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The Gstaad Open – see Federer and Wawrinka in action

July 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Roger Federer has had a bad few months by his standards. His straight sets loss to French showman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros was very disappointing to his fans, as was his second round defeat against the Ukrainian, Sergiy Stakhovsky, who was ranked 116, three weeks ago at Wimbledon. He has now slipped down to number 5 in the rankings and I think he feels that this is a pivotal period in his career. Instead of taking his usual summer break at this time of the year, he has decided to play more tennis and test out a new racket. Last week he played at the ATP event in Hamburg and his new, bigger racket didn’t seem to improve his form as he lost in the semi-finals to Federico Delbonis a 22 year-old Argentine ranked 114. So you can see why some commentators and fans are talking of the demise of Federer. John McEnroe is one of those that has jumped on the bandwagon, saying that he “doesn’t think” that Federer will win any more majors, but I beg to differ. I think that McEnroe and other commentators are being a bit lazy with their analysis. Federer is widely acclaimed […]

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Tennis; The Davis Cup comes to Geneva – Feb 1 – 3, Palexpo

January 31, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

It looks like a mouthwatering contest between two big nations in the world of tennis. Switzerland and defending champions Czech Republic do battle this weekend at Palexpo Arena on a medium slow indoor hard court, but unfortunately this Davis Cup encounter will see neither team at full strength. Roger Federer is not taking part as he prefers to concentrate on his individual career and I think this is a shame for the Davis Cup as a whole. This team competition always brings about some incredibly passionate and exciting tennis, with players giving their all for their countries and I think that the Swiss media have been right to criticise the great man, Federer, in this instance. Swiss number 2 Stanislas Wawrinka has had an amazing start to the year and if Federer were willing to be part of the team Switzerland would surely be one of the favourites to win the tournament. As it is Wawrinka (world number 17) is almost in a one-man team as the rest of the team are generally lacking in experience, ability, fitness or form. Number 2 for Switzerland is Marco Chiudinelli (ranked 139), a capable player who’s career has sadly been hit by a […]

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Beware the wild card, George Bastl! at the Geneva Open this week.

Sports: Week of October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This Week: Pop-down to the local Squash Club for a curry, or check out Ice hockey, Football and Tennis! Squash: The Geneva Squash Club in Chambésy is hosting a couple of Open Days, so don’t miss out if you’d like to give squash a try! November 1, 6-9pm. There will be a curry competition, with 7 chefs, at 7.30pm, 15CHF, reservations required. 022.758.2207 or geneva-squash@bluewin.ch. You can also visit them on November 3, 11am-3pm. www.geneva-squash.com Tennis: October 27-November 4. Several players from the leading 100 players on the ATP Tour will be in action at this indoor event. Geneva Open ATP Tennis, Sports Centre Queue d’Arve. www.genevaopen.ch. Some of the familiar names include the Slovakian, Karol Beck, the Swiss, Marco Chiudinelli and Olivier Rochus, the Belgian. Additional text below supplied by Simon from www.tennisessence.com; “On Saturday I went to see the first day’s action and it was certainly a world away from the tennis we are used to seeing on TV where we see packed crowds cheering on millionaire superstar players. Despite entry being free the venue was almost empty with about as many tennis players/coaches as fans on the wooden benches. One of the main attractions of the day’s […]

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Sports: Week of October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

There is a wide variety of sporting action taking place around Geneva, this week! Cycling: October 16, Course des Velodromes Romandes – Vel D’Hiv www.velodromes.ch Ice Hockey: This is a crucial clash as the Eagles attempt to extend their lead at the top! October 19, GSHC v HC Ambri Piotta 19.45 Vernets. Football: October 20, Geneva Servette v St Gallen at 7.45pm, Stade de Genève   Date for the Diary: Tennis: October 22-28, ATP Swiss Indoor Tournament, Basel October 27 – November 4, Geneva Open ATP Tennis, Sports Centre Quai d’Arve www.genevaopen.ch Armchair Sports Picks: Football: October 20, UK Football premiership, Tottenham v Chelsea at 1.45pm Dates for the Diary: October 24, Football Champions League, Ajax v Manchester City and Dortmund v Real Madrid at 8.45pm October 26-28, Formula 1 Grand Prix, India

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Sports: Week of October 8, 2012

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Around Geneva: If you’re looking for some local sporting action, then it’s another busy sporting week! Ice Hockey: The Eagles’ unbeaten run continues with a hard fought win against Lugano last week (3 – 2)! They are still flying high at the top of the league, so come down to Vernets to watch them play. www.gshc.ch October 9: GSHC v Rapperswill Jona-Lakers, Patinoire de Vernets, 7.45pm October 12: GSHC v ZSC Lions, Patinoire de Vernets, 7.45pm Running: October 13 – 14: Run Evasion Rhone Take part in the Run Evasion 22 km course from the Sporting Centre Queue D’Arve along the River Rhone to Dardagny. Sign up before October 12! www.runevasionrhone.ch Walking: October 14: Marche de l’espoir Mont-Blanc Bridge – Jardin Botanique. www.marchedelespoir.ch And, for something different! October 13: European Championship Rock n Roll Acrobatics in Petit-Saconnex. www.bcswing.com Dates for the Diary: Football October 20: Servette FC v St Gallen at 7.45pm, Stade de Genève. Can Servette start climbing the table with a win at home? Tennis: October 20 – 28: Swiss Indoor Tournament from Basel. Tickets available from Ticketcorner.ch October 27 – Nov 4: Geneva Open ATP Tennis at Sports Centre Queue d’Arve www.genevaopen.ch Email us at sports@biskotti.ch if there are any […]

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Sports: Week of August 13, 2012

August 09, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Armchair Sports Fans: Armchair sports fans have enjoyed a tremendous 3-week festival of the Olympics – from the acclaimed Opening Ceremony on July 27 by Danny Boyle,  to the Closing Ceremony on August 12. As anticipated, the Track and Field events have been absorbing with the triumphs of Usain Bolt, the despair of Chinese Hurdler, Liu Xiang, and the momentous victories of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah – just to name a few highlights. Other disciplines also produced many moments of tension, excitement and phenomenal performances – the Rowing at Eton Dorney, the Cycling at the Velodrome and the Sailing events have all been the setting for some close-fought battles, as well as new world and Olympic records. The Gymnastics and Horse Jumping events have been tense and closely fought, as well, and the Triathlon and long-distance running have been spectacular. Was this the best Olympics ever? Email us at info@biskotti.ch with your thoughts, and let us know your favourite moments. The Olympics may have come to an end, but don’t despair! There are still plenty of sporting events to look forward to this week: August 18: Start of the English Football Premier League – August 19: Man City v Southampton […]

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