Aug/15

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Wednesday at US Open Qualies

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I arrive to Stefan Kozlov vs Geno Andreozzo on serve at 2-1 in the first set, it’s the first match on at 11 on court seventeen. Andreozzi is a tough Argentine who beat Harrison at Wimbledon qualies, so I don’t want to sit next to poppa Andrei Kozlov because the last match I sat with him I did not bring good luck – Stefan lost first round to a hard-hitting Russian at the Sarasota Challenger this year.

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Aug/15

24

US Open Qualies Starts on Tuesday

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Just checked the womens draw, Cici Bellis plays Kimiko Date Krumm first round. Donna Vekic, Taylor Townshend, Vicky Duval, An-Sophie Mestache, Jessica Pegula, Melanie Oudin, Alize Lim, Luksika Kumkum, Grace Min are also in the draw. Vekic could play Edina Galovitz Hall in the next round, Hall has to be 35 years old now – the two played in qualies three years ago with Hall winning in three sets, expect good crowds to watch Vekic this week.

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Locked in at 20-20 in head to head meetings, every single battle they compete is just an awe inspiring experience to witness, how much each combatant has to lay on the line to win produces the greatest tennis we’ve been privileged to see.

Probing, punching, pounding, pummeling, pranking, poking, provoking, we see it all and then some more in a Federer vs Djokovic clash of titans.

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Suddenly, about a week after Dan’s feature about the potential of a John McEnroe vs Serena Williams Battle of the Sexes showdown, John McEnroe appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show this week and the primary discussion topic seemed to be his desire and willingness

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10488222_10153479139919319_2196089443928734648_nTo me, the two greatest US Opens were the 1984 Open where the two semis, Mac-Connors, Lendl-Cash, went 5 scintillating sets each and then Mac thrashed Lendl in the finals; and the 1995 Open, where Agassi, having his greatest season ever, took on Sampras in the finals. Agassi had beaten Sampras in the finals of Miami and Canada and had won the Aussie O, Cincy and Indian Wells, as well. He had shaven his hair this year and looked ultra-fit. In the Open semis, he thrashed Becker in 4 sets who’d beaten him at Wimbledon in the semis. Sampras had beaten Becker in the Wimby finals, but that was his only title of the year. He had taken out both Phillippoussis and Courier in 4 sets leading up to the Agassi finals.

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tennis-montreal-masters-andy-murray-canada_3338511Andy Murray, the Scot with the boil, outlasted his prime career rival, Novak Djokovic, the Serb with the sudden chronic elbow, 6-3 in the third to win the Canadian Open. For Murray it was an epic win, having lost his last eight battles with Djoko. The win also leapfrogged Murray into no. 2 in the rankings and after his tumultuous loss to Gabashvili in D.C. suddenly Muzz looks like a strong contender at the US Open in two weeks. How did this all transpose? Djoko had beaten Murray at every corner this year, in the Aussie O finals, IW semis, Miami finals, and the Roland Garros semis. The matches were closer than they had been in 2014, when Djoko also beat Muzz four times, but it was pretty much assumed that Djoko had Murray’s number.

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In an unbelievably impressive performance on all levels, Belinda Bencic conquered the queen of tennis Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup semifinal 36 75 64.

The score may look like Serena was a little off her top form, but after watching the third set I’d give all the credit in the world to Bencic for an amazing display of tennis that will absolutely send massive shockwaves through the WTA and the tennis realm.

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7NAMVIJkIn the second set breaker, “the Gull,” had the unthinkable against his old pre-teen German academy peer, No. 1 Novak Djoko, two match points on his serve. Gulbis had taken the first set and seemed poised to pull off the biggest upset of his career after his dispatch of Roger Federer in the French Open quarters last year. It has been such a bad year for the Gull, Ernie, the Abyss, that not only did he have to qualify for the Canadian Open, but the soon-to-be 27 year old had won a total of five matches entering the US Summer Hard Court season and only one at a slam.

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Aug/15

14

The Outrageous Vilification of Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios mumbled an insult about Stan Wawrinka during a heated battle in Montreal on Wednesday evening, not long after Wawrinka targeted a beanball shot right at Nick’s head.

So now the ATP has fined Kyrgios $10,000 with rumblings that additional punishment may be meted out – to the tune of a fine ten times more along with a three year suspension.

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Aug/15

13

Examples of incidents of violence in pro tennis

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With the Kyrgios-Wawrinka near brawl in Montreal the talk of tennis today, I decided to collect memories and examples of violence and near violence in the sport of tennis…

Perhaps the most memorable incident in pro tennis was when Roger Taylor punched out Bob Hewitt in the locker room, an overflow from flared tempers after a doubles match they played.

But there are more…

Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic had a physical confrontation after their 2008 US Open quarterfinal match, inside the locker room.

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