I know it’s late but I just found this.
Wimbledon will start a week later from 2015 to allow players a three-week rest period following the French Open.
But as of 2015 – when Wimbledon will run from 29 June to 12 July – competitors will have 22 days to make the transition from clay to grass.
“There is widespread support within the game for extending the gap,” said All England Club chairman Philip Brook.
Schedule for 2015
- French Open: 25 May – 7 June
- Wimbledon: 29 June – 12 July
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With her first three wins, Serena Williams has moved from sixth place to fourth in all-time Grand Slam match wins in WTA history with 214, surpassing sister Venus and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who both have 212.
– Serena Williams’ three wins improved her all-time record at Wimbledon to 63-8, a winning percentage of 0.887 – good for third all-time behind just Steffi Graf (0.914) and Martina Navratilova (0.896). Also winning thrice was Maria Sharapova, who increased her record at the All England Club to 37-8 (0.822), the eighth-best winning percentage in WTA history.
– Roger Federer’s three wins in the first week give him 62 for his career at Wimbledon, breaking a tie for fourth place with John McEnroe and moving him within one victory of Pete Sampras for third place. Jimmy Connors leads all players with 84 wins at Wimbledon.
Click the link above for lots more Wimbledon stats
A lot is made about the fact that there has been no British Men’s Champions a Wimbledon in 76 years but “The Tennis Space” looks at the Top 10 achievements by British players at Wimbledon including Fred Perry‘s previously mentioned win, Tim Henman‘s 4 semi finals, Virginia Wade‘s victory in the Women’s draw in 1977 and Andy Murray‘s three consecutive semi finals appearances. Read all about the British achievements – HERE
- Watson looking to continue Wimbledon run (itv.com)
- British tennis unveils its (somewhat) bright(er) future at Wimbledon 2012 (thearmchairpundits.com)
- Quiet please! Wimbledon decorum adheres to tradition (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- Tim Henman knows Andy Murray won’t worry over critics (standard.co.uk)
This is from the Mirror of London (CLICK HERE for full article);
The ground staff at the All England Club are taking every precaution possible to ensure their world-famous grass courts are in immaculate condition for this summer’s Wimbledon championship and London 2012 Olympic tennis tournament.
- Keep off the grass! Wimbledon surface protected by hosepipes, sprinklers…and an electric fence (mirror.co.uk)
- London 2012 Olympics: electric fence installed around Wimbledon’s Centre Court to protect grass (telegraph.co.uk)
- Wimbledon Increases Prize Money for Qualifiers & First Round Losers (the1lackstertennis.wordpress.com)
- Murray to play Queen’s Club before Wimbledon (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
This is from the “Tennis Times” blog. Andy Murray announced he was thinking of skipping the entire clay curt season to concentrate on Wimbledon. The April 1 timing of the announcement should have been clue for his followers.
Though Andy can sometimes be seen as “moody” and “grumpy” on court, these times are such a good reminder that he is quite a hilarious personality off court and is considered quite a joker among his fellow players on the ATP Tour.
Andy had this to say at his Announcement, “I spoke with Ivan and it just makes so much sense. At the French, I was looking at a semi at best, especially with Rafa around, so it’s down to me to get a head start on Nole and the others for my home grand slam. Right now, Wimbledon is my number one goal.”
CLICK HERE to see more of Andy and his April Fools history
Andrea Petkovic , World No. 10: The 24-year-old Darmstädterin is the leader among the German women. This year it reached in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the quarterfinals in Strasbourg celebrated her second tournament victory on the WTA Tour and improved by 22 world rankings. With the Fed Cup team, it rose to among the best eight teams.
Angelique Kerber , World No. 32 The Kiel, who is 24 years old in three weeks, was the late Starterin among German women. After initially ten Erstrundenniederlagen in the season she managed a breakthrough in New York: Surprisingly, they moved into the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
Here are some excerpts from the article. At the end there is a link to the whole article. The article is in German so I used Google Chrome and right clicked on Translate to English.
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For many, Christmas is indeed the most intimate phase in the whole year. You have completed the other hand, since the end of November several weeks of training camp in Offenbach. Are six, seven hours of exercise a day, the worst period of the year?
Kerber: For me, this is definitely the worst time, the fitness and health units are not really my thing. I’m more the type who likes to work on the court. For Andrea, it is something different.
