Over two years ago, Mardy Fish appeared maxed out. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he suffered from chronic knee problems, joint pain and a stalled ranking. Was there a correlation between his weight, health problems and mediocre performances?
MARION BARTOLI snapped Victoria Azarenka’s 26-match winning streak, March 28, during the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Bartoli, 27, who uses two hands to stroke both the forehand and backhand and is coached by her father, says self-belief, going for her shots and having a game plan were the keys to her 6-3, 6-3 victory.
AS OUR ATTENTION has turned from hard court to clay, it’s interesting to dis- cuss what makes for a great clay-court player. Being the slowest of surfaces, players must be incredibly fit and highly intelligent strategists to dominate on clay.
By most accounts, world No. 2 Maria Sharapova experienced great hard court results in the States, advancing to the finals of both Premier tour events, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. But failing to deliver a champi- onship trophy in either stop left the Russian frustrated.
After 7 years of losing to fellow countryman Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco finally broke the cycle when he triumphed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 at the Madrid Open.
Madrid clay was red, now it is blue. It’s the first time in history that a tournament originally designated as red clay surface switched colors.
“This is a dream come true and an extraordinary tribute. I love this game and am incredibly honored by the Hall of Fame’s vote. Tennis has been my passion and dedication for my entire life, and to be acknowledged for this passion and dedication is truly icing on the cake,” said Capriati.