Who Could Capitalise On An Open Wimbledon Draw? - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Focus

Who Could Capitalise On An Open Wimbledon Draw?

Published

on

Gilles Muller (zimbio)

Wimbledon is a couple of weeks away and the Men’s and Women’s draws could be wide open, so who could capitalise on this scenario occurring? Let’s look at some of the contenders…

Gilles Muller

The rejuvenated big server from Luxembourg has had an amazing 12 months as he has bagged two title in Sydney, Australia and more recently on the grass courts of Holland. He has improved his game massively and has gained a sense of tactical awareness. His big game could prove deadly at Wimbledon and should an open draw occur he could be a contender to lift his first grand slam title. The question can his belief and mental confidence extend as far as the second week of a grand slam? Only time will tell…

Eugenie Bouchard

The talented Canadian has struggled since her first grand slam final at Wimbledon in 2014 when she lost to Petra Kvitova in straight sets. However the world number 56 should not be overlooked as she can come out with unexpected results at times. Her win against Johanna Konta at last year’s event proved this and she can become a dark horse for the title with her influential power game. The question remains can she really beat the top players consistently over two weeks to garb her maiden major. If she wants to achieve this she needs to be more consistent with her results, but she is an outside contender to capitalise on an open Wimbledon draw.

Here is what Bouchard is capable of:

Feliciano Lopez

Feliciano Lopez (zimbio)

The Spanish veteran hasn’t had the best season in the world in Singles or in Doubles with his partner Marc Lopez. However this is the time of the year where Lopez rises to the occasion unlike most Spaniards, the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist has had a brilliant grass court season so far with a final in Stuttgart and at least a last four place guaranteed in London. This serve and volleyer would benefit from an open Wimbledon draw and could be dangerous in the second week if push comes to shove.

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova (zimbio)

The former grand slam finalist may not be the first player on your mind when thinking of dark horses at Wimbledon, however this Czech Republican could benefit from an open Wimbledon draw. She will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova in the Czech Republic’s female charge in London. She is a former grand slam finalist, so knows what it takes in the latter stages of a major. Semi-Finals in Nottingham and Birmingham will definitely boost her confidence and who knows she may go the distance.

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Focus

Juan Carlos Ferrero Remaining Positive Despite Carlos Alcaraz’s Poor Form

Juan Carlos Ferrero remains confident of Carlos Alcaraz’s abilities despite his poor form.

Published

on

@tennisnewsbrazil - Twitter)

Juan Carlos Ferrero is looking on the positive side despite Carlos Alcaraz’s poor form.

After winning Wimbledon last year, many people thought that Carlos Alcaraz would dominate the ATP tour over the next year.

However since then, Alcaraz has lost his world number one ranking with the Spaniard not winning a trophy since capturing his second Grand Slam title at SW19.

There are concerns that Alcaraz’s form is dipping with Jannik Sinner potentially overtaking him in potential to challenge Novak Djokovic at the big events.

Despite the lack of titles to Alcaraz’s name, there is no reason to worry for coach Juan Carlos Ferrero as he is confident that the Spaniard’s lack of form is normal, “He has been achieving good results,” Ferrero claimed in an interview with Marca.

“The Cincinnati tournament was a shame because we were one point away. At the US Open, he made the semi-finals. When you play with such good people, it is difficult to win every tournament.

“For any player, not winning tournaments can affect your confidence level. For very good players, it is important to achieve the results that one sets in their path. Of course Carlos wants to win, but I see him well, I don’t see him with any type of desire, and that is very important.

“He doesn’t have the stress of I want to win, I want to win. He wants to do things well and wants to improve in every aspect that he can, and at 20 years of age there are many. The objectives are there. Every tournament that goes, the objective is to achieve a good result.

“And if he is physically well, a great result for him is to win. When you have that level and that potential, it is not bad to think that. Then, when you don’t get it, you have to know how to manage it and come out just as motivated.”

Ferrero brings a great level of experience and composure to the Alcaraz team having been in the Spaniard’s position many times when he was a player.

The Spaniard’s experience is evident as he claimed that failure isn’t a bad thing for Alcaraz to go through, “Not every year you can win six or seven tournaments and that doesn’t mean it will be a failure,” Ferrero was quoted by tennis 365 as saying.

“[Michael] Jordan and Tiger [Woods] didn’t win every Grand Slam and every ring every year. We cannot call that a failure. There are many positive things in a year even if you have earned less.

“You may have evolved in aspects that can be useful for the future. That’s where we are. The most important thing is that he is happy, that he trains well, that traveling makes him happy and from there he generates good tennis, which is what he loves. We all agree on that.”

Alcaraz will look to return to his best when he looks to defend his title in Indian Wells which starts on the sixth of March.

Continue Reading

Focus

Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.

Published

on

(@LadiesOpenPA - Twitter)

Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

Continue Reading

Focus

Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

Published

on

(@atptour - Twitter)

Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending