Tuesday, 31 August 2010

McEnroe: Murray can win US Open...

John McEnroe believes Andy Murray is one of just three players who can win the US Open – but admits Roger Federer still holds the upper hand.

Murray was finally due to begin his bid for a first Grand Slam title against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko today, with Federer having already cruised into the second round on Monday evening.

World number one Rafael Nadal is the other player McEnroe thinks can lift the title on September 12, but he and Murray will have to do it the hard way after being placed in the same half of the draw, the other half to Federer.

“Federer is not going to have to deal with both of them, which is good for him,” McEnroe said. “How much will Rafa and Andy beat up on each other in the semis?

“I would be very surprised if one of those guys did not win it. Andy can absolutely win it – if it doesn’t happen this year, maybe next year.”

Murray recently sacked coach Miles Maclagan and went on to defeat Nadal and Federer in consecutive matches to defend his Masters series title in Toronto.

And McEnroe added on BBC Radio Five Live: “The difference with Andy is his willingness to go after the ball, to be more aggressive.

“This is something he may have been thinking about for a while.

“I think it was time maybe. Maclagan did a good job, like (Mark) Petchey before him and now it’s time for the next step. It seems like a good thing to try.”

Murray and Lacko have never played each other on tour before, but world number 71 Lacko has recorded some impressive wins this year, including victories over Marcos Baghdatis in the first round of Wimbledon and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Atlanta.

However, he lost 6-2 6-2 6-2 to Nadal in the second round of the Australian Open in January – where Murray lost in the final to Federer – and the British number one will be hoping for a similarly one-sided victory to get out of the scorching early-afternoon sun as soon as possible.


There were a big handful of strong favourites that got dumped out yesterday including Baghdatis, Gulbis, Na Li, Chakvetadze, Petrova, Safarova and Shvedova. I wasn't on many of them as they didn't come up as selections and I ended the day with a tiny profit of £3.45 from 26 selections.

Not great but better than a loss so can't complain. Still so many matches each day so there is sure to be lot's of selections for later on today and let's see if the bank can keep growing.

Monday, 30 August 2010

The Bank is Doubled Again....This time in 24 days...

The bank has doubled again and it was achieved ahead of the target of a month. It was a great start to the US OPen proper with plenty of bets but plenty of wins.

The balance is now at £401.75

A little overall update is like this:

July 7th: £100
August 7th: Doubled to £200.
August 31st: Doubled to £401.75

I still think it will slow down a bit now but I will keep a target of a month again (approx) to see if it can double again so by the end of September would be great to get it done by.

Plenty more matches over the next few days so lets hope I can get a good start with the large number of selections coming up.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

A day off today....

A day off today and time to relax and watch some football. We don't get many days off betting on the tennis so I can't really complain.

A great day for the system yesterday making back the previous days losses and a bit more to take the balance up to £364.99. A stupid amount of bets in the coming days I expect with the US Open starting.

I don't really have a solid opinion for the mens winner as it could be one of many. I'm not sure Fed is up for taking it back, Murray seems to be playing well but we know what happens in Slams with him so can't say I think he will win although he has a great chance. Nadal has this as the only Slam yet to win but you have others that could easily...well not easily but others that could spring a surprise and take the title.

Whoever wins I just hope it's a good tournament and it's a shame I will miss some of the night matches due to work but should catch the earlier matches and the weekends so it's not all bad.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

McEnroe's 'women weaker than men' claim leaves fairer sex fuming...

American tennis legend John McEnroe has urged the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to trim down its schedule saying that women tennis players are not mentally and physically strong enough to handle it.

McEnroe, who's known for making controversial statements, made the comments ahead of the U.S. Open, which starts from Monday in Flushing.

"They should be required to be in less events, there should be less events for the women," The New York Daily News quoted McEnroe, as saying.

"It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there's a need to change the schedule," he added.

However, former French Open Mixed Doubles champion, Mary Carillo said that she does not see the validity of McEnroe's opinion.

"I hate the idea that we have to judge women on a curve and say, 'It's too much for them. I've seen too many great women champions for too long," Carillo said.

WTA Tour Commissioner Stacy Allaster also criticized the call saying that McEnroe should study up more on the issue.

"John is more than entitled to his opinion, and he is a well-respected leader in our sport, but I hope when someone makes comments he's also looking at the data," Allaster said.

"Venus (Williams) is 30 and she is very careful with her body because she wants to continue to play," she added.


Many many selections from the qualifying matches and it wasn't a good day. A loss of less than 10% of the bank though so not too damaging. I've said before that qualy matches are never great for the system but like matches that I am not too confident about, they were included in the research of results so they need to be included in the betting.

Stakhovsky was also a chunk of the loss and I had a feeling he would win as he is 100% in Semi Finals on the tour. He is also 100% in Finals and after checking OnCourt this morning I am happy to find that he is a back bet for later today so fingers crossed he can keep this up and get a win against Istomin.

There will be lot's of picks again in the qualies I expect so I just have to hope and pray! If it is another bad day then I am sure it will pick up when the US Open proper starts.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Federer Could Face Soderling...

If Roger Federer is going to reach a seventh consecutive US Open title match, he might need to get past the man who ended his Grand Slam semifinal streak.

