Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Murray to marry Kim Sears

Murray to marry Kim Sears

Andy Murray is set to marry long-time girlfriend Kim Sears.

Murray's management team announced the engagement Thursday.

Murray, 27, and Sears, 26, have been a couple since meeting at the US Open in 2005. Sears was at the Open along with her father, Nigel, who is a coach.

Murray and Sears already share a home in Surrey with their two dogs Maggie and Rusty.

Kim was once described by future mother-in-law Judy Murray as "the best thing to happen to Andy".

Congratulations to the couple!!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Switzerland Wins First Davis Cup Crown

Switzerland Wins First Davis Cup Crown

Roger Federer helped Switzerland clinch its first Davis Cup trophy, one of the few tennis jewels to have eluded him, against nine-time former champion France.

Federer was in sparkling form against Richard Gasquet in a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first reverse singles rubber of the final at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Switzerland is the 14th nation to capture the Davis Cup crown.

France’s captain Arnaud Clement opted for Gasquet over his original selection, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but Federer proved to be too strong a force and recorded his 73rd singles match win in 85 matches this season, which included five individual titles from 11 finals. Roger ends his 2014 campaign as the oldest year-end No. 2 in ATP Rankings history (since 1973).

Federer lost to Gael Monfils on Friday, but teamed up with Stan Wawrinka in Saturday’s doubles to give Switzerland a 2-1 advantage. World No. 4 Wawrinka, who beat Tsonga in the first rubber of the final, had been due to meet Monfils in the fifth rubber.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advantages of Using Artificial Clay Tennis Courts

Advantages of Using Artificial Clay Tennis Courts

As a sport, tennis is growing in popularity worldwide with many youngsters looking to follow in the footsteps of their favourite sporting stars.
This means the demand for high quality training facilities is also on the increase as the athletes of tomorrow need the right place to develop their skills. However it’s sometimes difficult for schools and local tennis clubs to provide the best courts and facilities while trying to stick within a budget. This is where an artificial clay tennis court can be an extremely useful and cost effective solution.

Lots of professional tennis players choose natural clay courts for training and matches over any other sports surface. This is because the characteristics of a natural clay tennis court help to slow the game down and make it easier to slide, therefore allowing players to develop specific skills more easily than on grass or hard courts.

Although natural clay is the most popular tennis court surface, this specification is very difficult to maintain and creates a lot of mess during game play, this means it’s not always suitable for local tennis clubs or school sports facilities. Because of this reason many clubs and schools are choosing to have synthetic clay tennis courts installed, these can replicate the performance qualities of natural clay but do not require as much heavy maintenance.

Davis Cup Final : Roger and Stan to Lead Switzerland

Roger and Stan to Lead Switzerland In Davis Cup Final vs. France

The Davis Cup final is almost here and Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will lead Switzerland's hope of winning its first Davis Cup title against France. Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer will be also in the team.

The tie will be held on an indoor clay court at the 27,000-seat Pierre Stade Mauroy in Lille, France, 21-23 November.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet will play for France.

Federer has a 37-7 Davis Cup Win/Loss record, he won all five of his singles rubbers this year and could overtake Jakob Hlasek as Switzerland’s most successful player during this weekend’s tie.

Wawrinka owns a 20-13 record in singles rubbers. He won his singles rubber against Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals, contributing to Switzerland's 3-2 victory over Italy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nole wins Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title

Nole wins Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title

Novak Djokovic won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title, his fourth season finale crown, when Roger Federer withdrew due to a back injury ahead of Sunday’s final at The O2 in London.

"We always give 100 per cent," said Djokovic. "I'm sure that if he could've played, he would've done. So I wish him the best in his recovery.

"I'm not one of those players that celebrates these particular wins, but I have to reflect on the whole season. This trophy is definitely the crown for all the achievements that I had this year. I owe the credit to my team, to all the people who supported me all the way through, and plenty of joy. I'm very happy to be able to stand here and finish with this trophy."

Federer withdrew from Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Federer withdrew from Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer pulled out ahead of the championship match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to a back injury.

He made the announcement to fans on Sunday at The O2 in London following the doubles trophy ceremony.

Novak Djokovic, his opponent in the final at The O2 in London, won a pro set 8-5 against Andy Murray. The Briton then teamed up with John McEnroe in a doubles exhibition match to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6.

"Unfortunately, I'm not match fit to play the match tonight," said Federer on court. "Clearly I wish it wasn't so. I tried all year to be ready for the [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals, and I didn't want it to end this way. I tried everything I could last night, also today – painkillers, treatment, rest, so forth, warm-up, until the very end – but I just can't compete at this level with Novak. It would be too risky at my age to do this right now and I hope you understand.