Jun/19

16

Half a set has determined the GOAT

A Wimbledon ballboy once told Jeff Borowiak to get to net, sound advice which helped Borowiak turn a loss into a win at Wimbledon. Tennis intelligence of the highest form can come from any source. A friend at the local courts I play at made a smart point this week that not one expert tennis […]

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Jun/19

14

Biofile: Sofya Zhuk Interview

Status: WTA no. 185. Ht: 5-9 DOB: December 1, 1999 In: Moscow, Russia First Tennis Memory: “That I saw my brother playing and I just picked up his racquet and I started playing with him (age 5).” Tennis Inspirations: “My inspiration…it was Maria Sharapova. I’ve always been looking up to her, like what she was […]

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Jun/19

13

Tennis Channel Roland Garros Ratings Up

                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETENNIS CHANNEL VIEWERSHIP UP 47 PERCENT DURING FIRST WEEK OF FRENCH OPEN COVERAGEClose to Half a Million Tune in for Serena Williams’ First Match of the TournamentRivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Meet in Friday Semifinal on NetworkPARIS, June 6, 2019 -Tennis Channel averaged 260,000 viewers during live coverage the first week […]

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Jun/19

13

“Those top guys own the sport”

It’s been said pro tennis is a star driven sport and the big stars call the shots. When they want to play, they play, when they want a match stopped because they are losing, they create a reason to stop it. Some examples: Boris Becker was losing in the second week at Wimbledon to Tim […]

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Jun/19

13

Can We Show A Little Love for Dustin Brown?

The 34-year-old German-Jamaican just beat Alexander Zverev in Stuttgart, 6-3 in the third set. We’ve written about Brown before here at Tennis-Prose.com, but with some of our favorite players like Sam Groth retiring and Victor Estrella Burgos flagging, the Dominican at 38 is now ranked no. 382, Brown is still getting it down, winning a […]

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Last night during a phone conversation with a veteran professional coach and hitting partner, a bombshell was dropped randomly about the real reason WTA no. 1 Naomi Osaka discontinued her association with coach Sascha Bajin two weeks after winning the Australian Open earlier this year. This source has never failed me once and never shared […]

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Jun/19

11

The Only Way To Oust Fed, Rafa, Nole

Boris Becker made headlines this week for chastising every ATP player under age 28 for failing to remove Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal from the top of the sport. “No active player under 28, apart from Thiem, has been in a grand slam final. That is not good. Don’t give me that the […]

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Jun/19

10

My Biofile Interview With Don Budge

Yes, I actually got the opportunity to do a Biofile interview with Don Budge. It was in 1997 at the Opening Ceremony for Ashe Stadium at US Open. Before the event began, I randomly walked by the corridor to the court where many legendary tennis figures were standing, waiting. I spotted Budge standing next to […]

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Jun/19

7

Rafa and Nole Are Passing By Roger

Today Rafael Nadal dominated Roger Federer in the French Open semifinal 63 64 62. The loss for Federer proves again that both Djokovic and Nadal have passed him, particularly in majors. Federer is now an abysmal 9-19 vs Nadal and Djokovic in Grand Slams. That’s a devastating statistic. If you do the math and combine, […]

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Jun/19

5

The Best of Five Kings

If you were aware of which three historical players have the best records in best of five matches, you know more than me and presumably Dan. The all time five set king is Bjorn Borg at 27-6 for an .818 percentage. Just about tied is Johan Kriek at 18-4 (also .818). Kei Nishikori’s five set […]

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