Federer, the five-time US Open champion, was given a possible quarterfinal against two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling in the tournament draw conducted yesterday. Soderling, seeded fifth at the US Open, upset Federer in the quarterfinals in Paris this year, stopping Federer’s run of reaching at least the semifinals of a record 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

“I’m motivated to do well because I love New York, I love playing in Arthur Ashe [Stadium],’’ Federer said. “If I couldn’t get motivated by this stadium and this city, then I’d have some issues.’’

The other mens matchups in the quarterfinals could be No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal against No. 8 Fernando Verdasco, two-time major finalist Andy Murray against Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, and No. 3 Novak Djokovic against No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko or No. 9 Andy Roddick.

The top-seeded woman, 2009 runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, could face 2006 champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round and 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

Other possible womens quarterfinals are defending champion Kim Clijsters against French Open runner-up Sam Stosur, 2000-01 US Open winner Venus Williams against French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, and 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic against Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva.

“I know if I play well that I can beat anybody out there,’’ said Clijsters, who also won the 2005 Open, “so that’s what I’m going to try to achieve.’’

Murray, hoping to become the first British man since 1936 to win a Grand Slam title, could meet No. 20-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States in the fourth round.

In the semifinals, Murray was drawn to meet Nadal, who lost in that round in New York each of the past two years and is trying to complete a career Grand Slam.

Federer was drawn to meet Djokovic or Roddick in the semifinals. Federer beat Djokovic in the 2007 US Open final and the 2008 and 2009 semifinals.

“Over the last three years here, I’ve only lost to one player — Federer — and that gives me enough reason to believe I can go far this year,’’ Djokovic said. “I like the courts, I like the atmosphere here. I just like the tournament — it’s suitable to my game, and to my personality.’’

Federer could face another familiar opponent in the third round: 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt. Federer beat Hewitt in the 2004 US Open final, part of a 15-match, head-to-head winning streak for Federer — which ended when Hewitt beat him in the final of a grass-court tournament at Halle, Germany, in June.

“I know my way around New York so well,’’ said Federer. “The center court is so familiar.’’

Federer lost in the 2009 US Open final to Juan Martin del Potro, who — like No. 1-ranked Serena Williams — withdrew from this year’s tournament, having not recovered fully from surgery. Del Potro’s wrist was hurt; Williams cut her foot shortly after winning Wimbledon.

“It would be great to have Serena compete,’’ Clijsters said, “but that’s sports, and that’s life.’’

Williams’s older sister Venus, who is seeded No. 3, could face an intriguing matchup in the third round against No. 32-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. Pironkova has won two of her three matches against Venus, including a straight-set upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

That was the last match Williams played on tour; she sprained her left kneecap this month, forcing her to withdraw from hard-court tournaments at Cincinnati and Montreal.


A nice profit yesterday but a close match that had the nerves going at times to get the £10 win. A couple of quid loss from the day before was more than recovered although I didn't see any tennis that day as I was watching my team Spurs get through to the Champions League Group Stage hence the lack of posting too.

I seem to have got through tank week after last nights results, it could have gone the other way big time but it held on so fingers crossed for the last few days before the US Open starts proper.

Hopefully Betfair will get some Qualies markets up soon so I can get involved a little over the weekend too.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Where's the Heat? Federer-Nadal Rivalry Is All Fun and Games...

Written by Greg Couch.

We want our rivals to hate each other. Hate. It's about good vs. evil, black hat vs. white hat. It's about right and wrong.

No way can they be friends.

That's what has helped Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Their dislike for each other has fueled the fun.

Remember a few months ago when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, in a charity exhibition in California for victims in Haiti, started bickering over their microphones? Sampras ended up serving at Agassi's head.

See? Good, healthy, hard feelings. Even suffering people and a good cause couldn't get between the self-absorption.

How many old-time NFL players have you heard complain about players today shaking hands with the other team after games?

In their day, three hours of eye-gouging, spitting and spearing to the back were not just about fun and games. They meant something.

That brings us to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, maybe the best individual rivalry in sports today. It would be better if they would play each other a little more often.

The bigger problem is this: they like each other.


Their fans get it. Long hair vs. short hair. Righty vs. lefty. Fluid strokes vs. vicious topspin. Federer fans think that Nadal fakes injuries every time he's about to lose. Nadal fans think that Federer says mean things; earlier in the year he said that winning on clay doesn't take much. Clay is Nadal's specialty.

Seems tame to me. Truth is, they like each other, respect each other.

Serena Williams and Justine Henin? Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe? No Christmas cards.

And now a video has emerged of Federer and Nadal that is really ugly. I mean, it's ugly in that it contradicts what we've all believed a healthy rivalry is supposed to be about.

Giggling. Tough to even say it.

They sat next to each other doing a commercial, presumably for an exhibition match they are planning at the end of the year. It's not clear, though, how new this video is.

Federer asks Nadal what he's going to get him for Christmas, and Nadal says he will go to Switzerland to play an exhibition for Federer's charity. Nadal asks what he's getting. Federer says he'll throw him the first set.

Problem was they both get the giggles. And just as you're appalled at these two gladiators of sport sitting there looking like 7-year-old girls, you find that you can't stop giggling either.

What are sports coming to anyway if they're going to be about sportsmanship and camaraderie?


A bit more profit in "tank week" so very happy. A few matches rolled over to today, I am assuming due to rain (I was at work so didn't see why) so they will get totaled on today's profit/loss tomorrow morning.

