понедељак, 16. јул 2018.

Masterly Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title

A grand return

Ah, there you are again, Novak. It’s been too long.
At the Wimbledon men’s final of 2018, tennis celebrated the return of a wonderful old friend. These last couple of years have featured an unfamiliar doppelganger bearing Djokovic’s name, with none of his old invincibility; but as of the semi-finals here, the awkward stranger is banished.
It’s been a long, uncomfortable road, but the superstar is back, rocking the Centre Court, nibbling its grass in victory, and racking up the Grand Slams once again.
If this Championships decider fell short of an all-time classic, then the story it framed will go down in the history books nonetheless. Here was 32-year-old Kevin Anderson, the giant who no one saw coming, bidding to become the oldest first-time Wimbledon champion since the game turned professional 50 years ago, and the first South African to lift the famous gilt trophy. Opposite him was the 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who has endured two very long years of turmoil, injury and decline.
Each had fought breathtaking battles through earlier rounds to reach this shootout, but only one man could complete his personal odyssey with the ultimate prize – and it was Djokovic, delivering at times a near error-free display to capture his fourth Wimbledon crown 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3).
Just months ago – weeks, even – such an idea was inconceivable. Yet having slumped to the world No.21 spot, he has become the lowest-ranked man to win Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic did it as the world No.125 in 2001.
Djokovic came into this Fortnight on his humblest-ever seeding here, No.12, carrying the knowledge that this was the first season since 2006 that he has failed to win a Tour-level title before Wimbledon. But if a chap is going to capture his first tournament victory of 2018, he might as well make it the greatest prize of all.

Step by brutal step

All year Djokovic has shown increasing glimpses of the tennis which formerly made him the best player on the planet; but somehow the results he strung together – a semi-final in Rome, a quarter at Roland-Garros, the final and even a match point at Queen’s – served only to highlight the chasm between that form and the insuperability of old.
Yet he had set himself the towering task of somehow mapping a route back to the player he used to be, and having done so there was no other way to go about it other than step by brutal step.
How easy it is for those of us who have stood witness to announce now that Djokovic’s belief never flagged. That cheap summation surely does him a vast disservice, so evident was his frequent bewilderment at the loss of his former powers.
But still he kept going, and with that marvellous display against a superb Rafael Nadal in the semi-final here, he was reborn – the player he used to be and more, wiser for all that he has endured.
Anderson, for his part, could not rise to the occasion. Having famously beaten Roger Federer 13-11 in the final set of an epic quarter-final, he backed it up with that magnificent mega-duel to defeat John Isner, but the final was a test too far.
Ten years after he last defeated Djokovic, he was hobbled both mentally and physically by the incalculable demands of so many hours on court. It was only in the third set that he began to play as he would have wished.
Even in the first set his service arm was suffering with the cumulative effect of so many power deliveries in so short a timespan, and he received attention from the trainer. At a set and 2-5 down he at last commanded a break point, but under relentless fire from Djokovic the forehand which has served Anderson so well could not deliver.
Throughout it all, the South African chattered away to himself in encouragement, deploying all the newly-learned mental tricks which have helped him to two Grand Slam finals in the last year. He will leap up to No.5 when the latest rankings are released after The Championships, and his achievements at Wimbledon 2018 will not be forgotten.
But as the Centre Court surface temperature touched 40 degrees, Djokovic was hot stuff on a hotter day. With the heavy cloak of doubt cast aside, unburdened at last, Djokovic ensured that the legendary lawn was left scorched by more than just the summer sun.
For two sets his serve delivered time after time, and Anderson could scarcely touch it. Only when the prize drew near did Djokovic misfire, and he repelled five set points. Up ahead, triumph waited patiently.
The Serb took a step towards it with a delicious forehand pass; and soon after that, victory’s kiss left him on his haunches, as if in prayer. Minutes later, the ancient trophy was in his hands again, a sight applauded by his three-year old son Stefan in the arms of his mother, Djokovic’s wife Jelena.
“It feels amazing – the first time in my life I have someone screaming ‘Daddy! Daddy!’,” smiled Djokovic. “I’m very emotional with him being there, and my wife and whole team. I cherish this moment.

