I will be updating the Local scene soon....Just a short post today still not back to 100 %
Monday, June 24, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Nadal wins 8th Roland Garros title.A true champion that will inspire or has inspired a new Generation of champions.Nadal is honest and respectful ,he gives his best ....most times that is enough but a few times he has come up short, it's these times that make a champion it's not how many times you get knocked down its about how many times you get back up.Congratulations Rafa!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Is Serena Williams the GOAT? She sent Maria packing her bags for the grasscourt season.Maria did play well but no one can stop Serena she is clearly the Number 1 Lady and Heads to Wimbledon to add another slam! Have we another Hingis ? Belinda Benic from Switzerland won the Girls title and in an earlier post I said unseeded Christian Garrin from Chile was one of the favourites..well he won the Boys title.
Competition Winners - Congratulations Ken and Fuzzy Yellow Balls for taking out the Ladies with a correct Last selection being Serena Williams. There was no Men's winner.
Well done Serena 2013 Ladies champion and her second title here.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Head to Head Serena leads Shazza 13-2, Daddy Shazza has said that the Serena Monster was too powerful for his daughter , Serena is the one player she is truley scared of. Unfortunately Shazza Game plan consists of two ingrediants.1 Hit the ball Hard, and if that does not work Hit the ball harder! Serena has never been happier and more focused, Patrick has done well with her tennis and her heart.Shazza has to play a blinder, yep those power strokes have to land in! Her heart has been taken ...or I really think she has taken the Heart Of Grigor ..what she does with it time will tell.She knows nothing about Men's tennis ..she was taken on in twitter by Chardy's Girl friend.To end below is the twitter war ...
Serena will answer all of Maria's problems today.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Rasheed said ""Fitness is a big part of it. It's a bit of a no-brainer in my mind; why wouldn't you tick that box? Once you've done that, it keeps your mind in a better frame and the decisions you make on the court are more sound for longer periods of time.
Yes Fed fans you can watch this over and over and Fed will always be at his best ! I know a few of you will be in let down mode so this picture is for you !
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Not a bad payout , especially for wildcards that did not have to qualify.Young Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios won a round and earned a $45,465 pay check.Both received Wildcards to the main draw in a reciprocal arrangement with the French who get Wildcards for players to the Australian Open.I think both are deserving but of course they did not play there way into the event as other qualifiers did. Ok looks glamorous does it not.But take players trying to make like Rubin Statham New Zealand's top player he and many more are really battling to make enough money to pay expenses whilst building their ranking points.These guys are doing it tough and have no funds for coaches and some eventually have to leave the tour because of finances.With little support from National body's what chance have these players who are busting their "guts" to get ahead. Below are the prize money on offer at the 10,000 and 15,000 ITF Future events.
So Rubin won the singles event a week ago at a 15,000 ITF event in Korea, after Deduction take home pay was around $1365.00 the following week Statham lost early.During the same week Statham won the doubles..take home was around $330.00 Take in account of Travel etc there is little left from the winnings! Common Federer , Nadal and Murray and co you can make a difference in advocating more prize money at the bottom end.Its very much the same with the Ladies and Serena etc should spend less time on nails and get behind the players of the future. These events need prize money increases , players need support teams just like the top guys but the reality is they cant afford a doctors visit let alone have a coach with them! They are limited to where they can play and how many events they can get to. Well that is my opinion!
The Junior Roland Garros Champs- I have written many times that high ITF junior rankings can be misleading , you have to look where points have been accumulated and also have an understanding that many of the elite juniors do not front up to a lot of junior events.Overnight former New Zealander now Great Britain Cameron Norrie who was ranked top 10 went out first round 7/5 6/2 convincingly beaten ( points wise it was around 74 to 50).The young guy that beat him was Christian Garin from Chile aged 17. Garin was unseeded whilst Norrie was 15th seed. Garin since January has been playing Future events and doing pretty darn good reaching a couple of finals!.Another young player that had to qualify as his Junior ranking is in the 1,000s Albert Alcaraz Ivorra too out the 9 th seed yesterday.He has been playing futures also and made some finals this year.The same is happening you bet in the Girl's event yesterday five girls seeds went including the No 3 and No 4 seeds.A qualifier who I think is one of the favourites Sara Sorribes Tormo is also unseeded and won her first round .
Nick Kyrgios the World Junior Number 1 and who did well in the Main draw Men's, is top Seed for the Boys.I do not think he can win this event on clay , there are a number of reasons, the main is that he is back playing amongst his peers and the pressure is all on him, most of the other guys will be keen to play him and will lift their game as they have nothing to lose.I still think Nick has a way to go physically and moving on this surface so it will be interesting as the draw unfolds, I hope as an Aussie I am wrong.
I will try to keep you up to date with the juniors.
My Top 3 matches today are below.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Well not many matches for me stand out today but below are my top 3 picks.
And so with confrontation the theme below is the Daily Dirt
Steve1959- Ferrer , Ken-Almagro- , Feds Fan - Ferrer Fuzzy Yellow Balls - Nishikori ,Del Boy - Wawrinka. Jenny -Ferrer
Eliminated Bec -Monfils. Its getting tricky Good luck with round 4 and use this post for selections via the comments section.Mitch got confused with the rounds and unfortunately has been eliminated.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Ok straight into my Top 3 matches of the day , I think I could have picked another 3 just as good.
Jankovic seems to beat up Stosur a little and this will see where Slamming one Slam Sammy is , brain vs brawn here, Paire is an up and comer he is French and may have the hometown edge on the fighting Samurai from Japan. The big match is Dimitrov vs Djokovic a week or so ago Dimitrov had a win against the Djoker ...I need to say he did not go on an win that tournament and the lack of consistency to beat a player such as Djoker in a slam I feel is not there yet.He did get a phone call from his new Girl friend Maria Sharapova hence the Daily Dirt Issue having some fun.The call was how to beat Djokovic.
If you want to leave in the comment section what you think she told him please do.
Ok where ever you are in the world today enjoy today's action. Before I go All of New Zealand will be hoping Marina Erakovic will win tonight ..whether they could be bothered to switch channels from the Rugby remains to be seen.