Open du Nord 2015: final recap

Karen Khachanov

Perhaps tired by his marathon match against Quentin Halys the day before, Rudy Coco could not do much to counter Karen Khachanov, who wins in straight sets, 6-1 6-4. Aged 18, Khachanov trains at the 4Slam tennis academy in Barcelona, with former number 40, Galo Blanco. He won 2 Futures tournaments last year, in Taipei […]

Open du Nord 2015: wheelchair tennis exhibition

Joachim GĂ©rard

The Open du Nord, in Lille, had the great idea to organize a wheelchair tennis exhibition before the singles final between Karen Khachanov and Rudy Coco: a mini-set (tie break at 4 games all) between the Belgian Joachim Gerard, world number 5 and the French player Nicolas Peifer world number 6. Some spectacular points in […]

Open du Nord 2015: doubles final recap

Open du Nord doubles trophy ceremony

Last match on Saturday: the final between number 1 seeds Yannick Mertens and Boy Westerhof and number 2 seeds Jonathan Eysseric and Constant Lestienne. Lots of people left after the second semifinal. The match is not really exciting (by the way I really don’t like the no-ad rule) and the umpire was really bad, I […]

Open du Nord 2015: semifinals recap

Karen Khachanov

Pro tennis was back in Lille last week, three months after the historic Davis Cup final. The Open du Nord, a $15,000 Futures tournament, is of course much less prestigious than the Davis Cup, but it is always fun to get to watch some live tennis. Lower tournaments are also a good opportunity to discover […]

A visit to Lacoste showroom

Lacoste croc

I’ve been lucky to get invited to a quick tour of Lacoste‘s showroom in Paris last Monday. The opportunity to have a look at pieces of the Fall 2015 fashion collection, the tennis collection, but also the soon-to-be released LT12 hybrid racquet. First, a look at the Fall fashion collection. The iconic Lacoste polo shirt […]

Pachkaleva and Andreev win the Tim Essonne 2015 tournament

Taisya Pachkaleva

Created in 1983, the Tim Essonne is one of the great international tournaments reserved for the under 14s. Players like Rafael Nadal (1999), Richard Gasquet (1998), Tommy Robredo (1995), Martina Hingis (1991) and Elena Dementieva (1994) won the tournament in the past. This year, the Bulgarian Adrian Andreev dispatched Alexandre Doan Van of France 6-1 […]