I think there will still be some tanks this week so if a sequence runs to a later bet I highly doubt I will be lumping on as to then see it lose if someone decided to tank would be very annoying.

I would be much happier breaking it down and recovering over time, hopefully in the first few days of the US Open so that the loss isn't dragging on for too long.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Murray seeded fourth for Flushing Meadows...

Andy Murray has been seeded fourth for next week’s US Open, where the Briton will be looking to secure his maiden grand slam title.

The 23-year-old, who is currently without a coach after parting company with Miles Maclagan last month, has been in good form of late, beating Roger Federer in the final of the Toronto Masters and reaching the quarter-finals in Cincinnati last week.

World number one Rafael Nadal will be the top seed as the Spaniard looks to win the only grand slam title to have eluded him so far, while five-time champion Federer is the second seed.

Novak Djokovic is seeded third while Andy Roddick, the ninth seed, is the top ranked home hope.

The women’s seedings will be announced tomorrow with the singles draws set to take place on Thursday.


A few annoying days with rain and delays so I haven't posted the daily updates like usual. I have gone for the last 7 days total this morning as this is easier than working out the date and time of the last match I posted profit/loss for.

The bank has broken the £300 barrier which is now over halfway towards doubling again.

The balance is now at £318.63. It will be a very busy time in coming weeks with the US Open starting so hopefully the bank can grow a little bit more this week although I expect there will be some tanking this week so some shock results, meaning probable losses for the system as it doesn't really pick out the shock wins as selections.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Nadal Hopes To Improve...

Spaniard Rafael Nadal says he must find form quickly ahead of the US Open after losing to Marcos Baghdatis at the Cincinnati Masters.

The world No.1 made 41 unforced errors which was indicative of the touch the eight-time Grand Slam winner was in during his quarter-final.

The US Open is the only major to have eluded Nadal, and he admitted he would need to lift his game significantly to progress into the second week at Flushing Meadows.

"My game can improve, that's for sure. It must improve if I really want to have chances to have some opportunity in a week or so in New York," Nadal said after his 6-4 4-6 6-4 loss to Baghdatis.

"I have one week to keep working, keep practicing hard and that's what I am going to try - to keep improving my confidence with the backhand."

The 24-year-old said his backhand was causing him troubles, and may be a slight chink in his armour, but while Nadal admitted he had the problem, he also backed himself to use his two-hander better in the coming weeks.

"If my backhand improves, all my game will improve. My movement is going to improve a lot because I won't have to cover the backhand with the forehand and so I will cover positions better on the court," he said.

"I will also be able to make my first serve more calmly because if I miss the serve and he has a return then it will be no problem to play with the backhand."

"But, here, when he (Baghdatis) had a good return to the backhand, I always started the point in a very bad position ... So I think the backhand changed all my game, because I had to make too many adjustments to save that shot."

"But I started to play the backhand with more confidence which is a positive for me."

Baghdatis now meets Roger Federer in the semi-final at Cincinnati, while Andy Roddick takes on Mardy Fish in an all-American semi on Saturday.

The US Open starts on August 30.


Baggy turning over Nadal wasn't a selection and as this is mostly favourites I'm happy to avoid that one! Another profit for the day, pushing the bank closer to the £300 mark where the balance now stands at £293.43. There may be a selection for all 4 matches today, but one match may not qualify, I have to check the stats later on when I place the bets.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Anderson returns to Davis Cup...

SOUTH Africa's top tennis player, big-serving Kevin Anderson, says he is eager to return to Davis Cup competition after a controversial two-year layoff.

After representing the country in 2008, Anderson said he would no longer be available for the international team competition. He makes his return, however, when South Africa play Germany for a place in next season's World Group in Stuttgart next month.

Speaking in a conference call yesterday, Anderson, ranked 76th in the world, said he was fully committed to the tie against Germany.

"I needed time to work on my game," Anderson said, "but I'm back in the top 100 now (in the ATP rankings) and I've grown a lot over the past two years.

South Africa are looking to gain World Group status for the first time in 12 years, and while they are expected to struggle on the clay surface at the Weissenhof Tennis Club, Anderson is confident.

"I think I've improved a lot on clay, and I'm able to adjust to the different surfaces," he said.

Anderson, the least experienced player in the team with only three Davis Cup matches under his belt, is joined by Wesley Moodie, ranked 25th in the world in the doubles format, Izak van der Merwe, Rik de Voest and Jeff Coetzee.


5 winners followed by 6 losers and a loss on the day but only a minimal one. The selections get less frequent now as we head toward the end of the week so hopefully I can squeeze a little more profit out of this tournament.

What did I say about sensing a losing day? ha ha, I have had this a few times now and it's even before I see the matches that qualify, I sense a bit more profit today to make up for yesterdays losses.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Is Roger Federer's trick-shot video real? He won't say...

Roger Federer says there a little bit of magic at work in his trick-shot video that has drawn more than 1.2 million views on YouTube.

The video shows Federer knocking a metal can off a man's head with a serve while shooting an ad for Gillette. Then, he does it again, drawing applause from the crew. Federer's official website had a link to the video.

There were questions about whether it's really a trick shot or a video trick. Following his opening match at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday night, he was asked directly whether the video is real. You can also see the video here...

