountain to climb in the final up against Croatia, especially as the tie is being staged in Zagreb, which is expected to be a hostile atmosphere for the Argentinians.

Croatia won the Davis Cup back in 2005, but they will have to beat an Argentinian team currently ranked second in the world, and led by their talisman Juan Martin del Potro. An absolute colossus in their semi-final victory against Great Britain, he performed like an absolute titan in his singles victory against British ace, Andy Murray.

The Davis Cup final takes place in the Arena Zagreb Stadium from November 25th-27th. For the first time ever, Croatia are hosting the final, and with home advantage, the bookies have them as firm favourites at 4/7.

When it comes to sports betting strategy, punters clearly need to look for value. Here, that value seems to be in backing Argentina, at 11/8 with SunBets. They were victorious away from home in their semi-final and they can certainly repeat that feat again.

Can the Czech Juggernaut be Stopped?

Meanwhile the final of the premier women’s team event takes place on 12-13th November. The Fed Cup Final features the hosts France who take on hot favourites, the Czech Republic. The only case we can make for a French victory is that they are playing in front of what will surely be a supportive home crowd.

Will that be enough to stop the favourites? The confident Czechs are priced at just 2/9, with France at 11/4, and the Czech team is certainly an imposing one. They have strength in depth with an abundance of talent, and have won the Fed Cup four times within the past five years. This is also a team well accustomed to winning on foreign soil and facing partisan crowds.

The Czech team captain Petr Pala has named a strong line-up for the final in Strasbourg. Three of their players are currently in the top twenty of the women’s world rankings and the team are ranked first in the world by some considerable margin.

We’d be looking at an upset if France overcame the odds to win this tie. But before you rush to place your bets, one fact worth remembering is that the French team are ranked second in the world, so write them off at your own peril.

Table Tennis For Beginners

Table tennis is a fantastic sport to get into. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get started, and it’s a great way to bond with your friends. Whether you’re hoping to join the professional ranks or you want to play for fun, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. You’re going to need to know the rules and how to play, though. It’s time to walk you through the basics of table tennis.

If you’re familiar with regular tennis, you’re already at a great advantage. Table tennis shares many familiarities with its bigger brother, including the layout of the playing surface. Although you’re playing on a small table, there’s a net in the middle, and you need to bounce the ball on your opposition’s side. As in regular tennis, you can’t allow the ball to bounce two times on your own side, either. It doesn’t matter where you hit the ball, as long as it lands on the opposition’s side of the table.


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You can play the game with two or four players. Doubles is much harder for obvious reasons, so you might want to stick to singles competition while you get used to the sport. Point scoring is done on a traditional basis, with the first person to reach 11 points winning the game. You can have as many games as you like within a single match, and most choose to go for five or seven-game matches depending on how much time they have.

The table tennis bat is small, and you’ll have to take some time to figure out how it works. The ball is also very bouncy, so you’ll probably find that your first few shots will go way off target. It’s all about practice when you’re still learning. The more you play, the more you’ll understand how to play your shots. As you get really good, you can start learning how to spin the ball and throw your opponent off guard. That’ll take time, though. For now, stick to the basics.


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While you’re still getting used to the game, you’re going to want to play as much as you can. Table Tennis Hire is a popular option for those who want to get a lot of practice in. You can hire tables for loads of other reasons as well, such as hosting a tournament with your mates. If you’re looking to take your table tennis hobby to the next level, look for local competitions in your area. You’ll find teachers who are willing to train, and competitors who are of an identical skill level to you. They’re normally cheap to enter, and all you’ll need is your own bat.

Table tennis is a great sport that will help you make friends as well as challenge yourself and have fun doing so. It’s completely non-violent and can be played pretty much anywhere. It won’t break the bank, so anyone can get involved if they’re interested. You’ve picked a great choice, so get out there, start practicing and enjoy yourself!


What Wimbledon 2015 Tells Us From The Rest of The Tennis Year


Wimbledon is done and dusted for another year and although it was not a great year for British tennis fans, it was nevertheless a great tournament for tennis fans – even if the end results were not particularly surprising.  With both the woman’s number one Serena Williams and men’s number one Novak Djokovic hammering the opposition to pick up wins, it serves as a good indicator for how the rest of the year will go.  In the following article we look at Wimbledon’s affects on the rest of the year.

Who Can Stop Sensational Serena?

