By Scoop Malinowski
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 170
Age: 18 From: Florida via New Jersey and North Carolina
Tennis Inspirations: Andy Roddick – straight up, favorite player.
First Tennis Memory: Probably at the Athletic Club Courtside in Greenshoro, NC where I grew up, I saw all the old people out there playing doubles. I was like, all right, I’m gonna get out there and do that. And then I remember trying to play out there – it didn’t really go too great the first time (age six).
Nicknames: Tommy, T-Paul.
Greatest Sports Moment: French Open, I would say between the French Open (won junior boys this year) and the past three days (US Open qualifying, where Tommy won three matches and earned a spot in the main draw).
Reader and tennis blogger Bobby Hurley Jr asked me to name my five favorite Marcelo Rios matches —
Here they are:
Key Biscayne final ’98 – with the pressure of having to win against Agassi (in their first meeting) to achieve the number one ranking just weeks after the disappointing Aussie Open final wipeout loss to Korda, Rios came up with one of the finest tennis performances of the decade, as one European match broadcaster called it – Rios obliterated Agassi in three straight electrifying sets with a game so sensational that it inspired a couple of young future ATP champions named Roger Federer and Alexander Dolgopolov. I spoke with Brad Gilbert for my Rios book and he told me the first thing Agassi told him after the match was “I thought I played good” — basically meaning Rios was simply unbeatable. With this monumental and historic win Rios pocketed a $5 million dollar bonus, $2 1/2m each as bonuses from Yonex and Nike
Now come on, I don’t like to chastise Tennis-Prose readers too much, but where’s the excitement over Ryan Harrison reaching two Challenger finals in Cary and Columbus–the hirsute Harry (I am jealous about his head of hair) obviously likes playing in cities that start with “C”–where’s the “Harry’s going to be Top 20 in a year” parade? I mean, you’re not alone, even Harry has dissed on Harry this year, saying, I’ve “gone from being a can’t-miss prospect to a has-been five times already.”Continue to read full article...
With his once mighty game and confidence flagging, the formerly invincible Rafael Nadal is enduring through the worst slump of his career, dropping out of the ATP top five this year. Nadal, the fourteen-time major champion, has always prided himself on refining his game and finding new ideas and tactics to constantly evolve and improve. But today, Nadal seems to have stagnated into a mediocre version of himself.Continue to read full article...
My name is Meredith Corsillo and I am the Social Media Director for outsidetheball.com, an online media channel that features fun, original content with top WTA & ATP players, hosted by Mayleen Ramey. We take viewers beyond the game with candid, playful interviews that are not ordinarily seen in the tennis world. For example, we’ve been breakdancing with Ana Ivanovic, karaoking with Grigor Dimitrov, and improv acting with Novak Djokovic, just to name a few!Continue to read full article...
Australia is in Glasgow to challenge Great Britain and Andy Murray — an interesting dynamic is that the opening match pits Andy against Thanasi Kokkinakis, who have established a bit of a big brother-little brother relationship from having practiced together several times earlier in the year, including a couple of sessions at Key Biscayne I witnessed – the two are very good buddies and horsed around most of the practice, clearly you could see Andy took a liking to young Thanasi — but today they must put that unique friendship aside and thrash it out against each other for the very important first singles point –Continue to read full article...
I’m at the gym today polishing my muscles, and a woman I know who I noticed had a front row seat in Arthur Ashe for a good part of the final weekend said to me, “Djokovic is boring to watch play.” Now I personally wouldn’t go that far, but her sentiments I think stretch far and I can’t remember a no. 1 player, a great player, a dominant player among the elites, being as boring to watch as Djokovic.Continue to read full article...
It took Federer 17 tries to win his first masters series title – Djokovic won his first masters in his tenth attempt —
Fed won his first grand slam in his 17th major appearance while Djokovic won his first in his 13th try –
I don’t know if its the slower conditions with the cooler humid air, but the Djoko-Fed finals at the US Open is totally different than the match up they had three weeks ago in Cincy. In the Mid-West, Federer looked supremely confident, tonight in Flushing, Fed is down a set and fighting for his life. He even just tried the saber twice in a row at 1-2 Fed in the second set, and twice Djoko lobbed over Fed’s head for winners. Fed is missing a whole lot of backhands, into the net, wide and long. Fed is fighting for his life. Johnny Mac in the announcer’s booth thinks Fed is anxious knowing this could be one of the last chances he has to win no. 18 in the slam department, but while Fed is fighting to win every service game, Djoko is mostly blasting through his.Continue to read full article...
(Note: This Biofile was done about ten years ago at the US Open players lounge)
Status: 2015 US Open champion
Ht: 5-7 3/4 Wt: 128
DOB: February 25, 1982 in Brindisi, Italy.
Childhood Heroes: “Superman I think [smiles].
Tennis Inspirations: “I like Capriati and Seles. I had the posters on the wall and I always saw them play and I love [them] so much.”Continue to read full article...