Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

If it weren’t for Pete Sampras, Becvker and Agassi could have had a great rivalry. Initially both these players tried to rival Sampras but failed. Later, Agassi and Boris met many times on the court. Both these players had a loyal fan base and natural charisma. The classists loved Becker’s strong serve and rushing on to net while Andre Agassi was known for his ground strokes and flashy wardrobes.

One of the most controversial rivalries was among the two famous male tennis players, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. Agassi won 60 singles titles in his career, and reached 30 other singles finals. Becker won 49 singles titles and reached 28 other finals. Becker and Agassi met each other 14 times on the ATP tour, including twice at Wimbledon. Agassi leads the table winning 10 of those matches. Both of them had the honor to achieve the career best ranking of World No 1. Becker and Agassi never met in the finals of a Grand Slam tournament, however. Both of these players during the career were often poised by giving controversial statements against each other.

Agassi

Becker

Date of Birth:

April 29, 1970

November 22, 1967

Country:

United States

Germany

Height:

5′ 11″ (180 cm)

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

60

49

Career Doubles Titles:

1

15

Career Prize Money:

$31 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

870-274

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career statistics of Andre Agassi:

Career statistics of Boris Becker:

Not only their rivalry, but Agassi and Boris also had a controversial rivalry due to Boris’s blowing kisses on Shield, who was then seeing Andre Agassi. Agassi has mentioned many interesting stories in his book. Do check out!

 

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

When two great players meet in a historic tournament, and only one can walk away a winner, you are privileged to do more than watch some of the greatest tennis ever played. You are witness to the birth of yet another legendary tennis rivalry. Such was the case when the two greatest and famous tennis players,  Rafael defeated Roger Federer in 2008 to interrupt Federer’s string of Wimbledon triumphs. But, in truth, the rivalry had begun long before that fateful moment.

They are, you must acknowledge, both extremely talented athletes with the sort of drive and determination that it takes to succeed in this sport, and at Wimbledon. True, Nadal is five year’s Federer’s junior, but that can translate as easily into Federer having five years more experience as a top player. They are the only two men to ever have completed five consecutive calendar years as the two top-ranked players on the ATP tour. Federer was number one for a record-breaking 237 weeks starting in February of 2004. Nadal, was right behind him at number two for 160 weeks starting in July of 2005.

Then they met in Wimbledon in 2008. Famous Swiss tennis player Federer’s defeat by Nadal stripped him of his number one ranking and the roles were reversed. Nadal, however, didn’t keep the number one spot too long. He was injured and while recuperating, slipped to number three for a while and then returned to the number two spot after winning against Federer in the Madrid Open in May of this year. His win at the French Open rocketed Nadal into first place once more.

Overall, Spanish tennis player, Nadal leads the contest 14 to 7. Tournament seedings are based upon rankings and seventeen of Federer and Nadal’s meetings have been in tournament finals, including seven of them in Grand Slam Finals. They have played one another in every French Open and in the Wimbledon Finals every year from 2006 to 2008, and met in the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009. Nadal came away with wins in five of the seven, only losing their first two meetings at Wimbledon.

Their meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final has been referred to as possibly the greatest men’s single’s final match in Wimbledon history. Whether you agree with that or not, you have to agree that this brewing rivalry ensures two top players are at their best each time they meet, and allows us to be sure of some excellent tennis to view at this year’s Wimbledon Tournament.

The Indianapolis Tennis Championship

by on April 8, 2009
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The Indianapolis Tennis Championship

The Indianapolis Tennis championship is a tennis tournament which is played every year as an integral part of the ATP tour. The name of the tournament has been changed to Indianapolis Tennis championship from RCA Championships. It is a men’s tennis tournament which is played annually in July for a week. The initiation of this tournament was in 1988 when it was played as the US Men’s Hard-court Championships. After this, the surface on which this tournament used to be played changed as also did the name. It was rescheduled during the course of the year so that it became a warm-up for the international male tennis players before the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The tournament came into existence when the Indianapolis Sports Centre decided to merge their 18 clay courts which with Deco-Turf II which is the same surface on which the US Open is played. The previous editions of the Indianapolis Tennis tournament has caught the attention of almost all the leading male tennis players and Giles Simon from France managed to win the last edition of the same in 2008. There are some tournaments which get a lot of attention in tennis circuits although they are not grand slams. This tournament is one of the list. 

The history of ATP Tour

by on March 19, 2009
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The history of ATP Tour

Tennis has come a long way since open era and ATP has been one of the highlighted stories. The Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP as it is more commonly known was formed in 1972 to act as a custodian of the rights and interests of male professional tennis players from all over the world. The women players have their own association which goes by the acronym WTP. It formed a computerized system to manage the player rankings and determine the entry of different players in different tournaments. The ATP is responsible for conducting all the tournaments in a particular year and also ranks the tennis players according to their performance in a calendar year. The ATP tour is basically a compilation of all the tournaments which are going to be played in a year. The various tournaments included in this are the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 series and the like. Apart from the mainstream opens, the ATP Tour also organizes the World Team Cup which is played in Dusseldorf every year in the month of May. It also holds the Blackrock Tour of Champions for seniors. The players who have garnered points through the year due to their performance in the various tennis tournaments held in the year are allotted rankings in the year-end Master’s Cup. They are seeded as per their performance.

The Association of Tennis Professionals

by on March 19, 2009
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The Association of Tennis Professionals

The Association of Tennis Professionals, or the ATP as it is more commonly known, came into existence in the 1972. It was basically formed to protect the rights of male professional tennis players’. This association was responsible for the inspiration which helped in the organization of the principal worldwide tour for male players since 1990. This is called the ATP Tour and was renamed in January of 2009 as the ATP World Tour. This is an improvement on the previous championships known as the World Championship Tennis.

The executive office of the ATP are based in London and has got its offices in every continent such as ATP Americas, ATP Europe and the ATP International which is responsible for overlooking the tennis in Asia, Africa and Australia. The ATP Tour is inclusive of a lot of tournaments which span the entire year. Some of them can be enlisted as the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour 500 Series, ATP World Tour 250 Series and the like.

There have been a few changes which took place in 2009 such as the Master’s Cup which has been renamed as the 1000 Cup while the gold events have been renamed as the 500 and 250 Cups. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) updates the male professional tennis players rankings every month with a detailed review.