While a great thing for the individual and the record books, it is never really surprising when one of the favourites wins one of the major tournaments of the year.  However, when the winner is Serena Williams and you factor in the fact that she is now 33 and after a few bad years seems to be in as good a form as she has ever been; you have to wonder, who can actually stop her?

She currently holds all 4 of the major titles, Wimbledon, US, Australian and French.  If she retains the US Open title later in the year, and judging by her performance this year so far it seems likely, she will have the distinction of holding all four titles within the same calender year.  This is the second time in her long and intriguing career that she has achieved what has been christened as the “Serena Slam”.  She managed to win the French despite suffering from illness throughout the competition and there were only a few minor upsets and wobbles at the All England Club, mainly thanks to her thrilling match with the Brit Heather Watson.

Djokovic Is No Joke

Although Novak Djokovic has already missed his chance to achieve a calendar Slam, as he messed up at the final of the French Open, he still has the opportunity to play out 2015 with three of the four.  It seemed to be touch and go for the world number one though, during the 2nd set of the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer and he even lost some of his unaffected coolness.  He slammed his racket down and was clearly riled up and rattled by the Swiss legend.  However, doing what he done best, he pulled back the game and crushed Federer in the final two sets to win Wimbledon for a third time.  If his performance continues to shine as it has done, he will be more than prepared to make the finals and win at the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Are Nadal And Federer Yesterday’s News?

It was another bad year for the Majorcan Rafael Nadal as he was sent packing in an early round by Dustin Brown.  It seems that the so-called king of clay is no longer finding his mojo on his favourite surface of grass either.  It seems as if his long standing injuries are starting to really impede his performances.  Along with Nadal and despite the fact he does actually win things, there are big questions over whether Roger Federer can continue to be a formidable opponent.  In his early 30’s it is likely that he only has a couple of years or so left before he retires.

With the above in mind you may be able to put your money to good use by betting on one of the favourites, especially if it is Djokovic or Williams.

History and Origin of Wimbledon


While the final hot moments of “The Championships” of Wimbledon for 2015 is over for this year on the centre court, we would like to take you back to memory lane to discover the history and origins behind this century old top tennis tournament that is considered as one of the most awaited sporting event worldwide. This tournament which gathers the world’s best tennis players, is held annually for a period of 2 weeks from late June until early July, marking the beginning of summer in Britain. Though it does not last for a longer period, as we reckon you would have fancied, you may still enjoy the experience of Wimbledon throughout the year at Spin and Win casino with Winbledon Slot. You can show your best aces on the tennis themed 5 reels 25 payline Winbledon slot, where you will discover features such as Bonus Round, Free Spins, and Expanding Wild that could uncover great prizes.

Wimbledon is the oldest and by far the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Its name is derived from the suburb of Wimbledon in south west London, where it has been held since the year 1877, when the very first tournament was played 138 years ago and won by 27 year old Spencer William Gore. Wimbledon has been held since its creation at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and it is the only one out of the four Grand Slam tennis tournament to be played on grass. Until 1882, various sporting activities were held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, when it was decided that Lawn Tennis would be only activity of the club, thereafter.

The first Wimbledon Championship had only one event, which was the Gentleman’s Single, unlike today’s tournament which include five major events, namely the men’s single and double matches, the women’s single and double matches, and the mixed doubles. The first final won by Spencer Gore against his opponent William Marshall lasted only 48 minutes, and it was played in front of a crowd of 200 people, who paid a shilling each to attend this premiere tennis event. During the infancy stage of lawn tennis, basic homemade equipment were used by players who had imprecise strokes, as no top of the range rackets were available during that period.

1915 to 1918 and 1940 to 1945 were the two period of time when no Wimbledon tournaments were held because of the First and Second World Wars respectively, however the game still grew in popularity over time. The very first Women’s Singles tennis event was held in 1884 and won by Maud Watson, and in the same year the Gentlemen’s Doubles event was also introduced. In 1967, the Wimbledon Tournament made history when this event happened to be the first broadcast to ever be televised in colour. As you may have noticed, upon completion of the five major competitions, the winners are presented with the traditional Wimbledon trophies.

The traditional serving Strawberry and Creams at the Winbledon Championships began in 1953 and 1970 respectively, and the two have since become an essential part of the tournament traditions!

