US Open 2016

The year of the Outsider For the first time, Andy Murray should be going into an Open as the favourite. A 22 match winning streak was only halted in the final at Cincinatti last week, whilst Novak Djokovic has crashed out of the last two big tournaments early, and wasn’t fit enough to play in the ATP event. The betting may still have him as a slight favourite over Muzza, but the betting is wronger than slapping on your burkini in Nice high street. Both men may be knackered however, whilst the best player on the circuit right now, Juan Martin del Potro, also cannot last the distance. Although in the last 11 years, only three men outside the Big... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
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Olympics 2016 – 4 to Watch (Part 1)

Zika, Drugs, Shaky Infrastructure and Terrorism Women’s Road Race Oh Lizzie Lizzie Lizzie. Early silver heroine of 2012, but now with the sort of question mark over her achievements that is so big, it would take an enormous mental effort for her to regroup, and do the business in Rio. An enormous mental effort, or a banned substance of course. If she wins a medal, it will in all likelihood be Team GB’s (As we must now sickeningly call them) first of the games, coming on only the second day of full competition. Having won the Aviva Womens Tour in June, Armitstead would have been a wise bet at 5.1 just a few days ago. But you would be a... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016
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Roland Garros – French Open 2016

Rogered With Roger Federer out of this season’s French Open, the chances of Novak Djokovic making history haven’t changed a jot. Federer these days is as threatening in regards to clay as Patrick Swayze in Ghost, and it is other ghosts Novak will have to slay if he is to triumph. To be considered the greatest tennis player of any age, the Serb has to conquer Roland Garros. Failure to do so means he will be considered like Sampras, Becker and Connors – great but not a master. His mental disintegration after the shock defeat to Stan Wawrinka in last year’s final showed just how much it means to him. It also probably makes it much harder to stroll to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Australian Open 2016

Game Set Waaaaaah-tch We don’t know exactly what Andy Murray studied in school – but biology may just have passed him by. Promising the wife that you will scoot home at the first sign of any baby is all well and good, if you work down the local cash n’ carry. But being in Melbourne means baby Murray could be bawling, glaring and swearing very happily before pops even enters the hospital. Nevertheless, the threat of exit is enough to ensure no shilling on him to win the competition is coming from our direction (despite him featuring in four of the last six finals), so where else should we punt? The last few years have seen easy times for predicting... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016
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ATP 2015

Tennis in London usually evokes thoughts of green grass and strawberries but nowadays it equally can suggest indoor hard blue courts and a trip to North Greenwich for some overpriced nachos and a giant cola. The top eight male tennis players get together for an end of season finale to see who is the best or arguably who still got something in the proverbial tank after a long hard season. Andy Murray will play despite fears he’d sacrifice involvement in a bid to improve GB’s chances of Davis Cup glory. It’s usually a tournament the favourites fare well. Interestingly though the stats show us that of the 59 matches that have taken place at the O2 in this format, three... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015
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Davis Cup Semi Final 2015 – Great Britain vs Australia

Aussie Bashing Part 2 of 3 Despite ostensibly being a disappointing year for Andy Murray, it could well turn out to be his greatest yet. Forget the Wallabies and the Rugby World Cup, disregard Stuart Broad and the Ashes – this is the big showdown with the Aussies in 2015. It has been 34 years of hurt since Britain last reached a Davis Cup Final (a 0-5 reverse against Argentina without even winning a set thanks for asking), but Murray’s team look far more capable than the likes of Buster Mottram and Andrew Jarrett did back then. At least, Murray does. He must win his two singles matches, and then team up with brother Jamie on Saturday and win that... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015
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US Open Tennis 2015

If you Williams; it is no dream Curious times in tennis. In the post-Nadal era, the mens’ racket is dominated by four players, with everyone else largely there just to shlep the tournament out a bit (sorry Marin.) The ladies’ is almost the opposite – one player clearly better than anyone else, but if she misfires, a batch of others who can win tournaments. To start with the men. Novak hasn’t quite hit top form since Wimbledon, and as we all now know, likes to arrive at a tournament with injury concerns (this time a bad arm – not great for a tennis player, but useful for a lengthy TO when a set and a break down in the semi.)... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
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Wimbledon Ladies 2015

Grunts, Munts and ****s Mens tennis has never been more exciting, or so we are told. With four of the greatest specimens to ever hold a racket currently plying their trade, the game has never been more competitive or played to such a high standard. Which is all well and good of course, but the truth is, mens tennis is dull dull dull until the semi-finals, when the aforementioned big four lash up against each other. So instead of shutting our eyes and plucking either Novak, Roger, Rafa or Andy from the air as our Wimbledon champion, we will cast our beady eye (and believe us it is beady) on the Ladies draw. Go us. Go feminism. Serena Williams starts... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015
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French Open 2015

Late May swings around and for the lovers of tennis it’s off to the romantic city of Paris for a fortnight of clay as Rafa Nadal seeks his sixth French Open title in a row and his tenth title in total. It’s truly extraordinary and his record of 66 wins and one loss is the greatest any player has at any tournament. And yet, if the bookmakers have it right, he won’t be lifting the 10th title come a few weeks time. Djokovic is the 8/11 favourite with Bet365 whilst Rafa is 3/1 with Ladbrokes. Murray is 8/1 with Paddy Power whilst Nishikori holds fourth favouritism at 16/1 with Bet365. Nishikori is the man who is certainly in form, with... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Australian Open 2015

All Change for the Women but the Same Old Faces in the Mens Given the Aussie Open is a Major where Andy Murray has finished runner-up three times in the past five years, it seems foolish to predict that he would probably take finishing runner-up again this time out. But given his patchy form of late, a final in the opening Slam of the year would be a pretty satisfying achievement for the smiling Scot. Murray Mint reached the quarters here last year (ultimately losing to Federer in four,) despite only being half-fit, and it would be a surprise were he not to at least match that. Particularly if Mistress Amelie tells him to. As a bet though, 13.5, just... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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