Tomic and Kokkinakis Shine for Australia

Over the last few days, I have been paying close attention to the results in the Davis Cup ties being contested all over the world. The highly anticipated 1st round clash between Australia and the Czech Republic didn’t disappoint. In a decision, backed by Lleyton Hewitt and Wally Masur, two of Australia’s highest ranked players, Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis were selected to contest in the opening 2 rubbers. Tomic has been one of Australia’s most successful players of the past 5 years, and Kokkinakis has proven his staying power in the past, particularly during the big matches (let’s not forget his 5 setters at the Aussie Open). They brought their best tennis on court, winning both matches in the away clash to take Australia to a 2-0 lead after day one. Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt lost a very tight doubles match, however, Bernard Tomic sealed the victory with a win in the reverse singles against Lukas Rosol.

This victory for Australia secures our place in the world group, which is where we belong. Having won the Davis Cup trophy 28 times, it is a place we know very well, but many nations are fighting for a place in the top 8. We needed a fresh line up to our squad and it certainly paid off. It was the surprise package of Tomic and Kokkinakis that the Czech Republic weren’t expecting. The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup trophy in 2013 and 2014, which makes today’s win even more special.

I might as well put it on the record that Australia has a great opportunity to take this year’s Davis Cup trophy. 2015 is Australia’s year.

 

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Off/Mid Season Conditioning – It Does Exist

The Australian Open, Wimbledon, Fed Cup and Davis Cup are broadcasted on TV each year, and we are amazed at the level of play. For some of us who are lucky enough to watch the action live, it’s even more exciting to see. Then, we go out for a game and realise that it really isn’t as easy as it looked.

When we watch the professionals competing, we are witnessing the final result of months of hard work and preparation. Just what do these players do behind the scenes which enables their bodies to handle such a physically demanding sport?

I’ve gathered a few videos posted by various professional tennis players, which will give you some insight on the various types of conditioning exercises they use.

Serena Williams Makes It 19 Championship Titles in Melbourne

I was inspired to become a professional athlete through many great sporting moments. The inspiration came from athletics, gynmastics, soccer and tennis. It was clear to me that if you wanted to become a champion in sport, you needed to become an athlete first.

The Australian Open in 2015 was an interesting event. In the women’s singles draw, there were so many top seeds upset early in the tournament, with many new faces coming through to the second week. However, it was the former champions who prevailed in reaching the final. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are two of the biggest names in female sport and they were impressive. It was evident that these two players are competitors, putting everything on the line for a win. It was inspiring stuff and listening to their post match speeches makes their success even sweeter.

I believe that last night was one of the greatest moments in sport history and perhaps will inspire a young female to make her dreams come true.

Serena Williams Winners Speech

Maria Sharapova Runners Up Speech

 

Bright, Vibrant and Fun Outfits at The Aussie Open 2015

I believe that what you wear is a form of expression. It can tell you a lot about someone’s personality. For example, if they aren’t afraid to wear colour, it shows that this person is fun, confident, daring and not afraid to stand out.

The Australian Open dress code allows for anything deemed as ‘acceptable tennis attire’. The major sports brands relish at the thought of having full creative control over their designs and it’s always exciting for the players to see what the designers come up with at the start of the season. A special mention has to go to Nike for their use of neon colours this year (particularly pink and yellow) which is a common trend amongst their line. I absolutely love it!

Take a look at the photo gallery below of this years fashion on the court at the Australian Open.

Fashion On The Court Gallery

Serena Williams
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Thanasi Kokkinakis
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Rafael Nadal
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Andy Murray
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Roger Federer
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Bernard Tomic
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Petra Kvitova
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Milos Raonic
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Nick Kyrgios
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Caroline Wozniacki
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Victoria Azarenka
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Sara Errani
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Eugenie Bouchard
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Ajla Tomljanovic
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The Mystery Behind Rd. 1 of a Grand Slam

As spectators and fans, we sometimes wonder why it is so difficult to pass the first round of a grand slam. Two players who come in mind are Marinko Matosevic and Jarmila Gajdosova, who made it through to the 2nd round of the Aussie Open after their 5th and 10th appearance respectively. Both athletes are seasoned professionals who have the ability to match the best of the best on any given day. So why did it take so many attempts before a breakthrough?

There are some players who are the type that love the big crowds and centre court, while others prefer the smaller crowds and show courts. A grand slam is nothing like a regular tennis tournament and it can take a while (years) for an athlete to make that mental and emotional adjustment.

Let me paint a picture of what it really is like. There are thousands of people around, as opposed to a few hundred at smaller events. The change rooms are busier and the re stringing service may not feel so personal like it usually does. The queue for lunch is long and there is a lot of selection to choose from. There isn’t a lot of relationship building and networking going on either. It’s all business. An athletes success here has a lot to do with their temperament and how they react under varying circumstances.

At a grand slam event, there is never a smooth ride so you’ve got to buckle up but don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

In the News

https://twitter.com/alisonshemon/status/557159951726960640

 

Aussie Open 2015

It is that time of year again where the first major of the season gets underway today at Melbourne Park. The upcoming fortnight will showcase the best of the best in Tennis so stay tuned and enjoy!

http://www.ausopen.com/index.html

My bet on who will take out the Australian Open titles this year are Petra Kvitova and Roger Federer.

 

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