Petkovic: Quite different, I like this time. I like torturing myself, I like that, I … go to my limits. That’s why I yell at Angie …, and then she makes it. It’s great that we can pull for each other. There are also things that I do not like such as weight training…
Andrea, a year ago you were still at rank 32 – exactly the position that has now Angelique Kerber. Now you are in tenth place. Do you have a few tips for Angelique Kerber, how does it work?
Petkovic: before the Australian Open in January, I was still not sure if I was one of the 32 seeded players inside or …. ranked 33rd. … I had at the played well at the beginning of the year and was playing well in Brisbane, to lead up to Melbourne. That really makes things easier.
Kerber: … I play in Auckland even before the Australian Open, and the tournament still counts towards my rankings in Melbourne.
Petkovic: If you’re set, you can get in the first two rounds of the supposedly easier opponents. And if you have easier two first rounds, then you’re have less tournament stress, because the Grand Slams are simply exhausting. And then everything evolves automatically. That was when Angie at the U.S. Open but even so – the first rounds are the worst. This is for everyone so they say yes even if you can beat the top players, then in the first two rounds.
They had previously always five or six tournaments where nothing worked. How do you get out of this?
Petkovic: That’s a good question. I think it’s become less and less every year.2011 there were only two bad periods – around Wimbledon, the tournament Rome / Madrid. If I want to take the next step, the two must also vanish. But I’m in tenth place, there is not much room for improvement…. At Wimbledon, I had to much false expectation. I planned results, and once you do that, all else works. You have to concentrate on the things you have to do on the court.
Coaches like to say that one should not think of ranking points that one should think only of his game. Can we hide, Angelique? You are in a promising situation – to the U.S. Open, you have to defend many points, it could go much further up in the world rankings …
Kerber: The pressure is now there for me, even from the outside, including from the media. I’ll try my best to not let it affect me. If you go onto the pitch with a high expectation, it can be mostly forgotten. I will experience Andrea has made this year, now only can collect.
Petkovic: How many points do you defend that?
Kerber: 200 points so close …
Petkovic: If I had only, for me it’s 2000th But sometimes it’s worse when you have nothing to defend. You have to concentrate on your game just because.
Erstrundenniederlagen took you ten, so that made it click?
Kerber: After Wimbledon I spoke with Andrea …
Petkovic: … well, we have cried together …
Kerber: … at Wimbledon, that was my worst match of the year, because I’ve lost 4:6 in the third set against a wild card player, and I was so bad. Then, I asked Andrea, as it is in Offenbach, and went home and took three or four days to think about everything and decide if I really want to do this again. Then I canceled all my tournaments and prepared myself for New York and would, of course, never have thought I’d get to the semifinals. I was at position 100, and my goal was in Australia to be in the main draw …
Petkovic: And now you’re set!
Kerber: … and then I had the preparatory tournament in Dallas have noticed that I felt totally despite 40 degree heat after every game (NOTE: 40 degree’s Celcius is 104 Farenheit), okay. I’ve come to the semifinals and then flew with a lot of confidence to the U.S. Open. And as I have since won the first round, because a stone has fallen from my heart, I was really free. The space in the main draw of Melbourne was so sure, and I just wanted to take everything and enjoy it. Only in the quarter finals, I thought, oops, you can always put it to create the semi-finals, and so the game was even then, a total of ups and downs in the semifinals, I wanted to win too …
Petkovic: Since you played unbelievable in the second set.
Kerber: … but the sticking point was the first round. That was a feeling of total freedom, finally not lost first round at the Grand Slam.
Read the entire article HERE (again, you will need a translator like Google Chrome)
Five of the eight wild cards for the 2012 Australian Open Women’s Draw have been decided. Players who gain access to Grand Slam tournaments as wild cards are often times fodder for the first round but every once in awhile a wildcard has a breakout tournament. The most famous wild card has to be Goran Ivanisevic who was ranked125th in the world and had to get a wild card to play Wimbledon. He ended up beating Patrick Rafter in the finals 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 to win the event. It didn’t only happen at Wimbledon and it didn’t only happen with the men. In 2009, Kim Clijsters needed a wildcard to play in the U.S.Open. Wildcard or not, she won the tournament. In last year’s tournament wildcard Jelena Dokic won her first round match against Zuzana Ondraskova 6-4, 6-0; while Caroline Garcia topped Varvara Lepchenko of the Unitted States in the first round by a score – 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Alicia Molik beat Roberta Vinci 1-6, 6-3, 8-6. Will any wildcard get past the second round this year? We shall see. Unitl then, here is some background on this years wildcards so far.
