Wimbledon Recap 7/11/17

Roger Federer cruised into the third round of Wimbledon with a win in straight sets over Dusan Lajovic. The Swiss won 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Centre Court on Thursday evening.

Earlier, former world no.1 Novak Djokovic continued his superb form with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adam Pavlasek.

There was no joy for the Brit Kyle Edmund who was knocked out in straight sets by Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Novak Djokovic belatedly advanced to the 2017 Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday after a 6- 2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino. This win allowed the Serb to clinch a spot in the final eight after their fourth-round duel was postponed. Djokovic and Mannarino were scheduled to face off on Monday evening, but the match was pushed back after Gilles Muller required close to five hours to pull off a memorable upset of tournament front-runner Rafael Nadal.

Garbine Muguruza def. Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Key stat: Muguruza made 38 more unforced errors (50-12) than Kerber, yet both women won the same number of points (101) in the match. How? Muguruza hit 55 winners to Kerber’s 27.

Key moment: By breaking Kerber in the final game and ultimately winning the match, Muguruza ended a streak — she had lost all four previous matches at Wimbledon in which she had lost the opening set.

Venus Williams def. Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2

Key stat: Williams dominated with a strong and accurate service game. She converted 86% of her first serves in this match and struck seven aces. Again and again, she drew free points either with outright winners on serve, or by forcing easy mistakes from her opponent. That kind of ball striking appeared to add confidence to her entire game.

Key moment: This match was relatively even until early in the second set, when Konjuh’s wheels came off. Just when the 19-year old Croatian needed to up her game, she began losing the range with her powerful groundstrokes. She missed long, in the net, and wide. When Konjuh didn’t lose easy points with unforced errors, Williams was hitting winners or drawing unreturnable balls with her own strong ground strokes. Konjuh went down 5-1 in a flash, and the uphill climb was simply impossible to overcome.

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Key stat: This match lasted for four hours, 48 minutes of high-drama tennis and was the longest match of the tournament. Nadal also cracked a career-high 23 aces, but it wasn’t enough. The 34-year old Muller finally won on his fifth match point. Key moment: There were so many key moments, but in the end Nadal would lose the final game after back-to-back forehand errors. It was the deepest five-set match of Nadal’s career, but in the end, he will have to wait until the U.S. Open to try to win multiple majors this season.

Quarterfinals Preview

Heading into the quarter finals, the final 8 have showed that they’re all ready to battle for the title. Andy Murray, 2-time Wimbledon champion, faces the 24th seed American Sam Querrey. Gilles Muller faces off against Mario Cilic after defeating Nadal in a gruesome 4-hour, 48-minute battle. Milos Raonic faces the top contender for the title, Roger Federer and last but not least Tomas Berdych will try to fend off former world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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My Game Solutions July Tournament Recap

During the weekend of July 7th, My Game Solutions hosted two successful and exciting youth tennis tournaments at Queens College in Flushing, NY and the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.  Both tournaments featured some of the premier youth tennis talents in the Tri-state area and were competitive in all draws.

The Queens College tournament began on Friday evening and started off with six highly competitive matches. After a decisive win against Azim Gangat, Thando Longwe-Smit cruised on to the second round of the tournament in the boys 16 and under division, and then continued to handily beat Morgan Weisberg to cruise to the semifinals. During the semifinals, Thando beat opponent Alexander Karman in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to advance to the finals. In the final match, facing a talented opponent in Evan Brady, Longwe-Smit pulled out a tough (6-3, 7-5) victory in a grueling match. In the girls 16 and under draw, Isabella Hartman overcame some early struggles to defeat Gabriella Sciarotta (7-6(3), 6-3) in the first round and defeated Celina Liu in the second round in a tough match. In the finals against Josephine Kimball, Hartman pulled out an impressive victory and she was quite emotional receiving her trophy.

The College of Saint Elizabeth tournament began on Saturday and featured matches in three different age divisions. In the girls 14 and under draw, Caroline McGinley asserted herself as the player to beat early on, with decisive victories against Daniella Wisniewski and Olivia Gallucci. In the finals against Aira Evyln-Abalos, McGinley kept up her hot streak and won the tournament with a (6-2, 6-2) victory. In the boys 12 and under draw, Ethan Polen had a hard road to the finals, playing tough matches against Nathaniel Blum and Arian Abalos, narrowly escaping the match against Abalos. In the finals, he faced Sasha Kremliovski and won in straight sets (6-3, 6-3). Finally, in the boys 16 and under draw, Teddy Koide had a relatively easy path to the finals, where he was unfazed by Aidan Damiano, winning (6-1, 6- 0). Special thanks to Queens College and the College of St. Elizabeth for hosting us! Keep a look out for more My Game Solutions events coming soon!

