Safin signs off in Beijing with advice for Safina

October 10, 2009

Safin of Russia holds up a Chinese personal seal spelling his name that was presented to him as a gift after he lost his quarter-final match against Nadal of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Marat Safin and his sister Dinara Safina both made emotional departures from the China Open this week but for very different reasons.

A tale of two draws at Flushing Meadows

September 5, 2009

roddickIt has been a tale of two draws at the U.S. Open, with the men’s seeds advancing full steam ahead and the women’s field in disarray.

Lay off Dinara Safina

September 4, 2009

Safina reacts during her match against Barrois at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkI have had enough of the unfair abuse she is getting so I’m starting the “lay-off Dinara Safina” campaign.

Wimbledon raises the roof … whether they needed to or not

June 29, 2009


Like a man who comes back from the shops with a dirty big power tool and immediately decides the pictures need re-hanging, Wimbledon just couldn’t resist putting their expensive new toy to use … even if it wasn’t completely clear they needed it.

Grasscourt season brings end to clay call farce

June 12, 2009

The 2009 claycourt season ended in style last Sunday with Roger Federer completing a career grand slam by winning the French Open, but I for one am glad the tour has moved on to grass.

Do fewer tantrums = more titles?

June 3, 2009

safinaTemper tantrums are more or less a thing of the past for Dinara Safina, who said on Tuesday that her rise to the world number one spot had been helped by her efforts to stop her angry mid-match outbursts.

Sharapova shows she is more than a pretty face

May 31, 2009

I have never been a big fan of Maria Sharapova’s tennis. I prefer fellow Russian Dinara Safina, who I like to nickname ‘Marata’ (her brother being Marat Safin).