Category Archives: Jim Courier

Rafa Battles His Body And Kei Nishikori For A Win

The Rafael Nadal who came out against Kei Nishikori was not the same Rafa that had overcome Gael Monfils. Rafa battled but eventually overcame Kei 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 for a quarterfinal spot after over three hours of play.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Rafa had an ulcer on his hand but that he didn’t want to play with it taped because it impacted his feel on the ball. After his second match he revealed a heavily blistered left hand as he waved to the crowd and yet still he trained long and hard and often without tape.

Rafa started the match with tape on and it was quite clear immediately that his feel was not what it had been. Read more »

More Heartache For Roddick

Andy Roddick was forced to retire from his match against Lleyton Hewitt as he trailed 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 after injuring what appeared to be his hip or his groin early in the match. It was another tough blow for Roddick who has battled his health and various unlucky injuries over the past two seasons.

During the early stages of the match Jim Courier revealed he has implored Roddick to return to his younger days when he ripped his forehand violently around the court, ending points quickly and aggressively. Strangely it was Lleyton who seemed to have more bite on his ground strokes. Read more »

Spain Leading America 2-0. Lopez And Ferrer Victorious, Roddick And Fish Fail

The Americans were certainly fancying their chances against the Spaniards in their quarterfinal Davis Cup meeting when Rafael Nadal decided to drink cocktails in Ibiza instead of flying to Texas right after his loss in the Wimbledon finals.

Unfortunately for the Americans the Spaniards have raced to a 2-0 lead and now team captain Jim Courier is hoping for a big performance from the Bryan Brothers in the doubles rubber. Read more »

Mens Roland Garros Finals Predictions

Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have something to prove in today’s Roland Garros final. Federer would like to end doubt once and for all that he can win Roland Garros against a healthy Nadal after his 2009 win was downplayed because the Spaniard was carrying a significant injury. Rafa is more interested in retaining his number one ranking and winning his tenth Grand Slam (6th Roland Garros title) than equaling Bjorn Borg’s record at the tournament, but hey, equaling the record wouldn’t hurt either. Read more »

>Djokovic Repeats History And Scalps Federer

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Roger Federer has never beaten Novak Djokovic when the Serbian has won the first set and tonight was no different. With Rafael Nadal injured and out of the tournament, both players were well aware of their chances in a final, and both arrived desperate to claim the final spot and it was Novak who walked away victorious 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 after three hours.

It was a matter of history repeating itself. Three years ago to the day Novak Djokovic claimed the Australian Open title after defeating Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi finals and Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the finals.

Interestingly Federer had apparently said to Jim Courier that he was trying to conserve energy in his US Open semifinal against Nole in order to prepare for a final against Nadal but despite those tactics the arrogant play had lost him the match.

Federer failed to convert the one break point chance he had but was brilliant at the net and on serve. In the tiebreak Nole continued to play aggressive tennis by spreading the court and got a little lucky when Federer’s backhand hit the net to give him a mini break at 2-1. Wayward backhands gave Novak another mini break to convert on his second set point for the first set after 57 minutes.

In the opening games of the second set Novak seemed to be edging in front of Federer more frequently as he hit with beautiful penetrating depth. Federer always able to do the unimaginable, pulled blistering forehands from nowhere, pummeling them down the line.

It wasn’t enough.

Djokovic continued to push the former world number one as he broke with a roar and a fist pump for a 2-1 lead in the second set. Federer was so irritated that he complained about his opponents eternal ball bouncing. After a terrible service game from the world number three the momentum was with Federer at 2-2.

The defensive skills of Federer were well and truly on display in a 23 point rally that Novak should have won multiple times, but Rog somehow pushed his way back in to win his third consecutive game for a 4-2 lead and a chance to serve for 5-2.

Federer stepped up to serve for the set but Novak smashed his way back into the set, sealing it with a great passing down the line forehand as Federer tried to play another drop shot. With everything back on serve at 4-5 with Novak to serve, a feather dropped from the sky, swirling and dropping right near Novak as he served. Federer tried another drop shot which Novak chipped cross court to hold.

Another feather gently floated to the ground as Novak found himself with three break point chances. Federer couldn’t defend all three as Novak, who had fought back from 2-5, took a 6-5 lead when Roger netted a backhand to give him the break. A brilliant backhand down the line from Nole gave him the 61 minute second set 7-5.

A 22nd backhand error from Federer gave Djokovic a third chance to break, a chance he took for a 2-1 lead in the third set.

