Dani (Berdych) v Amelie (Murray)
Obviously the media will be pushing this line of what Dani will be able to tell Berdych about Andy’s game resulting in his defeat, but as Andy says he already knows what Dani thinks about Berdych’s game so looks like a bit of a stand off.
Having said all that, it will still be interesting to see what Berdych does but I can’t imagine on current form he will be able to do much to hurt the Murray man. Berdych doesn’t move well enough to be able to grind out a win so his only option will be to go on all out attack which will play into Andy’s hands as he is great counter puncher. If only tennis matches were won on paper in which case Andy would win easily, but it ain’t. You have to go out and make it happen!
I predict a 4 set win for Andy and a triple bagel win for his new clothing company v Berdych’s latest fashion disaster! I bet poor Thomas isn’t allowed to look in a mirror before going on court as it would be too upsetting! Harsh but true I feel.
Really looking forward to this one as I think it’s time for Nishikori to push through and win a grand slam title, even if Stan has found some good form. Don’t mind who wins , but expect a great match. (Taking Kei to win in 5)
Novak v Raonic
Not looking forward to this one quite so much as Superman (Raonic - it’s the haircut!) will only have a chance if he is firing bombs all over the place which won’t make for great viewing. Novak is just playing far too well at the moment and is serving better than ever. Would love to know what they have been working on with his serve as getting near Boris standards!
(Novak to win easily)
We also spent some time in Lucca trying out a few restaurants recommended by some of our Lucca friends. One in particular is “Da Pasquale” which is now my favourite one inside the walls. The price to quality ratio is fabulous and the owner, Pasqualino Gubitosa, who attends to almost every table is extremely knowledgable about all his interesting wines and the fantastic menu he provides. An absolute must if visiting Lucca.
Clay court tennis outdoors in Lucca in January!
Visiting our tennis club in Lucca it was great to see the young players training on the outside clay courts even though the club has indoor bubbles for the winter. The weather has been incredibly mild, with 16-18 degrees when we were there in mid Jan! It made us think that we should promote more holidays at this time of year as the flights are cheap and a great time to visit the towns and cities of Tuscany plus loads of sales in January!
Just back from a 5 day scouting mission in Tuscany (tough job I know!), looking at some potential new accommodation for Florence. Please let me know what you think of Fattoria Pagnana www.fattoriapagnana.it as after visiting the owners we hope that we can sort out an arrangement, maybe even for this year. It’s an easy drive from the tennis club and is in a beautiful part of the countryside with a variety of lovely accommodation and great facilities.
We visited several but this was the best by far!
If summer is more your thing then why not join us on one of our Special Hosted Weeks and we can all visit “Da Pasquale “ together?
Meant to say that it’s great to see Venus Williams back playing so well after such a terrible illness.What a fantastic effort to keep going and get back in the mix.