As we anxiously await the start of the French Open, Head player Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth straight win last weekend over Rafael Nadal. That makes 3 Rome Masters titles for the Serbian player with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Nole heads into Roland Garros as a major title favorite.
The victory in Rome gives Djokovic titles in three of the five Masters 1000 events played so far this season. “After three years it is a pleasure to win this trophy again. Rafa has such a tough game and is a difficult opponent always with his game and style.” said the Serb. Djokovic has now claimed Rome honors in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
We thought it was worth noting to let you guys know that Nole donated all of his €549,000 prize money from the Rome Masters to the flood victims in his home country of Serbia. Pretty impressive!
In doubles, Nenad Zimonjic (also a Head Graphene Speed player) teamed up with Daniel Nestor to win their 27th tour-level team title in Rome, when they captured the doubles title for a second time after 2009. The sixth seeds defeated the team of Robin Haase and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final.
The Desert Showdown (formerly the Desert Smash) was a happening place to be this year. Like last year, I was able to attend the event and was entertained from the moment I got there until the moment I left. This year’s event came with a new name along with several other notable changes. The first was that the event expanded into two days to include both golf and tennis events. Will Ferrell was the host this year to keep everyone and anyone entertained throughout the event. The tennis event featured a pro am tournament in the morning (with the participants receiving a goody bag from Tennis Warehouse!) and then an exhibition in the afternoon at the beautiful La Quinta Resort. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.
It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.
So, who do we have paired up in 2014?
Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum