tennishead mag: April issue OUT NOW!
Originally published on: 14/03/12 10:28
One of tennis’ key components is knowing when to strike. You know, biding your time before the moment comes when you’re best equipped to deliver that big shot. Well here it is folks, the big weapon in our armoury is ready to be unleashed on shelves nationwide in the form of the April 2012 edition of tennishead magazine.
You’ll have been chomping at the bit for this one, no doubt, and rest assured there’s plenty to feed your insatiable thirst for the game.
This month’s cover star, Rafael Nadal, made a real statement of intent by playing his part in the longest Grand Slam final in history at the Australian Open and inside this issue, renowned tennis writer Paul Newman delves into the intriguing rivalry between Nadal and new nemesis Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard may have lost his seventh straight final to the world No.1 in January, but all signs suggest he is steadily closing the gap.
Maria Sharapova, also a defeated finalist in Melbourne, showed her commitment to return to the top of the game at the first Grand Slam of the year and we sat down with the former world No.1 for an exclusive interview. The Russian superstar talks about everything from her admiration for ‘strong personalities’ to her clothing line and passion for fashion.
Roger Federer, too, shared his opinions with us about achieving longevity in sport, junior tennis and why he thinks “kids need to be kids.”
We also chat to world No.1 doubles duo Bob and Mike Bryan, who are sailing into uncharted territory both on court and off, while rising Canadian Milos Raonic tells us how he used to, erm, pretend his racket was a light saber.
Christina McHale made waves by beating Petra Kvitova in Indian Wells this week, and we made sure to speak to the 19-year-old American, who is now firmly established as the youngest player inside the top 75. We’ve thrown in interviews with fellow youngster Bernard Tomic and golden oldie John McEnroe for good measure, not to mention a look at the changing face of women’s tennis.
As ever, our academy section is fit to burst, featuring interviews with Janko Tipsarevic about the power of confidence, Elena Baltacha about her diet and Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau tell us how they mastered the art of doubles. There’s a comprehensive racket review that sheds a little more light on the best advanced frames on the market, while, inspired by Nadal’s stick shift at the start of the year, we also take a look at the benefits of customising your new (or indeed old) frame.
There’s loads more to get your teeth into, including our comprehensive results section encompassing all the action from the ATP and WTA Tours, so don’t waste another moment, pick up your copy or subscribe now!