Melbourne, Australia, 14 April 2013 |

Rapid rise of the Canadians tennis / Kamakshi Tandon / 9 April

Kamakshi Tandon takes a look at what is making tennis tick in Canada, including improved developmental structures and a national tennis centre in Montreal that has coincided with Canada’s barnstorming run in the 2013 Davis Cup World Group.

The Rally: dueling genders (Part I) / Steve Tignor / 10 April
Steve Tignor chats to Overhead Smash blog author Kristy Eldredge about the apparent sexism that exists in tennis, which given the men’s and women’s tours are so closely intertwined, possibly occurs more in tennis than in other sports. Catch Part II here.

Should the French Open alter its seeding for Rafael Nadal The Toss / Courtney Nguyen & Ben Rothenberg
Given Rafael Nadal’s No.5 ranking could see him seeded outside the top four at Roland Garros this year despite his dominant record at the tournament, Nguyen and Rothenberg debate in The Toss whether French Open organisers would be right to adopt a discretionary seeding approach.

Sport and remembrance
Let, Second Serve / 8 April
In this insightful blog entry, tennis fan Anna discusses whether Israeli player Shahar Peer was right to play at the WTA Katowice Open on her nation’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On-court coaching is uninteresting, unnecessary, at times disastrous / Bruce Jenkins / 9 April
In his Inside Tennis column, Bruce Jenkins vehemently argues for the removal of the WTA’s on-court coaching rule, which he believes is detrimental to the credibility of the women’s game and offers fans none of the benefits it purports to.

They said what? Under pressure / Peter Bodo / 12 April
Pete Bodo discusses Sloan Stephens’ recent slump after her run to the Australian Open 2013 semifinals, and how she may be wise to turn to men’s great Pete Sampras as an example of a player who overcame similar obstacles.

How to smash a tennis racquet
The Tennis Space / Dmitry Tursunov / 14 Jan 2012
An oldie but a goodie – we stumble across an amusing piece from tour comic Dmitry Tursunov about how to best approach destroying a racquet.