Sania Mirza has certainly earned the right to call the shots when it comes to Indian doubles, even if she has not yet earned the respect she so very much deserves for her doubles game.
Tennis stars come in all sizes, shapes, and personalities. Some of them stay in the spotlight throughout their playing careers and then fade into oblivion. But there are some others whose legacies continue to be written well after they hang up their rackets. And Li Na is one of them.
Some teens, who came into the spotlight during the past week at the US Open, will instead go back to the classrooms and continue to juggle the demands of their educational and professional tennis aspirations, grappling with the decision of when to head full-time into the world of pro tennis.
A fourth-round in Australia, a second-round in Paris and a third-round at Wimbledon are all that Serena has to show for a season in which she has been ranked no. 1 every single week.
At its best, Bhupathi’s league will be a fun-filled light-hearted competition that will keep tennis balls in the spotlight even in the off-season.
While his rivals like Nadal and Novak Djokovic have zealously pursued Davis Cup glory in their younger years, 32 year old Federer has never made the Davis Cup his priority as he embarked upon his record-setting grand slam journey.
Exhibiting a calm composed demeanour and a self-assured, not cocky, attitude, Bouchard seems to be a marketer’s dream.
With the first Grand Slam of the season less than a week away, there’s a lot of attention on the results coming out. Let’s revisit some of the top stories from the previous week.
The men-behind-the-scenes will certainly be hoping that the tour can look toward the next generation rather than the previous generation to keep the fans engaged in the long run.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams are both 32 years old – born just seven weeks apart. But you wouldn’t know that if you looked at their results in 2013 or considered the outlook on them for 2014.
The men would be better served by focussing on what they want for themselves, rather than comparing notes with the women.
While we can ponder on or wish for what the tennis landscape might look like Down Under in January, let’s recap the fortnight in New York.
Here are some of the stories to keep an eye on from Flushing Meadows over the next two weeks.
For Bartoli, success came late and so did acceptance.
Hingis rose to the top of the game in 1997 as a 16-year-old, becoming the second youngest to win a grand slam in history and the youngest to reach the No 1 spot. But her rise was aided by the absence of a top rival.
Sunday marks the third time in the last four slams that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will be clashing in the finals.
Twelve months after bowing out to world no. 100 Lukas Rosol in five sets in the second round, the Spaniard found himself reliving one of his worst nightmares on Monday as he crashed out to world no. 135 Steve Darcis at the All-England Club.