There are just so many potential awesome matchups in the men's draw. The stand out 1st round match is Nadal v Jack Draper which will be the best chance Draper will have to beat a legend in my opinion. Their lead up campaign couldn't be more different with Nadal hardly winning a match and Draper winning lots and improving all the time. I'd be surprised if this isn't a real tough one for Rafa but if we remember last year, just how did he manage to win the entire event?? Never write off a legend!
Nadal v Draper is on at 330am for those who can't sleep! With Kyle Edmund v Sinner at midnight tonight!
Andy Murray meeting Berrettini 1st round is a bummer for both players, but similar to Nadal, write off Andy at your peril.
The potential 3rd rounds of the men's singles is just outrageous with possibilities like Korda v Medvedev, Musetti v Sinner, Norrie v Coric, Rublev v Evans, Kyrgios v Rune, etc etc. All of these matches could easily be ATP 500 finals!
Apart from Djokovic who is the obvious favourite to win, if he doesn't then I could see any one of 10/12 players who could be the winner, such is the strength in depth of the men's game.
The main interest for me in this draw would be if Raducanu and Gauff win their 1st round matches, they would then play each other. A pity they meet so early but 2 of the young contenders for the future of the women's game. Gauff, even though she hasn't won a slam is ahead of Emma in terms of matches won and experience, but I feel that the women's game could do with both of them becoming a major force in women's tennis as they would attract a wider audience and bring lots of young girls from different backgrounds to the game (as they already have done). For Raducanu if she can keep a more settled team around her for at least a year I can see no reason why she won't be amongst the top players on a regular basis. Jez Green is a great trainer (ex Andy Murray and currently also with Thiem) who will spend some of the year with Emma and has already put in place a strong training programme.
Swiatek is, like Novak, the obvious favourite and then I could see any one of Gauff, Garcia, Sakkari, Sabalenka or Pegula taking the crown.
Break Point - Netflix Series
I'm sure that many of you will have watched some of this new behind the scenes look at the tennis tour from both a male and female perspective during 2022. I've watched a few of them and certainly have enjoyed hearing the thoughts of some of the players and the insights of the great tennis minds like Paul Annacone, Chris Evert and Andy Roddick.
It's no great surprise to hear that the winning and losing comes down to mindset. Many of them look to Nadal as the greatest competitor of the game and it is fascinating to hear how players like Fritz and Berrettini hold Rafa in such high esteem from a mental point of view. Paul Annacone considers him to be the best ever at handling the pressure of the big moments and he has worked with a few of the game's greats.
In the same theme, Berrettini made a very interesting point saying that his greatest weapon is not his serve or forehand, but his mindset. It was almost as if he had just realised this after beating Alcaraz in a 5 set victory at last year's Oz Open. He was 2nd best until it mattered most when they played a 10 point tie break at 6-6 in the 5th set! Being good when it matters most is how you win the majority of tennis matches.
The 1st episode focused on Kyrgios but didn't leave me feeling any warmer towards his personality. I totally get his appeal to the masses and overall I accept that he makes the average sports fan interested in the game. However, these are also the type of people who would video a car crash. Hearing Kyrgios and Kokkinakis reminisce over their drinking, parties and surviving on 3 hours sleep a night makes me weep for any enthusiastic kids watching and the majority of mere mortals who need to work so hard to even be decent at tennis!
Looking forward to seeing all the other episodes.
Special Hosted Weeks
Here is an overview of the spaces left or our special hosted weeks which are filling up. We are working hard behind the scenes to make the Sardinia 16-23 September week happen with the difficulty being the speed at which our agency partners in Sardinia release accommodation options. We already have a few apartments confirmed and hope to be able to confirm that this week will go ahead before the end of January.
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