Love Forty: How To Up Your Tennis Game When You’re Approaching Middle Age

A lot of people start to reduce the amount of sport that they play between the ages of thirty and forty. Let’s be honest, it can get a little embarrassing huffing and puffing around a football field while getting skinned by somebody half your age. However, there’s no need to give up altogether, especially when there are sports like tennis around.

If you want to know more about the sport of tennis, make sure that you read our guide to why it’s such a great game to take up. It’s fun, frenetic, and at an amateur level technique has as much to do with your success as your speed. In short, it’s the perfect game to take up as you reach your middle age. For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume you already have the basics and want to improve your fitness, form and function on the court – so read on to find out how to do it.



Get fitter

Tennis is a game of explosive power, quick reaction times, and technique. We’ll look into technique in a moment, but for now we’ll concentrate on power and speed. The quicker you can move around the court, the easier it will be to play the game well, so a good range of plyometrics exercises and cardio will do you the world of good. In terms of power, make sure that you are spending time strengthening your core. This will improve your balance and movement around the court and give you a little more strength when positioning yourself for your returns. There’re some great ideas for tennis exercises over at The Telegraph to get you started.

Join a club

For a game that most people consider one-on-one, tennis is a surprisingly sociable sport. And it’s eve more so if you join a club. Find a tennis club in your area and you will find a lot of support and a healthy bit of competition that will keep you sharp. There will be temptations there, of course – but once you reach middle age, we think you’ve done enough to earn a drink at the bar afterwards. However, the main reason for joining a club is that you will meet so many more experienced people than you that you can watch and learn from. And, if you want to iron out your technique, it’s the best place for you to be.


Don’t be afraid of entering competitions. Competing in any sport makes things far more interesting, but more importantly, it helps your game improve. Don’t forget that you will learn far more from being beaten than you will from winning – just like anything else in life. If you have joined a club, then there may be competitions open to you, but if there aren’t, why not start one yourself? All you need is a couple of umpires, a charity to back, and a few tennis trophies to get started. The result? Your own competition – for a great cause – that a lot of people will want to get involved in. There comes a time in life when most sports when competition just isn’t viable anymore – unless you are super fit – but tennis doesn’t have those restrictions. Let’s face it, we all love competitive sport – it’s more than half the reason most of us play any sport. And, of course, it will improve your game.


The US Open 2015 – This Year’s Predictions


With all the action at the All England Club complete and eyes firmly set on the hard court season and the US Open, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on the expectations of the fourth and final major of the year. There are some intriguing names expected to triumph at the tournament this year, with the primary target being to challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who is hoping to wrap up all four grand slams in her home country this month.

There’s no doubt the two world number ones mentioned above will elevate themselves to new heights with consecutive grand slam victories and both have their own incentives. Djokovic is now level with the likes of Agassi, Lendl and Connors on the list of all-time major winners for instance. Here are some of the early predictions for the upcoming US Open.

Serena to Achieve the Perfect Season

Serena has already won the three other majors of the year and she will win her 22nd slam this month if she proves victorious at the US Open. That will leave her level with Steffi Graf at the top of the leader board in the open era. It’s a huge amount of pressure to have on your shoulders but is there anyone better suited to handling it than Serena?

Wimbledon was her 21st slam and she’s in what many would describe as the form of her life right now. She is a huge favourite to claim another slam this month and make even more history.

Harrison Will Reach the Third Round

Ryan Harrison isn’t quite the name on everyone’s lips just yet but the America, who is considered the next big thing in his homeland, could use the US Open to breakthrough. Unfortunately, he has struggled on court in recent times with injuries and this has led many to discard him at this early stage in his career.

However, his form is improving and there’s no better time to prove yourself to the crowd and show what you’re made of. He’s No.27 in the rankings at the moment and has told VICE sports that he’s “getting better”. Keep an eye on this home favourite this year as he could well be the surprise package.

We’ll Have a Different Men’s Champion to Last Year

It’s a bit harsh on Marin Cilic really, who worked incredibly hard to fight his way to the US Open title last time round but with the likes of Djokovic and Federer in particular playing incredible tennis and both Murray and Nadal searching for springboards back into form on the hard court, it could be tough for the Croat who upset both Federer and Berdych last year.

He’s been injury plagued this year as well and fell at the quarters to Djokovic at Wimbeldon. He’s lost nearly half of his matches this year and that could well mean that he’ll fall short at the US Open this month.

