As a part of the celebrations for the 125th year of the Wimbledon Championships an extensive collection of match footage has been released on iTunes. The footage ranges from interviews with past and present players, behind the scenes footage and some match play from some of the greatest matches ever played at Wimbledon. As they say in the documentary Wimbledon is a place where legends are born and memories are created. Read more
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Everyone is talking about Andy Murray being coachless, ditching his last coach, Alex Corretja, a clay court specialist, just before the clay court season starts. The other thing everyone is talking about – even more so – is that maybe Andy’s mum Judy Murray should not have survived the culling from Team Murray. Read more
This link was posted on Twitter today so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a video of Rafael Nadal playing Paradorn Srichaphan in 2003 when the current world number one was just 17. What you’ll notice is that the very young Nadal charges the net, admittedly clumsily, but you never see that in his game now. Now he’s so controlled and chooses his times to go to the net rather than just charging with some serve and volley play. Read more
2009 Brisbane finalist Fernando Verdasco has been bundled out of the Brisbane International by Benjamin Becker in two hours and thirteen minutes. The 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 scoreline reflects Verdasco’s inability to convert more than one of the seven break point chances he had.
The Spaniard rebounded from a slow start by edging out Becker in the second set tiebreak after having improved his service percentages. Becker, who is not a relative of Boris Becker, was elated with the win. “I had a good game plan and it worked well today. It is always good to get a win under your belt… and its not every day you beat a top 10 player.”
The hard hitting Becker simply out hit, and out played Verdasco. He set points up beautifully and moved Verdasco around the court, showing his frustration at not closing the match in two sets by throwing his racquet to the ground. Verdasco tried hard to rally, at times pulling off some beautiful backhands and playing with great depth but the German was too consistent and his cross court forehand was simply lethal.
>Boris Becker and Ralph Lauren have conducted the first Legends Clinic at Wimbledon with great success. Boris spent a considerable amount of time showing viewer different types of grip, giving fitness advice and tips for improving techniques.
He also answered the question I submitted.
“The demands of the game have changed so much over the decades and there have been so many injuries to top players over the last 12 months. How much do you think the calendar is to blame for the seeming never ending list of injured players (in terms of volume overload) or do you think it’s more a case of inappropriate conditioning and reduced ability to recover from matches?” – Tennis Perspective, Australia.
“Absolutely the schedule for these young guys is just so much more that say 10 or 15 years ago, and the demands from the sponsors and tournaments as well. So tennis doesn’t really have an off season like other sports. They have a summer break or a winter break. Tennis doesn’t have that. We have 4 Grand Slams spread out throughout the year, then we have Davis Cup and other competitions…. So the fact that the Nadal’s and Federer’s have to play so much more is the reason they are more injured.” – Boris Becker
Watch the footage at….
Polo Ralph Lauren will be celebrating their fifth year as the Official Outfitter at Wimbledon by introducing a Legends Clinic featuring a live interactive virtual tennis clinic with Boris Becker. Becker has won Wimbledon three times.
The clinic will be streamed via RalphLauren.com/Wimbledon with Becker answering questions about techniques to improve your game as well as hints and tips he’s picked up with his years of experience.
YOU can ask Boris a question by going to the website and submitting it to be answered or I can submit them directly to the media team for you. The clinic takes place on the 17th so start thinking of your questions now.
Polo Ralph Lauren
According to Gulf News, Boris Becker has confirmed what many have believed, that Rafael Nadal is the only player truly able to challenge Federer. This is exactly why Nadal is so important to the tour. Without Rafa Grand Slams are too predictable.
“Nadal came along in 2008 and challenged Federer. This only helped Federer to raise his level and play even better but now with Nadal out with an injury, I can see no-one capable of challenging possibly the greatest player of all times. Federer has 16 Grand Slam titles at the moment and it was Nadal who has been consistently challenging him. All we need is a tough competitor who will come along and challenge Federer. But there is no-one at the moment, not even Murray. I’ve played some of the greats including Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Bjorn Borg a bit. I was at the Australian Open in January and I am yet to see a player of Federer’s calibre. In a Grand Slam he is a different player altogether. We need a player who can get close to him and beat him in a Grand Slam.”
Becker has a fair point. Those who beat him in Masters levels events can’t do it in Slams, partially because Federer takes his game to a new level and partially because his opponent seem to suddenly realize the magnitude of what they’re trying to do and mentally beat themselves.
Without Rafa Nadal the only tears we will see from Federer are tears of glory and all we will see in Slams is boring, predictable tennis. It is their rivalry that has saved tennis from becoming too boring to watch. Tennis needs a healthy Nadal.