See below for the final results:

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Queens College: Girls 16
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Queens College: Boys 16
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Girls 14
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Boys 16
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College of Saint Elizabeth: Boys 12

 

 

Top 5 Moments In Men’s Wimbledon History

5.  Goran Ivanisevic: From Wild-Card to Win

In 2001, Goran Ivanisevic became the first player to win a Grand Slam having entered the tournament as a wild card and to date, he is the only male entrant to have won a Grand Slam singles title as a wildcard. He defeated former and future World #1 players Carlos Moyá, Andy Roddick, and Marat Safin as well as Fredrik Jonsson and Greg Rusedski to reach the semifinal. He also beat home favorite Tim Henman in a rainy, five-set semifinal, setting up a match with the previous year’s runner-up and former U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter. It was Ivanišević’s first singles final since 1998. In a match lasting just over three hours, Ivanišević defeated Rafter 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7. Two months shy of his 30th birthday, Ivanišević became the lowest-ranked player win Wimbledon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-12nmtlhn4

4.  Andy Murray Wins for Britain After a 77-year Drought

After seven decades without a men’s champion, the Scot had the nation in tears of joy when he took the title in 2013. For 77 years, they only had Fred Perry as a winner and the search for his successor was a conversation starter in the early summer days at the All England Club. Finally, after a flurry of booming serves and full-stretch forehand winners, Andy Murray brought the crown back to Britain. Murray, a 26-year-old Scotsman with a rolling gait and a deep competitive streak, put a convincing end to the long drought in singles for the British men at the tournament. He managed it by defeating Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PYyEDl1bJk

3.  Sampras’ Unceremonious Exit

Pete Sampras was the No. 6 seed and expected to easily beat No. 145 George Bastl as they walked onto Court No. 2, a cramped stadium known as the “Graveyard of Champions.” Alas, Sampras lost, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4.

He stayed seated while Bastl celebrated, then shuffled off with his head down. He insisted he would return, but never played singles at Wimbledon again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZzfJYV9C0o

2.  John McEnroe Gives the Most Famous On-court Quote of All Time

“You can’t be serious, man. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS. That ball was on the line. Chalk flew up. It was clearly in. How can you possibly call that out? He’s walking over. Everybody knows it’s in in the whole stadium. And you call it out? (Pause) You guys are the absolute pits of the world, you know that?”

Boom! Penalty point from the elderly chair umpire. Emotions at Wimbledon run high, one of the many reasons we love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekQ_Ja02gTY

1. The Heart-Stopping Nadal-Federer Final

Commentator Tim Henman described the match as “undoubtedly the greatest match he had ever seen,” and that doesn’t even do it justice. It had appeared at one stage as if Nadal was going to win the final in straight sets, but then Federer came back into it, and the Spaniard had to gather himself in the decider. In the fourth-set tie-break, Nadal had held two championship points, but Federer saved them both, on the second hitting a backhand pass down the line to deny Nadal. Many players would have turned in on themselves after such a disappointment, but Nadal steadied his nerve for a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory that was twice interrupted by rain. Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980, to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same summer, as well as the first Spaniard to win at the All England Club since Manuel Santana in 1966.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC3kHR2SgV4

 

The Next Big Thing is Here!

June 20, 2017 was a very exciting day for the tennis world as the My Game Solutions online community went live! This platform will truly revolutionize the way tennis players enjoy their sport. Outlined below are some features already available on the website and a preview of the features coming soon! Check out the website and start improving your tennis game today!

Current Features:

  • Search For Courts – On the My Game Solutions platform, users have the ability to search our massive database for nearby courts at country clubs, public parks, schools, and other private facilities.
  • Deals For You – Currently, users can find deals to MGS-hosted events as well as special promotions and discounts from our partners. Currently, we are having a drawing where participants can win tickets to the 2017 U.S. Open!

Coming Soon:

  • Court Booking – Through the MGS platform, players can book courts anywhere in the United States at their convenience. Soon, players will have the ability to book available court slots in real-time.
  • Matchmaking – Improve your game by using the matchmaking feature of the website and find a hitting partner near you! Users will be able to search for other players based on their age and skill level. The added experience will improve your game, increase your fitness level, and expand your presence in the tennis community.
  • Private Coach Booking – Book a certified coach for one-on-one lessons or group training sessions to gain valuable insights on how to improve your game. View a short bio for each coach in the MGS community and read reviews from other players in order to select the coach that best fits your needs.
  • Stringing Services – Compare pricing at local clubs and tennis facilities to better educate yourself on the most cost-effective stringing options near you. Become a more informed tennis consumer and get the best quality strings for the lowest price on a comprehensive display.
  • More Sport Offerings – My Game Solutions is not stopping with tennis! Soon we will offer the aforementioned services in multiple sports. Stay tuned to learn when your other sports will be added to the MGS online community!

