Feb/16

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Fritzmania has officially begun

12719243_10206993284603830_4064585546137967468_oI first heard the buzz about Taylor Fritz two years ago at Eddie Herr as insiders were talking about how hard he could hit the ball. Then last year he made his name known as an elite junior by finaling at Roland Garros and winning the US Open. On top of that Fritz won two ATP Challengers at the end of last season. The magic has continued into this year. Fritz qualified for the Australian Open beating Mischa Zverev from 0-4 down in the third set before losing first round to Jack Sock in five sets.

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Feb/16

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Be Something Greater

Murray_02Christopher Chaffee

What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? – Man of Steel
You are standing face to face with adversity and it’s not going to let you get through. In this moment the challenge is staring right in front of you, not backing down. In a moment of truth, it is forcing you to make a choice. The challenge is standing in front you not backing down. You are nervous, you are scared, you don’t won’t to fail, you don’t want to lose. However, something inside tells you to hold on. Just hold on and fight. You close your eyes and take a deep breathe in and suddenly start to feel all the outside distractions and surroundings around disappear. You breathe out and you feel relaxed. Now you are calm, strong, and focused. You feel excited, strong, and determined inside. Ready to step up and strive toward your hopes and dreams. Nothing is going to stand in your way and suddenly you believe. Open your eyes.

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Feb/16

12

Flash update: Where are they now?

23859_headshotTaylor Townsend (age 19 now ranked 383) lost first round last week in Midland Michigan 76 16 63 to Cepede Royg.

Cici Bellis (16; ranked 217) lost second round in Midland to ex UCLA star Robin Anderson (WC) who lost in singles finals to Naomi Brady in three sets. Bellis is now coached by Lisa Raymond

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1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nAmazing, now there are no men’s pro events in tennis outside the US Open, which is really an international event,  besides Newport in the the eastern half of the U.S. A bit of antiquity for Tennis-Prose.com fans. Enjoy.

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Feb/16

10

Senior Circuit Hits Sarasota

2014-05-01 23.40.12 SARASOTA, FLA: The West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix at Sarasota (Designated) started this week at Payne Park and I observed the action and listened to some of the stories – here are some observations and anecdotes: Friend Ron Tonidandel is from Cleveland Ohio and plays in the 80s – he says he sleeps in his van to save money and recently finally won his first gold ball in a Father/Son tournament. Ron lost early in Sarasota (his base) but will be featured in the “Gold Balls” doc about senior tennis which will debut at the Seattle Film Festival as “the striver.”

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CY5Uz-3UQAAGjv9It was September 2014, and young Stefan Kozlov, the Floridian out of Macedonia, who’s father, Andrei, owns an academy just outside of Miami and had developed his son’s game, battled Borna Coric, now the world’s youngest highest-ranked player at 19 and no. 38, in a three-set match in the second round of the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Kozlov is 16 months Coric’s junior and weighs just four pounds less (at 170) than the Croatian teen and stands just an inch shorter at 6-feet tall, but it looked back in September of 2014 that Kozlov was very much in Coric’s sphere in playing ability.

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Feb/16

3

Delpo Sets Return For Delray Beach

delraytodayFORMER WORLD NO.4 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO WILL PLAY IN DELRAY BEACH
The 2009 US Open Champion Will Begin His Comeback From Wrist Injury
DELRAY BEACH: 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro is taking a wild card into the Delray Beach Open, making his second appearance in the ATP World Tour event. The 10-day event is coming up February 12 – 21, with ATP World Tour play scheduled to begin Monday, February 15 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

Del Potro will be making a long-awaited comeback from a bothersome wrist injury that has dogged the former world No. 4 and 2009 US Open champion for much of his career.

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Feb/16

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Delray Beach has another All Star Player List

raonic2016 DELRAY BEACH OPEN FIELD ADDS STARS ANDERSON KARLOVIC RAONIC & TOMIC
Three Top 20 Players, Three Former Champions in Talented Field
DELRAY BEACH: Top 20 ATP stars Kevin Anderson and Bernard Tomic, along with defending champion Ivo Karlovic, highlight a list of players who have been added to the 2016 Delray Beach Open’s ATP World Tour field that was released today. The three join early signees Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas in headlining the 24th annual event.

The lineup gives the event a trio of Top 20 players – Anderson (No. 14), Raonic (No. 11) and Tomic (No. 20) – and former champions – Haas (2006), Anderson (2012) and Karlovic (2015).

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Feb/16

3

Genesis Strings’ Impress

indexWhen we talk about strings at Tennis-Prose.com, we like to go to our go-to-strings-reporter, Dan Arnold. Here is Dan’s review of Genesis strings and their highly-recommended Hybrid combo of Black Magic Poly and Thunderblast mult-filament strings.

Review of Genesis Hybrid String Setup from “string maven,” Dan Arnold:

“Genesis is a small company with some highly rated strings so I thought it was time to try them out. The hybrid combination was Black Magic Poly in the mains and Thunderblast multifilament in the crosses. I was really impressed with these strings. After a very short break-in period the feeling was very crisp with a good combination of control, spin and power.

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11070260_926583784061140_7229436411336171210_nThese and other mind-blowing stats come from our friend, Todd Robinson, in his Australian Open Take-Away at speedburneronsports.com. Todd is one of the great tennis statisticians and analysts of the game and you can read his talk on the Aussie O here.

How’s this for another stat, Djoko tied Lendl for 3rd place in most slam finals appearances at 19! Firstly, I never knew Lendl had been in 19 slam finals. That is sick and the fact Djoko tied Lendl at 19 when he’s only 28 and still very much in his prime is sick. How many slam finals does he make for his career? Is 30 possible?

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