DelPo Returns!

I must admit, I’m very excited about the return of Juan Martin del Potro to the ATP Tour!

The presence of the gentle giant has definitely been missed over the past year. It’s exciting to see him competing and doing well in the warm up tournament in Sydney, with a 3 set win over Fognini today, DelPo finds himself into the quarterfinals. This is his first tournament since last February and post wrist surgery.

Despite still admitting his wrist isn’t 100%, you just have to love this guys attitude…or at least I do! I love watching him compete and love the heart this guy plays with! Check out what he wrote last week on his Facebook page about this week’s tournament and the upcoming Aussie Open:

 Hello everyone!!! I wanted to tell you that we decided to travel to play Sydney and the Australian Open. I missed the tour, I missed to compete, I missed interacting with you on court and those feelings outweigh the pain in the wrist, which comes and goes and prevented me from having the ideal pre-season training.

I don’t expect great results, I just want to feel the competition, I want to feel an active player once again, nearly a year after my last match. At this point I don’t care about the rankings. The situation is different. I take it as a reward for the effort that I put to come back.

The experience of my previous injury will help me so as not to be too anxious. I follow what my doctor Richard Berger says. I have to be patient.

As I wrote in a previous post, thanks for your support on my way back! You know that without your love, my will, the support of my team, my family and friends, this would not be possible.

See you in Australia!

How can you not be rooting for this guy?! Wishing DelPo all the best for the remainder in Sydney and can’t wait to see him back in action at the Aussie Open!

Play with heart,

Michelle

2014 Year End Awards – The 6th Annual TDubby’s

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With 2015 less than 48 hours away, I don’t want to lollygag, dillydally or shilly shally around. This year, we saw the retirement of one of the most popular players on the WTA, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki ran a marathon, and a bunch of people dumped buckets of ice on themselves for a great cause (including us).

Furthermore, we had eight different Grand Slam singles champions for the first time in 16 years! Could the Big 4 be no more?

2015 brings us more questions than answers. Will Rafa Nadal get back to his old self? Can Federer keep beating Father Time? What about Serena? Who will retire in 2015?

But before we get to those, let’s give out some awards!

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Who’s Going to Win the ATP World Tour Finals?

The top 8 (well, technically 9 with Rafa out) are getting ready to battle in London at the ATP Barclays World Tour Finals. The groups have been made. The match-ups have been drawn. And we are just a couple days out. So I asked my fellow playtesters for their fearless predictions on who will take the World Tour Finals next week and here’s what they had to say…
Group A
Chris — “Fed for the win! He’s due for a big win.”

 

Michelle — “It’s all about Milos! He may not have won me the racquet bracket this year at the US Open, but Milos is ready to go for the WTF! He is coming into London with a fresh hair cut for sure and a great showing in Paris having lost in the finals to Novak after beating Federer and Berdych. The big serving 23 year old is going to finish the year off strong and start 2015 off with confidence! If you can’t tell, I usually make my picks with my heart…not always my head!”

 

Andy – “In a test of consistency and a battle of the fittest, I’ll take the King Federer Express for the win! He’s been remarkably solid all year and I think will have no problem getting through the group play. His biggest test will be Novak Djokovic in the final, whom he’s 3-2 against in 2014. Novak’s two wins…6-4 in the fifth in the finals and Wimbledon and 7-6 in the third in the finals of Indian Wells. Roger’s wins over Novak have been far more convincing this year, and he’s ready to cap this 2014 campaign off with his 7th ATP World Tour Final title!”

 

Karly — “My pick is Federer. Yes, the reasonings behind my pick are mostly biased and based on the fact that I am a Fed Fan, but as the Australian Open and US Open showed us this year, the No.1 seed doesn’t always win the tournament. I’m hoping this is the case for this tournament too!”

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