 

5 Things To Do To Improve Your Serve

1. Know how to prepare for the serve— Serving is one of the most important parts of tennis, and if one cannot serve properly, their game will be greatly affected. Usually the server is nervous or feels pressured on their service game. Bouncing the ball a few times and breathing in and out a couple times will help to calm your nerves and focus.

2. Learn the grip for serving— The grip you hold your racket with, is a main factor that decides the power, spin, and accuracy of your serve. Normally, the server would prefer a “continental grip”, which is a grip in which your right knuckle is lined up with the right edge of your racket and causes your racket to become a straight line to your arm. This will enable the server to serve accurately with control and power.

3. Toss the ball appropriately and in a relaxed manner— Many players and pros confess that problems with their tennis serve toss begins between the ears. That is, if they are not totally concentrating on their serve, their toss will be wayward and their problems will compound from there. As you toss to begin the service motion, be sure that you are relaxed and focused on the serve, not the score, not the wind, not that obnoxious person in the stands.

4. Condition and Practice— People with a strong serve normally require a lot of energy in order to keep up their serve throughout the match. To keep yourself from losing stamina during a match, you should condition yourself daily, and practice your serve over and over again to ensure that you will not get tired or disrupted by fatigue.

5. Jump and Sudden Burst— Jumping for your serve allows you to get a height advantage and further increase your chances of getting the ball inside the service box. The sudden burst of power on the tennis ball will allow you to create a powerful spin and force on the ball, making it harder to return.

2017 French Open Championship Weekend Recap

This past weekend was quite a memorable one for tennis fans around the world. The French Open ended in epic fashion with Rafael Nadal setting a new record by achieving “La Decima” this Sunday in Paris. The Spaniard became the first player in the Open Era to win the same Grand Slam title 10 times in his career.  Nadal showed no mercy when facing Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open champion, beating him 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. This is the third time Nadal has won the French Open without dropping a set, a feat which he achieved back in 2008 and 2010. raf nadal wins french open

“The feeling that I have here is impossible to describe, impossible to compare to other places,” Nadal said on court after the victory, brushing away tears. “The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can’t describe. This is the most important event in my career, without a doubt.”

As for the women’s tournament, unseeded Jelena Ostapenko won her first major championship, beating No. 3-seeded Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Celebrating her 20th birthday over the weekend, Ostapenko is the youngest player to win the French Open since 1997 and the youngest to win a Grand Slam title since 2006.  jelena ostapenko wins french open

5 Things To Watch For This Week At The 2017 French Open

1. The Feud Ripping Apart the Women’s Draw 

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The three countrywomen have been on strained terms

For the first time since 1994, three French woman (Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, and Kristina Mladenovic) have reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.  One would think this would be a joyous occasion for the three fellow countrywomen, however, a personal rift has stemmed due to the abrupt termination of the dominant doubles pair of Garcia and Mladenovic, in addition to Garcia’s refusal to play in the Fed Cup due to injury.  Keep watching to see if the rift between these players is put on display in the later rounds of the tournament.

2. Rafael Nadal’s Quest For a 10th French Open Title 

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Can Nadal regain his throne at Roland Garros?

Rafael Nadal, the most dominant clay player of all time, has not won at Roland Garros since 2014.  Nadal, who has only lost two matches in the French Open since his debut in 2005, is still the player to beat.  Will the “King of Clay” make history this year and become the first player ever to win 10 titles at one Grand Slam tournament?  Don’t count him out.

3. Dominic Thiem’s Battle For His First Grand Slam Title

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With a stunning defeat of Novak Djokovic, can Dominic Thiem get his first Grand Slam Title?

The 23-year old Austrian, currently ranked seventh in the world, is an up and coming star in the sport but has yet to win a major title.  While Thiem is playing superb tennis thus far at Roland Garros, he has a challenging match against Rafael Nadal looming.  Can he defeat one of the all-time greats and continue his quest to win his first Grand Slam?

4. Can Andy Murray Avenge His U.S. Open Loss To Kei Nishikori and Advance To The Semi-Finals?

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Andy Murray faces Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon

Andy Murray will face Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon and will try to avenge his U.S. Open loss to the tough Japanese player.  With convincing wins against Juan Martin Del Potro and Karen Khachanov, Murray looks like he is getting his swagger back.  Can Nishikori stun the world number one and advance to the semi-finals?  Watch to find out.

5. Who Will Win On The Shared Birthday?

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Jelena Ostapenko has been a surprise contender thus far at Roland Garros

Jelena Ostapenko, the 19 year-old unranked Latvian has been a major surprise so far in the French Open, recently beating established players like Caroline Wozniacki.  She will face Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals on Thursday.  Aside from being one of the most important matches of their lives, it is both of their birthdays, with Ostapenko turning 20 and Bacsinszky turning 28.  One of these players will celebrate their birthday with a berth in the finals, and the other will be packing up early.