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With its origins dating back to the United Kingdom in the late 19th century, tennis has become one of the most popular sports in the world, with its four Grand Slam tournaments often one of the most viewed championships on the annual sporting calendar.

Out of the four majors, perhaps the most illustrious tennis tournament is Wimbledon in England, which was the first ever Grand Slam championship. Professional male tennis players play in the ATP tour while female tennis players participate in the WTA tour.

Some of the greatest ever tennis players from both genders include Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, and present superstars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Tennis Articles

‘Scared’ Nadal braced for return to Basel

by , 21 Oct 2014

Rafael Nadal is feeling “scared” over his first appearance in a decade at the Swiss Indoors tournament, with the shadow of unavoidable appendix surgery hovering over the great Spaniard. Nadal, who last played in Basel in 2004 and stands 0-2 in the hometown of top seed and long-time rival Roger Federer, starts the tournament on […]

2014 WTA Finals: Preview and draw (Part II)

2014 WTA Finals: Preview and draw (Part II)

by , 21 Oct 2014

On the weekend, I previewed the WTA Finals’ Red Group, which consists of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic. Here, in Part II, I will preview the White Group. White Group Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki Maria Sharapova (2) Seventh appearance Best result: Won (2004) Titles won in […]

2014 WTA finals: Preview and draw (Part I)

2014 WTA finals: Preview and draw (Part I)

by , 19 Oct 2014

After a season where we have seen four exceptional Grand Slam champions, first-time winners and numerous surprises, the world’s top eight women have converged onto Singapore to contest the final major trophy up for grabs in 2014 – the WTA Finals. After three years in Istanbul, the tournament has shifted to Singapore for the next […]

Kyrgios eyeing a bumper 2015

by , 17 Oct 2014

Eyeing off far greater spoils, Nick Kyrgios has no regrets about prematurely ending his spectacular 2014 campaign despite it potentially costing him an Australian Open seeding. Kyrgios climbed to a career-high 51st after backing up his giant-killing quarter-final run at Wimbledon with a third-round showing at the US Open last month. The 19-year-old probably only […]

Federer hazy on return to world No.1

by , 13 Oct 2014

Roger Federer insists he won’t go out of his way to capture the coveted year-end world No.1 ranking, despite sealing back-to-back Masters wins in Shanghai. The third-ranked 33-year-old will return to No.2 on the back of his run in Shanghai, where he beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2) on Sunday for his fourth title […]

Australia’s fourth best tennis player: Marinko Who?

by , 3 Oct 2014

Taking part in pub trivia last night, the question came up ‘which Australian men did Roger Federer defeat in the 2014 US Open?’ My team immediately put down Lleyton Hewiit and Bernard Tomic. I said, “I’m pretty sure it was Sam Groth and Marinko Matosevic.” Cue blank stares. “Yeah Groth was serving really well and […]

We are still naïve about match fixing

We are still naïve about match fixing

by , 27 Sep 2014

Cricket, football tennis are some of Australia’s favourite sports. They are now also some of our most tarnished. It is time we realised that our sporting culture is under a real and imminent threat from match fixing, and we need to be proactive. Close to home, six Victorian men are due to face (or are […]

Australian tennis back on the world map

Australian tennis back on the world map

by , 22 Sep 2014

As a young tennis fan, I was never lucky enough to experience Australian tennis in full flight. While I have followed Lleyton Hewitt for a number of years, his best years are well behind him and unfortunately YouTube will have to suffice if I am to experience them. My grandma could bash on for hours […]

Delightfully unusual: Li Na retires having changed tennis forever

by , 22 Sep 2014

In 1999 Y2K was an imminent threat. Australia held the Rugby World Cup. Divas Britney Spears and Cher ruled the pop charts. And Li Na turned professional. Fifteen years ago tennis in China had little following and no tradition of success. Today there are three Chinese women ranked inside the world’s top 50, China has […]

Rod Laver: Still the greatest amid all the racket

by , 17 Sep 2014

A bronze sculpture of a golfer stands in a club near London. Few fans looking at it will recognise his face, let alone his hands. However, here stands Harry Vardon, whose way of gripping a club is used by 99 per cent of those who play the game today. As the years roll by, it […]

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