“I would like to congratulate Kevin. I was quite lucky to get through. I’m very grateful to everyone who has been supporting me. The last couple of years haven’t been easy, facing for the first time a severe injury. I had many moments of doubt and didn’t know if I could come back. But there’s no better place in the world to make a comeback. I always dreamed of holding this trophy as a boy. This is a sacred place for tennis. It’s very special.”
And then he laughed, gazing in wonder at the trophy – and so much else – restored to him once more. Novak Djokovic is the champion again, at Wimbledon, the place which matters to him the most. Welcome back, friend. Seems like old times.

уторак, 03. јул 2018.

Mиша Зверев:Сервис и волеј

петак, 15. јун 2018.


A little boy video-taped playing on a bumpy mud court in the Philippines without any shoes has captured the world's attention.
Grigor Dimitrov posted the clip to his Instagram page, calling attention to how lucky everyone is to "have a flat court, tennis shoes, new balls, fresh strung rackets."
It really puts things in perspective. It's also hard not to notice that the boy is quite good, despite the circumstances fighting against him.

The next time you're having a bad day and moping around on the court after a missed shot, be grateful for what you have.

среда, 13. јун 2018.

Беноа Пер у главној улози

Беноа Пер, кога смо имали част и  лично да упознамо на АТП турниру у Београду пре неколико година, осим тениског талента, има и веома занимљив карактер...

понедељак, 11. јун 2018.

Zahvat na kukovima: Zimonjić operisan

Selektor Dejvis kup reprezentacije Srbije je danas u Garmiš-Partenkirhenu operisan i moraće da pauzira najmanje tri meseca
SELEKTOR Dejvis kup reprezentacije Srbije Nenad Zimonjić (42) operisan je danas u Garmiš-Partenkirhenu. Naš legendarni dubl igrač podvrgnut je operativnom zahvatu na kukovima i moraće da pauzira najmanje tri meseca.
Iskusni teniser poslednji put je igrao na turniru u Minhenu krajem aprila, a ove godine dobio je samo jedan od deset mečeva.

Zahvat na kukovima: Zimonjić operisan

недеља, 10. јун 2018.


by: AP | June 08, 2018

SAO PAULO (AP) — Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.
Bueno was admitted to the Nove de Julho hospital in Sao Paulo in May. The hospital released a statement on Friday afternoon confirming her death, but declined to provide more details out of respect for her family.
"A very sad day for sports. Brazil and the world lost a true tennis legend," tweeted the International Olympic Committee, one of several sports organizations and professional tennis players to praise Bueno's contribution.
French Open organizers paid tribute to Bueno with a minute's applause ahead of the women's singles final on Saturday.
Nicknamed "The Tennis Ballerina" because of her graceful style, Bueno spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966. She also reached the singles final at both the Australian Open and the French Open.
Bueno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978 and was more recently contributing regularly to Brazilian television at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and other major tennis events.
Bueno won her first major at Wimbledon in 1959, when she was 19. In "Tennis Encyclopedia," Bud Collins described her at the time as "the incomparably balletic and flamboyant Bueno."
"Volleying beautifully, playing with breathtaking boldness and panache, the lithe Brazilian became the first South American woman to win the Wimbledon singles," Collins wrote.
Adored in Brazil after winning the trophy, Bueno became one of the symbols of the country's change from mostly rural to urban and modern.
Bueno was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966. She was the first non-American woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season.
Billie Jean King, who beat Bueno in the 1966 Wimbledon final and later helped start a women's professional tennis tour, said the Brazilian was one of the players that made tennis less of a men's game.
"Maria was a big star who caught the interest of the fans at a time when the men took center stage. She helped lay the groundwork for what was to come," King told Bueno's website in 2009. "She deserves to be recognized."
Bueno said men were key to her game.
"It was only because I trained with men that I developed my speed. People said I looked effortless, but that was from training with guys," said Bueno, who played without a coach.
From 1957-67, a decade in which she was dominating on the tennis court, Bueno won 65 singles tournaments, 90 doubles titles and 15 in mixed doubles. She was runner-up in 45 other competitions.
Injuries and illness shortened her career, including spending eight months in bed in 1961 because of hepatitis.
Her last major title came in 1968 when she won the doubles title at the U.S. Open alongside Margaret Court — one of her biggest rivals in singles.
Bueno and Court faced each other in five major finals, with Bueno winning two of them.
Bueno's career took a downturn as the Open era started in 1968 because of arm and leg injuries. But she returned to tennis years later and won her final tournament at the Japan Open in 1974.
Off the court, Bueno also had an interest in fashion and played in dresses tailored by English couturier Ted Tinling.
In 1964, Bueno surprised the public at Wimbledon with a white Tinling dress that had a pink underskirt and matching pink underwear.
"There was a gasp from one end of the court," Bueno recalled years later. "And the people at the other end didn't know why, until I changed ends and served from there.
"Later I wore panties that resembled the club colors, which outraged the club committee and they brought in the all-white clothing rule."
Born in Sao Paulo, Bueno started playing tennis at the age of 6 and entered her first tournament at 11. At 17, she left Brazil for the United States.
Despite being considered a future star after winning national tournaments at a young age, Bueno was shy about her achievements.
"I'm not good," she told The Associated Press after being named Female Athlete of the Year in 1959. "I'm afraid of everyone I play."
Note that this correction changes Bueno's admittance to hospital to May.

