I received a copy of WORLD CLASS from a friend. It’s “A Novel About The People And The World Of Professional Tennis” by Jane and Burt Boyar, published in the 1970’s by Random House and again in 2012 by Marbella House.
The Boyars spent a couple of years on the professional tennis tour learning about the top players and their very long, unique journeys to become champions. They learned the stories of top players who were discovered early and then developed to be world class champion players. Each story is different but true, based on reality.Continue to read full article...
by Scoop Malinowski
Spending countless hours on the court since the early 90’s I have had the fortune of encountering some famous people and players on the tennis court.
The first brush with greatness happened a few days before the US Open in the early 2000s when a stunning female player was lighting up the FDU Teaneck court next to my friend and I. I wondered out loud if she was getting ready for qualies at the US Open. Well, her coach told me she was in the main draw. It was Catalina Castano of Colombia who was ranked just inside the top 100 in the WTA. Catalina was staying in nearby Hackensack, which has a considerable amount of Colombians living there.Continue to read full article...
I’m watching the Bautista Agut-Djokovic match this morning from Shanghai (the Chinese really seem to have a child-like wonder when watching high-level tennis; it’s nice to see) and both Agut and Djoko remind me of Lance Armstrong. I mean they both look like Armstrong, particularly Agut. I mean Agut is listed as 6 feet tall (he doesn’t look that tall to me at least on tv) and Armstrong, our favorite little doper from Plano, Tx (don’t you love the sound of that, Plano, Tx–has anyone ever been there?) was listed at 5-10, but more importantly, Agut and Djoko and Armstrong all have the same body type, that ultra slim (Agut is listed at 168 pds, Lance at 165 and Djoko at 6-2, 162).Continue to read full article...
Days after winning his third ATP singles title of the season in Tokyo, Kyrgios dogged it today in losing 6-3 6-1 to 110th-ranked qualifier Mischa Zverev in a weird encounter that lasted just 48 minutes.Continue to read full article...
Status: ATP no. 89. Has career wins over Wawrinka, Monfils, Dimitrov, Haas, Seppi, Youzhny, Anderson.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 159
DOB: Volograd, Russia In: December 26, 1987
First Tennis Memory: “The memory with my father introducing me to tennis. Bringing me on the court. It was very close to our house. He was my first coach, my first lesson. So this is my first memory about tennis.”
Tennis Inspirations: “Tennis by itself. I like tennis. I love to complete. I love to fight on the court. I love the game by itself. I love the competition. The speed of the tennis, competing by itself is really nice and a beautiful sport. So all of this is inspiring me.”Continue to read full article...
Samantha Stosur expressed considerable surprise that rival Maria Sharapova was able to get away with her “excuse” that she did not realize the substance “meldonium” was prohibited before testing positive for the drug at the Australian Open this year.Continue to read full article...
|Peng Shuai hits a forehand.|
Status: Former WTA No. 1 ranked doubles player. The first Chinese player, male or female – singles or doubles, to achieve the world No. 1 ranking. Winner of 19 career WTA singles titles including two this year.
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 140
DOB: January 8. 1986 In: Xiangtan, Hunan, China
First Tennis Memory: “I started at eight years old. And then I’m not like strong, I’m small and skinny. And my mom think I need to get stronger. My mom had two brothers who are tennis players and that’s why I chose to play tennis.”Continue to read full article...
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 165
DOB: Feb 21, 1984 In: Bolzano, Italy
First Tennis Memory: As a kid I remember I was always going to play football. Actually, there were tennis courts nearby where I always saw somebody playing there. And every day I stopped there to watch them. So I think that’s why I started to play.
Tennis Inspirations: Actually, nobody from my family was playing so I was actually the first one playing from my family. No one to look up to. My idol growing up was Yevgeny Kafelnikov, especially because of his backhand. He had a very nice backhand and I was always struggling when I grew up. I was always looking up to him.Continue to read full article...