They were born within a week of each other. They grew up on the junior circuit together. They turned professional in the same year. They are both 6 ft 6, both right-handed and they have both won a US Open Grand Slam. They are tennis twins. On Sunday afternoon, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro met in the first reverse singles in a match that would effectively decide the outcome of the 2016 Davis Cup.
Argentina had taken a gamble and chosen to play … Read the rest
Have sightings of Diego Maradona in the Zagreb Arena made fans at the Davis Cup think they were attending a football match between Croatia and Argentina? Judging by the fervid and raucous old school football terrace atmosphere they were obviously hoping that Maradona might excitedly jump onto the court and start kicking a ball about!
His countrymen could certainly have done with a tennis doubles specialist of his ability for Saturday afternoon’s crucial doubles match against Croatia. Instead, they had to take a gamble and … Read the rest
I have a confession to make. I know what you are thinking: go see a priest. It’s not that kind of a confession.
Now, my favourite player in the entire universe and beyond is, of course, our Andy. That would be Andy Murray, world number 1. I may have mentioned that once or twice in my recent blogs. What do mean you haven’t noticed? Shame on you. Anyhow, behind him – not literally, it’s not panto season yet – in the tennis pecking order, there … Read the rest