Andy Murray on course for first Wimbledon title in 2013

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…. Novak Djokovic: I’m fit for Monte Carlo Masters 10 minutes ago After all the suspense, Novak Djokovic will be competing this week!. We’ve been expecting him to pull out for over a week now but Djokovic has completed an extraordinary recovery to be fit for the first big clay-court tournament of the year.. The top seed will begin his campaign against Russia’s Mik…. Andy Murray more comfortable on clay ahead of Monte Carlo Masters 12 minutes ago Could Andy Murray win his first clay-court title this week?. Given the silverware he’s amassed on every other surface, it’s slightly surprising when you think that Murray has never won an ATP title on clay and as a teenager he never even came close to winning a challenger title on the dirt.. It’s ta…. Fabio Fognini v Albert Ramos – Monte Carlo Masters live stream 18 minutes ago Fabio Fognini and Albert Ramos will meet on Wednesday for a second round showdown at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.. Fabio Fognini and Albert Ramos lived up to their reputations in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, displaying plenty of dirtballing nous to work their way into the l…. Nicolas Almagro v Jurgen Melzer – Monte Carlo Masters live stream 20 minutes ago Nicolas Almagro will be up against Jurgen Melzer on Wednesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.. Nicolas Almagro put his ATP Houston disappointment behind him this week in Monte Carlo, bouncing back from a defeat against John Isner in the weekend’s final by overcoming Belgium’… Source:

Ex-tennis star Paradorn courts golf

‘To make a living (from golf) is not my goal,’ Paradorn said, according to a press release from tour organisers.. ‘My goal is to be the first Asian athlete changing from other another sport to play professional golf.. ‘Scott Draper from Australia, a top-50 player in world at tennis, he turned pro in Australia playing golf – he was the first one.. ‘I want to do the same and create history for a Thai athlete.’ Other top tennis players have tried their hand at the capricious game of golf, including Ivan Lendl, the eight-time grand slam winner and current coach of Andy Murray who has competed in a handful of professional events.. Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras are also keen players, while Andy Roddick caddied for Zach Johnson at the par-three contest before the 2011 US Masters.. For Paradorn, it’s a return to competitive sport after a wrist injury – originally sustained while racing motorbikes – forced him to retire from tennis in 2010, ending a career that took him to No.9 in the world.. Paradorn, who has also spent time as a Buddhist monk, has had mixed fortunes in recent years, splitting from his wife, former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, and announcing a bid to stand for parliament in 2011.. Among his varied portfolio of ventures, he has also opened a restaurant, launched a health supplement billed as a herbal alternative to Viagra, and played a leading role in 2010 Thai movie ‘Bang Rajan 2′.. But a chance encounter in 2011 with a childhood friend, who is now a golf professional, introduced him to the game and he now practises daily at clubs in Bangkok and Pattaya.. From Thursday, Paradorn will put his skills to the test at the $US100,000 ($A97,400) Singha Pattaya Open, his second outing on the ASEAN PGA Tour after missing the cut with back-to-back 81s at the Singha Esan Open in February. Source:

Murray on course to meet Nadal

Andy Murray: On course to meet Nadal in the semi-finals Related Content Compare all prices The British number one is the second seed and could meet third-seeded Nadal, winner of the tournament for a record eight years in a row, in the semi-finals.. Murray, making his claycourt debut for the season, has never beaten Nadal on the red dirt.. They have played four times, including twice in Monte Carlo – at the semi-final stage in both 2009 and 2011.. Scot Murray may first have to get past France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight.. Nadal’s scheduled quarter-final opponent is Serb Janko Tipsarevic.. Murray, handed a first-round bye, will open against Robin Haase or a yet-to-be-decided qualifier, while Nadal’s first match of the tournament will be against Fernando Verdasco or Marinko Matosevic.. In the top half of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic is seeded to face Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals before a projected semi-final clash with fourth seed Tomas Berdych.. Djokovic has been nursing an ankle injury sustained last weekend.. Roger Federer is skipping the event and will not return until the Madrid Open at the start of next month.. The main draw of the third Masters 1000 tournament of the ATP season gets under way on Sunday. Source:

Tennis: Andy Murray tells Dan Evans to work harder

Andy Murray during a practice session ahead of his match against Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Picture: Getty

If you come and play on the clay courts and on the slower hard courts, it’s a different game, too, where you need to be physically stronger, you need to have better patience on the court, as well.” That said, Murray was still impressed with the way the team fought back and turned the tie around.. The win put Britain through to play Croatia away in September, a tie that Murray has committed himself to playing.. With Murray in harness and the rest of the team playing as they did in Coventry ten days ago, it is a very winnable tie.. Davis Cup, though, is far from Murray’s thoughts this week.. Today he will play his first clay court match of the season as he takes on Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.. In theory, the world No 81 ought to be a simple introduction to life on the red dirt but Roger-Vasselin is already in the winning groove having come through two rounds of the qualifying competition and having beaten Robin Haase in the first round proper.. By contrast, Murray has not played a competitive match on the red stuff since losing to David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the French Open last summer.. Novak Djokovic is just pleased to be able to stand up on the clay at the moment.. He sprained his ankle during Serbia’s Davis Cup tie against the United States ten days ago and left it until the last minute yesterday before deciding whether to play in Monaco.. An MRI scan revealed no serious damage to the joint and, now that Djokovic is a Monte Carlo resident, he felt obliged to try his luck at his home-from-home event.. “If I wasn’t here in Monaco it would be very likely that I wouldn’t play,” said the Serb, who is scheduled to play Mikhail Youzhny today. Source:

Tennis: Cartersville chasing region titles

Each team finished the regular season 16-2 and the boys will enter the field as the No.. 1 seed.. Samuel Price won at No.. 1 singles for Lowndes.. The Vikings will play the winner of Colquitt County-Valdosta.. The Lowndes girls will enter the tournament as the No.. 2 seed and will face either Valdosta, Brunswick or Coffee.. … Wesleyan and St.. Pius split a pair of matches last week as the St.. Pius boys handed Wesleyan a 4-1 defeat while the Wesleyan girls dominated St. Source:

Murray enjoying life on clay


The 25-year-old has enjoyed incredible success around the world and has reached six Grand Slam finals, winning the US Open last year to finally end his tag as the ‘nearly man’.. He has also reached the last four in the big-four events on another six occasions and is now ranked second in the world behind Novak Djokovic.. But he has yet to win a title on clay, with a march to the semi-finals in 2011 his best effort at Roland Garros to date.. It was always thought that the US Open or Wimbledon represented the Scot’s best chance of winning a major and that has proved to be correct, but he confessed that he enjoys the European swing on the slowest surface and is keen to prove his ability on clay.. “I enjoy the clay-court season.. All these cities that we play in, like Rome, Monte Carlo and Paris, are beautiful cities,” he told Sky Sports.. “Monte Carlo is a fun tournament to come to because it is a bit different to what we see for the rest of the year.. “I have played some good tennis here in the past, and I hope that I can do the same this year.” Murray is set to play France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday and will be looking to replicate his performances in 2009 and 2011, when he reached the semi-finals of the Principality tournament.. Have you an opinion on this story?. Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet. Source:


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