A Chance To Participate In Pro Tournament In Doubles In Vero Beach

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation (MFCF) announced that for this year as well it will be hosting a doubles wild card tournament (DWCT) at The Boulevard Club, an ad-hoc doubles. It will be a “qualifying” tournament, for it’s USTA Pro Circuit event of $15,000, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships (MFCFTC) in Vero Beach, Fla.

The tournament will start on April 21. It will take place after the first round of play in the singles qualifying tournament of event, and the tournament will feature the “FAST4” scoring system. It will be the best two-out-of-three-set matches, no-ad scoring, first to four games, tiebreaker at 3-3 and also a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. The tournament winner will be awarded a main draw doubles wild card entry into the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships that starts, which will start on April 25.
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Federer Defeated Falla

Roger Federer has defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the straight sets in the final match of the Gary Weber Open and won the tournament.

It’s the 7th time that Federer has lifted the trophy at Halle. This title must be a confidence booster for him going into the Wimbledon Championships.

Federer would be looking to make an impact in the Wimbledon as he has been written off by quite a few pundits for that tournament already. The Swiss maestro would absolutely love to make those people eat their words in a few weeks’ time.

Federer’s match against Falla was not easy though. He, in fact, got pushed to his last bit by the 30-year old wily Colombian who is at the 54th position in the world rankings at the moment.

Both the sets in the match went into the tie breaker. But, to Federer’s credit, he showed what a difference experience and mental strength could make as he looked absolutely composed in both the tie breakers and clinched them easily.

Falla would definitely be kicking himself at the end of the day as despite matching his opponent shot for shot for most parts of the match, he lost in straight sets.

Speaking in the post match interview, Federer said, “I have this place very close to my heart. Whenever I come here and do well, I make my way to Wimbledon with a lot of confidence. I am again going to go there in a positive frame of mind and hopefully, I will get desired results.”

Federer has, in total, won 7 Wimbledon singles titles in his career the last of which had come in 2012 when he had beaten Andy Murray in the final. Murray took his revenge last year though.

Tsonga Suffers Shocking Loss

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has suffered a shocking loss in the Aegon Championships which is happening in London at Queen’s Club. He was beaten by the Australian player Marinko Matosevic in the straight sets yesterday.

Matosevic was criticized a lot right before this match for some of the statements that he had made about the female’s game in his recent interview and also for what he had said about Murray’s new coach. Some people had even called him ‘Pig Headed, but, the Aussie didn’t reply to any one of them and just did what a player should do. He went out there on the court and talked through his performance.

Matosevic was absolutely brutal against his higher ranked opponent Tsonga who was actually the favourite to win this match, but, let alone winning, he wasn’t being able to even limit the damage.

Matosevic should get more plaudits for this victory because he played almost the whole match with slight injury. He had twisted his ankle in the initial parts of the first set and there were fears that he might not be able to carry on. But, he did so and he had an extremely determined look on his face. He desperately wanted to prove a point to his critics.

In the post match interview, when he was asked about that injury, Matosevic said, “I got really worried initially. I thought it would swell up a lot, but, thankfully, I was wrong. I got taped and I was fine after that.”

“It’s actually the blow that I took on my hip after slipping, that was troubling me more. But nonetheless, it’s a win for me and that’s what matters.”

In the next round, Matosevic will take on the Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

PARIBAS OPEN

Yesterday was an interesting day in the BNP Paribas Open. Both the reigning champions i.e. Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal were knocked out of the tournament by the lower ranked players which left the fans hugely shocked.

While Sharapova suffered defeat against a qualifier, Nadal got beaten by a slightly more known Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Nadal had looked off colour in his previous match as well, but, he had pulled it off because of his grit.

He couldn’t quite do that against Dolgopolov though. Barring the second set in which he played some good shots; his performance was pretty mediocre as compared to that of the Ukrainian player. The Spaniard admitted that in the press conference after the match.

Talking to the reporters, Nadal said, “I performed poorly, that’s the bottom line and it obviously feels bad, but, days like these come every now and again and as a professional player, you just need to take it in your stride and move on.”

“I trained hard and tried to get myself in perfect shape for this tournament, but, somehow, I just couldn’t find my rhythm. I had been pushed to the limits in the first match. The same happened again today and in such situations, it can go either way. Unfortunately, it went against me.”

As far as Sharapova is concerned, her story was also similar to Nadal. She was rusty at the start and then pulled things back to push the match into the third set where she eventually lost it.

This defeat would prove to be costly for Sharapova in terms of her rankings. She would surely drift outside top 5, probably at 7 or 8. She would not have expected that while starting her campaign in this competition

This was Sharapova’s first appearance in the professional circuit in the last 5 weeks or so.

FRUSTRATED

Mardy Fish’ countryman John Isner leaves his fans terribly frustrated sometimes. That’s because he promises so much and looks capable enough to beat any player on the planet, but, he somehow finds a way of losing games and getting knocked out of the tournaments.

It’s not that Isner doesn’t win against big players. He does that. During the 2013 season, quite a few of his wins had come against the top 10 players in the world, but, his main problem is that he loses too many matches against the players who are ranked lower than him in the world rankings. The no. of defeats that he suffered against the lower ranked players in the last season is 11; that’s way too many.

The strongest point of Isner’s game is his serve. He just gets his opponents blown away with his aces, but, to become a great player, one needs to be strong in various areas not just one and Isner needs to understand that. His game lacks versatility. If his serve doesn’t go well on a certain day, he just doesn’t seem to have anything else to unsettle his opponent. Yes, his forehand is alright, but, still, that isn’t his strength.

Isner is currently ranked 14th in the world. It’s not the highest position that he has reached in the world rankings so far. He has been in top 10 in the past. At one point of time in the 2012 season, he was the 9th ranked player in the world. He would like to get there again in the upcoming season, but, for that, he will have to make sure that he doesn’t get knocked out from the earlier stages of the tournaments. He needs to make full use of the potential that he has got.

FISH KNOWS

Mardy Fish has got the idea how a person’s life can change in a matter of few hours. Towards the end of the 2011 season, he was in top 10 in the world rankings and was playing the best tennis of his life. But, all of a sudden, he suffered a serious heart problem and his life changed inside out.

Fish was taking part in the Sony Open in March last year. He reached the quarter final round in that tournament before suffering a straight set defeat against the Argentinean player Juan Monaco. That night, Fish experienced something dreadful. His heart began to beat awkwardly in the middle of the night and he was taken to the hospital immediately. He went through a surgery and came back after remaining out for a couple of months.

He played at Wimbledon 2012 and looked in good nick before losing to the French superstar Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 4th round.

Fish started well in the next Grand Slam i.e. US Open too and made his way into the 4th round without having too many problems. He had to take on the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in the 4th round, but, he surprisingly withdrew his name from the match because of the health issues.

After that, Fish remained out of action for a long time before coming back for BNP Paribas Open in March this year. He couldn’t do well in that tournament and got defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 3rd round.

After that tournament, Fish again disappeared from the scene for a few months. He came back last month for the BB&T Atlanta Open. He got knocked out from the opening round there, but, he fought hard before falling.

After that, he played in Citi Open as well and lost in the second round there against the French player Julien Benneteau.

In one of his recent interviews, Fish admitted that he has still not completely recovered from his heart problem and he doesn’t know how much more time he needs.

The American player said, “The recovery has been slow. I don’t know how long it will take me to get right up there fitness wise.”