I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.
There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.
Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more »
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 »
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more »
The Hopman Cup celebrated the new year in Perth with an invitation only black tie ball. Aussie Jarmilla Gajdosova looked beautiful in a Carla Zampatti gown. Lleyton Hewitt looked very dapper in a black suit as he escorted wife Bec to the ball, saying that he hoped in the new year their youngest child, Ava, would start sleeping through the night so they could get some sleep!
Lleyton Hewitt has added Peter Luczak to his enormous entourage to try and help the ailing Australian tennis star have one last successful bid at the top of the game despite his ongoing issues with his big toe.
The big toe has proven to be a big problem with a prominent Australian specialist saying it was the worst he’d ever seen and he wondered how Hewitt was even walking. The problem is that having a problem like Hewitt’s throws off your whole foot biomechanics and leaves you vulnerable to injuries elsewhere as Lleyton knows only too well.
Peter joins Hewitt’s team as a traveling hitting partner. Read more »
Lleyton Hewitt was just beaten in the first round 6-4, 7-6 by Blaz Kavcic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the last tournament ahead of the US Open. The problem is that Lleyton’s foot injury is struggling to cope with any competitive play.
Hewitt pushed his return after surgery for the French Open before hurting his ankle and then injuring his foot leading up to Wimbledon. It’s become difficult to keep track of Lleyton’s injuries, particularly with this recurring foot problem but it seems that, as usual, Lleyton refuses to admit that his body is no longer up to the task and retire. Read more »
Novak Djokovic has ended the nearly decade long run of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon by beating the Spaniard 6-4, 5-1, 1-6, 6-3 and taking his top ranking in the process. The Djokovic fairy tail now means that Djokovic has beaten Nadal in five consecutive finals this year, claimed two Grand Slams and lost at only one tournament he has played in all year. This is, without doubt, the year of Novak Djokovic with the Serb claiming his 8th title of the season on the sacred grounds of Wimbledon. Read more »
Roger Federer has jumped to the defense of Lleyton Hewitt after he was asked, “do you welcome the Australians having a tennis player for a change after their great heritage?”
Federer shot back; “You talk like Lleyton isn’t around anymore. Be careful. He could have beaten Soderling. We’d be talking differently. For me, he still remains a great champion, always will be.Read more »
It doesn’t matter if you like Bernard Tomic or not but you have to give the kid some credit for coming back from two sets to love down against Igor Andreev. After their match was suspended at 2-1 Tomic spoke to Todd Woodbridge as he was leaving the Wimbledon site saying he thought he’d worked Andreev out finally.
Sure enough when they returned yesterday with just two sets remaining it was Tomic who seemed to have figure out an answer as he accelerated to a 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win. Read more »