Archive | September, 2013

BBC SPORT: “Michael Downey named as new LTA chief executive”

25. September 2013

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BBC SPORT: “Michael Downey named as new LTA chief executive”

Canadian Michael Downey has been appointed as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).Downey, 56, has been Tennis Canada's president for nine years and succeeds Roger Draper, who leaves in six days. He takes over an organization threatened with a funding cut of £10.3m from Sport England if it fails to increase participation. "I believe there's a bevy of young talent in Great Britain that can follow Andy Murray to the podium," he said.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

It’s a beautiful fall morning in gloomy Belgrade. Euphoria is in the air. We have a real opportunity on the last day of the Davis Cup semi-finals against the heavy favorite team from Serbia led by the #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic. Today Canada will have a chance to win the tie and ascend to the Finals until the last point is played. What an opportunity to live this improbable experience. What a full day it will be. I have been fortunate to witness many exceptional tennis experiences in my life but this one will rate as one of the greatest ones ever. Can you imagine, we are leading 2-1 on Sunday morning after unbelievable twin wins of 10-8 in the fifth set?

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Davis Cup Special, Robert Bettauer: “Canada Gains Davis Cup World Credibility”

20. September 2013

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Davis Cup Special, Robert Bettauer: “Canada Gains Davis Cup World Credibility”

In the end the Canadian Davis Cup team literally died on the court with their boots on falling on their sword. A little graphic, but sums up that compelling last match point with Vasek Pospisil valiantly diving for one last drop shot and seriously injuring himself in the process while Janko Tipsarevic stabbed desperately while falling himself to secure a well-earned spot in the Davis Cup final for his team. The Serbian team was full value for their victory and handled themselves with class both on and off the court throughout the tie. They set a very high standard.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

What a day, déjà vu, up 2-1 against Sweden in that memorable tie with Daniel losing 6-4 in the fifth set of the fifth match. Slow agonizing death, always knowing you have a chance but not feeling the momentum going exactly your way, waiting for it to change.

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Davis Cup Special, Tebbutt: “An Enriching Experience”

20. September 2013

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Davis Cup Special, Tebbutt: “An Enriching Experience”

There had never been so much at stake for a Canadian Davis Cup team as there was on Sunday, one match win and it would be able to play – at home – for the 2013 Davis Cup. A gritty victory by Milos Raonic in Friday’s singles and an inspired performance by Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in Saturday’s doubles had set the stage. But a third point in the best-of-five-match tie was always going to be a tough ask. The writer of this blog is not a big Nenad Zimonjic fan, but it turns out he was right when he predicted, before the semi-final began, that if Serbia had one point heading into the final day, it would win.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #8: “Everything is Possible”

12. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #8: “Everything is Possible”

The Bear: Hey Joker that was a tough loss at the Open on Monday night? The Joker: Well you know I have brought it on myself. In the last two finals of the grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open I have gone 5 long sets. Taking my time in the semis and using all that energy is not the best way to be prepared physically and mentally to play Andy or Rafa for a major title.

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