Jul/16

27

Federer Out For Rest of the Year

11008440_10153256631199941_6100565904647706650_nRoger Federer, the invincible one, who played in a record 65th consecutive slam event at the Australian Open this year, is shelved for the rest of 2017 with more complications due to the knee surgery (meniscus) he had after the Aussie O in January. Federer who sat out the French Open, breaking his slam Cal Ripken-like streak, played Wimbledon, but was knocked out by Milos Raonic in the semis, is turning 35 in August, but he says this is not the end of his storied, 17-slam career.

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Jul/16

24

1981 Tokyo WTA Final Serve and volleys galore

Bettina Bunge's photo.

Do you want to see the ladies play vintage serve and volley tennis? Take a look at this video of the 1981 Toray Silk Final in Tokyo between Bettina Bunge and Ann Kiyomora -

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Jul/16

20

Turning it around

mail.google.comSteve Johnson started the year off with a very disappointing 6-14 record – stumbling after a career high ranking finish to close out 2015. The most devastating shattering loss was in the second round at Delray in February blowing a set and two break lead to Benni Becker to lose in three sets. A down and probably depressed Johnson staggered through a very poor and frustrating stretch until June when suddenly he regained his groove on grass at Nottingham where he won his maiden ATP singles title defeating Pospisal Anderson Seppi and Pablo Cuevas in the final – all in close tough hard-earned matches.

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Up in Newport Dan and I were in the press center and Dan said “Scoop you have to see this photo of McEnroe it’s the best photo I’ve ever seen.”

Facing McEnroe Book's photo. Instantly I agreed it was a fantastic photo – the photo credit was by June Harrison who I contacted over the weekend (to ask to be able to use for ‘Facing McEnroe” book cover) and she responded with a very nice reply:  “That image will be in my book for sure.  It’s called AMERICAN CHAMPION.”

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Jul/16

17

Sock Wilting

davis cupWe all know Jack Sock has trouble in two scenarios: when he’s in a big match and when it’s hot out. This combination is playing out in Portland tonight as Sock, playing the teenager Borna Coric, is down two sets to one after the USA took a 2-0 lead in matches on the first day of the tie versus Croatia.

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Jul/16

16

Who’s Your Donald?

I didn’t get over to the Hall of Fame event until Gilles Muller was snarking down Adrian Yo Adrian Manny Mannarion like 1 and 2 in the last two sets. Manny is one of those types of players who the littlest thing can seem to unsettle him. He’s been complaining about the slickness and low […]

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Jul/16

15

Bagdhatis In A Squeaker Over Dudi

There are few more intriguing figures in the men’s game than the Israeli, Dudi Sela, who at 31 is still no. 65 even after he was trounced by David Ferrer at Wimbledon in the first round and beaten by Dustin Brown in the first round of Roland Garros. Things have been so spare for Sela […]

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Jul/16

13

Young Vanquishes Kozlov

newportA very intense Donald Young had too much firepower and fury today for Stefan Kozlov winning their second round clash 60 64 from a break down in the second. Dressed in all white Boast attire and black socks Young came out looking like a raging Nadal bull pounding winners all over the court. Kozlov was overwhelmed but saved two set points in the first game of the second set by pushing forward to the net and converting two very nice volley winners.

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Jul/16

12

Newport Day Two

Scoop Malinowski's photo.

Stefan Kozlov looked incredible today in totally outclassing (6162) veteran Benjamin Becker who is known as fine grass court player. Kozlov was sensational in every aspect of his arsenal and Dan even stated during the blowout win that Kozlov has not only the potential to win Newport in the future but also Wimbledon. Yes Dan actually said that and you know what? He’s right – Kozlov was spectacular today with his grass court tennis variety and especially big serving earning a stunning abundance of free points via aces and unreturnables.

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Jul/16

12

Day One At Newport

newportThere are two structural changes to the eye-arresting beauty of this wonderful haven called the Newport Hall of Fame. A new bleacher for the center court and a clubhouse building on the opposite side of the grounds. But the changes blend perfectly and the venue still has the old style feel which is so alluring.

The first action I see is Dancevic vs Weintraub with Dancevic up a set and two-love. Then they engage in a long third with plenty of deuces which is eventually won by the Israeli who appears to wallop the ball a little harder than the Canadien who has the superior serve.

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