Nov/14

26

Dodo Cheney, Winner of 393 Gold Balls, Dies at 98

Here’s the Times obituary for Cheney: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/sports/tennis/dodo-cheney-tennis-champion-dies-at-98.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0 I had the honor of playing her right around the corner from her house at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego in 2000, when she was 84. They were hard courts and she camped herself in the middle of the court, “Nowhere’s Land,” and […]

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Nov/14

24

The Greatest Performances

The spectacular display of Gael Monfils in thrashing Roger Federer in three sets this past weekend in Davis Cup has sparked me to think about what are some of the other greatest displays of tennis I have ever seen. Here’s my list… Please share yours… Marcelo Rios defeating Agassi in three straight sets in the […]

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Nov/14

21

What The…Federer?

Down 2 sets to love against Monfils, this doesn’t look like a repeat of their US Open match where Federer recovered from dropping the first two sets to win in 5. They just played a sick point on a Monfils’ break point at 2-all in the 3rd set where Fed won the point by hitting […]

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Nov/14

17

Fedrinka vs France

The complex relations of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka may be the key determining factor to anoutcome of either ecstasy or agony for Switzerland when it clashes with France for the Davis Cup final in France. You have to wonder how Wawrinka feels right now towards his big brother Federer who really didn’t need to […]

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Nov/14

17

Andre, Callum & Signing With IMG at 14

It all started when I heard Andre Agassi’s dad, Mike, hung a mobile over the head of his six-months-old son with balloons attached to it. The story goes that as the mobile circled over infant Andre’s head, Andre would swat at the balloons and so was born his legendary eye-hand coordination. Roughly 13 years later […]

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Nov/14

3

ATP World Tour Finals London

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The ATP World Tour Finals will be hosted for the sixth year at the 02 Arena in London.

Here are the two round-robin groups

Group A: Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Stanilas Wawrinka.

Group B: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic.

Alternates: David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez.

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The New York City Marathon is one of the most grueling, physically demanding sporting events in the world. On Sunday over 50,000 runners will take on the formidable challenge of 26.2 miles of running the streets of New York City against so many other competitors and of course the unpredictable weather, which can be brutally cold and windy. And, although it’s rare, runners have even died trying to finish the race.

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Oct/14

26

Diary of USTA Tourney Adventures Part One

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It’s the end of the season, we’re chasing USTA points for our ranking. I need to win one tournament and gain the hundred-twenty five points to maintain my top five spot from a year ago. So I enter Spring Valley, which is the last local tournament without having to travel to Brooklyn or the Bronx.

There’s only one other player signed up, my old nemesis, a tall lefty pusher who crowds the net. I’ve beaten him three straight times, straight sets but each match has been a battle where he had his chances and I came up with the passing shots and saved break points. It’s always a challenge to beat this guy “John” who has beaten me in the past in tournaments.

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Oct/14

20

Basel, Valencia and Singapore

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Nadal and Federer could meet in Basel.

Isner, Kozlov are in Valencia.

Serena will try to lockdown the WTA number one ranking in Singapore.

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Oct/14

17

Where Are They Now: Wayne Ferreira

By Steve Pratt Taking in the excitement and fun at the 2014 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships was USTA Northern California section’s coach, Wayne Ferreira, smiling and relaxed in a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. Tennis fans from a generation ago should recognize the name: a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, Ferreira saw his share of […]

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