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10
Sep
10

A terrible scheduling error keeps exhibition doubles match a secret.

Age and brawn won out over youth and beauty in an exhibition set of doubles tennis that followed Rafael Nadal’s quarterfinal victory over Fernando Verdasco on Thursday night. The one-set, no-ad contest was supposed to precede Nadal, but a five-set day match tightened up the schedule and the quartet of Grand Slam champions was pushed back to be the nightcap. At the end of 40 minutes of sometimes tennis, sometimes theatre, Pat Cash and Mats Wilander prevailed 7-5 over Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova.

Hingis and Kournikova were back together eight years after winning their second Australian Open doubles title together. They had won in 1999 before taking the crown again in 2002. Hingis also won the singles title in Flushing in 1997 plus four other Grand Slam singles titles and was once the No. 1 ranked woman in the world.

Most of the 23,000 plus in attendance were long gone by the time the elder statesmen hit the court, but those who stayed were allowed access to the best seats in the house and made plenty of noise as the former stars entertained.

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17
Dec
09

Tomic and Cash team up for World Tennis Challenge.

Rising tennis teen Bernard Tomic will finetune for the Australian Open by playing at the World Tennis Challenge.

Tomic, 17, has agreed to play in the novel World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide next January.

The Adelaide tournament, in which a retired star partners a current player in a teams format, ends only four days before the Australian Open starts in Melbourne.

Tomic will partner Wimbledon champ Pat Cash, who at age 44 is 27 years his senior.

The Tomic–Cash combination will represent Australasia in the Adelaide event, opposed to three teams – the Americas, Europe and the Internationals.

The Americas team features 50-year-old John McEnroe and Robbie Ginepri while French 46-year-old Henri Leconte will play for Europe with an as yet un-named teammate.

World No.14 Radek Stepanek will head the Internationals with a yet to be announced retired player.

Tomic this year became the youngest player in the Open era to win a main draw match at the Australian Open.

Currently ranked 286 in the world, Tomic expects to be given a wildcard into next year’s Australian Open.

“I can’t wait to play in Adelaide … playing alongside some of the greats will be a great learning curve,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“WTC is a fantastic concept and I think it will be great to play with Pat alongside some of the legends of the game.

“I think Adelaide is ideal preparation for the Australian Open.”

The WTC, first held earlier this year, will be held at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive from January 12 to 14.

The format pits the two current players against each other, followed by the past players. The teams then join for a doubles match.

28
Oct
09

Young guns & old farts to play in Adelaide!

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Rising tennis teen Bernard Tomic will finetune for the Australian Open by playing at the World Tennis Challenge.

Tomic, 17, has agreed to play in the novel World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide next January.

The Adelaide tournament, in which a retired star partners a current player in a teams format, ends only four days before the Australian Open starts in Melbourne.

Tomic will partner Wimbledon champ Pat Cash, who at age 44 is 27 years his senior.

The Tomic–Cash combination will represent Australasia in the Adelaide event, opposed to three teams – the Americas, Europe and the Internationals.

The Americas team features 50-year-old John McEnroe and Robbie Ginepri while French 46-year-old Henri Leconte will play for Europe with an as yet un-named teammate.

World No.14 Radek Stepanek will head the Internationals with a yet to be announced retired player.

Tomic this year became the youngest player in the Open era to win a main draw match at the Australian Open.

Currently ranked 286 in the world, Tomic expects to be given a wildcard into next year’s Australian Open.

“I can’t wait to play in Adelaide … playing alongside some of the greats will be a great learning curve,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“WTC is a fantastic concept and I think it will be great to play with Pat alongside some of the legends of the game.

“I think Adelaide is ideal preparation for the Australian Open.”

The WTC, first held earlier this year, will be held at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive from January 12 to 14.

The format pits the two current players against each other, followed by the past players. The teams then join for a doubles match.

24
Aug
09

“I just serve and run to the net,” says Cash.

cashPat Cash successfully defended his singles title at the $150,000 Hall of Fame Champions Cup defeating Jim Courier 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the championship match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The tournament victory was Cash’s second career title on the Outback Champions Series, the global tennis circuit for champions tennis players age 30 and over, and earned the 1987 Wimbledon champion $60,000. Cash’s tournament win at Newport last year was also over Courier in the final by the exact 6-3, 6-4 score line.

“I’ve been lucky this week,” said Cash. “I got a few lucky breaks today and you need that to beat these guys, who are all champions. The great thing about this tour, the Outback Champions Series, is that it is serious tennis. We get out there and you can see how hard we’re trying, but it’s also fun,”

Cash is regarded as one of the best serve-and-volley and grass-court players in tennis over the last 30 years. In addition to his 1987 Wimbledon title, Cash was a singles finalist on grass at the 1987 Australian Open. The 44-year-old Australian was the lone Wimbledon singles champion in the eight-player Newport field and was most comfortable on the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame all week.

“I wouldn’t say I grew up on the grass-court but I have played a lot of grass-court tennis,” said Cash. “It’s natural for me to play this style of game. It’s easy. I don’t have to think about it. I just serve and volley. I’m not smart enough to work out a game tactic against Jim so I just kind of keep serving and running to the net.”

09
Dec
08

Aussie Legends to return for the 2009 Open.

wilanderpat-cash-1pat-cashThe second week of the 2009 Australian Open in Melbourne will feature a return match between Mats Wilander and Pat Cash. A re-enactment of the 1988 final when Wilander prevailed after an epic 5 set match to defeat Pat Cash and to thwart Cash’s chances of winning the coveted title in front of his home-town fans. As Cash said jokingly, “I hate him more now than ever, I just wait to get even with him,” to which Mats replied, “It was one of my greatest moments in tennis, and I can’t wait to feel that excitement again.”
Joining Pat and Mats is an array of Australian old timers plus a few hangers on who pop up to play whenever they smell a tennis ball. The ‘Woodies’ Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who together formed one of the most formidable doubles teams to ever play the game will be on hand, Todd is the organizer of the Legends event. Also competing on the True Blue courts of Melbourne park, and included in the $29 grounds pass will be Wayne Arthurs, Wally Masur, John Fitzgerald, Peter McNamara, Paul McNamee, Mansour Bahrami, Wayne Ferriera and Joachim Nystrom.
The Australian Open director is set upon making the 2009 event a festival of tennis and an entertaining two weeks for both tennis fans and all visitors. A series of concerts is planned, one featuring the spectacular Spiegelworld performance. The who’s who of Australian music will be providing nightly entertainment, and could easily outdraw some of the mediocre tennis matches served up by the lesser known players.
A new store has opened that will sell an array of merchandise featuring the 2009 Aussie Open logo. T- shirts and tennis shirts are available plus some other rather peculiar items, an Aussie Open oven mitt for $15, or an Aussie Open paper fan for $10. I can’t wait to get mine!
The tournament director is hyping a replay of the Federer Nadal Wimbledon final, and it is a reasonable prediction that the world’s number 1 and 2 players could meet in the final, but there are many young eager players to beat just to make it through to the final pair. A lucky draw for any of the top 10 players could hold the secret to their individual success in Australia, where the temperature on court can easily soar to 100 degrees.
Maria Sharapova’s return to defend her title is also being hyped by the management for good reason. The lady’s tour is mired in mediocrity and the game needs Maria or a healthy Serena to lift it back to its former high quality status. My money is on Maria to come storming back in great form, and to win the title without losing a set. I wonder what the odds are for her to win? Instead of buying a paper fan, maybe I should bet my $10 on Maria!

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