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A battle of generations on the ATP tour

In the past week at the Rolex Monte Carlo Master’s 1000 tournament, big things were expected of the next wave of young tennis stars coming through in Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but instead they all exited before the quarter-finals. The current grumblings and criticism of this young group are that they are […]

Hey Connor, thanks for reading and commenting! It was very very tough for me to pick certain moments for each players and arguments could be made for Rafa winning Wimbledon 08 and FO 13 semi and you would be justified! That FO 2013 semi against Novak for Rafa was very crucial as he was coming back from a long injury layoff and Novak was closer than ever up until that point to taking the french open.
I think the silver lining is that these great players have created so many memorable moments for us to discuss and choose from!

The career-defining tournaments for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Thanks bud! Glad you enjoyed it!

The career-defining tournaments for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Thanks champ!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thank you!
I get what you mean about Thompson – he is definitely the least talented one and I would have ranked Kokkinakis higher if not for his injuries.

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thank you!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Thanks Jono!

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Loved this article – great insight into into what it’s like to be be a passionate Australian tennis fan growing up.
I think the Australians were at their peak when Rafter, Hewitt and Philippoussis were all fit and firing. Should have probably won more than just the 2003 Davis Cup with those 3 and the Woodies in our Davis Cup team.

Where do tennis loyalties lie: Team Australia or Team World?

I agree with you. I think this is the breaking point between the Australian public and Nick Kyrgios. He’s reached an age (24) where he should be mature enough to understand the baggage that comes with being a professional tennis player, he may not enjoy what he does but there are millions of people out there who are stuck in jobs that they don’t love yet they go in each day and still perform.
In Nick’s case, his job is viewable in the public eye and whether he likes it or not, he is an ambassador for the sport especially for the younger fans who might look up to him. The ATP need to take action not just for Nick’s own sake but for the sake of tennis as well.
You want to nip this behaviour in the bud and restore respectability to the sport, it’s not good to have a player who constantly talks the sport down and brings the game into disrepute week in and week out.

Kyrgios’ camp must throw in the towel

I know what you mean. I think that’s why when people talk about the most memorable tennis matches, they think of Grand Slam contests like Wimbledon 08 men’s final or 2012 Aus Open final. They’re tough physical battles. Let’s hope for more great Grand Slam matches I say!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thank you!
I agree with your point regarding the gruelling nature of Grand Slam play. Hence why players like Zverev and Kyrgios can chalk up wins over the big 4 but cannot replicate these wins into consistant Grand Slam performances.
You’re right, Masters tournaments used to have their only finals as best of 5 sets but now they have changed it to 3 sets.

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thanks Vu!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thanks Jono!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thanks Chen! Interesting times indeed for tennis!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Thank you for the feedback David!

A battle of generations on the ATP tour

Hi Mark,
I don’t think they’ve “finished” their rebuild but I think it’s a remarkable effort to progress this quickly. I agree with you they’ve done well.
In regards to Brisbane, even during Hawthorn’s 3 pear era they would always struggle against Richmond (who were nowhere near the force they are now). So I think maybe it’s tough to factor a rebuild based on losing to one team, it could just be they match up well to us stylistically. Happy to hear your thoughts.

How Alastair Clarkson rebuilt his Hawthorn empire

Good article Nadia, hopefully with Roughead, McEvoy, Sicily and Birchall back it will help the team challenge. They will be massive ins

Are Hawthorn pretenders or premiership contenders?

Great article! I so too think Hawks are most likely but that’s not saying much about the rest of the comp.

Will Richmond's challenger please stand up?

Hi tsuru,

I appreciate your opinion and I understand where you are coming from. I wrote this article to encourage opinion and I don’t say mine is correct so I appreciate you providing your own insight into this.

I actually think Nick is quite a curious case in tennis and his case can actually be applied to everyday working lives with many people out there dissatisfied with their jobs.

The paradox of Nick Kyrgios

What’re your thoughts on the Dillashaw/Garbrandt result? I personally thought it was too soon for Cody….

McGregor v Nurmagomedov: a battle two years in the making

Great article Jed! My thoughts are that LeBron’s legacy at the Lakers will depend on his performances in the play offs. If he can knock off the Warriors within the next 2 years with the Lakers it will go a long way to cementing his status there…easier said than done though.

What will it take for LeBron to become a Lakers legend?

Couldn’t with this list but last night’s game between Richmond and Geelong was quite solid too!

The four best games of the 2018 AFL season so far

http://www.sportingnews.com/au/tennis/news/nick-kyrgios-australian-open-grigor-dimitrov/1rr764nfff7k4zkyz3viq6nap

Please see attached Alexis.

The paradox of Nick Kyrgios

Great article putting each team’s position into an unbiased perspective!

Sure, Richmond are first, but it's not daylight second

Sue, I agree. I read that he’s found a passion in life recently and that he’s set up a foundation to help young children which is fantastic. I think sometimes the media skew Nick’s personality but sometimes he is a bit brash which doesn’t help. i just thought I’d do an article that seeks to understand why he is as he is as opposed to just badmouthing him!

The paradox of Nick Kyrgios

Thank you!

The paradox of Nick Kyrgios