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Is Camila Giorgi a real champion?

Six years ago, Camila Giorgi was the rising star of Italian tennis. After a few seasons with many ups and downs, is the Italian finally ready to win a Slam?




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WIMBLEDON – When Camila Giorgi reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon at 20 years of age in 2012, many predicted that she could certainly become at least a top 20 player. In 2013, the Italian reached the round of 16 at the US Open, giving the impression that the previous year’s prediction was about to become reality.


Since then, Camila inexplicably failed to reach the second week at a major in 18 attempts, losing for four times in the round of 32. A month ago at Roland Garros, Camila served twice for the match against Sloane Stephens, who ended up reaching the final.

Giorgi’s best ranking is only No. 30 in the world, which shows how the talented Italian hasn’t lived up to her potential yet. The reasons are multiple: A difficult life spent travelling around Argentina, Italy and the United States with very little money and unreliable sponsors, a few lawsuits with her creditors, a family tragedy caused by her sister’s death and finally an eccentric father who is also her coach. A few tennis experts think that Camila would achieve better results if she had a more experienced coach. But how can we be 100% sure that it would work in her case? Perhaps Camila truly needs her father to be also her coach in order to perform at her best. In the history of women’s tennis, we have seen multiple fathers who helped their daughters achieve the greatest results, despite the fact that they could barely hold a tennis racquet. Graf, Seles, Capriati, Pierce, Wozniacki and the Williams’ sisters all owe their tennis careers to their fathers, who proved to be much more effective and resourceful than professional coaches.

Mr. Giorgi’s bizarre personality dragged his family in multiple battles with several predominant figures in Italian tennis, including Italy’s long-time Fed Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti, Sergio Palmieri, Francesca Schiavone and the Italian Federation in general. The issues have recently been solved with a convenient compromise from all parties involved. Despite the 3 million dollars that Camila has earned in her career so far, a good relationship with the Italian Federation is very lucrative for the entire Giorgi family and their future generations. At the same time, the Italian Tennis Federation desperately needs Camila after the retirement of Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci and the inevitable decline of Francesca Schiavone and Sara Errani.

While Italian men’s tennis is on the upswing with nine players in the Wimbledon main draw this year, the ladies only have one contestant: Camila Giorgi. It is not surprising that the Italian Tennis Federation is looking at Camila as their only anchor on the women’s tour.

Despite her inconsistent results, Camila finished the 2014 season ranked No. 35 and 2015 at No. 34. She also defeated 8 top ten players, showing that she can compete with the best in the world when she is in the right frame of mind.

Giorgi’s tennis is very enjoyable to watch, but it is also very risky, which usually ends up costing her a few matches that she should win. At the end of the day, the match is often on her racquet.

In her round of 32 encounter against Siniakova, Giorgi was strangely passive in the first set, which she lost 6-3. She also had to save a match point at 5-4 for the Czech in the second set, before prevailing in the third. Giorgi was able to turn the match around as soon as she started to play her fearlessly aggressive tennis.

In her post-match press conference, Camila didn’t show any interest in analyzing her next opponent – Ekaterina Makarova, an experienced lefty who plays extremely well on grass. “I only focus on my game, I don’t care about who is on the other side of the net. It doesn’t matter if I play a lefty or a righty,” Giorgi candidly admitted.

The truth is that the Italian is now tactically more alert compared to the days when her tennis was exclusively hit or miss. Somebody asked her if she is now a different player compared to when she first burst onto the scene six years ago, and she said: “I am definitely more mature now, I have more matches under my belt and more experience. I was a little girl at the time. I play much better now and I am much stronger.”

Grass is Giorgi’s favorite surface while eight of the top ten seeds have already been eliminated, which might lead a few to believe that the Italian could have a shot at winning the Wimbledon title this year. In reality, world No. 1 Simona Halep is still the favorite in the top section of the draw, while the bottom half is now in the hands of none other than Serena Williams and former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova. The Italian still has a long way to go before she could be considered a Grand Slam champion.

