Djokovic Warming Up Down Under Amidst Australian Bushfires

Tweet Novak Djokovic progressed into the second round of the Australian Open, with the only weather causing disruption on day one being rain, not smoke. The reigning champion won in the Rod Laver Arena in four sets, 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 which made his record at this grand slam a staggering 69 wins and only eight losses. Djokovic took the first set 7-6 in a 7-5 tie-break. However, this does not tell the story of the set.  The world number two went 5-2 up originally before Jan-Lennard Struff broke back…

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Djokovic defeats Struff amid Australian bushfire tragedy

Tweet This year brings us the 108th edition of the Australian Open and the king of the Melbourne Park surface, Novak Djokovic, began his defence under bittersweet circumstances, as potential health concerns in Australia threaten to ridicule the event. The world number two seed passed his first test of the Open in routine style against his German opponent Jan-Lennard Struff. The Serbian seven time champion, on quest to reclaim his spot as top of the pile in the world rankings, started as he meant to go on, coming up trumps…

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£44 million tennis town

Tweet The Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club in Eastbourne hosts one of the biggest grass-court events of the year, the Nature Valley International, the last of the tournaments preparing tennis stars for the third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon.  The event, based in a ‘’tennis town’’, as its chairman, Ken Pollock, likes to call Eastbourne, brings tens of thousands of spectators every year to one of the oldest clubs in the world. But there is much more to the club than just the fact that it dates back to…

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Nature Valley International 2018 Coverage

Tweet Day One – Grand Slam champions square off Britain’s Andy Murray will face another Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka, in a first round encounter on Monday. Both players received wildcards from the organisers, as they make their way back from injuries which forced them to take a hiatus from the sport. Murray appeared today for the first time at Devonshire Park to practice with another British star and his possible second round opponent, Kyle Edmund. The duo attracted hundreds of fans who cheered and watched them as they practiced….

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Return Serve

Tweet What if your whole life you felt like the fittest person in the world and now there are days when you cannot get out of bed? I watched Caroline Wozniacki sail past her opponents to claim the title in Eastbourne in June and in August she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease which causes swelling of joints and fatigue. For a professional athlete like her this means facing a huge obstacle, which possible could jeopardize her whole career. How do you move on from there?  Rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common form of…

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Match fixing: Is tennis its own worst enemy?

Tweet Sopot, Poland 2007. Nikolay Davydenko, who was ranked four in the world, was playing Martín Vassallo Argüello in the second round of a small ATP tennis tournament. A simple victory for Davydenko was expected with the Russian taking the first set 6-2. However, something was amiss. Just before the start of the match, the odds were in Arguello’s favour, even as Davydenko took the first set and lead in the second. Millions were being bet on Arguello to win, and it soon transpired why. Davydenko retired from the match…

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