Projections 2021 (2/7): Will Roger Federer raise a 21st Grand Slam?

Which Roger Federer should we expect next season? After an almost white year to get a recalcitrant knee back on its feet, the Swiss player has decided to postpone the date of his return and will not be going to Australia to compete in the ATP Cup and Melbourne. He could make his return to Rotterdam in early March or Dubai in mid-March.[......]

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Projections 2021 (1/7): A new world number one?

Novak Djokovic finished the 2020 season at the top of the world rankings for the 6th time since the beginning of his career, matching Sampras and surpassing Federer and Nadal (5). Between them, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have occupied the world throne almost continuously since 2004. Only Andy Murray managed to get in the middle of these three monsters from the end of 2016 for almost 10 months.[......]

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Investigation on Mariano Puerta, itinerary of a tumultuous career (episode 5/7)

Counter-inquiry

Dario Lecman is the first Argentinean weightlifter to have participated in the Olympic Games in his discipline. An athlete with a reputation that raises doubts, he is today far from this past life. Victim of a stroke that left him in a coma for 20 days a few years ago, he now speaks with difficulty. But the former athlete has worked hard to overcome this attack.[......]

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Investigation on Mariano Puerta, itinerary of a tumultuous career (episode 4/7)

The Unbelievable Truth

« L'impardonnable récidive ». Le titre de la page tennis de l'Equipe est particulièrement cinglant en ce jour du 5 octobre 2005. Mariano Puerta, 9ème joueur mondial, est contrôlé positif pour la seconde fois, à l’étiléfrine, un puissant stimulant cardiorespiratoire utilisé pour soigner l'hypotension. « Ce médicament augmente le débit cardiaque, donc le volume sanguin qui circule dans le corps[......]

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ATP / Ivo Karlovic: “I’ve spent hours serving alone on the courts … “

Beyond his 2m11, necessarily an asset when it comes to serving, the Croatian Ivo Karlovic also worked hard on his service during his teenage years. During the war that devastated his country at the beginning of the 1990s, he had no one to play with and very little infrastructure to train: "Few people cared about tennis at that time. [......]

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TBN 2020 Trophies : Basilashvili, the flop of the season !

It is the Georgian who succeeds Marin Cilic whom you had designated in 2019 as the biggest disappointment of the season. As much as the fight had been tight a year ago between the Croatian and Edmund, as much as this time, Nikoloz Basilashvili was cited by more than 90% of our readers, journalists and consultants. But during this unique year 2020, many other players also passed through. [......]

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Rigged matches : Enrique López Pérez illegally convicted ?

This Tuesday, December 1st, the Tennis Integrity Unit sentenced to 8 years of suspension the Spaniard Enrique López Pérez for his implication in a case of rigged matches. "The case was heard on November 5, 2020. It was found that Enrique López Perez had broken the rules of the tennis anti-corruption program three times during tournaments in 2017, with two other unproven charges," the international body said. [......]

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ATP / Casper Ruud: “Before facing Federer, it’s not easy to sleep… “

In September 2013, at the age of 14, Casper Ruud took his first steps on the ITF circuit. After making his mark in 2014, he made his debut in 2015 with a victory over Munar at Roland Garros Junior and two quarter-finals in the Futures event. His progress is dazzling. He entered the top 1000 in February 2016 with his first ITF title on clay. [......]

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