Apr/17

24

True Tennis Tales: “I want your top dawg”

scoopten2Which Bay area former ATP top ten star and future author and ESPN analyst entered Golden Gate park courts after his Pepperdine season seeking gambling matches with local heroes?

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Apr/17

22

Sarasota Open Finals Sunday

scopatsaraThe Sarasota Open has been a very eventful week with all the fine court action as well as the unique event on Tuesday evening with the unscripted sound effects by the two lovers which has snowballed into an international news story as well as unbelievably huge promotion for the tourney. The Pro Circuit live stream commentator told me he has done dozens of interviews for some of the largest media outlets around the world and the tournament director said the web site has gotten millions upon millions of visits, and the shirts with Frances Tiafoe’s famous line “It can’t be that good” are already selling briskly.

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Apr/17

22

Will Rafa Make it a Perfect 10?


by Henk Abbink
Tennis is getting ready for an all-lefty, all-Spanish Monte Carlo final. Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos-Vinolas are the two last men standing after a week chock-full of surprises and upsets. This final may not be considered as exciting as a Roger-Rafa or Novak-Rafa final. The fact that another chapter to tennis history may be added tomorrow, however, has fans worldwide waiting in anticipation.
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Apr/17

21

Monte Carlo Surprises

Tennis_Prose_Rolex_Monte_Carlo_Masters_01What is wrong with Novak Djokovic? He struggled to eke through his first two rounds and now is down 26 to the miniature marvel David Goffin. Could he be in physical decline after all those grinding battles over the years? Could the $100 million man have been ordered off a banned substance like Sharapova was (meldonium)? One thing is for sure, Novak Djokovic has lost his aura of invincibility and dominance. And it all happened so suddenly. A year ago in Miami I remember asking Svetlana Kuznetsova if she had any suggestions how the ATP players could beat him. Now Djokovic is struggling to get to the semifinals of Masters Series events.

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Apr/17

20

Biofile: Horacio Zeballos Interview

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 Status:  ATP no. 87. Career high ranking was 39 in 2013. Reached the Sarasota Open quarterfinals with today’s 61 76 win vs Stefan Kozlov.
Ht: 6-2  Wt: 183
DOB:  April 27, 1985  In: Mar de Plata, Argentina
First Tennis Memory:  “I remember my father (Horacio)’s club. He has a tennis club. I grew up there and I start to play there. And my friends are from there. So that’s my first memory.”
Tennis Inspirations:  “My father was one of them. Also there’s a lot of good Argentine players like (David) Nalbandian, (Guillermo) Coria and (Gaston) Gaudio. I remember watching all their matches.”
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Apr/17

20

Biofile: Miomir Kecmanovic Interview

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Status: ATP No. 476. 2016 ITF Junior World No. 1 ranked player.

Ht:  6-0  Wt: 165

DOB:  August 31, 1999  In: Belgrade, Serbia

First Tennis Memory:  “When I first started playing it was eleven years ago. I started on a mountain in Serbia called Zlatibor. That’s where I started.”

Tennis Inspirations:   “Djokovic and Federer.”

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Apr/17

19

Sarasota Open: Kecmanovic is Soaring in 2017

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Miomir Kecmanovic is has exceeded all expectations this year, starting off winning nine rounds to win a Sunrise Futures in late January, which caused Team Kecmanovic to change its goals. Since January the seventeen year old Kecmanovic has upped his ATP World Tour ranking from 802 to 476 on Monday. The highlight of the year was reaching the semifinal at the San Luis Open Challenger last week where he defeated Stefan Kozlov 62 75.

 

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Apr/17

18

Kozlov Matadors Polansky at Sarasota Open

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Another interesting day of tennis at the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open featured major young talents and an old fogie who can still get the job done.

Jurgen Melzer, age 35 and ranked lower than his brother Gerald outside the top 100, struggled to handle Darian King but was able to get the job done in three sets. Melzer was once No. 8 in the world looks a tad slower and less explosive than his heyday years. Mezler will play Facundo Arguello in the next round. Arguello, Mr. Cramps/Underhand Serves/FootFaults defeated Christian Harrison today.

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Apr/17

17

Sarasota Open: Twilight Zone Match Arguello vs Giron

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The wackiest match I ever saw happened today at the Sarasota Open. It was Facundo Arguello vs Marcos Giron on James Driscoll stadium court.

I didn’t see it all but I saw enough. Giron won the first set 7-5, though I did not see it. Arguello wont he second 7-5, which featured a long injury timeout at the end of the set which obviously froze Giron. Arguello was on his back being attended to.

There also was a loud argument between the umpire and Arguello I think at the end of the first set which I only heard because I was watching Kozlov vs Blaz Rola on the Firkins Stadium 2.

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Apr/17

17

Sarasota Open Day Two

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Stefan Kozlov was ipressive again with a second route win in the Sarasota Open qualies taking down the eighteen year old Axel Geller of Argentina 61 62. Late entry into qualies Kozlov faced a break point in his first service game but managed to save it and then just steamrolled his bigger stronger opponent with pinpoint accuracy and delicate ball control.

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