Coco Vandeweghe to Continue Improving

Another 23-year old American with bags of talent, Vandeweghe could be America’s biggest hope this year in terms of breakthrough acts. At Wimbledon she was excellent; especially considering it was her breakthrough tournament.

It took an in-form Maria Sharapova to stop her and she’s reached No.32 in the world rankings. Hard courts suit her game, so this could be the perfect platform to compete for a noticeably high finish at the US Open.

Nadal and Federer Will Face Each other

Could this finally be the year that the two powerhouses of tennis over the last decade will face each other at the US Open. They’ve competed tirelessly for so many years yet failed to compete against each other in America, so could this be the year our predictions come true? If they do, it would seem Federer would be the monumental favourite with Nadal struggling on his comeback from injury.

He fell early on to Dustin Brown at Wimbledon and was seeded a measly 6th at the All England Club. American tennis fans cross their fingers regardless as both players will be keen to pit themselves against each other once more.

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Wimbledon – What it Takes to Become a Grand Slam-Winning Tennis Player

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You are likely to be one of many inspired tennis enthusiasts keen to pick up a racquet after viewing Wimbledon this year, in which case you’ll probably have an eye on your future in this wonderfully popular, competitive and enjoyable sport. Wimbledon came to a cracking finish mid-June this year with Novak Djokovic retaining the crown thanks to a four-set win over the man dubbed the greatest of all time, Roger Federer.

Modern day tennis has incorporated a number of specific skills that have been pushed to a whole new, unimaginable level thanks to the advanced skill levels associated with players such as Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray.

The game is no longer down to specific enhancements in speed, agility or power and instead concentrated on exceptional ability in all of these skill groups. The very best tennis players will serve 130+ on occasion; possess the agility to glide across the court, the consistency to hit baselines regularly and the precision to hit match-winning shots even in the most disadvantageous of circumstances.

This is an accurate definition of current Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who possesses the ability to maintain incredible mental strength that allows for optimal results in every skill set. Some would say that reaching the daunting heights of Novak Djokovic’s level is incredibly unrealistic for a newcomer, but there’s no doubting what he would say to that.

Everyone starts out somewhere and with enough commitment to the sport, an enthusiastic tennis fan with an eye for the game and enough commitment to the cause can fulfil their potential and become very good players.

It’s a bit too early to start thinking about facing the likes of Novak and co. on centre court, but here are some helpful tips you can use to get your dreams of becoming a professional tennis player started!

Practicing Regularly

Practice is the only way you will get better at anything. In order to start competing and facing up to some of the many others who are hoping to compete, you will have to develop your talent as a player. It is believed that the amount of time it takes to become an expert in a sport is around 5 years. You should be looking to enjoy the time you spend practicing, so take your time with it and introduce a training schedule that will help you to improve.

Find a Mentor or Coach

There is only so much you can learn on your own when it comes to practicing. A trainer or mentor can help you to identify which areas of your game need strengthening the most and also guide your training regime so that you don’t get too lenient with yourself! If you’re hoping to become a pro, you might need to pay for a top coach with an exceptional history of developing talented tennis players.

Start Competing

Competing doesn’t necessarily mean jumping into national tournaments etc. Instead, consider joining a tennis club that incorporates players of similar age groups who are also looking to improve their game. Most tennis clubs will include players who are incredibly well trained and have been playing for many years and, even though you may lose more regularly than you win, you will learn far more from someone with advanced skill levels.

Wimbledon is a true inspirer of up-and-coming tennis professionals and is almost certainly the home of professional tennis. If you enjoyed the coverage of Wimbledon this year and feel rather sad to see it end for another year, don’t be afraid to pick up a racquet and head to the courts. There are plenty of opportunities out there for you!

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Your Guide to Taking Up Tennis

People are always looking for new ways to get fit, but one sport that is often overlooked is tennis. It’s a lot of fun to play and gives you a vigorous workout though, so why not try it out?


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Learn the Rules

To an outsider with no knowledge of the sport, the rules of tennis can seem pretty complex and confusing. But when you sit down and make the effort to learn them, they sink in pretty quickly. There are games, sets and matches. Men usually play to the best of 5 sets, and women to the best of 3.

The best way to get to grips with the point scoring system and the zones of the court, you should start watching as many tennis matches as possible. You’ll quickly pick up all the intricacies when you’re watching the professionals do their thing. Watching matches can also help you develop a passion for the sport.

