Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wanna play tennis in water?

Here's a promotional picture of ATP World Tour featuring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal playing tennis in water in Qatar.

Nicolas Mahut in a girly mode....

Check this out: Nicolas Mahut wearing a Lacoste Dress....

Another scare for Ana Ivanovic

It seems the drama is never ending for Ana Ivanovic. In the last months of 2010, Ana showed signs of brilliance as she was able to snatch 2 titles. The world saw a glimpse of the Ana who conquered the French Open and reached the world number 1 ranking. In the Hopman Cup, Ana seems to be in the groove winning her singles matches only to be beaten by the come backing Justine Henin. 

Despite her loss, Serbia has reached the finals of the Hopman Cup. But the tournament was surprised when Ana Ivanovic announced that her tandem with Novak Djokovic will not be playing in the finals due to a stomach strain she suffered from her match against Justine. The Serbian beauty is racing against time to be fit for the Australian Open which starts on January 17.

Here's what Ana has to say about another setback in her quest to be a force one again in women's tennis:

"I definitely will (ask for a delayed start)," the world No.17 said.

"I'm not sure (whether they will give it to me) because it's a grand slam and they go with the draw so it's like 50-50, but I'll definitely have my fingers crossed for a Tuesday start.

"The doctor said I should take at least three or four days with complete rest.

"Slowly I can start doing more bike and hopefully step on a court as well.

"It's very individual how fast it will heal.

"Hopefully with lots of icing and laser it can speed up the recovery.

"I'm positive I will be fit in 10 days time to play.

"It (the injury) is not a huge deal but it's stupid and bad timing and it's very frustrating that these things happen.

"I have to try to recover the best possible way and try to stay positive.

"At least I have a week before the Open. I rather (it happen now) than this time next week."

Friday, December 31, 2010

Justine is back!

Former world no .1 Justine Henin will start her 2011 season in the Hopman Cup in Perth Australia. Justine is teaming up with Ruben Bemelmans in the mixed event. Justine is going to face Alicia Molik of Australia and will also face Ana Ivanovic in the next round. The event will definitely help Justine's preparation in the Australian Open since she will face some tough opponents and is assured at least 3 singles matches. In an interview before the start of the Hopman Cup, Justin is downplaying her chances to win this year's Australian Open.

My elbow is getting better but it is now six months from my injury so I can't say I am 100 per cent,' the world number 12 said Wednesday after arriving in Western Australia from China.

'I am working very hard on it - I spend two hours every day,' said the 2010 Australian Open finalist. 'When we heard about the serious injury there were concerns about the future of my career.'

'I can improve, but it may take a few more weeks, maybe months, to really be like I wish I could be. It is a big lesson for me, I have to work harder on this and it gives me the discipline again.

'I am not feeling free of all the pain but I am in the right direction for sure.'

Given her lack of match play, Henin, 28, is keen to get stuck into the round-robin Hopman format, with winners from the two groups meeting in the final.

'After the injury, being guaranteed a few matches in good conditions and to have a week off also before the Australian Open, I thought it was a really good opportunity for me to play doubles and to get more rhythm,' she said.

'I like to play events that I have never played in the past. It is another experience, my first time in Perth and I am feeling very happy about this choice. We will see how it is going to happen but after the injury it is probably the best for me to compete.'

The understandably cautious Henin had few expectations to offer for the Australian Open starting January 17.
'Just the first round is going to be important for me, and then we will see step by step. Women's tennis has a lot of ups and downs and no one is dominating too.

'Serena is not going to be there, so it is going to be wide open,' Henin added. Williams withdrew injured after not playing since Wimbledon.

'I don't consider myself as one of the biggest favourites. I just see myself as one of the players in the draw.'

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Daniela Hantuchova to Volkl

Tenniswarehouse Facebook Page has announced that Daniela Hantuchova have signed with Volkl Tennis Rackets. This is a surprise considering that there were no initial news of her racket switch. For Volkl, it is a marketing coup to sign Daniela considering that she is one of the glamour girls of women's tennis. Can't wait to see which of Volk tennis racket will Daniela be using.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Jelena Dokic and Peter Luczak given wildcard for the 2011 Aussie Open

Jelena Dokic and Peter Luczak, both finalists at the Australian Open Play-off, have been awarded wildcards into the main draw of Australian Open 2011.

"I had a pretty good play-off considering I didn't play a match in over two months, it was a good practice run for me and I'm very happy to receive the wildcard. I did play well and I got better with each match," Dokic said when asked about her form last week.

"There was a big difference between my first match and my semis and finals and I was disappointed to have lost the final when I was winning so easily and everything was going so well. But I should have kept my nerve ... [won] a couple more games ... the rain didn't help, it was a little bit difficult, but I played a very good semifinal, I played a good final and I've just got to try to build on it. Overall I'm happy with my whole performance that week.

"Obviously the [Australian Open] draw will be very tough. You've got to go match by match, you never know what can happen. There's always been kind of underdogs that have come [through], especially early in the year as everyone still coming off their breaks, their off seasons. My goal is not to just do well at the Australian Open, it's to play well."

Peter Luczak is treating his wildcard as an early Christmas present.

"Todd Woodbridge called me last night to let me know, and I'm stoked, really pumped about getting a wildcard and playing another Australian Open. I feel as though all my Christmases have come at once," Luczak said.

"I think last night my wife and I were high fiving when I found out the news, so it's pretty special. I told my parents as well; they were pumped for me. I've got a lot of friends and family out here so I can't wait to get out there.

"It's nice knowing my summer is set, I can play Brisbane, I can play Sydney, hopefully get a few wins under my belt and have a bit of confidence coming into the AO.

"It's huge," Luczak said when questioned on having a possible home ground advantage. "Especially if it's pretty hot out here. A lot of the guys are coming from the winter, coming from the US or from Europe, so it's nice to get a nice hot day, especially with a big crowd behind you it can definitely play a massive role.

"I know coming out on to this court [Margaret Court Arena] a couple of times, I've had the national anthem and Waltzing Matilda, people are singing, and carrying on ... as soon as I walked out the adrenalin kicked in and you're not going to leave anything on the court when you've got that kind of support behind you."

Australian Open 2011, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob's Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, from 17 to 30 January.
Tickets are now on sale and available through Ticketek at

The great value $29 Australian Open ground pass gives fans access to all the outside courts and free entertainment on Grand Slam Oval™ and in Garden Square. 
Courtesy by Tennis Australia

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kei Nishikori to work with Brad Gilbert

Word has it that Kei Nishikori will work with Brad Gilbert starting 2011. The young Japanese player is considered as one of the IT players in the ATP tour. Many were expecting that Nishikori will show his true potential as a player. But unfortunately, he suffered a lot of injuries as well as his game did not go full steam. Hiring Gilbert is a wise decision considering that former has turned around the games of Andre Agassi, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick. It would definitely be an exciting for Kei as he enters into a new partnership with one of the most successful tennis coaches of all time. 

Nishikori revealed the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday:
I made a couple of changes to my coaching team for 2011. I am starting to work full-time with Bollettieri Elite coach Dante Bottini. In addition to that, Brad Gilbert will consult the team and come with me to about 15 tournaments during the 2011 season. Very excited about this move. Brad was in Bradenton last week …and I will spend a couple of days at his house before going to Chennai.”