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100819/SPORTS07/8190443/1435/Is-Roger-Federer-s-trick-shot-video-real?=#ixzz0x22GW47X


Another good day although once again it was made up mostly from one bet. It's been a while since a losing day now and I just have that feeling that today will be one. I haven't looked at the matches that may qualify yet but I've just got that feeling.

On first glance there seems to be a decent handful of selections and although I was expecting it to take longer the bank is looking at doubling in a month again (I doubt it will happen this time) with the halfway point of a month being around 21st so 2 days to get around £12 profit on the bank.

I still think it will slow down and maybe every 6 weeks is a more realistic target to check it against. As long as the bank keeps growing then I don't really mind how long it takes as long as it happens.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Murray: Fed has 'lost a little bit'...

Andy Murray has suggested record grand slam-winner Roger Federer is showing signs he is on the decline.

Federer, who turned 29 earlier this month, has won 16 grand slam titles with the most recent of those a straight-sets success over Murray at the Australian Open in January. Murray does, however, have a winning record against the Swiss and beat Federer in straight sets last weekend to win the Toronto Masters.

"He's always very tough to beat," Murray told The Guardian. "It's just that, because of how good he was in every tournament three or four years ago - and it's very difficult to be that consistent throughout your whole career... it's normal that he's lost a little bit the last few years."

Federer's Toronto Masters defeat followed the Swiss slipping outside the top-two ranked players for the first time in seven years after he failed to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2002.

From PA sport 2010


A little more profit for the day with a late run of winners. I didn't get caught out by Jankovic either as that match didn't qualify but I expect many people are seething after her performance.

I didn't see it so can't comment on her effort but she should have beaten Benesova without too many problems in a tournament like this.

The balance is now at £273.25

Monday, 16 August 2010

Hewitt to finetune game for US Open

From sbs.com, World News Australia.

Lleyton Hewitt returns from injury to a happy hunting ground this week for one last chance to finetune his game ahead of the US Open.

Hewitt takes on Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu on Wednesday in his opening match at the Cincinnati Masters, a tournament where the veteran Australian has enjoyed success over the years.

Hewitt has reached two finals, three semis and one quarter-final from eight appearances in Cincinnati, where he's only ever lost to fellow former world No.1s Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Carlos Moya and Pat Rafter, plus Xavier Malisse and Fabrice Santoro.

The 29-year-old soon-to-be father-of-three is desperate for court time less than a fortnight out from the start of the season's final major, commencing in New York on August 30.

Hewitt, the 2001 Flushing Meadows champion, has played just one-and-a-half matches since falling to world No.3 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round at Wimbledon almost two months ago.

He complained of being unable to push off on his serve after losing his opening match in Atlanta to lowly-ranked Slovak Lukas Lacko and then retired with a calf strain while trailing Colombian Alejandro Falla in the first round last week in Washington.

The Bahamas-based Hewitt, now ranked 30th in the world, faces a tough draw in Cincinnati, where 18 of the world's top 20 players have gathered.

If he gets past surprise Wimbledon quarter-finalist Lu, Hewitt is likely to confront big-hitting Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling in the second round.

Hewitt, though, can take heart from beating Soderling in Cincinnati last year, before losing to Federer in the quarter-finals.


A profit that was pretty much purely from the one single bet. without that later stage winner it would have been around £2 loss which would have been fine for me, losing days tend to happen more in the earlier rounds when there are more selections, then it nitpicks the matches in the later rounds to chase on and usually pick up the profit.

The balance is now at another new high of £266.99

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Virus to blame for my fitness problems, says Andy Roddick...

From Reuters

MASON, Ohio: Former world number one Andy Roddick said a virus was to blame for his recent fitness problems but expects to be back in good shape for the US Open.

Roddick pulled out of this week’s Toronto Masters citing an illness and after a lop-sided loss to Frenchman Gilles Simon in the recent Washington Classic third round he complained of feeling lethargic.

The 27-year-old American will compete in next week’s Cincinnati Masters after tests showed he had been suffering from mononucleosis, a viral illness.

“I pulled out last week on the advice of doctors. I got some blood work done in Washington, and then again in Texas, and one of them came back positive. I’ve been dealing with a mild, mild case of mono for the last couple of months that I wasn’t really sure about,” he told reporters.

“They think I’m fine now. They think I’m most of the way through it, if not all the way through it. It’s kind of a mental relief opposed to wondering why and if I was out of shape,” he said.

“It’s nice to just have a little bit of clarity moving forward. It’s not something that’s going to affect me, anything super serious.

Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion, won in Brisbane this year and he was playing well until March but he has since slipped outside the top 10 in the world rankings.

The American said he had been feeling out of sorts for the past two months and had been skipping some physical training.

“Normally I enjoy training all day and running all day and doing all that stuff. I opted out of probably four or five workouts this summer that I’ve never done that before,” he said.


There were some qualy matches that came up as selections today but unlike last week they got me a profit. One was a stage 2 bet so a few extra pounds there and a small profit of the day taking the balance up a little bit more.

Lot's of matches today and sure to be plenty of selections like last week so fingers crossed it turns a profit today again.

I saw that last night Tornado's thread from the forum went bust when he started chasing his losses.....tut tut. At least he can sell all his gold now. :)

Days of U.S. Domination in Men's Tennis Are Over...

