If Novak Djokovic ever wants to accomplish the career Grand Slam, step one of defeating the “King of Clay” at Roland Garros had to happen. Today the 8 time major champion, did what only one man (Roger Soderling) has ever done, beat Rafael Nadal on the red clay at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal entered Wednesday’s match against World #1 Novak Djokovic with 9 titles and a 70-1 record at Roland Garros. After 2 hours and 26 minutes, Djokovic on Rafa’s 29th Birthday, maintained his 27th straight match winning streak and dethroned the King of Clay 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.
Djokovic, who has won 40 of his 42 matches this season, clearly has his sights set on obtaining his first career title at Roland Garros. Novak knows that this was a huge win, but it only means his spot is secure in the semifinals of the French Open.
When asked about playing a familiar opponent Andy Murray in the semifinals Djokovic responded, “This is not the shadow of a doubt that he has made great strides on clay. I looked a bit in Madrid and Rome too. I think he moves better than ever. It serves very well, he always has a very good ball control. It has a tennis background play absolutely outstanding, one of the best in this exercise. It is steeped in talent. Now I must advance. I just won a quarter-final but that was not the goal in itself. I’m here to win the title.”
Rafa whom was disappointment in his performance today, has hope for his future at Roland Garros, “I lost in 2009 and it’s not the end. I lost in 2015 and it’s not the end. I hope to be back here next year.” Djokovic ended Rafa’s 39 consecutive match winning streak at Roland Garros, and advanced to the semifinals where he will face Andy Murray who defeated David Ferrer 7-6 (4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.
After the big win, Novak added, “Right now I’m aware that this is a big win which I will enjoy tonight but tomorrow is a new day and I will move on.”
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2015
Babolat introduces the Aeropro Drive Lite Pink edition tennis racquet. This frame is used by, WTA’s newest rising star, Genie Bouchard. This frame updates the legendary Aeropro racquet line with a stunning new pink cosmetic graphic.
The AeroPro Lite features a refined cortex dampening system interface for even better feel. The specs on this racquet are identical to that of the AeroPro Drive Lite. This frame is the ideal frame for a younger player transitioning to a frame with a lightweight feel at 10.0 ounces as a more maneuverable alternative to the standard Aeropro Drive GT. Slightly more flexible, spin-friendly alternative to the Pure Drive.
- Headsize: 100 sq. in.
- Length: 27.00 in.
- Weight (strung): 10.0 oz.
- Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 70
- Balance: 14.00 in. Head Heavy (4 pts)
- Cross Section: 23mm Head/26mm Throat
- Swingweight: 308 kg*sq. cm
- String Pattern: 16×19
- Grip: Babolat Syntec
Serena Williams will return to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA for the first time since 2001. William has won the tournament twice in her career, but had not played in 14 years due to an ugly incident that happened back in 2001.
“I walked out onto the court, the crowd immediately started jeering and booing. In my last match, the semifinals, I was set to play my sister, but Venus had tendinitis and had to pull out. Apparently that angered many fans. Throughout my whole career, integrity has been everything to me. It is also everything and more to Venus. The false allegations that our matches were fixed hurt, cut and ripped into us deeply. The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair. In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid.” – Serena Williams
World #2, Roger Federer and Australian Lleyton Hewitt prove that tennis can be played anywhere.
Cold weather generally correlates to less outdoor activity. The seasons are changing across the states & many of the non-indoor tennis players may be wondering, “how do I best preserve my tennis racquet during the down-time of the season.”
Well, Midwest Sports has some answers for you!
Your racquet is one of the most important tools in your game and maintaining every aspect of it is essential. Here are five tips for maintaining your racquet.
1. Do not expose your racquet in any types of extreme heat or cold weather. It is vital to keep your racquet safe and secure in your racquet bag or in a ideal spot in one’s home. Very hot conditions can soften parts of the racquet, which could result in the loss of tension or even damaging the string. Cold weather causes strings to become brittle and hard, try playing tennis with very hard/stiff strings, it is not good for one’s elbow.
