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Rafael Nadal retires from match Miami Open 2016

Week 1 at the Miami Open is wrapping up and this weekend there were quite a few surprising results.

Seven players retired mid match and most of them because of heat exhaustion related issues. I live in South Florida and I must say that the weather was brutal this weekend, especially on Saturday. It wasn’t just the heat; it was the combo package of heat and humidity. It was trying for a relaxing beach walk, not to mention a competitive Masters 1000 match. So multiply the insane weather conditions with a sun-baked hard court in a tennis stadium. Nadal (ESP), Bellucci (BRA), Stakhovsky (UKR), Bedene (GBR), Bertens (NED), Jankovic (SRB), Bencic (SUI) retired from their matches and if I am not mistaken all because of dehydration, dizziness, fatigue or cramping, which condition is also heat related most of the time.

Now let’s talk about the massive upsets for a minute. Wawrinka (SUI), DelPotro (ARG), Lopez (ESP); also Isner (USA) and Querrey (USA) who had home court advantage and home crowd cheering for them. Ok, Isner lost against a fellow American, Tim Smyczek. But still… Out of the above mentioned ones, I definitely expected at least WOWrinka to make it into week 2. #nextgen Coric (CRO) and Zverev (GER) are both out as well.

The WTA upsets… Where do I begin? Kvitova (CZE), Wozniacki (DEN), Bouchard (CAN), Ivanovic (SRB), Suarez-Navarro (ESP), Stephens (USA), Stosur (AUS), Venus Williams (USA), Jankovic (SRB), Cibulkova (SVK), Lisicki (GER) and Errani (ITA).

Am I crazy to think that this is too much for week 1?!? Being that I am a tennisnut, of course I’ll be following the rest of the tournament. Actually, I am hoping to drive down to Key Biscayne at least two more days. When you have a Masters 1000 tournament literally in your “backyard” you try to go as much as you can.

To sum up the week in one thought, the biggest blow for the tournament (and crowd!) is that Federer and Nadal are out. I guarantee you that tomorrow we will be seeing practice pictures of them on a clay court somewhere in Europe. I am kinda ready for clay season myself.

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters starts on April 10th 2016 and it can’t come soon enough. Bring on the dirt!




  • Word “Tennis” is mentioned by W.Shakespeare in a history play Henry V in 1599.
  • Tennis originated in 12th century France, but at the beginning the ball was struck with the palm of the hand - hence the name jeu de paume ("game of the palm").
  • Rackets came into use in 16th century. The word “Racket” derives from the Arabic rakhat, meaning the palm of the hand.
  • A tennis match lasts approximately 2.5 hours, but the ball is only in play for approximately 20 minutes of that time.
  • Although there are few theories about it, the reason for the numbering of scores being "15", "30" and "40" is unknown.
  • Roughly 300 million balls are produced each year, which contributes around 22,000 tons of difficultly biodegradable rubber waste.
  • The shortest match ever was in the first round of the 2001 Shanghai between Francisco Clavet and Shan Jiang. It lasted 25 minutes.
  • The longest match was at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships between John Isner and Nickolas Mahut. It lasted 11h 05min and it took them 3 days to finish it.
  • In 1993 Monika Seles was stabbed in the back during the quarterfinal match in Hamburg by a disturbed Steffi Graf fan.
  • Tennis is considered “the white sport” since it had been a summer game for the higher class and white colour was a symbol of wealth.
  • The well-known "optic yellow" tennis balls were introduced in 1972 as a result of the research demonstrating that they were more visible on colour television.
  • The red clay is slower than the green, “Har-Tru” clay.
  • The only wild card to win the Men's Singles title was Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.
  • The biggest tennis stadium is Arthur Ashe – named by the first African American winner of the US Open.

Tennis History Books Being Rewritten...

We are all about the records these days. It is a privilege to live in the era of such tennis players as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Just think about it.

This year we could be witnesses of 10th Nadal’s Roland Garros title, or 8th Federer’s Wimbledon title, which should put him in front Pete Sampras. Also, we could see Career Grand Slam by Novak Djokovic , a record held only by 7 players in history and only by 3 in the Open Era ( Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal).

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Australian Open 2015 - Impressions

Australian Open 2015 has been showing us how the order of the hierarchy is, with the rankings being pretty credible at the moment. Seven of the top ten players have made it to the quarters with only stand out coming in a form of Nick Kyrgios who was defeated by Murray in the last 8. The biggest suprise in the early stages of the tournament came from the loss of Roger Federer, who as seen in the last 2, 3 years, is very much affected by the lack of stability and many oscillations in form which lately has been quite topsy-turvy, while no denying of his ever present ability to excell at times, something he exemplarily failed in the match with Seppi, in which he looked a shadow of his former self.There were many unforced errors in that match, especially coming from the backhand side, the serve was not quite working as he committed 9 double faults, while his break points realization was only at 30%. And although he did have one point more in the overall match score, he played the crucial points badly, handling the match to Seppi, who did nothing spectacular to proceed to the fourth round.
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Performance Enhancing Drugs in Tennis

The news about Rafael Nadal being linked to doping isn't new. For the last five years, the world's no.1 netter has endured accusations of taking performance enhancing drugs to give him a significant advantage during his matches. However, the latest accusation from long time critic Christopher Rochus could be the most blatant shot to Nadal yet
Rochus, a former professional tennis player and the brother of Belgian netter Oliver Rochus, openly attacked Nadal during his championship match with Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2014 Australian Open. Serving as one of the anchors for Sports Euro's Australian Open coverage, Rochus accused the badly-hurt Nadal of faking his injury and taking 'shots' in the locker room.

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