Stanimal on Pole in Monte Carlo – Monte Carlo Masters Final Preview 2014

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Tennis is often about figures, keep the ball in play, hit smart when needed go for the lines only when the situation demands it. The figures in this head to head read Roger Federer 13 Stanislas Wawrinka 1. I should probably stop right there, Federer should be massive favourite for this one but the more I think about it he isnt.

In their 14 previous meetings, only once has Stan got the better of Roger. Stan has always had the game to be part of the Top 5 but rarely has he been able to string consistent performances together. In 2014, he finds himself as a grand slam champion deservedly lifting the Australian Open trophy in January. After a post slam slump he is back on his favourite surface gunning for his very first Masters 1000 title.

Why Stan can win?Stan can win as his tennis is as good and as consistent as it has ever been. He hits the ball flat and true and even the best defenders like Nadal, Djokovic and even Ferrer cannot live with Stan when he is on. Stan could polverise Roger today if he stays true to his game. He can bludgeon his great friend and doubles partner off the court from both wings. His serve isnt bad either, it pops off his strings at a cool 130mph.

Stan 2014, has much improved mental toughness. In the past Stan would have epic wins against the top guys only to fade into oblivion. With Magnus Norman in his corner, he has focus, hunger and can get up even when he is knocked down. When things go awry in games, Stan manages to keep his focus much more and can as the tattoo says on his ‘Fail Better.’

If Stan can forget the occasion and who he is playing, he can win this game. If he can play the ball and hit without thinking, then his A game on clay should beat the mighty Swiss 17 time major winner. Federer on the other hand must hope that the pre match dinner last night and the warmup together will have mentally softened Stan and allowed Roger to get in his head once again.

Wereas Roger does not have the sheer power of Stan, he does have more game. He has more variety in every aspect of the game. Much like his quarter final on Friday, Federer will hope to ride out the early onslaught from Wawrinka and nick a few break points here and there. Stan is what Tsonga is capable of becoming, but is simply better. Federer will look to keep Stan moving, bring him forward with the chip slice returns and ripping it past. Roger must hope that Stan doesnt take all his time away though. Without time and constantly under pressure Federer can feel the heat.

For so long Stan has assumed the role of Rogers understudy, today is the day that he will have the target on his back. But as the poem goes, if Stan
‘can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same’

Then he will lift the trophy.
Enjoy the game,its gonna be a cracker!

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City of Derry Junior Matchplays- 13 April 2014

Please note these draws and the order of play are subject to change. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your match is scheduled to start. I am absolutely in no doubt that I have made many errors in this! Forgive me, I am knackered!

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WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox | 2014 Family Circle Cup‏

ImageGen WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox | 2014 Family Circle Cup‏We uploaded a new WTA Live video from the Family Circle Cup featuring Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Sabine Lisicki, Sam Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Genie Bouchard and Sorana Cirstea. We even had a little mini-golf putt putt challenge.
    • Sabine Lisicki’s best childhood memory was meeting Martina Hingis & is now winning doubles titles with her
    • Jelena Jankovic went Happy Gilmore on the putting green.
    • What is Sorana Cirstea’s favorite thing about her close friendship with Ana Ivanovic?
    • Sloane Stephens is a master -at mini-golf
    • Serena Williams next karaoke favorite

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SOS Rehydrate nominated for Sports Technology awards

The annual Sports Technology Awards were established to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sports sector. SOS Rehydrate has been nominated for three awards including; The Best Technology across multiple sports-Medicine and Health, Best Performance Technology for elite athletes and The Best Technology Partnership.The inaugural awards take place in London on the 4th April and celebrate the best and most innovative advances within the sporting world. The judging panel includes Sir Clive Woodward MBE and Ben Kay CBE.
Launched in the UK in February, SOS Rehydrate is a new and cutting-edge oral rehydration electrolyte replacement drink. SOS Rehydrate offers healthy hydration for active lifestyles that is comparable to an IV Drip at combatting mild to moderate dehydration. The product is capable of providing substantial rehydration and fluid retention without the excess sugar contained in the majority of leading sports drinks. ImageProxy.mvc?bicild=&canary=aY2Uw9Vx7JnzlT13oYY%2fS0HnO%2b%2fx7S%2b9NnoPC1NIf%2bk%3d0&url=http%3a%2f%2fboxstuff 283x SOS Rehydrate nominated for Sports Technology awards
Co-founder Dr. Lizaola states: “We’ve managed to create a product that doesn’t just meet world health standards but is also able to provide substantial rehydration without unnecessary excess sugar, which can potentially put our health at risk”.SOS Rehydrate investor and four time Olympic Gold Medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie and his team Ben Ainslie Racing are big fans of the product.

