Stories about tennis

The game of courts: The Wimbledon final of the tennis kings

Since 2017, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the Grand Slams. While their status as legends of the game is already secure, it appears that neither one of them is willing to relinquish their iron grip on each tournament. Their consistency and hunger keeps the rest of the pack on their toes and it therefore seemed inevitable that two out of this reigning triumvirate of tennis kings would go onto reach the final at this year’s Wimbledon.   But which two? Federer has been looking to add to his tally of 20 titles, while Nadal has been snapping ...

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Australian Open 2019: Can anyone match Novak Djokovic’s conviction?

Mental toughness is a massive factor behind success in sports; something which has separated the best from the rest, time and again. The game of tennis is no different in this regard. Every champion is different in their own right – it may come about from the class and finesse of someone like Roger Federer, the pure athleticism of Novak Djokovic, or the physicality of Rafael Nadal – but they all have one thing in common: conviction, a trait that stems from mental toughness. Conviction fuels the firmness of purpose and gives a person the energy to knock down the hurdles ...

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Andy Murray: The fighting heart of the British

He’s the first of the big four to fold as he heads into probable retirement but Sir Andy Murray will always be remembered as one of the greatest of all time (GOAT). The former world number one recently admitted how his career would be shortened due to the chronic hip problem that has been troubling him since 2017. That announcement was the cue for a series of glittering tributes, all of which were rightfully deserved. After all, he is one of the greatest British sportsmen ever. Three Grand Slams, back-to-back Olympic gold medals, 14 Master 1000s, 45 Single Titles, and ...

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Imaginative, exhilarating and unexpected, Wimbledon 2018 was tennis at its best

A fortnight of exhilarating tennis at the game’s showpiece event – Wimbledon – culminated in triumphs for Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber in their respective domains. Unexpected winners? Yes. Disappointing tournament? Not at all! While Djokovic and Kerber’s performance at SW19 alone is enough to gauge the magnitude of their achievement, their tango sequence after the conclusion of the event unintentionally encapsulated their entire careers. The peaks and troughs of their tennis careers were subtlety portrayed as they tangoed on the dance floor during the Champions Dinner at Guildhall in London, with notable rhythms and sudden pauses. Djokovic rejoins the cult of ...

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French Open 2018: Can anyone dethrone the mighty Spaniard Rafael Nadal on his own turf?

Mankind has seen numerous instances of sportsmen and their love affair for specifics – whether it be Jansher Khan and his riveting eight World Open titles, or be it Ayrton Senna’s record-shattering six Formula One wins in the Principality of Monaco. However, the one highlight that stands out from these lists is the love affair of Rafael Nadal with Roland Garros. The ‘King of Clay’ has won the ‘La Coupe des Mousquetaires’ a mind-boggling 10 times and this year, he will be looking to sweep up a record-shattering 11th title in Paris. The question is can anyone dethrone the mighty ...

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Battle of the Sexes: When too many narratives and ideological boxes spoil the broth

Even nearly 45 years after it happened, the famous showdown between women tennis star Billie Jean King and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs remains one of the most well-known fixtures in tennis history. Fans of the sport who are old enough to have witnessed the 1973 match certainly remember the hoopla around the encounter. However, even those of us born years or even decades after the incident took place, are likely to be familiar with at least the bare basics of the contest and how it went down. It’s this sporting event, the circumstances leading up to it, and the people ...

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If Roger Federer’s 20th Grand Slam win proves anything, it is that he refuses to be written off

Roger Federer was one of the top contenders to win the season’s first Grand Slam at Melbourne Park this year, but the ease with which he steamrolled past his opponents did nothing but further strengthen his legacy as the greatest tennis player of all time. Whenever he was on court, he played like a player who had something to prove to the world, despite the fact that there is nothing that can dethrone him from his superlative status in the game. In 2002, Federer was touted to win both, the French Open and Wimbledon, on the basis of his superb form, ...

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The world of sports can provide more drama than movies and these 7 events of 2017 are a testament to that

They say ‘truth is stranger than fiction’, and a sports fan, more than anyone else, is likely to attest to this particular expression. For them, strange is just one of the many adjectives that can be used to describe the wild and whacky world of sports. Even for a movie buff like myself, I would readily concede that sports at times has this ability to provide drama like no work of fiction can. And the following sporting moments from the preceding 12 months are a testament to this very fact. 1. New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl LI in historic ...

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Resurrection 2017: Rafael Nadal proves once again why he is one of the greatest athletes tennis has ever seen

As far as tennis goes, my allegiance has always been with Rafael Nadal (Rafa). While many are in awe of the brilliant Roger Federer, I have always been inspired by the sheer grit, determination and hard work of the Spaniard. Majority of the tennis fraternity had written Nadal off after a wrist injury brought an untimely end to the season in 2016. This, along with the longstanding knee issues that have plagued him for most of his career, made it seem as if the illustrious career for the Mallorcan was drawing to a close – but Nadal had other ideas. ...

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#Wimbledon2017: Centre Court is Roger Federer’s canvas and he is the Leonardo Da Vinci of men’s tennis

Two weeks ago, when the most prestigious tennis tournament kicked off, I, along with most critics, predicted the greatest of this generation (Roger Federer) to further enhance his stature. It was one of these predictions that not only considered current form, but also incorporated past performances. Federer’s grass is Wimbledon’s grass, not the other way around; he has sole proprietorship over it. By dismantling the injured Croat, Marin Cilic, in yesterday’s final 6-3 6-1 6-4, the Swiss maestro added to his seemingly never-ending list of accolades. His eighth Wimbledon title, a standalone record, and his 19th Grand Slam has now ...

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