Viktor Troicki has been handed an 18 month ban by the ITF after failing to provide a blood sample in Monte Carlo.
A statement by the ITF indicated their stance on the incident:
“Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample.
He asserted to an independent tribunal that he was assured by the doping control officer (DCO) that it would be acceptable not to provide a sample on Read more
So much is on the line today. Nadal is playing his fifth consecutive Grand Slam final and hunting for his seventh Roland Garros crown in an attempt to over take Bjorn Borg in the history books. Djokovic is looking to defeat the King of Clay on his home turf and in doing so complete a career Grand Slam and a Novak Slam – holding all four Slams at the same time (but not in one calender year).
Nadal has been in top form leading into the final, repeatedly bageling opponents, and consistently winning in straight sets. Physically Nadal should have the advantage after Novak was pushed to five sets twice but as we saw in Australia, Novak has a knack for recovering and rising to the occasion against Rafa. Read more
Andy Murray is not following the advice of his medical team and is knowingly risking a serious back injury by playing in Paris.
Since Monte Carlo (and technically on and off for 18 months) Murray has been having problems with his back that have been getting worse and worse over the last few weeks.
Stupidly instead of resting before Roland Garros he played another tournament after Rome. Read more
There were huge stakes today for the mens final in Monte Carlo. Rafael Nadal was looking for his 8th consecutive title in Monte Carlo. Novak Djokovic was looking to beat Rafa in an 8th consecutive final and claim his 7th Masters 1000 title since 2011. If Novak won you got the feeling that Nadal could kiss the French Open goodbye.
Nadal was not willing to have the French Open taken from him and refused to let Djokovic claim a title on the court that has become the House Of Nadal. Rafael claimed his 8th Monte Carlo crown with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Read more
Rafael Nadal has put on an impressive performance against a sharp Gilles Simon to book a place in the Monte Carlo finals for a chance to win his eighth consecutive title in the principality. Nadal beat his French opponent 6-3, 6-4.
Rafa came into this tournament under an injury cloud but with an impressive 234 wins and 18 losses in his clay court career. Simon came in under the radar.
Both players started playing entertaining tennis from the beginning of the match with Simon producing blinding winners that even beat Nadal’s forehand for power, placement and pace. Read more
Novak Djokovic has battled against his heartache and wayward concentration to beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Monte Carlo to secure his place in yet another final.
Berdych came into the match playing some solid and powerful tennis while Djokovic came in struggling with his concentration after the death of his grandfather on Thursday. Read more
It happened in the exact same spot that Juan Monaco went down a few days earlier.
Julien Benneteau was pushing Andy Murray, locking heads with the Scot at 5-5 in the first set. He slid into the corner to retrieve a ball when he hit a bad patch in the court and twisted his ankle horribly. As he lost his balance and fell (screaming in pain) he put his right hand out to break the fall. Instead he damaged his wrist and you can almost see his elbow breaking – the mechanics of which will likely leave him with ligament damage. Read more
There is something about the Indian Wells-Miami hard court swing that seems to consistently destroy Rafa Nadal’s troubled knees. Today Rafa announced that he would not continue with the tournament by withdrawing from his semifinal match against Andy Murray.
There are two ways you can look at this latest set back:
1) It’s about self preservation.
Nadal’s been having trouble with his knees since the Australian Open (and years before that). His right knee locked up and he could barely move it when he stood up from a chair.
He stood up from a chair.
He wasn’t sprinting, twisting or changing directions he was just standing up after sitting down. To say this is unusual is an understatement. Since then, despite six weeks of training and rehab, Rafa hasn’t been right. Read more
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Do you want to see a hilarious video of Janko Tipsarevic being Novak Djokovic in a skit for the Monte Carlo players show? If you do click here it’s priceless.
The Barcelona 500 event has kicked off and Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro have done a spot of modeling at a shop in the city centre.
Clothes horse Lopez said “fashion is very important, but I usually wear sports clothes.” Read more