Roger Federer puts his Comments on Returning from Injury

Roger Federer thinks that the most important thing for an athlete when he is returning to the tour after recovering from an injury is to feel good on the court.


As per Federer, when he was making a comeback at the start of the on-going season, he was not bothered about how far he could take his campaign in his comeback tournament.

What he was bothered about more was how his body was going to respond.

Even an opening round defeat wouldn’t have mattered much to him if he had gone through the match without having trouble with his body.

Eventually as it unfolded, he went on to lift the title, but that was not his goal ahead of the tournament and in his opinion, none of the athletes should set such a goal at the time of his comeback.

Because when you set a goal as high as that straightaway, it means you get too harsh on yourself and that’s not what you should do. You must be patient and take one match at a time and be more worried about your body than anything else.

On asked if he has any piece of advice to offer to Murray and Novak who are on the side-lines at the moment and are planning to return afresh next season, if they should tinker with their game to ensure that their comebacks are also as successful as him, Federer says they don’t need to be told anything. They have spent enough time in the circuit and are knowledgeable enough to understand how to ease themselves into the game and they will do that.

Federer also doesn’t have any doubt in his mind that the two above mentioned players will be able to regain their old touch and will clinch majors again.

THE 2017 US OPEN TO BE LACKLUSTRE?

The city of New York is set to host the final Grand Slam of the 2017 calendar year in about a week.


However, there are concerns that it may be lacklustre as many top stars are sidelined.

The defending champ Stan Wawrinka would not be available after a knee injury ruled him out. Novak Djokovic, whose career has seen a downturn this term, is unavailable following an elbow injury that ruled him out for the year. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have reported fitness concerns as well.

Federer went years without a title but he has clinched two majors this year, leaving the community in shock. He rediscovered himself at age 36 to re-establish his hold of the men’s category. He could as well lift his third Grand Slam despite the competition and fitness issues. Despite been knocked out by Alexander Zverev recently, Federer is 5/4 to lift the US Open.

Nadal also revitalized his career this season, recently reaching the peak of the Emirates ATP rankings. He would be the top seed at Flushing Meadows but he remains 13/5 to win the event on hard court. Though he won the 2013 event, the US Open has not been his forte.

With Federer shaking off his injury, Andy Murray returning from injury as well, Nadal could make a strong comeback as he is better fitness-wise. There are others like Zverev and GrigorDimitrov but the event is looked at as one that could be lacklustre.

At the women’s side, GarbineMuguruza remains the favourite at 6/1 and Karolina Pliskova at 7/1. Muguruza is a more complete player now and could do her second Grand Slam title now.

Pliskova wants to win her first Grand Slam and become top ranked so there would be an interesting fight. Serene Williams would miss but her sister Venus, JohanneKonta, SimonaHalep and Angelique Kerber should add to the expectedintense competition.

MLADENOVIC END’S SHARAPOVA’S RESURRECTION

Maria Sharapova’s run at the Stuttgart Open has ended.


The five-time Grand Slam champion lost to Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. It is the Russian’s first defeat since her return to pro tennis following her 15-month absence.

The 30-year old star was up a set before her opponent turned the game on its head and sailed to victory. The game was hard fought with Sharapova proving her worth after gaining a wild card entry. She needed to reach the final at the tournament to qualify for the French Open. When the new rankings are released she would be outside the top 200. This means for her to participate in either the qualifying round or the main draw in Paris, she would need a wild card entry.

The French Open is slated for 28 May but many of Sharapova’s opponents have condemned her strolling into tournaments through the wild card option. Twelve days before the French Open, Sharapova would know her fate, but she revealed that she would not mind going through the qualifiers to get a spot at the event finals. She already has wild cards for Madrid and Rome.

Mladenovic moving past Sharapova means she would play Laura Siegemund in the finals on Sunday. It would be her first final at the Stuttgart Open. Sharapova had won the first set in 38 minutes but she slipped in the second set, allowing Mladenovic to come back into the duel. They kept with the back and forth but the French star cruised to her first victory over Sharapova.

Last four finishes in Madrid and Rome would be helpful in Sharapova finding her confidence again and it would help her rankings as she hopes for wild cards to tournaments.

BRAZIL OPEN FINAL CONTINUES ON MONDAY

The Brazil Open would end on Monday, according to reports.


The tournament has been shifted due to the rains but it is set to resume by noon local time where second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas will face off against third seed Pablo Cuevas.

Ramos-Vinolas was on the way to winning the title when the rains poured endlessly. He was leading the highly competitive encounter 7-6 (3), 3-3. In the opening set, both players traded service but Ramos-Vinolas won the tie-break. The Uruguay international made four straight errors to give his opponent the advantage. The Spain international won the set after Cuevas made a forehand error.

