He’s done it! Andy Murray has made his first final since that historic Wimbledon 2013 final when he ended our wait for a British Wimbledon Champion.   Since that amazing day he has had an off season, firstly having back surgery and trying to recover from that, losing his coach (Ivan Lendl), appointing a new coach and then making the QF of Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and the Semi finals of Roland Garros (his best performance for a while on the red dirt – we Brits don’t like red dirt!).  Other than these excellent performances, he has failed to reach any final.  He added 2 extra tournaments to his schedule before Shanghai, as he needs to get his ranking back up from 11, and having no points to defend from here on in, he is trying to do this and also qualify for the WTF in London.

Andy accepted a wild card into the inaugural Shenzhen Open tournament, after the bye he received in round 1 as second seed, he progressed without dropping a set to the Semi finals.  All of his matches to this point had been in the evening, meaning that the conditions, especially the humidity, where not an issue.  The semi final was held in the day time, 2nd on the schedule.  At the time of taking to the court the humidity was 88 degrees, this showed as Andy struggled in the conditions, his serve was off (to be honest, it has been very inconsistent for a while), his forehand was misfiring and he was missing shots he usually gets without difficulty.  The conditions also meant that the ball and court during the daytime were different to how they are during the evening, this may have had a bearing on the first set.  His opponent was Juan Monaco, and Juan took the first set 6-2!  Murray fans are used to “Murraycoasters” and they braced themselves for another!

In the second set, Andy did start to play better, he got off to a good start with a break of serve, however Monaco broke back and soon the set was level at 3-3.  Then the change occurred, something clicked (or someone gave Andy a coffee or a Redbull!) his forehand was back, his first serve made an appearance (not as much as people would like) he was making his shots again.  Levelling the match by taking the 2nd set 6-3, it was going the distance.  The Brits held their breath, his fans watching, wondering, and hoping (plus worrying, praying, pacing) that he he had finally turned this match around.  Their prayers were answered, as Murray showed he still had the will to win, he served up a bagel to Monaco in the last set, and his first serve was definitely improving in the last set.  The humidity had dropped as had the temperature, this appeared to help Murray and he has made a final for the first time in 2014.  Can he win the title in Shenzhen?  This author hopes so.

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Caroline Wozniacki really knows how to travel! Fly like a G6!

Caroline posted this to her Facebook. Just shows top players have a completely different live to players around 100 in the world or below. Time to change the prizemoney structure ATP and WTA Tour!

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Ana Ivanovic wins the 2014 Tokyo WTA tour title.

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Victoria Azarenka’s statement about the rest of the 2014 season:

Hi everyone, I have some news to share…Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season. It has been a very tough year for me. I have been trying my best to improve day in and day out by pushing and pushing…but that does not appear to be the best approach for me right now. I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season. I always believe that everything happens for a reason and everything doesn’t happen the way you’d want it to but it is up to you to make the best out of everything that does…and that is exactly what I am going to do.

The sad part about making this decision is not being able to play in these amazing tournaments that I really enjoy playing in every year and performing in front of all of you! You are all truly my motivation and inspiration! I want to thank all my fans and my team for your support. It means a lot to me. I love you guys. There is a great deal for us to accomplish still. And I will be there with all my heart and passion giving you 100% to get it done! Love V

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We have received a tip that Li Na will be announcing her retirement from tennis on the 19th of September. The announcement will be happening on CCTV-5, a sports channel owned by state broadcaster China Central Television.

She is reportedly retiring because she is unable to continue competing due to her physical condition.

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Only 6 weeks left until the New York marathon and Caroline Wozniacki is still in heavy training mode. Although she had some time for a quick selfie in central park while training.

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So we are into the Asian swing, the last part of the tennis year, where the big names can gain any extra points they need to try and qualify for the World Tour Finals in London.  Andy Murray is currently WR 11 and quite low in the race, however, he was out for the last part of last year having gone through back surgery.  This means that he has no points to defend in his general rankings and can make up points on other people in the Asian swing.  It was known he was going to play Shanghai as that is an ATP 1000 masters event and a mandatory event.  His fans have been worrying about his ranking ever since Wimbledon and his exit at the quarter final stage of the US Open didn’t help with the ranking (although, he defended the points he had last year, he has only slipped because the finalists were non of the “big four” which he is still part of, even though his current ranking doesn’t give him this)

Andy seems to have realised he needed to do something as he has entered two tournaments prior to Shanghai, by taking  Wild Cards into Shenzhen (a new ATP 250 event) and also into the China Open in Beijing (ATP 500), he is currently on 400 points behind David Ferrer so a good run at these tournaments and Shanghai will see him rise up the rankings back to his rightful place amongst the top 4 players in the world.  Personally speaking I am glad he has opted to play a couple of events prior to the mandatory Shanghai event, and I really hope he adds at least one more before London.  It would be great for Andy to make London as he had to withdraw last year due to his injury, so the 9th player in the race got his place.  He has never won the WTF event and it would be a great way to end this year, as he has not had a great year back.  He has reached at least the quarter finals of every slam this year, and the only other player to achieve that (male or female) is Novak Djokovic, so overall it has not been a bad season.  Andy will not be satisfied with his season though as he has not yet won a title this year.

Reaching a final and even winning one of the end of the year events would be a huge boost to Andy, he has been playing well since coming back as we saw with his performances at the US Open (when you ignore the curse of Armstrong), especially the one against Novak Djokovic, which saw him play some fantastic shots and in this writers opinion showed he was very nearly back to his best.

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Andy Murray and the curse of Armstrong

September 1, 2014

Andy Murray is at Flushing Meadows for the last grand slam of the year.  He has progressed to the second round of this years tournament, but it has not been an easy road. Whenever Andy has to play on Louis Armstrong court (by his own admission, not one of his favourite courts) he struggles.  In [...]

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Roger Federer Launches His Official Instagram Account

August 26, 2014

If you haven’t heard Roger Federer has just launched his official Instagram account – http://instagram.com/rogerfederer Here is his first and only shot:

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Ana Ivanovic Team Selfie on the Way to the US Open 2014

August 26, 2014

Ana Ivanovic thought she would share a selfie of her team as they were heading to the US Open 2014.

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Head Tennis and (RED) Partner to Help Fight for an AIDS Free Generation

August 25, 2014

Head and (RED) are partnering to help fight for an AIDS free generation. HEAD stars Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet show their support for the good cause.

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Ana Ivanovic 2014 US Open Dress / Outfit from Adidas

August 24, 2014

Adidas announced what Ana Ivanovic would be wearing at the 2014 US Open. Here it is!

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Caroline Wozniacki is Fit! New York Marathon Has Got Nothing

August 7, 2014

The New York marathon is getting very close. Caroline Wozniacki has been training to run the marathon, so after her match today she went for a 10km run.

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Roger Federer Testing His New Racquet RF97 – Its Bad Ass!

August 1, 2014

Roger Federer has just announced he will be using his new racquet at the US Open. Here is the cool intro video. Enjoy.

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Ana Ivanovic Shopping and Promoting Her Friends Lipstick

July 31, 2014

Ana Ivanovic was doing some shopping in the USA yesterday and thought she would stop and take a selfie showing the world her friends lipstick. Very weird.

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Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA World Record Fastest Serve for a Female| 131mph

July 30, 2014

Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA World Record Fastest Serve for a Female| 131mph. She played it so cool.. and didnt even notice!

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Novak Djokovic Back on Court Getting Ready for US Open Series

July 30, 2014

Novak Djokovic is back on court getting his fitness levels up and ready for the US Open series.

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