Sep/14

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Ymer Versus McGee in Napa Challenger

photo1_1361891418.33.215.335x225.bg000000.far1Oh, what it would be like to be in the Napa Valley, 100 miles north of San Francisco, this week for the little tennis tournament up there. Such intrigue, such scenery, such wine! Sam Qball Querrey is playing in the event. Marcos Bagdhatis, Marcos Giron, the NCAA champ, Mike Ironman Russell, Ryan Harry Harrison and Denis Kudla. But the first-round match I’m most interested in is between a 27-year-old Irishman who just made waves at the US OPEN AND a 18-year-old Swede (yes, I said Swede, because there hasn’t been a top Swedish player or any kind of Swedish player since Andrea Vinciguerra, no I meant Robin Soderling, I just like writing Andreas Vinciguerra), named Ymer Elias.

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Sep/14

22

This Week In Tennis

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France opts for red clay for the Davis Cup final vs. Switzerland. With Fed and Stan both to play at the indoor ATP World Tour Finals, you have to wonder if both players will give a full effort – or even pullout, given how important this Davis Cup final is for both Federer and Stan.

I remember the year Spain beat Argentina in the Davis Cup finals in Argentina, how Nalbandian criticized Del Potro for participating in the WTF in Asia which he felt adversely affected Delpo’s fitness and energy levels for the final, which was won by Spain on a fast indoor surface.

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Sep/14

22

“I didn’t play my game, I played your game”

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We had a USTA tournament this weekend, park teams meeting two other park teams at Van Saun Park, NJ. It was a lot of fun, we did doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles. Just like a Davis Cup WTT format.

Our captain told us it would be a bunch of 3.5s and 4s and that it would be light and for fun with free food, and a chance to meet new players. I agreed mainly because the event was held at a beautiful county park I played my first leagues at over a decade ago.

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Sep/14

17

Facing Hewitt book interview

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An interview I did with an Australian media outlet about my latest tennis book “Facing Hewitt”…

Question: What inspired you to do a book about Lleyton Hewitt?

It started out as a magazine feature idea that was eventually published in the Australian Open program in January. The feature was well received and I decided to develop it further into a book.

Question: Was it a challenge to get interviews with ATP players and were they willing to discuss their matches and experiences with Hewitt?

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Sep/14

17

Rafa Returns … In Astana, Kazakhstan

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Rafael Nadal will play in a two-day exhibition match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kazakhstan. It will be the first time that Nadal will visit the Central Asian nation.

The Kazakhstan Tennis Federeration (KTF) reported that ATP World Number Two player Rafa Nadal will be in Kazakhstan from September 24 to September 25 where will compete against Tsonga in two matches at the National Tennis Centre in Astana.

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The String Master
By Dan Arnold

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Today we are going to talk about Hybrid stringing. Many players wonder what type of string they should be using in their rackets. With so many choices it could be overwhelming to choose what is best for your game. For many players 4.0 level and above, a hybrid set up is a good call. This is a combination usually of a polyester main string and a multifilament cross string.

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While there were plenty of surprises at the 2014 U.S. Open, the final TV ratings statistics were certainly not one.

CBS televised it’s final US Open after 47 years of coverage and Marin Cilic vs. Kei Nishikori will go down as one of the lowest rated finals in history. Lacking marquee names in a final that began at 5 p.m. EDT on a Monday afternoon (that’s 3 p.m. on the west coast), it is hardly a shock that the Croatian Cilic’s straight-sets victory against the Japanese attracted just a 1.9 overnight rating, down 32 percent from Rafael Nadal’s win over Novak Djokovic one year ago, according to Sports Business Daily.

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Sep/14

10

The Most Prominent Memory of the 2014 U.S. Open

32110_125243784179310_8240515_nNo, it wasn’t a former convicted doper winning the US Open title. It wasn’t even Kei Nishikori becoming the first 5-foot-10 Japanese player to reach the men’s finals. It wasn’t the Monfils-Federer five-setter with Monfils holding two match points in the fourth set (although that’s close). It wasn’t Serena Williams running roughshod over the field, not losing more than 3 games in any set she played. It wasn’t even CC Bellis beating Cibulkova on the cool new Court # 6. Victor Estrella Burgos winning two rounds with great New York Domincan support and then losing in 3 breakers to Raonic was close.

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By Guillermo Morales-Rubert

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Bill Oakes, the Tournament Director for the Winston-Salem Open. Bill is also the Associate Athletic Director of Wake Forest University Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe was quoted saying the following: “I’ve heard that players just love the Winston-Salem Open because they are so well taken of, and that’s what the players want. The hospitality was really felt when I was there for the Davis Cup. People like Bill Oakes have tennis in their blood, and I know he does a great job”. After spending some time with Bill I concurred with Mr. McEnroe’s assessment. Bill’s passion for tennis and keen ability to accommodate player’s needs has led to his success as a Tournament Director. Therefore, I am certain Bill will be able to attract more quality players to Winston-Salem. The interview provides an inner look to one of eleven professional tournaments at the ATP level in the United States. The Winston-Salem Open is the only professional international event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is a must see tournament.

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Sep/14

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The Biofile: Marin Cilic Interview (2008)

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From the archives…I did this Biofile interview with Marin Cilic after his first round win at the 2008 US Open…

DOB: Sept. 28, ’88 In: Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina

Tennis Inspirations: “Of course Goran Ivanisevic, he was a national hero when I was growing up. He also helped me a lot during when he was finishing his career and probably when I was fourteen-fifteen, just coming up. So he was a really big help for my tennis.”

Hobbies/Interests: “During the tournaments I like to just relax, watch some movies, internet, play some games. When I have some days off I always go home to my family, with my friends, relatives, of course, go out and have a little fun with my friends.”

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