By GREG BISHOP • New York Times News Service

TORONTO • For some 37 years, more than 1,900 weeks, ever since the ATP World Tour introduced computer rankings, an American has been in the top 10. Sometimes, there were two, or three, or more. But always, there was one.

Until now.

Andy Roddick dropped to No. 11 Monday, then dropped out of the Rogers Cup, citing illness. John Isner, known primarily as the winner of the longest match in professional tennis history, had already withdrawn. Only Sam Querrey, ranked 21st, remained.

These are historic times in U.S. men's tennis, and not in a good way. A full 27 Grand Slam tournaments have passed without an American triumph, since Roddick captured the U.S. Open in 2003, the second-longest such drought.

"Look, we've always been there," said Brad Gilbert, a coach, ESPN commentator and retired player. "But it's like the Yankees. You expect them to win the World Series every season. That doesn't mean it's going to happen."

The torch was passed from Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe to Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier to Roddick. It was a remarkable run of elite players, one that perhaps reached its apex in 2002, when Sampras and Agassi met in the Open final in New York.

Sampras repeatedly warned American tennis fans that the run would not last forever, that tennis had grown global, that expectations were too high.

"Obviously, we were spoiled," American player Michael Russell said Tuesday after losing to Querrey in Toronto.

Some, like Justin Gimelstob and Darren Cahill, two retired players who became commentators, argue that American men's tennis is healthier and stronger than it was two or three years ago. Gimelstob notes that American players have won nine singles titles this season, second only to Spanish players, who have won 16.

Isner, ranked No. 19, and Querrey, ranked No. 21, have become forces on the men's tour, contenders at most tournaments. The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, recently captured their record 62nd career doubles title. Mardy Fish, ranked No. 34, continues to climb the rankings. Four Americans — Roddick, Isner, Querrey and Fish — could be in the top 20 by the end of the U.S. Open. But that remains an optimistic view.

"I agree and disagree," said Patrick McEnroe, the Davis Cup captain in charge of the U.S. Tennis Association's player development. "This is a big deal. It's sort of a watershed moment. Am I hitting the panic button? No. But this is a wake-up call, and my bell had already rung on that."

How did the United States end up here?

Reason No. 1: the globalization of tennis. When Gilbert played, he said, it seemed as if there were 40 Americans in the top 100. Now, nine countries are represented in the top 10. Argentina (Juan Martin del Potro), Croatia (Marin Cilic and Ivan Ljubicic) and Cyprus (Marcos Baghdatis) have players in the top 20.

But that trend started decades ago, and it does not account for the seven players from Spain, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, currently in the top 25.

"I prefer to see this sport as incredibly healthy internationally," said Gimelstob, a member of the ATP player board. "We still are healthy, just not when you compare to generations past. And I view that as an unrealistic bar."

Reason No. 2: player development. McEnroe took charge of the U.S. Tennis Association's program in April 2008, and his focus — better coaching, better facilities and a better process of identifying talent — has not wavered.

The plan once centered on creating champions, he said, a misnomer because champions are developed more than created. The idea now is to build a better base, to fill layers — top 25, top 100, top 200 — with players on the rise, to have them work together, push one another, share coaches, tips and insight, then see who emerges.

The association also recently added clay courts, which aid in development, but even McEnroe does not describe a three- or five-year process. More like 10.

Balancing current expectations and long-term development remains difficult. Paul Annacone, who holds a post similar to McEnroe's with the British Lawn Tennis Association, faced similar obstacles. Annacone, who once coached Sampras and recently started working with Roger Federer, told his interviewers that if they were looking for immediate results, they should not hire him, or anyone, for that matter.

"Everyone wants to see immediate success at the Grand Slams, but that's not the correct barometer," he said. "You're laying the foundation. It takes time. That's like having an art class and expecting a Picasso the first week. It doesn't work like that."

For years, Roddick has carried the burden of America's great tennis hope, largely, and especially lately, by himself. This year, he played as well as anyone else through March, but he has struggled since. With few computer points left to defend for the rest of the season, he will most likely end up back in the top 10.

Roddick's dip also forced those charged with the health of American tennis to examine what will happen after he retires. Gimelstob believes Roddick will remain in the top 10 for "many years to come." Gilbert, who coached Agassi, noted how much success Agassi enjoyed starting at age 29. (Roddick turns 28 later this month.) Still, the search for the next great American tennis star has become amplified.

"I had these same conversations when John and Jimmy retired," Annacone said. "There was a bit of a lull. There weren't really any big, powerful superstars. Then you had Pete and Andre and Jim and Michael Chang. There's no reason to panic."

Querrey has won four tournaments this season, second most after Nadal. Isner's serve may be the most dominating shot in tennis. Both hold top-10 potential, but even if they get there, neither has shown Roddick's crossover appeal or marketability yet.

That registers as a larger concern than the lack of an American man in the top 10.

"Andy is still playing at a top-10 level," Gimelstob said. "That said, I do not believe that American tennis will be able to maintain, or match, what it has done. The public better accept that it's not going to be like years past."


There were bets in all the matches today so have to post the screenshot like this otherwise it will be clear what the selections were and what level of staking was applied to each match.

Still a bit more profit which is good and takes the balance up to £235.81. This is better now after sitting still for nearly a week without any real progress.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Thanks Tsonga....lol

As the title says, thanks Tsonga. After your comments yesterday I thought to myself "I am very confident that the stage 4 bets would win" so after a good think about it I thought I would go for it.