SOS Rehydrate also compliments those with busy urban lifestyles; as well as those wanting a low sugar, non-artificial ingredients solution to thirst.

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Basic Variables to Consider in Your Tennis Success

If you consider yourself an amateur tennis player struggling to work up your game or a tennis enthusiast seeking to make a viable bet in an upcoming event, then this is for you. There are a good number of variables to consider when training yourself to be one of the best or even a competent tennis player. However, the best recourse is always going back to the base-base-basics.

Learn to Score

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While this seems an obvious starting place just past getting yourself a racquet and a few balls, learning to score in tennis can mean the difference in understanding that you’re very much ahead, very far behind, have the advantage in the last stretch, or are at a distinct disadvantage. Learning to score tennis requires a few minutes, luckily, and does not incorporate many, if any, tricky upsets in its traditional method.

Learn the Court

Knowing the tennis court and its various boxes is a basic step in understanding the game. Knowing whether or not the lanes are available for leveraging, for example, could lose you the game in the first four serves if you aren’t careful.

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Making sure that you have appropriate tennis shoes—yes, the common moniker for sneaker-style shoes—is very important. Different courts mean different surfaces on which to play, and you don’t want to be caught on any surface without the proper footwear, as it will certainly affect your game. In fact, notes in a post that “There are some players who simply aren’t as good on some surfaces as others. Clay is the best-known troublemaker, with American players particularly poor at adapting their game.”

Get Equipped

While knowing how to score and wearing shoes are great for playing tennis, having a great racquet will also aid your tennis game. This particular beginner step requires a lot of research and soul-searching in and of itself. Research because you don’t want to get a racquet from a company with notoriously bad quality, and trust that they exist; Soul-searching because really it all comes down to what you’re comfortable with and what plays the best with your style.

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A professional list of racquet variables to consider include:



Stationary Weight




Beam Width

String Pattern

Ideal Swing

Be sure not to take anyone’s word for it when it comes to choosing a racquet. Because the variables themselves will directly impact your performance, sometimes whether your realize it or not, it’s worth it to take a trial run on others’ racquets or to invest in a number of them yourself to use accordingly. Of course, it’s all depending on your own and your opponent’s playstyles.

With these basic variables considered, you’re well on your way to gaining a rudimentary understanding of the workings of tennis. Now all you have to do is train, train, train for the next event and show off

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Leading global tennis and sports apparel brand HEAD is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Great Britain’s Fed Cup team captain, Judy Murray.

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Speaking ahead of the announcement Judy said,

“I’ve been using HEAD racquets for about 15 years. The quality of HEAD’s frames and strings allow me to coach all day with effortless power. Wherever I go, whether I’m coaching at a school or a club, I always have a boot full of HEAD racquets which cater for children of any age and at any stage of their development.”

Judy, who is mother to reigning Wimbledon Champion Andy and former Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion Jamie, has been Great Britain’s Fed Cup team captain since 2011, having previously been a Scottish national coach for nine years. In addition to mentoring Great Britain’s leading female tennis players, Judy is also passionate about improving tennis facilities throughout the country, attracting more girls to take up tennis at a grassroots level and increasing the number of female coaches.

Dave Shaw, HEAD UK General Manager, hopes that HEAD’s partnership will continue to encourage children of all abilities to play tennis, in addition to supporting the development of HEAD’s junior and elite players and coaches,

“Working with Judy is a perfect fit for HEAD. Both parties are passionate about increasing participation levels and offering the best coaching and support for promising young players and elite professionals. We take great pride in the fact that our racquets are trusted by players and coaches throughout tennis, from children playing at their local club to the Centre Court of Wimbledon where the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova rely on their HEAD racquets to perform at the highest level.”


