Jo Konta yesterday won her second title of the season when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Miami. This was Konta’s first ‘WTA Premier Mandatory’ level title (the highest level under the grand slams). A lot has been discussed in the media about the level of mental and emotional improvement Konta has reached in the past 18 months, (also by us The Mental Rise of Konta), but she has also improved her physical game a huge amount as well. One of these physical aspects is her relentless high baseline court position.
The biggest match in history went the distance and Federer finally beat his nemesis in a grand slam match after almost 10 years. I discussed yesterday what Rafa would do to Roger, use his leftie spin and attack the backhand wing of Roger. And what Roger would have to do to cope with it, attack the net and not allow Rafa any rhythm to attack the backhand.(http://betatennis.com/roger-federer-rafa-nadal-and-the-leftie-strategy/) Roger didn’t really do what I thought he needed to do, however he wrecked Rafa’s rhythm by playing very aggressive from the back of the court, namely off of his backhand
Tomorrow in Melbourne we have arguably the biggest tennis match of all time, Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal. The Roger/Rafa grand slam final rivalry has been on hold since the French open in 2011 and I would say most fans thought that we would never see it again. How will the tactical battle in this match play out? What will Rafa do to Roger and how will Roger cope with this?
What an amazing Aussie Open we have had in 2017. Its almost as if we have gone back in time eight years, which in fact was the last time the Williams sisters competed against each other in a grand slam singles final (Wimbledon 2009). The Roger/Rafa rivalry was in full swing back then also and these two were competing in almost every final on the tour. Back to 2017 and we will 0nce again have the privilege to watch two of the games classic rivalries. More of Roger and Rafa tomorrow, but first how is the women’s final going to be decided and which Williams will come out with the trophy?
The 2017 season is upon us and some of you out there may be looking to get back on the court and get some serious training done to burn off that Christmas dinner. The pros have been spending the holiday weeks preparing for the Aussie open doing more off court training along side many hitting drills to keep them in shape. In this article I will share with you some Christmas dinner burning cardio drills when you are hitting on the tennis court with your mates. These are all singles based drills but with some creativity can be adapted to doubles, I will add the one doubles idea to each drill. See if you can come up with your own variations.
Earlier today Andy Murray claimed his 40th career title with victory in the China Open over Grigor Dimitrov. In Beijing, this year and over his career he has showed time and time again how hard it is to beat someone that can get to ball after ball and then send them back with interest. Murray constantly exhibits the 4 X-factors of tennis movement
So the summer is drawing to a close and we have had a lot to shout about in this country in terms of sporting success. The Olympics and Wimbledon have all seen encouraging British successes.
During a tennis match players are going through a whole host of emotions. Everything from happiness to anger to sadness is probably felt throughout the course of a match and normally regardless of the score. Finding out where these emotions come from, accepting them and then acting in the correct manner, are all skills that tennis players need to develop.
As the clay season is reaching its climax with the french open starting today, I ask the question, what strings and tension are best for clay? But before we get into it lets begin with a quick history lesson on how strings have evolved over the past few decades.
The tennis game has evolved dramatically over the past 50 years or so. Commercialisation of the game, equipment technology and sports science have taken tennis to a whole new level. In particular, the forehand on the men’s side has become a major weapon and necessity of any top ATP player.