The duo of Jim Courier and John McEnroe, amongst other legendary tennis players make up those that would be visiting Birmingham to compete in a unique tennis event known as the Champions Shootout.

They would be joined by Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick in the event which is a part of the PowerShares Series where past tennis superstars are sent to venues across the country. For this event, the former superstars will compete on April 28 at the Birmingham’s Legacy Arena.

In this event, line judges are absent and the players who are over 30 years of age are expected to police themselves by keeping an eye on the lines. They however would be aided by the chair umpire and an automated system.

For each tournament, four Champions are paired off in one set semi-finals. This goes on until it culminates into the winners going head on against themselves in a one-set championship match. Read more »


Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and International Tennis Hall of Famer, Gigi Fernandez was recently named the head coach for the second-year franchise of the New York Empire presented by Citi.

The franchise would play on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The legendary tennis player who won a total of 17 Grand Slam doubles titles during her professional career that spanned from the year 1983 to 1997 currently is the only female coach in Mylan World TeamTennis.

With the New York Empire holding the first pick, she would immediately be placing much of her focus on the March 14th Mylan WTT Roster Draft. John Isner, Mardy Fish and Eugenie Bouchard had also previously been acquired and announced by the team as part of the league’s Marquee Draft.

Speaking about the upcoming season and the additions made to the team, Fernandez believes that it was yet going to be a fantastic summer for the team. Read more »


Former tennis player Mardy Fish recently made an appearance to recall the events leading up to his retirement.

His last match on the court was played on a hot Wednesday morning in New York at the Louis Armstrong stadium in Flushing Meadows. The unseeded popular American favorite was engrossed in the field of play and was squaring up to the Spanish opponent Feliciano Lopez in a back breaking campaign.

Fish had lost the second set 6-2 to the Spaniard due to a faulty serve and the crowd was quieted. He went on to have multiple breaks at 2-2 and 3-3 in his fifth set only for his opponent to save them all. As the grueling game drew on, every point won by Fish was met with deafening applause but towards the end of the game, the player had began cramping up and was unable to move, this brought about the realization that these were the final moments of his career and a wide variety of emotion was registered on the faces of the crowd.

The 33-year old player had had a less impressive showing in the last 3 years of his career and this was majorly due to his heart problem and anxiety disorders. However, with a spirit of determination, the tennis star had chosen to compete at the US open because he had chosen to retire on the court. Before the commencement of the tournament, Fish had told reporters in an interview: Read more »

Kosovo will be Boycotted – Government of Serbia

The government of Serbia has asked all its players to boycott their counterparts from Kosovo in the medal ceremonies in the on-going Olympics.

As per the orders of the government, if a Serbian player wins a medal in a particular competition and a Kosovo player also wins a medal in that competition, the Serbian player would refuse to take his medal from the same stage.

While, it is being suggested that boycotting the medal ceremony would be a disrespectful gesture towards Olympics if any Serbian player does so, Viktor Troicki, who would be representing Serbia in Lawn Tennis, says it is the right stand taken by the government of his country.

In the opinion of Troicki, nobody in Serbia has given the permission for the existence of Kosovo yet. People are angry and hurt that their land has been taken away and has been named a separate nation. And, he, as a Serbian, can understand the sentiments. So, he is in favour of the boycott that has been ordered. Read more »

Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety

Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety and made a comeback on the tour might have motivated a few others out there who are suffering from the same sort of problem.

Fish had to go through surgery the previous year to get his heart condition sorted out, but, that did not get him down as he showed immense mental strength to recover from that and then, return on the tour for one last crack.

He retired following his elimination from the US Open earlier this year, but, his comeback itself was a great example of courage and determination.

Speaking in the press conference post his retirement, the American said, “From the very small age, I have always looked to dig deep in any adverse situation. That’s what we learn as sportspersons and that’s for other people to learn as well. Determination can help you overcome anything. I would be very happy if I had set an example with my comeback.”

Fish, who ended his career with a winning percentage of 58 in more than 500 matches, won a total of just 6 titles in his career and that didn’t include any Grand Slam.

The best that Fish performed in a Grand Slam was in the Wimbledon Championships in 2009 where he made it to the Round of 4. It eventually turned out to be the one and only semi final appearance that he managed to make in a slam. Read more »

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Western & Southern Open the coming Tuesday.

These two players have met as many as four times on the tour to date and out of those meetings; Tsonga has finished on the wrong side just once.

He would be looking for another win against his Spanish opponent who has not had the best of times lately.

Verdasco has lost his last four games on the trot and he would not want this run to extend any further.

When you lose games in succession, it automatically puts question marks over your form and it’s no different in Verdasco’s case, but, he has also had to face some very tough opponents in the recent tournaments. So, one can consider him a bit unlucky as well. You don’t want to face guys like Wawrinka and Nadal in the opening round of tournaments.

As far as Tsonga is concerned, he missed the first couple of months of the season being injured, but, after coming back, he has shown good rhythm.

The Frenchman had a good Rogers Cup. He was very impressive there and put on some fluent shows, but, in the Round of 8, he went down to Andy Murray who became the Champion at the end. Read more »