Red clay-courts are made of 5 layers: 1- red brick dust: 1-2 mm 2- crushed white limestone: 6-7 cm 3- clinker (coal residue): 7-8 cm 4- crushed gravel: at least 30 cm 5- drain The red brick dust gives the ball extra grip when it hits the deck, making the surface characteristically slow. But clay […]
Every year in September, 50 European countries take part in the European Heritage Days, a programme that offers opportunities to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. For the first time, yesterday, the French Federation of tennis opened up the Roland-Garros stadium and museum free to the […]
This is a guest post by Margaret The Open already felt … uncertain, since one of my favorites couldn’t defend his championship. An American attending an American tournament, when much had been made of the steadily vanishing number of Americans in the Men’s Singles Draw, I wondered if the tournament’s “big story” would be a […]
My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Last match of the day: a mixed doubles exhibition with Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, John McEnroe and Mansour Bahrami! It’s always a pleasure to see these great champions play and have […]
My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). Second match of the day: crowd favorite Henri Leconte against Greg Rusedski. Rusedski won the match 7-5 6-3 but as expected Henri stole the show on court (let’s say Rusedski is […]
My reports on the Optima Open are finally online! This match took place on Saturday, August 16th (read my complete Optima Open report here). First match of the day between two Wimbledon champions: Pat Cash (1987) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001). An entertaining match with lots of interactions between the players and the public. Cash and […]
I spent a day in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, last month to attend the third day of the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. It was the second seniors event I attended this year after the World Tennis Day showdown in London last March (find all the recap here). Situated in the heart […]
One week before the start of the US Open, I did attend the Optima Open, the Belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour. Goran Ivanisevic was taking part to the tournament, and after his match against Pat Cash, he talked a bit about his protege Marin Cilic, said Cilic was playing really well and that […]
Venus Williams will be wearing the “Perfect Mesh” dress for the Wimbledon tournament.
Quintessentially English yet drawing enormous audiences globally, the Wimbledon Championships are all set to brighten up the summer. The grass court season is well and truly upon us, and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club will open their gates on the 24th of June. The buzz Wimbledon creates is quite unique. Strawberries and […]
For me, last year’s trailer was much better, what do you think?