Get the Right Gear

Before you hit the court, you’re going to have to get the right gear. Let’s start with the basic things. You’ll need a sturdy tennis racket and a bear of good shoes to begin with. You don’t want to be spending too much on the racket yet though, you don’t know if you’re going to like playing tennis yet.

When playing tennis, there’s no strict dress code. A t-shirt and shorts will do fine, the professionals often wear white, but you don’t need to follow that convention. As long as the clothes are comfortable they’ll do. Some embroidered headbands and sweatbands for your wrists are also options to consider.

Find People to Play Against

To start with, it’s best to play the game against people who are new to the sport like you. You want to be facing people of a similar ability, or it might get boring after a while. That’s why joining a local tennis club is often a good idea, there’ll be people of all abilities there for you to match up against.

It’s important to feel the social benefits of tennis, it’s not all about getting fit and learning a skill. It’s also a great way to meet new people and make new friends. If there isn’t a tennis club in your local area, you could think about setting one up and advertising it in the local community.

Take Lessons if You Want to go Further

Once you have the basics understood, and you have a bit of experience on the court under your belt, you might want to take the next step. If you want to do this, you could consider joining a more intermediary tennis club or hiring a personal tennis coach to boost your set of skills.

A tennis coach might be quite expensive to hire, but if you want to take up the sport seriously, it’s definitely something worth considering. There’s no better way to improve your tennis skills quickly than having one on one tuition with someone who really knows what they’re talking about.

Playing tennis is a great way to get in better shape and meet new people, so don’t hesitate in picking up our racket!


Ideas For Sports You Could Take Up

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Nowadays it is important to maintain fitness. One of the best ways that you can get fit and healthy is to take up sports of some kind. There are so many ways to observe a healthy lifestyle these days. You can focus on dieting. There are all sorts of crash diets that you can use for quick weight loss. But these are often unsustainable because once you stop them you end up putting weight back on. Instead, just try to keep a healthy and balanced daily diet, and you should reap the benefits.

You can also go to the gym, workout and maintain a keep fit regime. This is effective but can be hard work and is not always enjoyable. It can also be expensive joining gyms, and you may not always have time in your busy schedule to go. So the best way, to make sure that you keep fit and healthy on a weekly basis, is to take up some kind of sport.

Sport is often inexpensive and can work wonders at getting you in shape. One of the best parts about sport as well is that it is a social activity. Whether you play an individual sport or a team sport there will be opportunities for social interaction. Clubs will have other member and teams will include team mates. This is a great way for you to make new friends with like-minded people whilst also keeping fit and entertaining yourself.

Sport also brings out creativity and a healthy competitive edge. It also illustrates to us the importance of teamwork and perseverance. Another thing it does is to help you deal with success and failure. These are important life lessons and playing regular sport helps you to learn and understand these lessons. You can then apply them in real life.

Making a decision about what sport you want to take up is a decision that you should be serious about. It is important to enjoy the sport above all. As a result, you need to pick something that you have an interest in. Try to think about picking something you’re good at as well as this will help with the enjoyment factor.

There are all manner of sports that you can think of taking up. Some will depend on your age. Most will depend on your resources, your location and your interests. Here are some sports that you might want to think about taking up:


Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is a multi-billion pound global sport and franchise one of the most lucrative sports in the world. Soccer is easy to take up as a sport, and all you will need is a soccer ball. You can play on the street, on the beach or on a field. Soccer is usually played as part of a team, though there is no reason you can’t play or practice on your own.

You should think about joining a local soccer team in your area. This will give you the opportunity to interact with other like-minded players. You will be able to develop your skills for the sport and increase your social opportunities with other people. You may even find that you develop a talent for the sport.

If you are going to join a soccer team, then you might want to enquire about team insurance. Sports Cover Direct can help provide you with quotes for insurance to cover accidents or loss of equipment.


One of the best sports to take up as an individual is tennis. Tennis is not a team sport so can be played and enjoyed solo. Tennis is a popular sport and has four Grand Slam tournaments that receive millions of viewership. Wimbledon is the biggest of these tournaments and draws massive attendance each year.

You could join a local tennis club and take coaching lessons. You can also play matches against other members of the club. Some tennis clubs are quite high profile. Many contain courts made of several different surfaces including carpet, clay and hard court.

