07
Jun
10

Both Tennis tours are back on the grass!

At the AEGON-sponsored events this week in West London and Birmingham, where Maria Sharapova is the main attraction again as Edgbaston Priory, the long drawn-out challenge of clay is replaced by the rapid-fire demands of grass.

Maria Sharapova believes she can win Wimbledon again.

“I go in believing that I have a chance,” the 23-year-old Russian said. “It would be tough to go out there and step on to the court and to have the confidence to beat my opponents if I didn’t.”

“I really love coming on grass and the change from the clay courts and the different bounces. … It brings back a lot of memories,” Sharapova said. “I come into Birmingham every year wanting to play as many matches on grass as I can and to try and get really good practice the week before (Wimbledon) as well.”

Rafael Nadal will spend 45 minutes practising on the courts of Queen’s Club today, he would like to play doubles tomorrow and his first competitive singles match on the surface in two years will be staged on Wednesday. It does not take long for the clay to be dusted from the shoes and lawn to be the operative word in tennis.

In Germany, Roger Federer has signed an agreement to play the Gerry Weber Open in Halle for as many years as his career is extended. The directors of Queen’s have long suspected that it may never attract Federer, but their cast list is undeniably impressive, with Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray, the defending champion, on top of the pile. “I love this tournament,” Nadal said, “I feel great all the time there.”


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