Thursday, 23 December 2010

Roger & Rafa Unite For Charity

The last two days have proved to be beneficial for the children of Madrid and people of Africa, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal came together for two exhibition matches, each held in both their countries, to raise money for charity. Both won a match apiece.The first match was held on the 21st of this month, which Roger won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. He said: “This is a special match for me, which I’ll remember forever, not just only for a long, long time... I thought obviously of doing a match like this for a long time, but I felt comfortable doing it this year and Rafa was so supportive and coming over and helping… I’ll look back on this with very fond memories forever and that I was able to pull off this event here in Switzerland for the first time so nicely and with such hype, it was just amazing.” The match raised $2.6 million for Africa.The day after, the pair flew to Spain, where Rafa won 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1. Both were escorted onto the pitch by children, and later the Spainard commented: “To me, today is a very special day... I am lucky enough to be able to do what I love to do, which is to play tennis, but at the same time, through my Foundation, I get the opportunity to help hundreds of kids who are not as lucky.” It's nice to see the two friends unite for a good cause.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Federer Escorts Nadal in Mercedes SLS

Yesterday Roger Federer picked Rafael Nadal from an airport in Zurich, for their upcoming match later that day, for the 'Match for Africa' charity exhibition. The picture below shows them both getting into a Mercedes SLS, looking slick as they do so. The match wasn't very entertaining, and as it was a charity match, many fans expected fun and jokes on court. Federer defeated Nadal 4-6 6-3 6-3, raising money for a good cause. We prefered the Hit for Haiti exhibition match which took place around the Australian Open 2010.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Nole Awarded 'Best Promotor of Serbia'

Yesterday, Novak Djokovic won the award for 'Best Promotor of Serbia' for the second consecutive time at the 'Best of Serbia' awards ceremony. The ceremony has taken place annually for the last seven years. Heartfelt congratulations to him on winning the award... despite not residing in Serbia anymore (Monte Carlo IS hard to resist), his heart clearly still lies there.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Novak's 2011 Schedule. You Prepared?

Novak Djokovic's schedule for the first five months of 2011 has been released today. It looks pretty promising and full on. He'll start with the Hopman Cup (1-8 January) where Ana Ivanovic and himself will represent their home country, Serbia (2 January) vs Kazakhstan. We're excited to see them two back in action, and even more so excited about the upcoming Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which Novak won in 2008. Hopefully he'll go far this time too. Here's the part of the yearly schedule which has been released: 01.01. Perth, Australia (Exhibition tournament)- 17.01. Melbourne, Australia (Grand Slam)- 07.02. Rotterdam, Netherlands (ATP 500)- 21.02. Dubai, UAE (ATP 500)- 04.03. Belgrade, Serbia (Davis Cup)- 07.03. Indian Wells, USA (ATP 1000)- 21.03. Miami, USA (ATP 1000)
11.04. Monte Carlo, Monaco (ATP 1000)- 25.04. Belgrade, Serbia (ATP 250)- 02.05. Madrid, Spain (ATP 1000)- 09.05. Rome, Italy (ATP 1000)- 23.05. Paris, France (Grand Slam). Novak didn't win a lot of titles this year... perhaps he'll thrill us with some more wins this year.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Sweet Success brings Serbia Second

After Serbia's win and triumph in the Davis Cup, it's a pleasure to say that Serbia are now ranked second in the rankings (23134 points), not far behind Spain's top spot with 29528 points. We should thank Viktor Troicki's winning performance for that, but mainly Novak Djokovic's consistently agressive style of victory-inducing play. Nole also gained points on his personal ranking, but is yet to overcome Federer's rank of 2.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Rafa Reigns, Roger Ready: Mubadala

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship will bring united six of the world's most esteemed players to entertain tennis fans and bring out some quality tennis. Competing for sheer pride and $250,000 is reigning champion Rafael Nadal, world number 2's Roger Federer, and Berdych, Tsonga, Soderling and Baghdatis. Naturally, Rafa and Roger have been given a bye on Thursday and will start their matches this Friday. Rafa and Roger will be busy focusing on the imminent Australian Open grand slam, and may not perform to the best of their abilities though. On the other hand, Soderling is a high threat as he was runner-up last year and will be seeking the top spot this year. Tsonga's fitness to play is questionnable, having had to sit out of the Davis Cup last week because of injuries. Best of luck Rafa and Roger.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Shaved Serbian Tennis Stars

We don't understand why the Serbian team chose to shave their heads as a celebratory act. Many fans have shared their happiness, but miss the hair.Janko kept his beard it seems- they didn't promise to shave everything.A member of the Serbian team looks to mount the happy Novak.Novak looks really in the mood to celebrate and was seen jumping and screaming throughout the awards ceremony.Nole and the Serbian captain share an impassioned embrace. Well done Novak Djokovic and the rest of the team!

Serbia are the World Champions

Both Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki secured the win of the Davis Cup 2010 today after breathtaking wins over the French. This is the first time Serbia have won the prestigious world event, which took place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.The Serbian team (Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic) had their heads shaved as promised... Upon his victory, Viktor burst into tears. He's not a top player (ranked around 30), so this was a big day for his personal career as well as for his country.Marat Safin also made an appearance today at the finals, causing a bit of a stir. But it was Djokovic's day. Congratulations.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Novak Pleases Homecrowd

Novak Djokovic managed to secure a win against France after defeating Gilles Simon in straight sets yesterday. The Davis Cup final was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, so most of the crowd was on Novak's side. His win put Serbia in an equal position to France, and the scores stand 1-1. Janko Tipsarevic lost in straight sets to Frenchman Gaels Monfils which caused a bit of an upset. Novak cut his hair a bit and we were less than impressed because we prefer the fluffy hair, and a tiny bit of us wants Serbia to lose the Davis Cup; if Serbia win then Novak has promised to shave his hair off...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Djokovic Pumped for Davis Cup Final

The Davis Cup final between Serbia and France will take place 3rd- 5th December. The top player of the four matches taking place between the two countries will be Serbian Novak Djokovic. In his interview which took place a week ago, he said that if he was to win it would be 'the biggest achievement of my personal career' and the Davis Cup is the 'biggest occasion of our [SRB team] lives'. It clearly means a lot to Novak, and we think that he was a little distracted in the ATP Finals by this upcoming final. The finals will be taking place in Belgrade, and Novak commented saying 'it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to have it [the match] at home... the help of the crowd will be very much necessary'. Tsonga will not be playing for France, and without his help, we believe Serbia will have an easy win. The official team nominations for Serbia are: Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic. They'll each face one each from French players: Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement. Llodra is a bit of a dark horse and we hope he doesn't face Djokovic. On Day 1 (3rd December) play starts at 1pm (GMT)- Day 2 (4th Dec) at 2pm and Day 3 (5th Dec) at 12pm.