Wimbledon strawberries for NHS birthday celebrations

Ahead of the NHS’s 72nd birthday celebrations, the AELTC is saying thank you with a donation of 200 punnets of Wimbledon strawberries per day to NHS staff and frontline workers in London.

The men play for Wimbledon’s pineapple

They make their appearances over the final weekend of The Championships and are highly prized - the five Wimbledon Trophies, one of which proudly displays an unlikely pineapple on the top - but, sadly, will not be on show this year.

Serbian Prime Minister, Gomez and Tipsarevic enter the debate

The fall out of the Adria Tour continues as many struggle to find someone to lay the blame on. In the main that someone is Novak Djokovic who led the campaign for this mini circuit and as it has been repeatedly said, his intentions were good and it had the backing of...

Watson joins Progress Tour Women’s Championships field

Heather Watson has accepted a wildcard and will compete alongside GB Fed Cup teammates Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter at next month’s £30,000 Progress Tour Women’s Championships at the National Tennis Centre.

Wimbledon’s green grass of home

The courts at Wimbledon are lush and green but absent are the world’s best players, who should be completing the first round of matches today had The Championships not been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the ‘doughnut’ versus the ‘rat’

Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker have got themselves embroiled in a major bust-up over Alexander Zverev’s recent escapade, namely caught on video partying after the cancellation of the Adria Tour which left a number of players and staff testing positive for the Covid-19...

Murray Trophy – Glasgow 2020 postponed

The Murray Trophy, an ATP Challenger tournament scheduled for 13-20 September at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow, has been postponed until 2021 due to the enforced suspension of professional tennis because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent...

So quiet at Wimbledon on Day 1

Monday should have been the first day of The Championships at Wimbledon but, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is cancelled for the first time since World War II.

How Louise Hunt has coped with lockdown

While Grand Slams try to come to terms with their own immediate futures, and players remain both divided and undecided about the wisdom of returning to the game too soon, spare a thought for our wheelchair players, all of whom have suffered the same lockdown...

Tsitsipas tops UTS league as Thiem moves up

Stefanos ‘The Greek God’ Tsitsipas jumped back to the top of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown standings on Sunday after cruising past Alexei ‘The Sniper’ Popyrin, 4-0: 17-12, 20-9, 19-8, 15-16, while Dominic ‘Domi’ Thiem moved into the automatic qualification after...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Melbourne | Shuker already shining as the season begins

She’s already won one title, made it to a semi-final and reached two singles quarter-finals.

All this and we are only two weeks into the 2018 season of the UNIQLO wheelchair tennis tour.

It’s safe to say Lucy Shuker is dazzling down under and there is potential more success could come as her Australian Open campaign begins this week.

It felt great to come through the match against Buis. I felt I was playing some pretty great tennis. Lucy Shuker

First title won – check

It didn’t take Lucy long to lift her first trophy of 2018 as it came in the first week of the season at the Sydney International Super Series event.

Once again she partnered Japan’s Yui Kamiji and with the pair having also won the USTA US Open title in the final Super Series event of last year it means that they can boast having won the last two women’s doubles titles on offer at Super Series level events in a row.

A week later at the Melbourne Open, this time partnering South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane she made it to the semi-finals of the doubles competition.

Of course Lucy is no stranger to success on the doubles court.

And with her ability to come into the net and put away a winner, as well as her movement around the court constantly improving she will definitely pose a threat in both singles and doubles competition at the Australian Open as well as way beyond that and well into the 2018 season.

 Lucy Shuker

She beat Marjolein Buis at the Melbourne Open

© Anna Vasalaki

First memorable win of the season – check

We all remember that incredible straight sets victory Lucy had over Marjolein Buis at the 2017 Australian Open which saw her book her place in the semi-final stages of the women’s singles event.

Well she’s only gone and done it in 2018 as well.

This time it was at the Melbourne Open and it may have taken her her three sets but she fought back from a set down against Buis to get the win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 booking her spot in her second women’s singles QF in as many weeks, having also reached the QF stages in Sydney the week before.

Lucy said: “It felt great to come through the match against Buis. I felt I was playing some pretty great tennis and even went 4-2 up in the first set.

”Despite losing the first set I am really pleased I stuck to my game plan and came through winning the second and third set.

”Physically I felt good even playing in hot conditions and I am using this as good preparation for next week.”

 Lucy Shuker

She won her first doubles title of the 2018 in Sydney

© Anna Vasalaki

First opportunity to show us the improvements in her game – check

Throughout these two weeks leading up to the Australian Open Lucy has showcased some of her best tennis and come away with one title and some really strong results elsewhere, not just the one against Buis.

At the Melbourne Open although she eventually bowed out to Montjane in the singles final she took the first set off her and took her to three sets.

Anyone who watched her play in Bath and towards the end of last season could see that her movement was improving and just getting better and better and this has continued into the beginning of the 2018 season.

Meaning that if you add this improvement to her game to her trademark and dangerous skill at the net she could once again see herself in the latter stages of the first slam of the year in both singles and doubles competition.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.