Andy Murray, Rome 2017

Andy Murray was looking to turn around his season in Rome, but instead he suffered a shock defeat to Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4. Murray, who didn’t drop a set in Rome last year, becomes the first defending champion to lose in his first match since 2008 when Rafael Nadal fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Fognini lost to Sascha Zverev in the next round, and arrived just in time in Barcelona for the birth of his son:

Io e te… in cima al mondo!!! FF87 ♥️ FF17

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Enjoy a few pictures from Murray’s practice sessions in Rome:

Andy Murray.

Andy Murray.
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Dominic Thiem, Madrid 2017

After his finals in Barcelone and Madrid, Dominic Thiem appears as a serious Roland Garros contender. How far do you think he can go on the French clay courts?

Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem.
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Stan Wawrinka, Madrid 2017

Stan Wawrinka had some good results on hard courts earlier this year with a semifinal at the Australian Open and a final at Indian Wells, but his results on clay are disappointing so far to say the least: he lost to Pablo Cuevas in the third round in Monte Carlo and to Benoit Paire in the second round of the Madrid Open.
Do you think he can regain his form and win the French Open?

Check out a few pictures from Wawrinka’s practice sessions in Madrid:

Stan Wawrinka.

Stan Wawrinka.

Stan Wawrinka.

Stan Wawrinka.

Stan Wawrinka.
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Andy Murray at practice Madrid Open 2017

Number one Andy Murray struggles to rediscover his form after his elbow injury, as he lost to recent Marrakech champion Borna Coric 6-3 6-3 in the last 16 of the Madrid Open. Do you think he will be at his best come Roland Garros time?

Enjoy a few pictures from Andy at practice with Feliciano Lopez and Stan Wawrinka:

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Andy Murray
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Roger Federer, Indian Wells 2017

Thanks a lot to Tony for sharing his story and pictures!

It was another memorable evening for me at the BNP Paribas Open. Last night’s Roger Federer practice is probably my second favorite encounter with him since I started attending the tournament in 2008 — my favorite being the time in 2014 when he walked over after practice and sign my RF hat.

Things started off a little crazy. Fans camped out for hours on Practice Court 1 after they saw Federer’s name on the morning’s practice schedule for a 7 pm session. I arrived there about an hour and a half before, thinking I would get a seat, but the bleachers surrounding the court were full, and no one was budging from what was prime real estate in the Coachella Valley at that moment. So, I decided to wait along the fence of the adjacent practice lawn where the players pass on their way to practice. During this time, I tweeted my frustration to the tournament, saying that they should move Roger to an empty stadium court so everyone can see. 7 pm comes around and no Roger. 7:15 pm comes around, and still no Roger. Then there was a rumbling like you hear during a distant desert earthquake. Apparently, word had spread that Roger was actually on Stadium Court 3, so that rumbling turned into a stampede of people leaving the bleachers en masse like a heard of wild animals. When I realized what was happening, I took off running with the pack like one of those girls you see in a Beatles documentary from the 1960s. And here is what I got: prime second row seating and these photos of the greatest tennis player of all time! Enjoy!

Roger Federer at practice

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Roger Federer, Australian Open 2017

Enjoy a few pictures of Roger Federer practicing ahead of his fourth-round match against Kei Nishikori on Sunday. He will face fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Thursday for a place in the Australian Open final.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer
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