Tramlines: July lull welcome or just dull?

Mon, 18 Jul 21:29:00 2011

Tramlines has seen very little tennis since the Wimbledon final two weeks ago. But then again, nor has anyone else.

- Tramlines: July dull?

It's that time of year. Apart from the month off-season in December, this is the quietest time of the tennis year.

Of course there are tournaments going on and those players not fortunate enough to earn thousands (or even millions) of pounds in winning the Grand Slams and Masters series tournaments have to go to keep their bank accounts ticking over.

But the big-name players use the time to take some time off after a gruelling European spring season, and the TV networks tend not to show anything, to take a month off before the build up to the US Open properly begins in early August.

Is it a nice break, for players and fans alike, or is it just a bit of a dull time?

With just six months of the year gone, we are already three Grand Slams down with just the US Open to come in September.


Juan Carlos Ferrero returned to the winner's circle on Sunday and isn't it good to see the "mosquito" back?

It was only the 34-year-old's fifth title since 2003 and first since Umag in July last year. Unsurprisingly, all of those titles have been on clay and it is highly unlikely that the Spaniard will win a title when any of the world's top 10 are also competing.

But nonetheless, TL was heartened to see the diminutive former world number one turn back the clock and add another title to his tally.


Alisa Kleybanova announced her battle with cancer on Friday. The Russian has been suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma and chose the day of her 22nd birthday to announce her struggle to her fans.

"It's not an easy time for me right now," Kleybanova said in a statement on the WTA website. "I've been a bit unlucky with my health. I have Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

"I've been having treatment in Italy and it has been going well, but it takes lots of patience and I've had to be really strong to go through this."

"The good news is after I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again," she added.

Fans around the world will no doubt join Tramlines in wishing the former world number 20 a speedy recovery.


TWEET OF THE WEEK #1: "Yesterday successfully snuck onto VIP stand to watch Jensen Button and Fisichella do on streets of Moscow what I do on them everyday!" If you ever find yourself in Moscow at the same time as Dimitry Tursunov, it might be wise to stay off the roads.

TWEET OF THE WEEK #2: "It would be really cute if the lady soccer players wore cute tennis dresses. I could design them...". Erm, what is there to say in response to that from Serena Williams?

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