Men’s Semifinals

Hello all,

After some amazing tennis yesterday with a great comeback and win from Sabine Lisicki, there is a promise of much more amazing tennis to be played.

photo by Cynthia Lum

photo by Cynthia Lum

Novak Djokovic, who has his spot in the men’s final against Andy Murray, has been traveling with a quite a big team around him throughout the past years. His tennis coach, Marian Vajda, is an experienced coach that always has been there for Novak when he needed him. Miljan Amanovic is Novak’s physio. He used to work in basketball and football before teaming up with Nole. He has been working with Novak for many years and I believe he is a great person to have around with his great sense of humor and the perfect mentality when it comes to getting work done. The physical trainer of Nole is Gebhard Phil-Gritsch. He used to work with Thomas Muster a former French Open champion. He is very experienced and knows exactly what he is doing. He always says how little improvements can have a huge impact. I guess he has been spot on. When he started working with Novak in the end of 2010 he worked a lot on the flexibility which was clearly to see in 2011.

 

Mats

@matsmerkel

The German hope Sabine Lisicki

Hello all,
Many people have been speaking about German tennis lately. But since Stefanie Graf, Michael Stich and Boris Becker, no other German player has really been able to follow in their footsteps. However, being a German coach and player myself, in my eyes this is not the case. There are good German players out there, but tennis has become so much more physical than ever and now there is a big difference between “good” and “very good” players, and good doesn’t always correlate to winning a grand slam.
Take a look at the top German tennis players right now.

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London

In front of a scoreboard at the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon.

In front of a scoreboard at the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon.

Since arriving in London I’ve been very busy. Although the weather has not been exceptional, I have managed to get a few good days of practice in. Unfortunately it has been difficult to find grass courts that are dry and in good shape. I had a practice scheduled today at the Hurlingham Club in Putney, but the fabulous English “summer” had other plans and its been raining for most of the day.

Hurlingham is supposed to have some of the best grass courts in the country, but because of the weather they’ve been closed and covered for the day. So today I am going to have to practice indoors and hope that I can come back some other time and experience the grass courts.

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The Mystery Around Tommy Haas

In my eyes, Tommy Haas is definitely what other people would call an “underachiever.” The talent and feel he has for the game is truly impressive. Unfortunately, until 2012 he was always forced to take time off due to injuries. Besides Christian Groh (who travels a lot with him Tommy) he has also taken Ulf Fischer on board to complete his team. And in 2012 he has hired a physio (Carlos Costa) who travels with him and is following him like his own shadow.

TENNIS: JUNE 25,  WIMBLEDON

photo by Cynthia Lum

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My Wimbledon Perspective

Not sure what happened yesterday, but it seems that some serious injuries were forcing these players to not play. Rumors were going around Wimbledon that the grass courts could be the reason, but Richard Lewis, CEO of the All England Club, published a statement regarding this subject.

“The court preparation has been to exactly the same meticulous standard as in previous years and it is well known that grass surfaces tend to be more lush at the start of an event. The factual evidence, which is independently checked, is that the courts are almost identical to last year, as dry and firm as they should be, and we expect them to continue to play to their usual high quality.”

Richard Lewis, Chief Executive
The All England Club

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Wild and Wacky Wednesday at Wimbledon!

I woke up early this morning excited to turn on Wimbledon and watch some live tennis. I quickly started hearing about all of the weird injuries and retirements of the day. Little did I know that the day to follow would quickly be one of the most epic days at Wimbledon and tennis history.

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Photos by Cynthia Lum

As Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is playing in my head, let’s re-cap what actually happened today at the All England Club.
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The Next Generation is Knocking at the Door

The next generation is knocking at the door!
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I would like to take the chance and speak about one of these up and coming players.
Monica Puig, a young up and comer has had a couple of good results over the past months is just one of the younger players starting to make her mark. She has been with adidas since she was a junior. I remember watching her during one of her matches during the Junior Roland Garros. Back then, her first and second serve were about the same speed and she obviously lost a lot of points with the risky serve. But over the years her and her coach, Alain de Vos, have worked incredibly hard to get where Monica is and where she might get to.

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Fashion + Function = New Bags from HEAD

HEAD Tennis has been on top of the trends lately creating some of the newest, freshest styles of tennis bags over the past year making sure that each of their players are carrying their racquets to the courts in style.

Maria Sharapova HEAD BagHEAD launches some functional and fashion-forward new bags. Maria Sharapova designed these bags to be elegant and dynamic for the tennis player that is looking for style when carrying their gear to the court. There are two bags available in this collection, the Maria Sharapova Tennis Court Bag and the Maria Sharapova Tennis Racquet Bag Combi. These bags are black with pops of neon lime and purple accents. Complete with accessory bags and lots of pockets, these bags are perfect for any tennis fashionista!

 
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Some Pictures from Wimbledon

Wanted to share some pictures of action going on around the All England Club grounds before the tournament gets underway!
Andrea Petkovic and her coach are having a session in the sun.