Dec/16

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Ryan Harrison Analyzes His Comeback Surge in 2016

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By Scoop Malinowski

Ryan Harrison reached his career high ranking of ATP No. 43 back in 2012 at the age of 20 but then lost his way over the last couple of years, mysteriously dropping outside the top 100. After a difficult start in 2016 which featured several disappointing first half of the year losses, Harrison suddenly rejuvenated his career with a surge of fine play in Washington DC. After posting several impressive wins Harrison initiated his best hot streak in years and was able to break back into the top 100. The 24-year-old now will have a direct entry into the Australian Open main draw. Last week at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, the soon-to-be married Harrison (late March 2017/Lauren Mchale) analyzed how he was able to turn his season and career around in 2016 and also touched on what he’s working on now to continue his ascent up the ATP World Tour rankings…

Scoop Malinowski: You got your career back on track in 2016, you had an excellent second half of 2016. What was the turning point for you?

Ryan Harrison: Starting the hard court season for me was always going to be something that I was looking forward to, just being an American and playing the US Open Series, I was able to kick it off right away in DC qualifying and make the third round.

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Dec/16

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Sigouin vs Kecmanovic Eddie Herr Final

Dec/16

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Watching Stepanek Practice Today at IMG

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Though it was a Sunday, Radek Stepanek trained today at IMG Academy.

The 38 year old who turned pro in 1995 walked onthe the court at 11 am. He did an extensive warmup with a lot of agility and flexibility exercises.

One man observing the court commented, “Hey Radek how do you stay in such great shape?” Stepanek responded with a smile, “Young girlfriends.”

Eventually Stepanek started to hit with Christian Harrison. They did normal baseline hitting and then volleys and overheads. Then they took a break and Pat Harrison (father of Christian and Ryan), who was also on the court (and seems to be the main pro coach now at IMG) asked Stepanek what he wanted to do next. The former ATP no. 8 ranked player (in 2006) replied that he wanted to be fed balls and hit inside out forehands at an orange cone target.

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riosmagI spoke with Nick Bollettieri at the Eddie Herr tourney this week and he revealed the not very good news that his ex player Marcelo Rios “is not doing well physically.” There is an unknown issue with the health of Rios which Nick spoke about in a worryingly ominous tone of voice.

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Dec/16

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Alberto Lim upsets Kirkov at Eddie Herr today

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Alberto Lim upset the highly touted American Kirkov today at the Eddie Herr Tournament in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals of the boys 18s. Lim looks like a Filipino Mike Tyson on the court, with a huge forehand and Nadal like intensity and spirit. Collette Lewis said it was probably Lim’s best win since beating Ulysses Blanche at the French Open juniors. Lim is very powerful and hits a very heavy ball. The Filipino was dictating the action and unleashed many many winners on poor Kirkov, who hit with Djokovic at Wimbledon this year. Kirkov showed himself to be a fine player today and exhibited excellent tennis but unfortunately he ran into a red hot buzzsaw on this day.

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Nov/16

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Got a lotta scoops at Eddie Herr today

herrI just got to Florida and saw some action at Eddie Herr, and obtained a load of scoops.

First of all Paul Goldstein, Ashley Fisher, and Bobby Reynolds were all kind enough to talk about their Facing Andy Murray memories – Paul is the head coach at Stanford (fourth place last year in Pac 10- “we have some work to do”) and Bobby is in his first year as head coach at Auburn, while Ashley is in his first year at Central Florida with Jimmy Arias as his assistant.

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Nov/16

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Tennis World Turns On Axis of Its Countries

10489925_10152561651012590_4271281047690779323_nAmazing to witness, but Argentina, the new Davis Cup champion, now has more players in the top 100 (9) than does the United States (8). The Argies don’t have a player ranked higher than no. 38 Del Potro, but then again, Del Potro is certainly a better player than many of the players in the top ten, Monfils and Cilic stand out here. The Americans do have eight players in the top 100, but none who have a legitimate shot as Del Po certainly does, of making a slam semis.

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Nov/16

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Biofile: Marat Safin Q&A

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By Scoop Malinowski

BORN: Jan. 27, 1980, in Moscow, Russia.
STATUS: The 2000 U.S. Open champ and world No. 1 ranked player.
CHILDHOOD HEROES: “Sampras, Kafelnikov and Medvedev…good players and nice people. It’s important to be a nice person…not to be a great player who thinks he’s like unbelievably great. I like a nice person.”

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Nov/16

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Biofile: Ivo Karlovic Q&A

ivoHt: 6-10 Wt: 230 pounds.

DOB: February 28, 1979 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Hobbies/Interests: “You know, it is difficult to have like a real hobby because like every week we are on the road and professional tennis takes a lot of time. But I like basketball, movies and music. (How about boxing?) Oh yeah, actually, because when I was younger, when I was 16, I was a little bit practicing it. So yeah, I also like it. (How did you do?) It was only amateur, I was never actually in the ring but I liked it. And because of my long arms, the trainer who had this local club was really, really interested in me changing sports [smiles], to change from tennis to boxing. But it didn’t happen.”

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Nov/16

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Delray Beach 2017 News

aus08-vince-spadeaPLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR DELRAY BEACH ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
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DELRAY BEACH, FL: Mardy Fish, James Blake and Vince Spadea all played for the United States in the same Davis Cup era, but the trio never played on the same team.

That will change during the 2017 Delray Beach Open’s eighth annual ATP Champions Tour event when the three former top Americans will form Team USA to compete against an International team made up of former Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez (CHI), four-time Grand Slam semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) and former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors (SWE).

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