Tennis is an active and fitness oriented sport. After playing tennis for a while, you should find yourself feeling fitter and healthier. The basic equipment and gear that you will need for tennis will often be just shorts, a t-shirt and trainers. These are often supposed to be white though not always. Some clubs may have specific rules about dress codes, but others may be more relaxed.

The biggest expense with tennis is likely to be the rackets, which can be quite expensive. Though it is possible to get ahold of some good tennis rackets for inexpensive prices. You just need to shop around to find the best option for you.

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Cycling is an attractive sport to take up as it is multifunctional as well as being one that you can do as an individual. You might decide to take up cycling in a competitive way, or you might just want to cycle as a hobby.

The great thing about cycling is that it is not confined to simply being a sport or leisure activity. You can use a bicycle in day to day life. You can cycle to the shops or your job as well as cycling to keep fit. In this sense, you kill two birds with one stone because you keep fit and use the bike as a method of transport.

It is also a free means of travel, saving you money on petrol or rail fares and also helping protect the environment at the same time.


A great sport to take up as an individual is swimming. Swimming is inexpensive, fun and great for keeping fit. You will find that swimming is great for cardio, as well as for building up muscle groups.

You should think about joining a local swimming club if you want to get serious about the sport. If you just want to go as a casual swimmer then your local leisure centre is the best bet. Swimming is not expensive, and you can choose to swim in a recreational or competitive sense.

All you need for swimming is swimwear and the capacity to want to swim. Start off with a few visits to the local swimming baths and see how you take to the whole swimming process. If you develop a keen interest or talent, then you might think about joining the club on a permanent basis.

Tennis – A Look Back at the Men’s Game in the Four Slams

Tennis – A Look Back at the Men’s Game in the Four SlamsTennis is another of my favourite sports and one that I actually began having lessons in recently.  I love the sound, the display of force, finesse and out and out skill and it is just something I have always loved watching – particularly Wimbledon.  I think I first took notice of tennis when Roger Federer started appearing in the news more and started making a name for himself as arguably the best player who is still playing the sport.

Therefore, the most interesting times for me throughout the year are when the opens take place in Australia, France, UK and America.  On the following page I wanted to give my recap of each tournament and what I enjoyed.

Australian Open 2014

The tennis year, as always, began in January with the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne.  At the start of the tournament, there was one name on everyone’s lips with respect to the men’s game – Novak Djokovic.  Djokovic was coming into the 2014 slam with the prospect and hope of winning a 5th overall and 4th consecutive Australian Open title.  Given the Serbian powerhouse’s performance over the last few years, it was not surprising.  However, there was a glimmer of hope that Rafael Nadal would be back on form after being injured the previous year.

Djokovic showed himself to be an unstoppable force as he reached the semi-finals and faced the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.  However, he lost after Wawrinka put on a glorious display that would rival his fellow Swiss Federer.  Nadal on the other hand was looking good, shaky but good but wasn’t enough to defeat Wawrinka, who became 2014’s Australian Open winner.

French Open 2014

Next on the tennis calendar was the French Open which took place at Roland Garros in May.  Again there was really on two names on everyone’s lips with regards to the men’s draw – Nadal and Djokovic.  Nadal came into the tournament as the 4 time defending champion and obviously everyone was interested in whether he could win it yet again. This time around, it was a more straight forward affair, and although Djokovic put up a good challenge against Nadal in the final, Nadal won his 9th French Open title and 14th slam.

Wimbledon 2014

Obviously when the words Wimbledon come to mind, as a Brit, it is hard not to think of one man – Andy Murray and tensions and hopes were high as the tournament at the All England Club got underway.  We were all hoping, as a nation, that Murray would be able to secure a second consecutive win there after he made history in 2013.  After a strong display in the earlier matches, he was outplayed by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter finals.  It wasn’t a great tournament for Nadal as he went out surprisingly early in the fourth round to the wildcard Australian Nick Kyrgios.  It was another gripping final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who eventually won his 2nd Wimbledon title in a 5 set thriller.

US Open 2014

Obviously there was a real thought that some of the big four in the game would make it to the final, but the reality of it all followed a lot of the surprises we had at Wimbledon, and neither Murray, Djokovic, Federer or even Nadal made it to the final.  Instead the year of slams ended with Marin Cilic winning his first US Open against the relatively unknown Kei Nishikori.

Although it may not have gone the way I or anyone else really wanted it to, it was definitely an interesting and exciting year in tennis.