Sep/16

27

Strange But True Tennis Tales: Episode 2

Here’s another strange but true tennis story involving an ATP world no 1 who once pulled a gun at a tourney!!

Tennis_&_Cars[1] “I saw (star player) play at least 20 times. I ran the court crews in Indian Wells for fifteen years and since Stadium was mine, I got to watch a lot of the greats in action. But he was always a favorite. What a game he had. He could flip a switch and change the course of a match like no other. I could tell you some crazy off court stories about him too. For instance, I was once watching a Mike Tyson fight in the Hall of Champions at the old Hyatt resort during Indian Wells, when in walked (star player) with five hookers wearing minis skirts and stilettos.

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Sep/16

27

Players that cheer and don’t cheer for other players

Hingisfist-pumpCamerraWorkGA few years ago I had an idea for a unique feature: To ask ATP and WTA players if they overslept and were defaulted out of the US Open, would they cheer for any other players to win? The responses were quite interesting…

Janko Tipsarevic: “Novak. Novak for sure. (Why?) First of all, he’s a dear friend and second of all, I really want to see someone getting involved in the Federer-Nadal rivalry and the race who is to be no. 1 and no. 2.”

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Sep/16

27

Zverev is for real

If there was any questions about the Russian teenager Alexander Zverev there are no more. The lanky but fluid nineteen year old won the St. Petersburg ATP singles title against US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 62 36 75. It’s the first title for Zverev who was stymied earlier this year in finals against Thiem on […]

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Sep/16

26

Strange Tennis Tales: Episode 1

1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nHere’s a new feature for our dear readers, it’s an inside story about a famous star player (of the present or past) who I will not reveal. This anecdote – episode one – involves a hot headed future superstar player who had a burning desire to be great and a perfectionist aspect as a junior that eventually evolved from beastly behavior into a positive, by giving the world years of beautiful, elegant tennis to appreciate and enjoy…

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Sep/16

23

Double standard: Sharapova Banned But Lepchenko Free

asheSharapova and Lepchenko both were caught using the banned performance enhancing drug meldonium but only Sharapova received a ban while Lepchenko did not – Is there a double standard for Russian athletes and for Americans?

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Sep/16

20

Biofile: Malek Jaziri Interview

Status:  ATP  No. 55
Ht: 6-1  Wt: 177
DOB: January 29, 1984  In: Bizerte, Tunisia
First Tennis Memory:  “First racquet I have. A gift when I was two years. It was a black racquet.”
Tennis Inspirations:  “I like Pete Sampras. And my brother (Emile) was playing, so I like when I was young. So he was an inspiration.”

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Tim Ryan

By Scoop Malinowski

I recently had a conversation with retired sports announcer Tim Ryan about the comparisons of boxing and tennis. Ryan would know: He was the announcer for countless network boxing matches on CBS in the 1970s and 80s as well as several major closed-circuit fights like Ali vs Frazier, Leonard vs. Hearns, Leonard vs Hagler to name a few. Ryan also called nineteen US Opens for CBS.

Ryan said that he used to have discussions with his colleague John McEnroe about the similarities of boxing and tennis and at first McEnroe resisted the notion though he eventually agreed.

“I’ve heard him sometimes make that (boxing/tennis) reference in big matches on TV,” says Ryan. “The player takes command of the court like the boxer in the ring. All the greats do that. When Roger Federer enters the court – in his gentlemanly demeanor – he gives you a sense that it’s his court.

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Sep/16

13

WADA Doping Hack Story is Blowing Up

Serena[1]Read this: https://www.rt.com/sport/359215-wada-substances-williams-biles/

Well this is BIG. Really BIG. Russian computer hackers penetrated the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and publicly revealed private medical information about three of the United States’ most famous athletes.

The hackers published documents this week showing that Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Simone Biles received medical exemptions to use banned drugs. The simmering suspicions that the Williams sisters have used illegal PEDs to gain and maintain there edge on their competition have just gained a lot of momentum with this breaking story.
What catches my attention is the “therapeutic use exemption” which is similar to the A and B sample loophole exemption which has been used to protect certain star boxers

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Sep/16

13

Did Federer sell his tennis soul to fashion?

federerThis is a very interesting opinion a reader sent regarding the Federer fall and the rise of Wawrinka:

“Wawrinka’s style is the Federer style of tennis with a heavy ball coming to you. Federer lost the edge when he became a fashion star and was more interested in style and costume as if he is going to a modeling ramp in the tennis court.

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Sep/16

11

Wawrinka is blasting Djokovic again

unnamedDjokovic is three games away from second place again to Stan Wawrinka after winning the first set -It’s clear that Wawrinka is stronger and fitter than Djokovic and his defense is actually better if not quite as aesthetic – I’m shocked at how many long physical points Wawrinka plays and he’s never tired after

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