Apr/14

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Americans Struggle At Sarasota Open

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Iron Mike Russell lost in straight sets to UCLA’s Daniel Kosakowski.

Rhyne Williams battled back from a 25 third set deficit but lost in a tiebreaker on center court to Farrukh Dustov of Uzbekistan.

Jack Sock served for the match against Italian lefty Andrea Arnaboldi at 54 in the second but botched the game and ended up having to endure a second set tiebreak. Late in the breaker Sock muttered after the Italian hit a running forehand winner on the sideline, “It’s impossible for him to play better. He couldn’t play any better.” Moments later the set was the Italian’s at 75.

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Apr/14

14

Bobby Bonilla Checks Out Sarasota Open

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Former Major League slugger Bobby Bonilla came to enjoy the tennis at the Sarasota Open today. The six-time All Star sat in the grandstand with his wife and friends watching Tim Smyczek battle Frank Dancevic in the late afternoon and then Nick Kyrgios vs. Jarmere Jenkins in the features night match.

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Apr/14

13

Rising Force Alexander Zverev Stars in Sarasota

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The world’s top junior Alexander Zverev won his second qualifying match today at the Sarasota Open, taking down Aussie Jason Kubler 64 in the third.

Zverev, just sixteen, had two double faults in the last game but he held his nerve and finished the job with an unreturnable forehand.

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Apr/14

12

Sarasota Open Begins

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That young phenom Alexander Zverev, ITF number one junior and Australian Open winner, is on center court with Bjorn Fratengelo, who won French Open juniors three years ago but has struggled to make inroads in the ATP. The kid goes up 2-0 but Bjorn breaks back and then it’s a battle. By the end of the set, every point is a dogfight, there are no freebies or bad mistakes. Both are playing well. Zverev finally takes the set 7-5 when Bjorn nets a backhand. And Zverev wins the second set, barely, 7-5.

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Apr/14

10

Sarasota Open Challenger Starts Saturday

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One of the coolest tennis events is the Sarasota Challenger which will be contested for the eighth time at the Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens on Longboat Key, Florida from Saturday April l2th to the 20th.

This year’s $l00,000 main draw field once again is strong: Defending champ Alex Kuznetsov is back to defend his title.

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Apr/14

9

The Demise of a Future Projected Star

Apr/14

8

Jovana Jaksic makes waves in Monterrey

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Did anyone see this new young beautiful Serbian Jovana Jaksic’s match with Kimiko Date Krumm in the semi of the WTA Abierto Monterrey event?

For almost the entire match Jaksic was utilizing double-grunt noises, first a light normal grunt then after contact she added a higher pitched semi shriek which almost sounded like a combined hiccup/achoo sneeze.

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Sad news came down from the ATP web site yesterday (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/04/15/Golmard-ALS-Diagnosis.aspx) that Jerome Golmard, the thrashing French lefty, has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, a very painful and muscle-destroying disease that killed ATP president, Brad Drewett, recently.

Golmard beat on the ATP Tour former World No. 1s Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcelo Ríos and Carlos Moyá.

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Apr/14

7

RIP Mickey Rooney, Actor, Avid Tennis Player

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Years ago I remember being told by my friend the artist LeRoy Neiman that Mickey Rooney was a fine, fine tennis player. So good that the dimunitive movie star was considered the best tennis player in Hollywood during his heyday.

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Apr/14

5

Analyzing Fedrinka’s Futility

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The former Olympic gold medalist doubles team of Athens, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, have lost a crucial doubles match today vs. Kazakhstan in four sets. Andrey Golubev and Aleksander Nedovyesov uplifted heavy underdog Kazakhstan to a two to one lead heading into reverse singles tomorrow in Geneva.

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