There was a brief rain delay in the second set that saw the defending champion lead 3-1. However, Ramos-Vinolas fought back to equalize before the heavens opened. The game had to be called off.

Ramos-Vinolas seems keen on ending his impressive campaign in the clay court in South America on a brilliant note. He reached the last eight in the Argentina Open but made the semi finals in the Ecuador Open and Rio Open. He would definitely have it tough when the game continues on Monday.

Cuevas would be happy to retain his title after his top display against sixth seed Diego Schwartzman in the last eight and Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi final. He saw off Busta 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) while Ramos-Vinolas defeated fourth seed Joao Sousa 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2. Cuevas is hoping to clinch his third straight Brazil Open title. He would have to upturn the results in Sao Paulo to retain his title.

YANNIC NOAH TO DOUBLE AS FED CUP CAPTAIN

It seems to be a dawn of a new era for France’s Cup as they announced a change in their captaincy.


The French Tennis Federation has assigned Yannic Noah as France’s Fed Cup captain for the next year.

Noah takes over from Amelie Mauresmo, who had captained the Fed Cup team since 2013, achieving many remarkable feats; winning six out of nine fed cup ties. Mauresmo had also led her team to this year’s final, but was kicked out after an intense game with Czech Republic, that resulted in a 3-2 loss.

Mauresmo holds an impressive personal portfolio, being a former world No.1, and having two Grand Slam titles to her name.
Mauresmo who revealed that she is expecting her second child had stepped down from being captain of the France’s Fed Cup. Following her resignation, Noah will now take on the responsibility of France’s Fed Cup.

Noah, who looks to be at the top of his career, will now receive the baton from Mauresmo, as he leads the France’s Fed Cup starting next year. This latest development gives Noah a double duty, as he is already the captain of France’s Davis Cup.

Noah, who is most famous for winning the French open in 1983, has enjoyed a successful captaincy of the France’s Davis cup team for over a decade, winning a total of 23 singles titles and 16 double as a professional tennis player. He reached the pinnacle of his playing carrier when he won the singles ranking of the world No.3, and a world No.1 doubles ranking in 1986.
His first assignment as the new captain of France’s Fed Cup will be against Switzerland in Geneva in January. Noah has earlier this year led France to the Davis cup semifinals, unfortunately losing to Croatia.

Garbine Muguruza Played A Power Game This Time

Garbine Muguruza has been able to show that she has a power game in her hands.

In the world of tennis Rafael Nadal might have pulled out as a Spanish tennis star of the recent world tournament, but Roland Garros remained victorious in the country due to Garbine Muguruza. She is turning out to be one of the young promising stars in the world of women’s tennis. The latest victory that she achieved for herself and her country saw her delivering shots that would have made Nadal proud to have her as a native fellow player.

In her latest victory, she took on Serena Williams, who is currently the number one player. Having clinched a victory against her has been a memorable victory for her. She has been able to throw in double faults as well. However, she maintained a power game till the very end. The score stood at 7-5 and 6-4. She gained a grand slam championship, which was a first for her career as a result of her performance.

If you look at Muguruza, she stands tall at ten feet and 22 years of age. She would be moving up to number two position in the world of tennis. Her game playing style is explosive. She is definitely able to master the game better on grass than she can on clay. Last year the Wimbledon final saw her losing to Williams which was a match that she had been nervous about. Today she is more confident of going back to All England Club where she is confident that she will win more major tournaments. Muguruza stated that she would like to continue to be more consistent in her wins and that is how she will grow. Her fans will surely look forward to more of her wins in the near future.

Martina Navratilova says Leander Paes is the guy

Martina Navratilova says Leander Paes is the guy whom she enjoyed playing the mixed doubles with the most.

Navratilova had partnered Paes in the first half of the last decade and the duo proved to be fairly successful playing together, achieving glory at the Melbourne Park as well as the All England Club in the 2003 Season.

Apart from that, they also reached the finals of a few events. Their on-court chemistry was pretty sound.

Navratilova, who is almost touching her 60 now, again had the opportunity to play alongside Paes in an exhibition game yesterday that took place in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

On the other side of the court was another Indian legend Mahesh Bhupati pairing with Sania Mirza.

It turned out to be a great occasion with a lot of fans turning up at the venue making the atmosphere electrifying.

The game finished as a draw. Both the pairs won a set each after which it was decided there would be no third set as it would be fitting to have no winner of the contest.

Navratilova herself made that announcement after the second set amidst loud cheers.

Addressing the crowd, Navratilova said, “We have come to the conclusion not to play a decider and thus, to end the contest without having a winner. It was so nice of all of you to gather in such big numbers. I heartily appreciate that and would like to thank you.”

