From The Editor
For tennis purists, the Roland Garros-Wimbledon swing is as good as it gets. After the dust settled last year the events read like a movie script: Rafael Nadal becomes the first man in 30 years to claim the French-Wimbledon double by denying Roger Federer a sixth straight Wimbledon crown in perhaps the greatest match ever.
Incredibly, this year's storylines could be even more compelling. After Roger Federer took out Nadal in the final of Madrid - where Novak Djokovic also held three match points against the Spaniard - Nadal could face his toughest challenge yet in Paris as he chases a record fifth straight title. At Wimbledon, will tennis fans be blessed with another Federer-Nadal final? Or could Andy Murray break the British title drought? We examine all the angles.
And learn more about France's quiet achiever and Top 10 member Gilles Simon. Plus, read what drives Chinese Taipei's first Top 100 player, Yen-Hsun 'Rendy' Lu.
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In This Issue
Melbourne’s tears of anguish are now Paris’ tears of joy. And reports of Roger Federer’s decline have been greatly exaggerated.
Rafael Nadal has suffered just five clay-court losses in five years. As the four-time defending champion returns to Roland Garros, are there lessons to be learned from those defeats? Or is the Spaniard a lock to again go all the way in Paris?
Think French tennis and the flamboyance and creativity of Noah, Santoro, Tsonga, Monfils and Gasquet readily come to mind. But in a land where playing style is not so much issued as created, Gilles Simon has found that there is a place for defence.
Fulfilling the dream of his late father to become Chinese Taipei’s first Top 100 player, Yen-Hsun Lu has been equally motivated by the need to use tennis to provide for his family. His journey has not been without its hardships.
In his new book "Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played," Sports Illustrated tennis writer Jon Wertheim uses the 2008 Wimbledon final to reflect on a defining sporting event, two exceptional athletes, and the state of the sport.
For a 20-year ATP World Tour veteran with traditional doubles instincts, teaming with a partner who anchors himself to the baseline has been a game changer. But Kevin Ullyett's new partnership with Bruno Soares has given both players a fresh perspective.
James Blake talks about the last time he cooked for himself, he met his childhood hero, he played a match no one watched and when celebrity helped him.
ON THE RISE... Frederico Gil has streamlined his lifestyle to become Portugal's highest-ever ranked player. He has also single-handedly renewed interest in the sport in his homeland.
Can anyone stop Rafael Nadal? That is the question on every tennis fan’s lips at Roland Garros, where the mighty Spaniard chases an unprecedented fifth straight Coupe des Mousquetaires.
ATP World Tour stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a special look at Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard chases a fifth Roland Garros title.
The women at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam explain their reason for loving ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal. Watch Live Rotterdam Web Stream
No. 2 seed Andy Murray made his maiden voyage aboard a luxury yacht off the coastline of Dubai on Sunday. Click here to Watch Live and for Full Match Downloads. Video courtesy TennisTV.com
David Ferrer visited the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, during the SA Tennis Open. Video courtesy SuperSport.
Marcos Baghdatis visted the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg during the SA Tennis Open. Video Courtesy SuperSport.