This week I have not been working so I have been able to watch quite a bit of the tennis and this is what gave me the confidence to go for it. If I hadn't been watching the tennis then I wouldn't have done it without being up on how the players have been performing this week.

But as it goes I had been watching, I was happy to go for the stage 4 bet and it won. Giving a nice profit for the day and pushing the bank up to it's highest point once again since restarting at £232.42.

As I said in yesterdays post in my opinion it was crazy that Murray was the dog against Bandy and it showed as Murray took him apart in two sets. The amount of tennis Bandy has played had clearly caught up with him and although Murray did steam in quite a bit he was still the slight dog at the off so lots of people had a nice easy win there.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Federer targets 20 Grand Slam titles...

Roger Federer shrugged off his recent slump on Thursday to confidently predict he can finish his glittering career with least 20 Grand Slam titles.

Federer, who already has a record 16 majors, believes the target is realistic despite losing his grip on his French Open and Wimbledon crowns this year to see his ranking tumble to three in the world.

"I believe that having won three Grand Slams per season three times, and two per year a couple of times, it's something do-able for me," Federer told the BBC.

"I only play 16-20 tournaments per year, so I'm not over-playing, and that keeps the fire burning."

The 29-year-old Federer added he still has plenty of motivation to keep playing even though he has been surpassed in the rankings by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"At times I was one or two sets away from winning the calendar-year Grand Slam so obviously I feel that I have a great potential in Grand Slam play. But then again Grand Slams are not everything," he said.

"I'm giving 100 percent for each and every tournament that I play because I don't play a ton of tournaments.

"Tournaments like Toronto this week and Cincinnati next week are important to me, too. The motivation is huge for the next few years and obviously if I can win Grand Slams that's fantastic, but they are not the only motivation over the next few years."

Writer: AFP News agency
Position: Agence France-Presse


A small profit for the day for the system but it was close to being much better. There were two stage 3 bets, one winning, one losing so they pretty much canceled each other out. The losing one will now be broken down and recovered over time.

It's been a frustrating week with the balance just sitting still and no real progress being made and this hasn't happened too often. The bank isn't going down too much anyway so can't really be upset and just have to hope that improves over the next few days.

One thing I have noticed is why the hell is Nalbandian favourite against Murray? Nalbandian will definitely be tired after his recent exploits and Murray always seems to up his game when it matters (most of the time) and in my opinion the odds are the wrong way around.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Federer Tells Murray Time Without a Coach Could Be Beneficial...

Murray has been without a coach for almost three weeks, since parting company with Miles Maclagan.

Federer, who won his 210th Masters match on Tuesday by beating Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6, 6-3, has only just started a new coaching relationship with Paul Annacone, the former mentor to both Pete Sampras and Tim Henman.

Federer says he spent a long without a coach at his side that he now feels confident enough to try something different and experiment a little.

"I became No.1 in the world having no coach, really. I went through a period of time, which was very interesting almost at the peak. I didn't have a management company, nor did I have a coach. I thought that was a great learning experience for me and that's why I think I'm super stable today, regardless if I do have all the stuff around me," the Daily Express quoted him, as saying.

"Today, I like it that I have that power to take decisions on a tennis court and also off court and that's something I'm very happy I went through," he added.

"That's why, it's just a learning process in the beginning and you have to feel with what you're comfortable with. And sometimes smaller is bigger and sometimes bigger is better. It depends on how you feel and where you are in your career and your stage of your life," Federer said.

Read more: Federer tells Murray that time without coach could be beneficial - Interviews - Tennis - Sports - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/interviews/Federer-tells-Murray-that-time-without-coach-could-be-beneficial/articleshow/6298922.cms#ixzz0wO6ve6Bv


A losing day again for the system but a smaller loss. It was mainly from two losing stage 2 bets that lost £5.27 and £8.27. We move on to today though and hope it gets moving a little faster as since the bank doubled it hasn't really progressed but more of stood still.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Murray searches for coach who knows 'when to back off'...

From ESPN.com

Andy Murray has outlined the criteria by which he will select a new coach, insisting he needs a man who will understand him and 'back off' at the right times.

Murray recently split from former coach Miles Maclagan, and it has since become public knowledge that the pair were pulling in different directions over how to advance the British No. 1's game. Maclagan also hinted at a disagreement with other members of Murray's backroom staff.

Like Murray, Roger Federer also has an unsettled support network at present, but the Swiss revealed on Tuesday that he likes a coach who offers plenty of opinion. "I like that actually the coach does have a lot of say, a lot of input," said Federer, who recently acquired the services of Paul Annacone. "I never have arguments with my coaches because I like them to criticise me. I need that to become a better player."

Murray appears to have a different view of what a coach should be, claiming he needs a psychologist-like character who will know when to give the world No. 4 space.

"It's a huge decision to employ a coach for 30, 35 weeks a year," Murray said. "If that means spending three or four months without a coach then that's fine. I would rather be doing my own thing than rushing into getting a coach, and seven, eight months [later] having to find someone different.

"It's really important for a coach to be calm, someone that understands people well, that can adjust to different personalities. It can be easy if you've had success with one player to sort of think 'OK, move on to the next one and do the same sort of things with them'. But I think being calm and versatile are probably the two most important things.