Later Navratilova talked to the reporters about India and the passion of the people there regarding their sports.
In the words of the Czech veteran, “I have come to this country in the past as well and have always loved coming here. The people are fantastic, extremely passionate about the game. Even today, it was so nice to have so many of them around cheering. It was fun being back on the court again, partnering Paes after such a long time. He was my favourite.”

Andy Murray reckons David Ferrer is going to be stronger

Andy Murray reckons David Ferrer is going to be stronger than all the opponents that he has come across in the ongoing French Open and to get better of him, he will have to take his game slightly more northwards.

Murray has not been able to win even a single match against Ferrer on clay courts.

He can be backed to break the ice this time around though as his form on clay off late has been nothing short of outstanding.

If he keeps playing the way he has over the last few weeks, he would be able to trouble Ferrer.

Murray had a strong competition to deal with in the pre quarter final round as well. He was playing the local guy Jeremy Chardy who is known for his big serves and is quite effective on clay.
But, the Scot did it pretty easily losing just one set on his way.

However, he reckons he will have to put in more efforts than that if he has to make the semis.

Speaking about Ferrer in his interview yesterday, Murray said, “David is a very difficult opponent to face on clay. He already has a win over me here at Roland Garros. I think I will have to play my top game if I have to match him and do well.”

When asked about his match against Chardy, the 26-year old said, “Jeremy is a power player and he made it tough for me at every stage. I tried to be stable in the crucial moments of the game and thankfully, finished well, but, it was closer than what the score line suggests.”

If Murray topples Ferrer and reaches the semis, it would be his third entry to the Round of 4 at Roland Garros.

Tennis Fitness Counts

From the classes of treadmill to the indoor cycling mode, all are made available in the tennis fitness gyms.

At a time when the likes of Murray and Djokovic are pushing it the extra mile to come through in tough five-setters, never has the gym experience been so important to elite tennis players.

Running is, for the most part, an endeavour which involves solitary experience, but it’s also a necessary one! Students get trained in where they have to be on the treadmill as well as indulging in other gym activities such as push ups. Everything is hard for the runners who take part in any contest or even try to indulge in running for fun, but the benefits can all be seen on the court.

Tennis Fitness

The task is challenging for all those who sweat it out in return for running records, and increased fitness. The Titanbet Boot camp, held for athletes in the run up to Wimbledon, gives equal opportunity to all those who wants to make difference in their lifestyle. Alternating between running to treadmill, the bootcamp segments are classified and categorized, and vary from interval training to forcing elite tennis players to sprint up the hills in outer London.

Body strength is monitored and improved upon in the boot camp. Burning calories is just part of the process, as some athletes eat upto 10000 calories a day! everything is carefully monitored to ensure that they are getting enough of the right kind of nutrients.

Sprinting bouts are also taught by the trainers in the classes, with the aim being to improve those quick thrusts to the front of the court, whilst Coaches also help players battle the treadmill part of their workout by involving a pyramid structure to taper their fitness.

Altogether, the fitness classes are stretching from the cities of USA to UK, and are fast becoming renowned for helping to create better tennis players. For those who are not fans of running, they can take part in the various weight and aerobic exercises in the gym as well as yoga.

The programmes are tailored to each individual, and follow a circular pattern with alternating design structure to ensure that the work is both different and interesting. New variations keep on occurring in the wellness and recreation centres by the coaches and the participants, which is why we have bigger, better, faster, stronger players today and why they will only continue to improve.

Martina Hingis reckons Sania Mirza as best Partner

Martina Hingis reckons Sania Mirza can prove to be a very good partner for her in the doubles category, but, she has stayed short of committing to the long term relationship with the Indian beauty queen.

According to Hingis, for a doubles pair to be successful, it’s important that the two of them play differently and do not have the same strengths and weaknesses and that is exactly the case with her and Sania.

Yesterday, the Press Trust of India quoted Hingis as saying, “I think we will have a very good tuning on the court. Our strengths and weaknesses lie in different areas. She thrives on her forehands, while, I do the same on my backhands. But, it’s hard to say at the moment how long we will be together.”

“Unless, we play a few tournaments and see how it goes, we can’t be committing for long. I look forward though. It’s a great opportunity. She is a fantastic player and having her by my side will be exciting.”

Sania and Hingis will be featuring in the Indian Wells tournament which is coming up shortly.
Sania is not the first and only Indian player whom Hingis has paired with in her career.

The 34-year old Swiss legend has had partnership with Leander Paes as well. In fact, the duo clinched this year’s Australian Open mixed doubles title together a couple of months back.
Hingis would hope her partnership with Sania also fetches similar results.

When asked about Paes, Hingis said, “I feel really comfortable while being out there with Leander. He is a superb partner to have for any female player. He does the extra yards, covers more space and makes it quite easy for you. He almost protects you when you are not playing as well as you like.”