After 15 months suspended Maria Sharapova returned to action in April, the ban occurred when the Russian tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Upon her return, Sharapova was handed a wildcard at the Porsche Grand Prix event in Stuttgart, Germany. This immediate return has split opinions across the sport with her rivals… Read More Are drugs bans harsh enough?
When playing tennis, a player wants to be as comfortable as possible and a big part of this is their shirt. It needs to be breathable and fit well, not being too tight as this would constrict movement but also not being too baggy as this would get in the way. With that in… Read More On a Budget: Shirts
To play tennis comfortably and safely a player needs to have the right footwear on, the surface the player is on can also make a big difference to the choice of shoe as clay, grass and hard courts all act differently when a player runs on them. The one consistent issue across all three is… Read More On a Budget: Trainers
The right tennis racket is a very important part of a player’s game, the wrong racket can not only through your game off but cause injury. Coach at Blaydon Tennis Club, Ian Pearson, said that, “It’s important it is the appropriate size, weight and grip for the player to prevent injury.” Keeping in mind that… Read More On a Budget: Rackets
The North East has some of the top rated players in Britain however it has been 115 years since the region produced a Wimbledon champion. Muriel Robb won the women’s singles title at the tournament back in 1902 to become the North East’s only singles champion. Robb held other claims to fame, as one… Read More Brief History of Tennis in the North East
In tennis it doesn’t matter how you do it you just need to win the point. Whether that’s by forehand or backhand, lob or drop shot, as long as the opponent can’t return the ball the point is yours. However, sometimes a player goes beyond just winning the point and hits a truly wonderful shot that… Read More What a winner: Best shots
With tennis in the North East taking off and the region now producing plenty of its own talent, it is little wonder why there are now a variety of tennis tournaments planned to take place in the area. Here are some to watch out for.