First a little background into how the wild cards are selected from On Court Advantage (CLICK HERE).
The eight wild cards are distributed in the following way: two are reciprocal of which one each is determined at the discretion of the French Tennis Federation (*FFT) and the other is awarded to the winner of the American women-only wild card play-off winner run by the United States Tennis Association. Tennis Australia (TA) awards one as an Asian wild card as a symbol of being the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific, one to the winner of the Australian women-only play-off plus a further four at it’s discretion.
*FFT stands for Federation Francaise de Tennis or in English, the French Tennis Federation.
Reciprocal Wild Cards:
Three of the four Grand Slam tournaments have arranged a 3-way reciprocal arrangement whereby they all allocate a wild card to each other to use at their discretion. This means that all three of TA, FFT and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) set aside two Wild Cards for their home Grand Slam in order to acquire two Wild Cards for their own use at these two other Grand Slam tournaments.
Here are the 2012 Wild Cards so far:
1) Ashleigh BARTY won the Austrailians only wild card playoffs. Ashleigh is #2 in the world in the juniors and she is only 15 years old. “She is like me – when tennis gets too much, she goes fishing,” said Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. “I’ve met her several times. She is a woman after my own heart.”
Australian Fed Cup captain David Taylor, who also coaches Stosur, is equally impressed and believes the youngster could make the most precociously stunning impression on the women’s game since Martina Hingis.
“She’s the real deal,” said Taylor who once coached the Swiss former world no.1. “She’s a complete tennis player, an updated and better version of Hingis. She already serves better. I haven’t seen anyone with this much potential before. (10sballs.com)
Barty’s a step ahead of Hingis, says coach – CLICK HERE
Her ITF page – CLICK HERE
2) Casey DELLACQUA – TA discretionary WC on 14 December 2011. Christmas has come early for former world No.39 Casey Dellacqua with confirmation today of wildcards into the Australian Open main draw, as well as lead-in events Brisbane International and Moorilla Hobart International.
Dellacqua, sidelined for most of 2009 and 2010 due to shoulder and foot injuries – both of which necessitated surgery – started her return to the game earlier this year and quickly collected a Grand Slam title, taking out the mixed doubles championships at Roland Garros in June.
Since September Dellacqua has swept through the Pro Tour, enjoying a 30-match winning streak with wins in Cairns, Darwin, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Traralgon and Bendigo. Her uninterrupted run broke a nine-year record for consecutive wins on the ITF Pro Circuit. (http://www.caseydellacqua.com.au/)
Casey Dellacqua Home Page – CLICK HERE
Her WTA page – CLICK HERE
3) Madison KEYS – US Open or USTA Reciprocal Wild Card on 19 December 2011. Keys played in the Main Draw of the U.S.Open.
All in all, 16-year-old Madison Keys of Boca Raton, Fla., thought her Grand Slam debut was “awesome.” As well she should. After all, Keys became the youngest player since 2005 to win a match at the U.S. Open by beating 37-year-old Jill Craybas 6-2, 6-4 on Monday. (USA Today)
Madison Keys Home Page – CLICK HERE
Her WTA page – CLICK HERE
4) Olivia ROGOWSKA – TA discretionary WC on 20 December 2011. Lost in the first round in singles and doubles in the Australian Open (2009, 2010, 2011). Got to the 2nd round of the French Open in 2009 – singles. Highest singles ranking was 138th – December 7, 2009.
Rogowska’s WTA page – CLICK HERE
5) Aravane REZAI – Roland Garros or FFT Reciprocal Wild Card. Aravane is a professional French tennis player of Iranian background. She is the current French No. 5 in women’s tennis. Rezaï took up tennis aftere a childhood stint as her older brother’s ball girl. She has defeated many top players on the WTA circuit, such as Jelena Janković, Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Victoria Azarenka, Flavia Pennetta, and Ai Sugiyama. Her career high rank was No. 15, achieved on 11 October 2010. (Wikipedia)
Aravane Rezai Home Page – CLICK HERE
- Chardy, Rezai given Australian Open wild cards (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- You: Aussie duo added to wildcard list (sportsviews.com)
- Aussie tennis ace could surpass Hingis (news.smh.com.au)
- On Court Advantage – Australian Open Women’s Qualifiers (www.oncourtagevantage.com)
This month National Geographic did an article on twins including two famous tennis playing twins.