2. Before playing, inspect your frame. It is critical to understand the anatomy of your racquet. If you do your own personal stringing of your racquet, don’t string a cracked, warped or otherwise defective frame.
3. Get your racquet restrung every 3-4 months if you are an active tennis player. Many players do not realize that their tennis strings are either dead or too loose. Having either of those two situations could easily deteriorate one’s game.
4. Inspect the grommet strip and bumperguard of your racquet before playing. If the bumperguard is worn significantly and if it’s worn through to the frame replace it before restringing. Chances are the grommet strip will also have to be replaced.
5. Replace your grip twice a year. Your grip is the ultimate tool for one’s comfort on the racquet, if one does not take care of their particular grip, bacteria can form & the grip will deteriorate.
Those were just 5 easy tips of racquet maintenance! Now get your racquet that necessary tune up and hit the court!
Win big with the confidence of looking great in this Tail tennis tank, features include color block details, mesh inserts for ventilation, and performance jersey fabrics to keep you comfortable on the court.
Bolle high performance tennis tank will keep you performing your best on the court. Features include a square neckline, contrast fabric stripe detail across the front, and Bolle logo at the left front hem. The Bolle High Performance tennis collection offers a tapered athletic fit, and is made with wicking fabric that is UV protective, anti-bacterial and anti-static. Sweet, sporty and made to look great on everyone; this Bolle skirt features pleats, contrast binding at hem, and attached undershorts for added comfort and coverage in contrasting color.
This Tonic feminine and stylish tennis dress will have you looking great and feeling cool on the court. Dress features a scoop neck, racer back, and a built-in shelf bra with removable cups. Dress also has a fitted bodice with a pleated skirt, and is made with moisture wicking fabrics for the ultimate in comfort.
It is amazing what 365 days can do for one’s career. This time last year, Marin Cilic, was suspended for 9 months due to a doping violation. That 9 month suspension would later be decreased to 4 months, but it still left a stain on a potential bright career.
Cilic, tested positive for a substance known as nikeathamide, a stimulant which is banned by the I.F.T. Cilic would later quote, “I wish to emphasize, that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.”
Maybe that break worked out for the best. Recently Cilic was asked what if that break may have been a blessing in disguise.
Q. You’re talking about the physicality of your game and it improving. I’m wondering if that break at the end of last year and having to be home, was it an intense training block in a lot of ways to catch up, get faster, stronger, maybe a blessing in disguise?
MARIN CILIC: Absolutely. Yeah, I had maybe seven or ten days off in four, four-and-a-half months, and I was working all the time. That, you know, helped me to build up my strength and to also heal some of the injuries I had before with my knee. Now I’m feeling really good on the court. So I used that time, you know, the best I could. It’s paying off.
The 25 year old, Cilic, is now a Grand Slam Champion. What an amazing ride the last year has been for the Croatian.
Serena Williams takes home her first career title at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. The match took 1 hour & 2 minutes. Serena had 12 aces to Ivanovic’s 1 ace. Williams will now attempt to ride this momentum into the U.S. Open in New York City.
— Nike Tennis (@NikeTennis) August 17, 2014
— TennisTV (@TennisTV) August 17, 2014
Q: It’s A sold-out crowd here today and a lot of people are talking about what a great lineup it is. Do these Masters 1000s feel different than slams? It’s a smaller event, but the fans still get to see sort of a blockbuster lineup all day.
Andy Murray: Yeah, I think if I was coming to watch as a fan, coming like to the Wednesday of a Masters Series, especially a combined one, yeah, is pretty much the best ticket you can get really.
You know, if I could buy one ticket, I would probably want to go and watch a slam final. But, you know, if you want to see all of the players, you can watch them practice, you can see obviously men and the women here. Yeah, it’s a pretty good ticket.
Q: You’d buy one of those tickets?
Andy Murray: I don’t know how much they are. (Laughter.) I’d think about it though.
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