Yen-Hsun Lu becomes the Challenger GOAT
The man from Taiwan claimed another three Challenger titles to take his career total to 18, surpassing the semi-retired Takao Suzuki’s haul of 16.
His cause was helped by his schedule, consistently opting to play weak Challengers in Asia instead of ATP events and he was top seed (by a large margin) in all three victories.
The Ratiwatana twins do the same
If Lu is the Roger Federer of the Challenger circuit then Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana are the Bryans. Continue reading
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Few tennis fans had heard of David Savic before he was banned for life on corruption charges at a hearing in London last September.
Given that he operated mainly on the Futures tour and had a career high of 393, it’s not surprising. He was barely a household name in his own house.
Initial details were sketchy. Savic received a life ban and a $100,000 fine for “contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event”. He claimed he’d been set up by a “current top player” who was reported to be a friend from his junior days.
Last month The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the Serb’s life ban but quashed the fine. With the release of the case file, some fascinating details have emerged. Continue reading
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Or not as the case may be. The part-time tennis fans should be grateful they only have to put up with him for a couple of weeks a year.
Roger Federer and Julien Benneteau exit Centre Court after their five set third round battle
Self-parody with John McEnroe
It seems I wasn’t alone when I was irritated by media descriptions of Lukas Rosol as an “unknown” and a “nobody”, amongst other disparaging terms.
John McEnroe was also disgusted by his colleagues in the mainstream media. Continue reading
Cool head Luke
Lukas Rosol’s five set victory against Rafael Nadal was one of those matches that leaves you frantically searching for superlatives.
As far as upsets go, it’s arguably the biggest of the Open Era with only George Bastl’s victory over Pete Sampras at the same stage at the same event in 2002 coming close in the last decade. Continue reading
Potito Starace contemplates the moral dilemma (for about two seconds)
It was another productive grass season for Potito Starace. Two matches, two retirements, a total of 16 games played.
His reward? A mere €3,870 for his first round defeat to Flavio Cipolla in Rosmalen and then £14,500 for his retirement at 2-6 0-2 today against Ryan Sweeting. Continue reading
The return of Miracle Matteo
I first wrote about Matteo Viola at the Australian Open. You can read the details of his ridiculous comebacks here but the short version is he won his first two qualifying matches from a total of 11 match points down and qualified for the main draw after trailing Rik De Voest by a set and a break. Continue reading
One-time leader and people's choice, Wayne Odesnik, now out of contention
Rather than holding a separate tournament, this year the USTA will award its Roland Garros wildcard to the player who accumulates the most points at the Sarasota and Savannah Challenger events.
With his victory in Sarasota, Sam Querrey technically leads the standings but his ranking of 99 on the April 16 cut-off was enough to secure a place in the Paris main draw anyway.
After of the Savannah quarter-finals, three players remain in contention. Here are the current standings: Continue reading