Federer made a late charge as a seemingly weary Novak served for a 5-3 lead, serving aces several times to save break points, but his weight of shot dropped off, allowing Federer to break back as the net blessed him again. Suddenly things were back at 4-4 just when Novak had been looking safe.

With two break points lost Federer’s backhand failed him again and Novak was just one game away from the Australian Open final. After three hours his extreme efforts were over and his place in the final secured.

After winning under the huge pressure of a Davis Cup final at home in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic seemed to possess the ongoing and unwavering confidence that he has struggled with in the past.

This is the first final in the last 24 Grand Slam titles since 2008 that either Nadal or Federer has not been involved.

Federer, Clijsters, Ivanovic, Nadal, Hewitt, Stosur, Courier, Rafter And Many More Rally For Relief

The biggest flood disaster in Australia’s history has received a boost today from the Tennis community who were overwhelmed by the shear enormity of the disaster. Huge floods and walls of water smothered Queensland. Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia are also struggling with floods.

Today at Rod Laver Arena a packed house helped tennis stars raise over $1 million dollars to help recovery and relief efforts. Read more »

>Rafael Nadal Officially THE King Of Clay

>After successfully defending his Monte Carlo and Rome clay court titles, Rafael Nadal has been voted as the greatest player to step on to the courts of Roland Garros after winning the tournament 4 consecutive times. The poll was taken in  L’ Equipe magazine.

Readers were given the opportunity to vote for any former French Open champions such as Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Jim Courier, Guga Kuerten and Sergi Bruguera.

Nadal was surprised by the honour, saying that his career should not be judged until it is over. “It is a big surprise for me. Sometimes it’s easier for people to say which is better because I am (playing) now… We will see when I’m finished my career. I don’t know now. It is very difficult to compare, but my feeling now is that Borg is better.”

>Legends Ball Announced In NYC

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In a press release just issues The Legends Ball has been announced for September 10, 2010 in NYC. The ball benefits the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Former players who will be in attendance include Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zverea, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

According to the release; “The Legends Ball auction will feature an array of exclusive experiences and luxury items that will excite tennis fans and non-tennis fans alike. In the past, auction items have included hit sessions with tennis luminaries Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Monica Seles; ticket and travel packages to Grand Slam events; golf at legendary courses like Winged Foot; autographed tennis memorabilia from Roger Federer, James Blake and Andre Agassi; exotic vacation packages; and golf, baseball, hockey, basketball and football tickets and memorabilia.”
Tickets can be obtained by email from legendsball@hgnyc.com

>Navratilova Talks About Her Cancer

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Martina Navratilova has warned women around the about being vigilant about getting regular cancer check ups including mamograms saying she’d let it slip, and that it had being 4 years since her last one. Martina has the more agressive (level 3) DCIS tumor cell type and as a result will have 6 weeks of radiation treatment in Paris where she hopes to also commentate for the Roland Garros tournament if she’s able.

She also discussed the issue as part of her role in health promotion on http://www.aarp.org/ws/MartinaChat/ you can see some of it below.

Dr. Julie Silver: 

Radiation therapy often causes intense fatigue. Exercise is one of the best ways to combat this. Also, try cognitive behavioral therapies such as meditation.

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Martina Navratilova: 

I gravitated towards yoga these last few months and find it extremely relaxing and calming so I expect I will be doing that as much as possible.

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[Comment From Tammy Tammy : ] 

Has your tennis game been affected because of the surgery?

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Martina Navratilova: 

Yes. Because I had one of my lymph nodes taken out under left arm pit which was the more painful recovery part of the surgery and because of the protruding lump that has now gotten smaller I couldn’t play tennis for three weeks. I was skiing, playing hockey, biking but no tennis.

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Dr. Julie Silver: 

Many women with breast cancer have arm and shoulder problems that can be helped with cancer rehabilitation. 

Martina Navratilova: 

Chris – thank you so much -I love that hug. My tennis friend Jim Courier sent me a sweet email yesterday saying he felt sorry for the Cancer because I was going to kick its ass. I said thank you so much Jim. Don’t feel sorry for the Cancer –but yes I will kick its ass.

>Champions For Chile: Watch The Highlights

>Watch the highlights of Champions For Chile which raised $125,000 for earthquake devastated Chile. Andy Roddick honoured his commitment to the cause, playing even though it was his day off before playing the finals, which he won, against Berdych.

While there didn’t seem to be too many people in the audience Guga Kuerten, Jim Courier, Andy and Fernando Gonzalez entertained the crowd. Watch the video here.