"The player, I think, is the most important. When you're out on the court, they can't help you. But the coach has to be there to deal with you in the tough moments. The coach has to know how to deal with situations when you're deep in Grand Slam events and in the build-up to them.

"You might need to be talked to more sometimes, [but it's] knowing when to back off a little bit and just to let things go."


Back to profit for the system again to get the balance at £204.35. Hopefully there are lot's of selections today but upon first glance there are a decent handful that probably won't qualify. This happens at times but if I get some more profit then great.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Nadal, Djokovic lose doubles match...

From Supersport...

The world's top two players, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic, slumped to a shock loss in their Toronto Masters first round doubles match to a pair of wildcard Canadians.

Nadal and Djokovic took the first set 7-5 against the unheralded duo of Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic, but then lost the next two sets, 6-3, 10-8.

Not since Jimmy Connors was ranked first and Arthur Ashe second when they played together 34 years ago have the top two singles players joined forces in doubles.

But the dream doubles team here did not produce the goods, the 20-year-old Pospisil and Raonic, 19, winning the final three games of the second set, and immediately gained control in the match tie-break by rolling out to a 4-0 lead.

They earned four match points at 9-5, and after seeing Djokovic and Nadal erase three of those opportunities, finally succeeded in closing out the win in one hour and 34 minutes.

Pospisil and Raonic will next face Wimbledon champions and number five seeds Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.


A loss yesterday but that was the case earlier in the year with losing days in the early rounds. A few rain delays but in the end all but one match was finished with the Petz match rolled over to today as a selection.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Hewitt pulls out of Toronto ATP to treat injury

From ChannelNewsAsia

SYDNEY : Lleyton Hewitt said Monday he had withdrawn from this week's Toronto ATP tournament to enable him to have injury treatment ahead of the US Open later this month.

The Australian former world number one pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a calf injury he suffered in his first round match in Washington last week.

Hewitt, 29, currently ranked 30, said he needed to pull out of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto to focus on treatment.

He said he was determined to play in the Masters event in Cincinnati, which starts on August 15, and then the US Open, which gets underway in New York on August 30.

"It's just one of those things that can happen and my focus now is to have treatment daily to enable me to play the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati and then the US Open," Hewitt said on his website.

"It is not the best preparation for a Grand Slam event, but there is nothing else I can do."

Hewitt won the US Open in 2001 and was runner-up to Roger Federer in 2004.

His manager David Drysdale said the withdrawal was a precautionary measure.

"He's taken the medical advice not to play, it was a safety issue," he said.

"He's just got a slight strain and he'll start hitting again in the next day or two and he'll definitely be playing in the US Open."


A slight loss yesterday but nothing major. It picked a few qualy matches from this weeks tournaments and I have found it's been a bit dodgy in the past in picking winners from qualy matches.

I may go back through OnCourt checking results without qualy matches in and see if it makes a big difference. There are not too many qualy selections but liquidity is often not great and with bigger stakes it would mean taking much poorer prices for some of them.

No work this week for me so I can watch some of the tennis, last nights final was quite a pathetic attempt of mental toughness with both Kuz and Rad both being awful as soon as they were in the lead in a set, it was like they didn't want to win but that's WTA for you, you have to love it!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

The Bank Is Doubled...

The bank has doubled. I said earlier on the blog I knew restarted early July as Nadal/Murray Wimbledon was a selection and that was on July 7th. It was the 7th August yesterday and it broke the £200 barrier so I am very happy.

Maybe every 6 weeks to double now would be more realistic as there is slight overstaking due to the minimum bet of £2.

It was all favourites yesterday so no blurred screenshot today. Wozniacki was a stage 2 bet, Pennetta was a stage 2 also but lost. Baggy was a stage 3 bet and I was a bit worried when Baggy first got injured as I didn't really want to lose the bet to a retirement through injury, especially when leading.

A.Rad was the final bet of the day and that was a stage 2 bet also which came in. I think the biggest risk on one bet was around 12%, certainly no more than 15% but I can't bet carried away as I could easily have two losing stage 3 bets close together and it will be a chunk of the bank gone and it would take time to recover the whole losses.

This is expected at some point, it WILL happen but hopefully there are not too many losing stage 3 bets close together. It wouldn't put the bank in danger but it would just slow it down.

The balance is now £207.49.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Venus, Martina And A Loss For The System...

From The Jamaica Observer...

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) — Fourth-ranked US star Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew from next week's Cincinnati Open because of left knee pain yesterday with the US Open looming in three weeks.

The five-time Wimbledon winner and two-time US Open champion won at Dubai and Acapulco earlier this year, giving her 43 career WTA titles, but said she dropped out of the harcourt event on the advice of doctors.

"During the last three weeks, I returned to my normal practice schedule and last week began to experience pain in my left knee," Williams said.

"My medical advisors and physio have recommended that I refrain from competition until I am pain free. Unfortunately, I am not at a point where I can commit to competing next week."

Williams' sister, world number one Serena, has already said she will miss Cincinnati and Montreal, the major tuneup events for the US Open, because she cut her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant.

Serena won her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam crown last month and a WTA spokesman said that the injury could jeopardise her participation in the year's final Grand Slam that begins August 30 in New York.

While the Williams sisters will be missing, the other eight women among the world's 10 top-ranked players will compete, including Serbian top seed and world number two Jelena Jankovic and seventh-ranked Kim Clijsters, the reigning US Open champion.


