May/16

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Roland Garros rolling along

The weather and political climate may be far from ideal but still the quality of tennis and drama in Paris have been superlative. 37-year old Ivo Karlovic defeated Aussie Jordan Thompson in five sets today and is now the oldest player since Jimmy Connors to reach a Grand Slam singles third round. Jack Sock and […]

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May/16

24

Tribute Biofile: Radek Stepanek



By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP no 129. Winner of five career ATP singles and 14 doubles titles. Winner of 2012 Australian Open in doubles. Helped lead Czech Republic to win two Davis Cups – winning both deciding matches (2012 and 2013). Reached career high singles rank of #8 in 2006.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 167

DOB: November 27, 1978 In: Karvina Czech Republic

First Tennis Memory: “My father, tennis coach in Karvina.”

Inspirations: “My tennis inspiration – I’m taking all my inspiration from somewhere else because I see a lot of great athletes playing well in a higher number of ages. And this is what is inspiring me to do the same in my sport.”

First Famous Tennis Player You Met: “Hmm, good question…Thomas Muster. He was playing an exhibition against Slava Dosedel in Czech Republic, in a town where I lived for a few years. And I think I was 12 or 13, I just had to warm him up for the exhibition. And I was badly nervous [smiles].”

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May/16

23

Kyrgios Controversy (again) at Roland Garros

Nick Kyrgios has a natural tendency to create controversy. He did it again yesterday in his tight three set win over Italian Cecchinato. Late in the first set after a sizzling point which erupted the crowd into a frenzy Kyrgios shouted “Towel towel!” to the ballkid.

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May/16

21

Roland Garros 2016

May/16

15

Is Djokovic the new Lendl?

I didn’t see today’s final in which Andy Murray, the Scotsman, proved victorious against the Serb, Novak Djokovic, but I heard Djoko was whining the entire match about the rainy conditions. Which makes me ask the question: “Is Djokovic the new Lendl?” Ivan Lendl was no. 1 for many years. He holds the mind-boggling record […]

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May/16

13

Djokovic Tops Rafa Again in 49th Clash in Rome

DjokartNovak Djokovic administered another excruciating defeat onto the former king of Clay Rafael Nadal today in the Rome quarterfinals 75 76. This was was different because it the pattern of the match was altered by Nadal who instead of falling behind early and fighting back fiercely opened up positively in both sets by taking break leads on Djokovic in each set. Nadal seemed to know that despite holding the lead he still did not have control of Djokovic and he played with a sense of fear and expectation that Djokovic was surely going to raise his level. And of course Djokovic did fight back and win both sets. Nadal knows Djokovic better than anyone – this was their 49th meeting

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960105_10202233386903645_929712215_nI think I got this right, the last American male player to get to the French quarters was not Jack Sock or John Isner or even Andy Roddick, it was Andre Agassi way back in 2003. That is an amazing result or lack of results. There hasn’t been an American who’s reached even the quarterfinals of Roland Garros since 2003! I mean the best American player, John Izzie Isner, has reached the Rd of 16 only once in his career! And Izzie professes to liking the clay. He’s won a total of nine matches at the French in 6 years.

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May/16

9

Is Dimitrov Shattered?

[caption id="attachment_7643" align="alignright" width="169"]Dimitrov unleashes a serve. Dimitrov unleashes a serve.[/caption]Certain single losses are so devastating they can destroy a player’s career. Guillermo Coria never recovered from the loss to Gaston Gaudio in the final of Roland Garros despite being up two sets to love and having a match point. Paul Henri Mathieu blew the Davis Cup final in France despite a two sets to love lead on Mikhail Youzhny in the fifth rubber and has never been the same. Grigor Dimitrov suffered a similar shattering defeat in the Istanbul final two weeks ago to Diego Schwartzman.

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May/16

8

Biofile: Amelie Mauresmo Interview

P1010727By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Winner of 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon singles titles along with 21 other WTA career singles titles.

DOB: July 5, 1979 In: St. Germaines En Laye, France
Childhood Heroes: “I liked, I watched Yannick Noah. That’s why I started to play tennis. And then, while I was a little bit older I think I liked to watch Sabatini and Graf. This period was a good inspiration for me.”
Hobbies/Interests: “I like to ski. I like to surf. I like red wine [smiles]. I like many different things, you know, I like go-carts, horseback riding. I like to enjoy nice dinner with my friends and family. Card games with Sebastien Grosjean and Arnaud Clement. They can last for hours, in a really tense atmosphere. We tease each other a lot and we all try to cheat [laughs]. I enjoy playing Scrabble too.”

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May/16

7

Andy Shatters Nadal’s Illusion in Madrid

abrafaartThe illusion that the Rafa Nadal King of Clay was back has been shattered by Andy Murray’s straight set win in Madrid. Yes Rafa did look very good the previous weeks as he won titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona but we still didn’t know if Rafa would be able to handle Djokovic. Today we learned Rafa can’t even handle Andy Murray.

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