- Bryan brothers top year-end doubles ranking for 7th time (cbssports.com)
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CLICK HERE for the entire interview
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‘In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. I think I will be able to control my emotions better next time I am in that position; I feel mentally stronger, I feel comfortable. I am as high about my game now as I was low after the Australian Open this year. This is where I want to be and I’ve got to keep it up.’
A straight sets defeat by Novak Djokovic in Melbourne — Murray has never won a set in any of his three Slam finals — took a greater mental toll than anticipated. Murray fell into a slump lasting several months and spent a lot of time evaluating his game.
‘I don’t think a defeat has ever taken longer to get out of my system,’ he admits. ‘The Australian Open takes place in January, so in December I decamped to Miami to prepare. I spent Christmas Day alone, running on the beach.
‘It could be worse, I know, but everyone else is with their family, and all you keep thinking is, “Don’t worry, it’s all going to be worthwhile.”
‘So to get so close and lose hits you doubly hard, because of all you’ve given up. All that effort for not quite. Then everyone wants to console you, which is the last thing you need.
‘In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself’
‘You really don’t want to be hear, “You’re doing great and it’s going to happen if you keep working hard” because you’re thinking, “Look, I am working hard, and it hasn’t happened, so don’t keep telling me that.”
‘There are moments when you don’t want pepping up, you don’t even want to speak to people. There is nobody who can help. You are the only one who can deal with it. By March, I simply felt terrible. I hated practising. Everything was wrong.
‘On your own, you can get very intense. You ask what you need to do: is it my training, my team, my preparation? In reality, it is never usually the drastic stuff. It is more about having confidence in what you are doing: coaching, tactics, the physical side.
‘As you get older or smarter you learn to understand what is going well and how to repeat that, with maybe an extra five per cent added.’
The quest for self-improvement continues and he is realistic enough to know the challenge to claim even a single Grand Slam in a golden era for men’s tennis is immense. Yet Murray is not greatly given to pessimism or to beating himself up over circumstances of birth.
‘This year has been good for me,’ he says. ‘I haven’t won a Grand Slam but it has been my best year in all competitions and the first step is to be at ease with yourself and your progress.
‘I understand how strong men’s tennis is right now. I think I am competing against the two best players in the history of the sport in Federer and Rafa Nadal, and Djokovic has had one of the greatest individual seasons of all time.
‘Tennis is an individual sport and I am quite a self-conscious person,’ Murray admits. ‘There are 50,000 people watching, millions more at home, cameras everywhere and when something is happening that I don’t like, or things are not going well, I have always looked up to see the people who are there for me, who aren’t judging or criticising me and I direct my frustration at them.
‘Anyone who has played the game knows what it is like to be under pressure and become frustrated. So, yes, I know I have to concentrate more on me, and on my own game, to become better.
‘All I would say is that a lot of the British ex-players who commentate have never experienced that particular type of stress on court, because they were never at the level where it was present. They don’t understand what it is like.
‘I’m not perfect, I know that. But everybody is different. Roger Federer stays calm. Yet if you look at a great footballer like Wayne Rooney, getting p****d off at his team-mates or at himself, he is a completely different character but still a fantastic sportsman. I’m sure he tries to improve his temperament but, obviously, it is a part of his game that needs work. It is a flaw, but it doesn’t stop Rooney being one of the best in the world.
‘I’m not perfect, but everybody is different. Federer stays calm, then there’s Rooney, getting p****d off at his team-mates or himself. He’s a completely different character, but still a fantastic sportsman’
‘That is where I am. It just wouldn’t make me feel good to bottle my emotions. Saying nothing and standing there makes me feel uncomfortable and flat. There is a fear of emotion in tennis. If someone boos everyone looks at them as if to ask, “What the hell are you doing?” Yet in other sports it happens all the time.
‘I find it strange that at Wimbledon every year, almost every day I get asked about the stress and pressure of playing in front of a home crowd. In every other sport, the home team is thought to have the advantage. So why should it be a problem for me? I’ve never felt it, never made it an excuse, and it’s not going to go away, so deal with it.
‘I think we as a nation expect to win and when we don’t we look for these big reasons. Why did Tim Henman not win Wimbledon? Why has Andy Murray not won Wimbledon? Well, sometimes you’re not quite good enough.
And that is what makes Murray a British sportsman to be cherished. He is very good at his job, doesn’t make excuses and never stops working.