tennis

Posts about the world of professional tennis.

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Rafael Nadal Wins French Open 2010

Overcoming his surprising French Open 2009 defeat to Robin Soderling, Nadal easily beat his clay-court nemesis in this much-anticipated rematch. This win is Nadal’s fifth French Open title and seventh grand-slam win. Nadal need only win one more French Open to match Borg’s record 6. He also tied Borg’s record of two French Open tournament’s

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Francesca Schiavone Wins 2010 French Open

In what will probably be her only grand slam win, veteran Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur  6-4, 7-6 to win the 2010 French Open – a few days shy of her 30th birthday. I must admit that I know little about Schiavone.  Turns out she is the first Italian woman to win any grand-slam in

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Kim Clijsters is Back!

Kim Clijsters is back in Cincinnati this week and has received a Wild Card into the Rogers Cup. She’ll be returning to the  U.S. Open in September where she won her first and only grand-slam title in 2003. Kim was ranked No. 1 in the world for 19 weeks in 2003. She ‘retired’ to get

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Federer Wins Wimbledon 2009 – Sets All-Time Grand Slam Record

In another terrific Wimbledon final, Roger Federer defeated the terrific Andy Roddick (7-5, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 14-16) making him the undisputed best tennis player of all time. With 15 slam titles he passed Pete Sampras’ 14 and stands alone. With his French Open victory a few weeks ago, he has won all four grand slams. 

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Brooklyn Decker Cheers for Andy Roddick at Wimbledon 2009

Since my post about Brooklyn Decker being engaged to Andy Roddick drew such a huge number of visitors to The Daleisphere, I snapped these pictures of Brooklyn cheering her new husband, Andy Roddick, on at Wimbledon 2009. As always, click the images for larger views.   Brooklyn During Semi Final Against Andy Murray      

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Wimbledon Roof Closes for First Time During Match

  On Monday June 29, 2009, during a fourth-round match between Amelie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina, at 6-4, 1-4. the new Wimbledon Centre Court roof was closed for the first time during a match. (Safina won) The subsequent match between Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka was the first full Wimbledon match to be played under

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Wimbledon 2009 Live Streaming – Bootleg Version

Last year (see my 2008 post), both live and downloadable versions of most Wimbledon matches were available to all over the Internet through the Wimbledon Live service for a flat fee of $24.99. Unfortunately, Wimbledon’s 2009 licensing regime makes it so that honest viewers from many countries, including Canada and the U.S. (see complete list

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Svetlana Kuznetsova wins 2009 French Open

(click on images in post for larger view) In yet another lack-luster women’s grand slam final, the world’s number 1, and my current women’s favourite, Dinara Safina,  was soundly beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-2. This is Kuznetsova’s second grand slam title (the first being the 2004 U.S. Open). Safina has still not won a

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The Champ Goes Down!

When Rafael Nadal’s tripped in the third set, Mary Carillo said this picture will be famous if Nadal goes on to loose – even suggesting a title – “the Champ goes Down”. How prescient! I’m doing my part to fulfill her prophecy. In what was a surprising and yet terrific match, Nadal’s 2007 Wimbledon nemesis,Robin

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Nadal’s Designer Tennis Shoes - French Open 2009

These are the Nike, Max-air, LunarLite tennis shoes Rafael Nadal was wearing today when Robin Soderling took him down in the quarter finals at the French Open 2009. Note the four tennis-ball-with-flame insignia’s for each of his 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 French Open titles. Click on all images for larger views.    

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Nadal’s Designer Sneakers at Australian Open 2009

Once again I’m posting pictures of the designer sneakers worn by Rafael Nadal at the 2009 Australian Open. As always, the bull logo appears on the left shoe with ‘Rafa’ on the right. Now that he has won an Aussie Open, we can expect an Aussie Open trophy on next year’s sneakers! I am astonished

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Australian Open (2009) Second Week - Nadal and Serena Win

  [Click images for larger views.] Nadal def. Federer: Nadal won his first major on a hard court while denying Federer‘s attempt to match Sampras’ 14 major record. This marks the first time a Spaniard has won the Aussie Open. The high level of play we saw in the 2008 Wimbledon final continued into the

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Australian Open (2009) - First Week Roundup

  Below is a roundup of my thoughts and observations concerning the first week matches at the 2009 Australian Open. Click on the photos below to view full-sized versions. Men’s Singles Nadal Tweaks his Game & His Outfit: Number 1 seeded Nadal has changed his service stance (a little more open, left leg further back

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Wimbledon 2008 - Nadal and Venus Win Championship

Official Wimbledon Site | Men’s Draw | Ladies’ Draw | Wow! John McEnroe opined that the 2008 Wimbledon men’s final was the best match he’d ever seen. At 4 hours and 48 minutes it was certainly the longest (the previous record was the 1982 Connors v. McEnroe final at 4 hours, 16 minutes). I loved

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Roger Federer's Designer Tennis Shoes

Since I wrote about Rafael Nadal’s designer tennis shoes at the 2008 French Open, it is only fitting to post pictures the designer shoes worn by Federer at Wimbledon 2008. As you can see, he wear’s custom Nike, Zoom Air, Fit Frame tennis shoes. On the left heal, his RF trademark is displayed. On the

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A Week of Wimbledon in HD

Ah …. Finally …. Wimbledon in HD! I’m happy to report that NBC lived up to its promise to provide high def coverage of Wimbledon for the first time this weekend. And, surprisingly, they’ll be broadcasting all of the second week at Wimbledon in HD too. With the U.S. Feb 17, 2009 digital cut over