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This may be the greatest French Open of them all

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Think about it…three Super Champions, each with a very strong belief that they can win the French Open right now.

Novak Djokovic is playing arguably the best tennis we have ever seen, taking the ATP tour to a new height, above and beyond two of the greatest champions in tennis history, Federer and Nadal. He is seeking to win this ever so elusive championship, which would be his first French Open title and would complete a historic career Grand Slam.

Rafa Nadal, is gunning for his record tenth title in Paris, a place where incredibly he has only lost one match his entire career.

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May/15

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Sock, Izzie, SteveJo & Two Days of Rain

After Jack Sock’s stirring straight sets win over the No. 10 seed Grigor Dimitrov today, American men’s tennis has become like a version of the old Boston Braves’s pitching staff motto back in the 1950’s, “Spahn, Sain & Two Days of Rain.” Sock, Izzie and SteveJo all came through with impressive wins in the French […]

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I expect a different Rafael Nadal in Paris. For the first time it looked like he was saving himself during the clay season, perhaps subconsciously tanking.

Rafa knows he’s not Superman anymore, he can’t be a beast for every single ball in every tournament, he has to be selective, pick his spots, to preserve himself for as long as possible, to extend his career as far as he can. I think this mental element has affected his clay season performances but in Paris we will see, Rafa going all out again, as if he’s playing his final tournament with his life on the line.

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May/15

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The French Open Is Upon Us

By  Todd Robinson www.speedburneronsports.com       2015 French Open Men’s Preview  Favorites, Floaters, and Teens May 19, 2015        There’s plenty of intrigue at this year’s French, despite the relative non-intrigue when world #1 Novak Djokovic takes the court – now 35-2 on the year, coincidentally the same amount of matches as […]

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IMG_1655Let’s say you’re # 200 in the world, male or female, and you want to get over the top. You want to be a Top 50 player and maybe have potential to be a Top 10 player. Then Vince Spadea wants to coach you. All you have to do is fly out to Los Angeles and start learning from the master.

Yes, I said, “master.” Who would you rather be coached by, Andre Agassi or Vince Spadea? It’s likely Agassi would be too good or too impatient to help out a young player in need of guidance. They say Ted Williams, when he was a manager, would get upset at his players for not being able to do things he told them to do. The best managers are usually the Walter Alston-Tommy Lasorda types, who were career minor league players.

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May/15

14

Facing Nadal is Finished

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For Immediate Release

Teaneck, NJ —– Tennis journalist Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski has published his fourth tennis book, Facing Nadal: Symposium of a Champion ($9.99, 220-pages, available at Amazon.com).

Over 50 ATP players – including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Pat Cash, Stefan Kozlov, Francis Tiafoe, Radek Stepanek, Ivan Ljubicic, James Blake, Marat Safin, etc. – describe in detail the actual experience of playing tennis against Rafael Nadal. Also, this book includes Nadal interviews, media, celebrity, fan, insider perspectives.

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May/15

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Does Ryan Harrison want trash talking in tennis?

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Ryan Harrison made an interesting tweet last week…

“Would you be for or against tennis having open trash talk the way the NBA and so many other sports do it?”

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May/15

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Biofile: Francis Tiafoe Interview

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DOB: January 20, 1998 In: Hyattsville, MD

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175

First Tennis Memory: “Being a little kid, playing, hitting on the wall at College Park, where I grew up.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Guys that were playing at the club like Denis Kudla who was great in their years when they were young, Junior Ore, Mitchell Frank. They were big role models for me and I still look up to them.”

Last Book Read: “Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck).”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Juan Martin Del Potro at the Legg Mason, it used to be called (now Citi Open). I got his autograph and I snuck into the lounge and I was talking to him a little bit. And I was young. I just said Hi and he said Hi back. That was enough for me at that time [smiles]. I was ten.”

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My dear friend and associate Dan does not like Big John Isner’s chances to win a major. He is far from the only cynic who has his doubts about Isner’s capacity to go all the way at a major.

But let Dan be reminded that some unimaginable, astonishing things can and do happen in tennis…

Here are a few I can think of, feel free to add to the list…

Djokovic beating Rafa in eight straight finals.

Isner vs. Mahut at Wimbledon.

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It’s taken nearly 40 years (1977 to 2014), but we finally have a successor to John McEnroe’s genius and artistry on the pro tennis court in Nick Kyrgios. McEnroe and Kyrgios might be 36 years different in age, they might hail from different countries and have wildly different ethnic backgrounds, but Kyrgios in play, substance, […]

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