субота, 17. март 2018.

Nemački teniser Tomi Has završio karijeru


Has (39) je odluku objavio posle pobede Švajcarca Rodžera Federera u četvrtfinalu turnira nad Čung Hjonom iz Južne Koreje. Has je od 2016. godine direktor turnira u Indijan Velsu.
„Smatram se srećnim što sam mogao da zaradjujem za život igrajući profesionalni tenis više od dve decenije. Sport mi je doneo dragocena prijateljstva i mogućnost da putujem svetom i stvorim neverovatne uspomene“, rekao je Has.
Has je počeo karijeru 1996. godine, a najbolji plasman u karijeri mu je drugo mesto na ATP listi iz 2002. godine. Osvojio je 15 titula, od kojih poslednje dve 2013. godine na turnirima u Minhenu i Beču.
Posle toga imao je brojne povrede, a na teren se vratio 2017. godine, kada je pobedio Federera u drugom kolu turnira u Štutgartu. On je posle toga morao da se povuče sa turnira zbog povrede i od tada nije igrao zvanični meč.
Igrao je u tri polufinala Australijan opena (1999, 2002, 2007) i u polufinalu Vimbldona 2009. godine, a osvojio je srebrnu medalju na Olimpijskim igrama u Sidneju 2000. godine.

среда, 14. март 2018.

Ken Flach, Owner of 6 Grand Slam Doubles Titles, Dies at 54

Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam titles in men's doubles and two in mixed doubles, has died, according to the ATP World Tour and International Tennis Federation. He was 54.
The ATP World Tour announced Tuesday that Flach died Monday night in California after a brief illness.
In a posting on Facebook, Flach's widow, Christina, wrote that he "passed away after fighting pneumonia."
"Ken was taken far too soon and his sudden passing comes as a real shock to everyone in tennis," ATP President Chris Kermode said, adding that Flach "will be remembered as one of the great U.S. doubles players in the history of our sport."
Flach was remembered Tuesday on the main stadium court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. His picture was shown on the video board and the announcer mentioned his career highlights.
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Flach reached No. 1 in the men's doubles rankings and paired with Robert Seguso to form one of the world's top teams in the 1980s.
They won 28 titles together, including major championships at the U.S. Open in 1985 and Wimbledon in 1987 and 1988. They twice were the runners-up at the U.S. Open.
Flach and Seguso also collected a gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
They played together at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and won three Division II national championships, according to the ATP.
Flach finished with a total of 34 men's doubles titles, including winning the 1993 U.S. Open with Rick Leach. Flach's Grand Slam mixed doubles trophies came with Kathy Jordan at the French Open and Wimbledon in 1986.
Flach played doubles on the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1985-91, compiling an 11-2 record.
He retired as a professional tennis player in 1996 and became a coach, leading Vanderbilt to the NCAA finals in 2003.