For 2014 Judy will be equipped with HEAD’s latest racquet, the HEAD YouTek™ Graphene Radical, which is made from the world’s strongest and lightest material and offers an optimal redistribution of weight to provide better handling, allowing the player to swing with more power, using less effort.


Hear more from Judy on her partnership with HEAD and see behind the scenes footage on HEAD’s YouTube channel:

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Novak Djokovic dominated Rafael Nadal to capture his fourth Miami Masters title. The Serb achieved a 6-3, 6-3 victory in a match where he looked unstoppable. 

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HEAD ambassador Djokovic said,

“It’s been a fantastic tournament. I played a great match from start to finish. It’s always a challenge to beat Rafa and a pleasure to play him; In 2007 I won my first big title here. Today I didn’t give him a chance to get back into the match; I’m very satisfied with my game.”

Djokovic and Nadal were playing for the 40th time, with the Serb winning his 18th in the series. After his third straight victory over Nadal and winning 20 straight matches at the Masters 1000 level (four titles in a row) Djokovic heads back to Europe.

In the women’s competition, fellow HEAD ambassador Maria Sharapova reached the semi-finals. She suffered a 6-4, 6-3 defeat against Serena Williams but remained upbeat.

“You finish the match and you know where you need to improve and the things that you need to work on. You make sure that you’re in there every point and you’re doing your thing, and not just for a short period of time.”

Sharapova renewed her partnership with HEAD earlier this month and will use HEAD’s latest racquets until at least 2016.

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HEAD extends Partnership with Maria Sharapova

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Sharapova is a four-time Grand Slam Winner and one of only six women in the Open Era to complete the career Grand Slam in singles. She is the winner of 29 singles titles so far and has spent a total of 21 weeks as the world’s best-ranked women’s player.

Upon renewing her partnership with HEAD, the current WTA singles No. 7 said;

“The great thing about HEAD is that it really feels like a partnership. They actively seek my feedback and use it to improve the products, which I obviously benefit from. I feel in very good hands and am extremely pleased that we continue this journey together.”

The 26-year-old plays with the HEAD Graphene Instinct, which provides the perfect combination of increased power and superior handling perfectly matching today’s dynamic game. Thanks to its revolutionary construction with the world’s strongest and lightest material, Graphene, this racquet provides an optimal redistribution of weight giving you more power with even less effort.

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Bernard Tomic joins HEAD Tennis family

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HEAD is proud to announce that 21-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic has joined the HEAD tennis family. The current No. 74 in the ATP’s singles world ranking signed a long term contract with the brand and will endorse the brand new HEAD Graphene Radical racquet.

“I am very happy to be back with HEAD. I have always been impressed with the quality and extra care that goes into the development of HEAD racquets”, says Tomic who already played HEAD racquets between 2007 and 2011. “I know that when I step on the court, I have the best weapon in my possession to do some serious damage.”

The youngest player to represent Australia at the Davis Cup and the youngest player in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour for two straight years will endorse the HEAD Graphene Radical racquet. It features the latest material innovation Graphene, an extremely lightweight material, yet with a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel, which is integrated into the shaft of the racquet and allows the weight to be where it is most needed for perfect playability and control.

With his agreement Tomic joins Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray as HEAD ambassadors.

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Murray and Lendl split

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Andy Murray today announced that he and Ivan Lendl would no longer be working together. The Scot announced the Czech as his coach in November 2011 and enjoyed a very successful partnership together. In Summer 2012, Murray lifted the Olympic Gold Medal for singles at Wimbledon, last Summer in 2013 Murray made history by winning the Wimbledon singles title, the first Brit in 77 years to win at SW19. Under the Czechs tutelage Murray firmly established himself as a member of the top 4 and finally made it to the upper echelon of the mens game. The split will come as a surprise to many, as few assumed any issues with the two. Murray enters the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne Florida as defending Champion without a coach.

Murray has struggled of late as he has recovered from back surgery and faces a long period of reestablishment as he aims to make the top 4 once again.

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