(Article translation provided by T&L Global – Translation & Language Solutions – )


Laver Back In the Conversation For Greatest Player?

Daniil Medvedev thwarted Djokovic’s Calendar Year Grand Slam ambitions and is ready to take over as the best in the game.




Who’s the greatest player ever?


How about Rod Laver, the owner of two Calendar Grand Slams?

Or what about Rafa Nadal, the owner of 21 major singles titles (including Olympic Gold)?

Or what about 20-20-20-Laver?


Since Novak Djokovic failed in his bid to win a Calendar Grand Slam on Sunday, I nominate the last of the three possibilities. 20-20-20-Laver sounds like a winner.

For Djokovic just to enter the conversation was a major achievement, and that was spurred by the Serbian’s bid for a Calendar Grand Slam.

Daniil Medvedev ended that conversation on Sunday, at least for now, with his straight-set 4-4-4 dismantling of Djokovic in the U.S. Open final.


As 2021 turned out, it was a really disappointing year for Djokovic, even though he won the year’s first three Grand Slam events. Most players would be out celebrating if they won three Grand Slams in one year.

The loss to Alexander Zverev in the Tokyo Olympics ended Novak’s Golden Grand Slam. And then Medvedev took care of the Calendar Grand Slam talk and the possibility of Djokovic breaking a 20-20-20 deadlock with Nadal and Roger Federer.

So, what’s next? I doubt that Novak is planning to skip the Australian Open in January. Even that one won’t be easy for Djokovic as a result of what has happened in late summer.


Djokovic has practically owned the Australian Open with nine titles in Melbourne, and eight of the last 11. But Medvedev and Zverev will be major obstacles for Djokovic in Melbourne, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Australian Open isn’t likely to be a picnic for Novak, even if Federer and Nadal skip the trip. If so, Federer and Nadal will be leaving the Australian Open in capable hands.

Things should start heating up by the quarterfinals Down Under.

By the way, Djokovic is 34 years old. That’s about the age Nadal started having trouble winning Grand Slams.


Medvedev beat Djokovic at just about everything he tried on Sunday. Djokovic was never in the game on serving competition or powerful forehands.

Those areas belonged to the 25-year-old Russian.

And movement? On this day, Medvedev had a picnic. The 6-6 first-time Grand Slam winner was everywhere with his amazing quickness. Djokovic couldn’t put a dent in his baseline defense.

Medvedev even out-did Djokovic in the Serbian’s usually solid drop shot department, pinning  even more disappointment on Novak.

Novak even caused a ball girl to change directions during the match as he swung his racket near the surface in  frustration after losing a point. Later, he punished his racket by smashing it into the court and destroying it.


The key to the relatively easy win for Medvedev was his serve. He was a perfect 15-for-15 on first-serve points in the opening set.

Medvedev obviously had little trouble with his serve until he was ready to end the match. With Medvedev owning a match point at 5-2 in the third set, the crowd tried to help Djokovic. Only then when the crowd got into the act of trying to break Medvedev’s attention did he double-fault twice in a row before netting a forehand to give Djokovic the game.

But in the final game of the match, Medvedev was ready for the crowd attack, although he double-faulted another match point away before ending the match with a big serve out wide for a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory. Djokovic managed only to hit the bottom of the net with his backhand return.

And suddenly, the tall Russian looks like the best player in the game.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award as the tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspapers. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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Raducanu Proved She’s The Better Player

The British sensation shocked the tennis world – can she keep it up in the coming years?




They played in the largest tennis stadium in the world.


They were teenagers. They achieved a dream early in their careers.

It just as easily could have been a junior championship a year earlier in their careers.

Only a few people would have been watching then. Such an event might not even have drawn newspaper coverage.


This meeting was much bigger and more important. The two participants would be $2.7 million richer between them before the day ended. They would become famous the world over, at least for now.

But this was Saturday, 9/11/21.

Real life now sets in. There probably are at least 100 other players in the world who are just as outstanding as Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez. Yet, most of them will never be involved in a Grand Slam singles final.