Here is a link to a story on CNN about Martina Navratilova's battle with breast cancer. I hope she gets better as soon as possible...



A bad start for the system with 4 of the first 5 bets losing. I was just praying it didn't wipe out the gain it made yesterday and I can't wait for this week to be over with all the tanking etc that goes on.

There was a stage two bet that lost early on and a stage three bet that won later in the night. A slight loss for the day but nothing to worry about.

Not feeling too great about today's selections so fingers crossed and we will see what happens.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

South Africa's Davis Cup Dilemma...

From supersport.com

Six weeks before South Africa's World Group Davis Cup play-off against Germany and no one - except maybe Kevin Anderson himself - knows whether South Africa's number one player will make himself available for the fateful tie in Stuttgart.

This is the frustrating situation in which South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager finds himself as he attempts to piece together a squad for the distinctly difficult task of reclaiming a place in world tennis's premier team event after an absence of more than 10 years.

"Yes, it's hardly the ideal situation," said De Jager, "what with the tie against the talented Germans away from home and set down to be staged on a relatively unfamiliar clay court. But I've had discussions with Kevin and while there is no definite commitment, I am hopeful he will see his way to playing in Stuttgart."

De Jager, however, is looking ahead and attempting to put an end to the kind of dilemma in which he finds himself as a result of Anderson's continued non-commital stance after not making himself available for Davis Cup duty for more than 18 months.

The South African Davis Cup captain believes signing up players on an annual contract to represent South Africa in much the same way as it is done in cricket and rugby could eliminate the present disturbing problems regarding availability.

"Naturally the players objectives and interests in the ATP and grand slam tournaments would have to be taken into account," added De Jager, "but I believe some sort of arrangement could be agreed on whereby players who are good enough make a point of helping their country at the same time."

The big bugbear, however, might be in obtaining a branded sponsor for South Africa's Davis Cup team much like that which exists in cricket, rugby and soccer.

But while major commercial conglomerates are quick to boast what a wonderful job they are doing in serving South African sport, the bottom line invariably remains: "what's in it for us?"

And, in this respect, South African tennis, for one reason or another, is not receiving the kind of sponsorship it requires to lift tennis in the country back to its previous heady levels.


A great day for the system. It could have been a horrible day, losing four days in a row and having two sequences to break down and recover over time.

Instead the two stage three bets both won, along with most others and many at the second stage giving a great £36.18 profit for the day which is over 20% of the bank and takes the total up to a nice looking £191.73.

A. Radwanska Isn't Too Great At Golf....

I thought you may like to see this clip. It's A.Rad filming a promotional video and she didn't do too well... ha ha


Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Another Bad Day...

Another losing day, that's three in a row and I think that is the first time that has happened.

Nearly all the loss came from Gulbis so it could have been a much smaller loss if he had won.

This happened before though, during tank week before the bigger tournaments many favs put in the token effort and then get ready for the more important tournaments.

Let's just hope the bank gets through this week without going bust and build from there. The balance is down so it I don't think it will be doubling just yet, it stands at £155.55.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Hewitt Works Out With Young Players...

Here is a different story, something I didn't know he was doing. I don't want to just post news I find about results etc or a really big story unless there is nothing else as most people have already seen it and don't want to read it again.

If I can find little bits of news that some people may find interesting and not already know then great and then people who visit don't just have to keep reading daily profit/loss as that gets pretty boring.....so here is today's piece.

Former world number one tennis player and current world number 30 Lleyton Hewitt recently worked out with Team Bahamas to help them gear up for the JITIC Junior Tennis Tournament being held in El Salvador. The tournament is ongoing and will wrap up on August 6. Players from the Caribbean and Central America will compete in under-14 boys and girls, and the under-16 boys and girls divisions.

Coach Bradley Bain said that working out with Hewitt was a major plus for the kids as they can see that even small guys can win on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour and conquer the world. Hewitt stands at just 5' 11". Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) President Stephen Turnquest was elated that a player of Hewitt's stature would take time out from his busy schedule to share his knowledge and experience about the game of tennis with some of the country's top junior players.

Hewitt said that he was impressed with the level of play displayed by the youngsters and sees great potential for Bahamian tennis as long as the kids work hard and put in the hours. Hewitt devotes six hours a day to the game of tennis - three hours on the court and the other three hours on fitness, strength training and mental preparation. His coach and hitting partner, Nathan Healey, also participated in the workout and mentioned that being a world class tennis player takes time and you need a great team around you.

Coach Healey and a physiotherapist travel the world with Hewitt, who has so far earned over $18,000,000 in prize money. Hewitt, who now lives in The Bahamas at Old Fort Bay, was accompanied by celebrity real estate agent Vicki Knowles - the mother of Bahamian tennis legend Mark Knowles, who is also a good friend of Lleyton Hewitt.


A bigger losing day today (well, last night), this is what I had a feeling would happen yesterday. One match that annoyed me was Llodra as I had placed the bet early afternoon only to see him drift and drift then at work checked the score to see he lost in two.

Luckily it wasn't a later bet in the sequence so no real damage done. The loss wasn't even 5% of the bank so let's hope it's clawed back today.

There are plenty of matches today and first looks show a decent handful of selections but I will have a proper check this afternoon for the evening matches.

Good luck with all your bets whoever you are going for today!