tennishead magazine: April issue out now!
Originally published on: 07/03/13 00:00
We’ve got that warm, fuzzy feeling at tennishead. Rafa’s back, Djokovic and Azarenka are STILL unbeaten, Serena has returned to No.1, Andy is set to return to the court for the first time since Melbourne, and to top it all off we’ve managed to jam all the top stories, exclusive interviews and features from the opening three months of the 2013 season into 116 colourful, glossy pages for you to devour.
Everyone’s favourite Frenchman, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga, makes his tennishead cover debut in the new issue. In our opening feature – Jo’s Grand Plan – we talk to his new coach Roger Rasheed about the pair’s relationship and we examine the world No.8’s Grand Slam credentials.
Heather Watson and Laura Robson’s rise up the rankings has landed them a role as our leading ladies in the new issue. The youngsters have put British women’s tennis on the map over the last year and we examine what lies on the horizon for the talented duo.
The International Tennis Federation is celebrating its 100th year and The Independent’s Paul Newman talks to president Francesco Ricci Bitti about the world governing body’s role in the development of the sport, its anti-doping efforts and the future of Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
We also delve into the world of tennis stats in an effort to explain the role of data in the game and we go head-to-head with two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza as the 26-year-old talks about Indian tennis and the challenges of being a female Muslim athlete.
For those of you who prefer to play rather than watch, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. Our team of experts dissect a couple of world-class groundstrokes, there’s junior tennis advice from Richard Gasquet and we get inside the mind of one of the great coaches of the game, Rohan Goetzke, who helped Richard Krajicek to his Wimbledon title back in 1996.
Every great player needs a great racket, of course, so it’s just as well we’re also kicking off our season of equipment reviews with the very best frames on the market aimed at advanced players.
And if that’s not all, we talk fame and computer hacking with ranking-climber Jerzy Janowicz; chat about innovation and the challenges facing the sport with Babolat CEO Eric Babolat; Ekaterina Makarova discusses her rise inside the top 20 and Janko Tipsarevic tells us what he looks for when picking a racket to suit his playing style.
Oh, and we’ve no fewer than 10 pages of tour results, all the latest gear news and we offer solutions to your tennis-related questions!