What Raducanu and Fernandez accomplished will never be forgotten, always listed in tennis annals.

England will always be proud of its new Grand Slam champion. At long last, Virginia Wade has company.

And Canada will never forget its feisty Grand Slam runner-up.

They stood the test while other more touted and talented players buckled at the knees. High-ranked players crumbled at the thought of losing to a mere teenager.

Next time, that advantage probably won’t exist.


Raducanu and Fernandez played the final like the teenagers they are.

Raducanu came close to making it a one-sided result when she held match point twice with a 5-2 lead in the second set. But Fernandez did not give up on her left-handed game that Raducanu had conquered before in the junior ranks.

After losing both points and the game to make the match closer, Raducanu fought off a pair of break points in the next game before making good on her third match point for a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

The British 18-year-old generally outplayed the 19-year-old Fernandez most of the 111-minute final. Raducanu had more firepower on her serve and ground strokes.


Raducanu played like a tour veteran, even if it was only her fourth tour-level event. It was her 10th straight win without dropping a set, counting her three wins in qualifying just to get into the main draw. No women’s qualifier before even had advanced to a Grand Slam final.

She has the game to win consistently on the tour, but probably not strong enough to challenge the Top 10 players and Grand Slam titlists right away. She’s now no longer under the radar. Everyone wants to beat a Grand Slam champion.

This may have been just a one-shot opening that Raducanu took full advantage of to win a Grand Slam title.  Just in case the road ahead gets bumpy, she might want to be thrifty with the $1.8 million payday.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award as the tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspapers. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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Novak Djokovic Was Pushed To An Amazing Performance

Zverev fell just short of beating the world N.1, and now Medvedev is the last obstacle still standing on his path to a Calendar Year Grand Slam




Novak Djokovic was simply amazing Friday night.


True, he made a few mistakes against Alexander Zverev, but not when they counted most.

Zverev also was superb, but his mistakes came when they counted really big.

For those reasons, Djokovic is getting ready to play for the unthinkable. No one had thought much about a Calendar Grand Slam until back in June when Djokovic shocked the tennis world with a victory over Rafa Nadal at the French Open.

By the time Wimbledon came around without Roger Federer and Nadal in the field, the odds were high that Djokovic actually could achieve a Calendar Grand Slam. And then he won Wimbledon and in the process turned the race for most Grand Slam titles into a 20-20-20 battle.


When Federer and Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open, all of Djokovic’s goals except a Golden Grand Slam when he lost to Zverev at the Olympics were in play.

Nearly two weeks later, Djokovic is one victory away from breaking out of the 20-20-20 deadlock as well as completing a rare Calendar Grand Slam.

Zverev pressed Djokovic into playing his very best to escape with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory in the U.S. Open semifinals. Only a cold start to the fifth set chilled Zverev’s hopes of spoiling Novak’s dreams.

Even after losing the first five games of the fifth set, Zverev still came close to making things interesting by winning the next two games and going to 30-30 in the eighth game.


Zverev’s improving game, and his big strokes and serves probably were enough to make Novak hope he won’t have to face Zverev’s hard balls again in January at the Australian Open.

That leaves only Daniil Medvedev between Djokovic and immortality.

Medvedev will have to be at his best to beat Novak. The slender 6-6 Russian can’t afford even a brief meltdown if he is to take Djokovic to the wire.

Medvedev appeared to be in awe of Djokovic when the two met in  this year’s Australian Open final.  Djokovic won that one easily in straight sets.


Medvedev’s game is a piece of work. He is completely unpredictable.

His whip forehand is one of the best shots in tennis. He backs it up with incredible movement.

It all depends on whether Medvedev can stick with Novak until the end. If Medvedev is still there, Novak likely will feel the heavy legs from his 214-minute bout with Zverev.

Not even Djokovic can out-move Medvedev. And the Russian’s uniquely quick serve has plenty of pop. He is due to win a Grand Slam.

But Medvedev will have to pull off a miracle against one of the smartest and slyest players tennis has ever seen if he is to win this U.S. Open.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award as the tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspapers. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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