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.”

Adidas 2011 Barricade Line

Justine Henin, and Dinara Safina will be sporting the 2011 Adidas Barricade Line.

Justine Henin will be wearing the polo and the capsleeve top while Dinara will be wearing the Barricade top.

Photos courtesy by Tennis Pro-Direct

Andy Murray Australian Open Adidas 2011 Kit

Here's the preview of Andy Murray's Adidas 2011 Australian Open Kit. Adidas goes for the classic designs of Murray line. It seems adidas wants to make Andy Murray a little bit sophisticated.

Fernando Verdasco's Adidas 2011 Australian Open Kit

Here is a preview of the Australian Open Adidas 2011 kit of Fernando Verdasco. He looks smoking hot in pink.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maria says Goodbye to Prince and Hello Head

Maria Sharapova has finally made farewell to Prince Rackets. The partnership with Prince has lasted for decades dating back the time when Maria was just a teenager. Prince rackets has brought a lot of success of Maria winning her Grand Slams and major tournament championships. But there comes a time when players are looking for something that will up the level of their game. After succumbing from a shoulder injury, Maria has been sporting a black out frame which many believe is already a sign of things to come. Many were thinking that it was a prototype racket being tested by Maria for Prince. But a lot of tennis fans have observed that the black out racket has similarities with that of head. Recently, Nike has released a photo showing the 2011 Australian Open dress to be worn by Maria and it also gave a glimpse of the new stick that Maria will be using for the 2011 season. So without much a do, here's Maria Sharapova in her Nike dress with matching new stick courtesy by Head. Enjoy!

Caroline's new stick

Caroline Wozniacki will open 2011 with a bang. She finished the year as the world number 1 and a slew of endorsements have been sealed to make her one of the most marketable tennis players. Her endorsement of the Adidas Stella McCartney Line has made her one of the "it" girls of women's tennis. Proactive has also joined the endorsement bandwagon. But one of the most intriguing stories that surrounded her is her rumored racket switch. Caroline is known to have been using the Babolat brand since her teens. The Babolat racket has brought her a lot of success. But being the world's number 1 has also brought her to the endorsement radar with a lot of companies interested to get her. Racket switch is considered as one of the most toughest decision that a tennis player can make. It's either the racket can make a lot of wonders in the player's game or it can turn into a disaster. Much talk has been made about Novak Djokovic racket switch from Wilson to Head. Novak admitted that he had to undergo a lot of adjustments before he finally settled with Head. As for Caroline, it will be a matter of time before we know if she made a right decision. So here are some of the pictures showing Caroline sporting her new racket.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to Tennislovin

Hi! My name is Leo. I decided to put up the tennislovin blog in order to share my thoughts and ideas about the world of tennis. I love to watch tennis all the time, and I'm updated with the latest news, and infos, about the sport. I also play tennis during weekends which gives me time to keep myself fit.

 This blog will feature the latest news, commentaries and analysis about the sport. So hope you will enjoy reading it.