Thanks a lot to Tony for sharing his story and pictures!
The NextGenATP players are here to help with the draw and so am I at the BNP Paribas Open.
Taylor Fritz, Daniil Medvedev, Borna Coric, Karen Khachanov, Reilly Opelka, Stefan Kozlov:
Picking Federer in the Men’s Main Draw, so you can thank me if that 4th Round Roger/Rafa match happens!
A few years ago, he was pegged as the next big star of American tennis. Ryan Harrison, 22 is now out of the top 100 and has never reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. He was ousted by Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets 6-2 7-6 6-2. Next opponent for Dimitrov: Dudi Sela.
No big names like yesterday (I had ground passes today), but some interesting matches and practice sessions.
The official 2013 Wimbledon championships won’t be with us for a good few months yet, but many people are looking forward to it already.
If you adore tennis and can’t wait to be sitting in on the live events again, you could always gear up for the season now by checking out 2013’s potential players.
At just 20 years of age, Heather Watson is already ranked in the top 50 of the WTA. The British-born player will be the UK’s hopeful for the 2013 women’s singles.
She began playing tennis when she was seven and has already had some amazing highlights in her career.
Watson has impeccable footwork that will certainly stand her in good stead for 2013, as well as having great balance and a huge arsenal of shots. She favours a two-handed backhand.
Watson managed to make it to her third round in the 2012 Wimbledon championship, making her the first British woman since 2002 to do so.
At that time she was ranked 103rd, yet managed to beat Iveta Benesova (ranked 52nd) and Jamie Hampton (ranked 84th).
She also won the 2012 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship, beating Chang Kai-chen (ranked 82nd) in the final. This also made her the first British woman to win a WTA title since 1988.
The Japanese tennis player sits in 19th place in the ATP rankings and 2013 is gearing up to be the best in his career.
Nishikori first started playing tennis at the age of 5 and played in his first ATP event when he was just 17.
Nishikori has a very distinctive playing style, being both speedy and powerful on the court.
Ryan Harrison was born in Louisiana, USA, and already has some impressive achievements to brag about at age 20. He’s spearheading the new American tennis movement, which hopes to relive the USA’s tennis heyday.
He currently ranks in 69th place.
Harrison is famous for his powerful playing style, much of which is fuelled by his great athleticism. His strong serve is his trademark, although he also showcases an incredibly controlled forehand.
In 2012 Harrison appeared in all four of the Grand Slam events. He managed to make it to the quarter-finals in the US Open and the French Open, both impressive achievements at such a young age.
He also managed to reach the semi-finals of the SAP Open for the third time running.
In 2013 you should keep an eye out for these three players to see how their careers progress – they could be the next big tennis stars!
This article was written by Wimbledon Debenture Holders, a boutique website for Wimbledon tickets.
Photos by Tennis Buzz: Heather Watson French Open 2012, Kei Nishikori Bercy 2012, Ryan Harrison French Open 2012.
Enjoy some pics and vids of Ryan Harrison on Day 2:
All French Open 2012 posts are tagged French Open and are listed up below:
Roland Garros stadium:
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 1
Get behind the scenes at Roland Garros – part 2
Take a seat: court Suzanne Lenglen
Take a seat: court Philippe Chatrier
Today at Roland Garros: Court Philippe Chatrier
Recap and analysis:
Day 2 recap, part 1: Harrison, Haas, Hewitt…
Day 2 recap, part 2: Tomic, Raonic and Pennetta…
Ryan Harrison practice session
Day 3 recap, part 1: Young, Dulko, Suarez and Stosur…
Sam Stosur practice session
Flavia Pennetta and Maria Kirilenko practice session
Day 3 recap, part 2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Julia Goerges, Sloane Stephens…
Pics of Sam Stosur and Julia Goerges first round doubles match
Day 5 recap, part 1: PHM, Clément, Li Na…
Tommy Haas practice session
Li Na practice session
Day 5 recap, part 2: Pavlyuchenkova, Llodra, Querrey, Chardy …
Julia Goerges practice session on Day 5
Day 6 recap: Sharapova, Federer, Stosur, Azarenka, Del Potro, Tsonga…
Maria Sharapova practice session
Roger Federer practice session
Sam Stosur practice session on Day 6
Juan Martin Del Potro practice session on Day 6
Maria Sharapova completes the career Grand Slam
2012 French Open recap: the Good, the Bad, the King
Fashion and gear:
Fernando Verdasco’s adidas outfits for 2012
Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 SL – Roger Federer Roland Garros 2012
Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 – Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2012
Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit for Roland Garros 2012
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Maria Sharapova Nike dress and shoes
Victoria Azarenka Nike dress
Li Na Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike dress and shoes
Novak Djokovic Roland Garros 2012 outfit
Ana Ivanovic adidas dress
Andy Murray adidas outfit
Gilles Simon adidas outfit
Andrea Petkovic adidas outfit
Arantxa Rus adidas outfit
A trip down memory lane:
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999
1999 French Open: Agassi-Graf, two days, one destiny
A look back at Roland Garros 2011