Archive for February 2012

Feb/12

27

Is Djokovic Unbeatable?

That was the question posed before Djokovic’s first round encounter in Dubai against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who went down 88 minutes later, the hard way, 6-4, 6-2. Here’s an account of the match for those of you who didn’t catch it–meaning those of you with a daytime job. Stebe had won a total of two sets coming into the match against the world No. 1, one against Hewitt, the other against Nishikori in Australia, so this wasn’t much of a surprise.

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Feb/12

27

Delray Beach Participants


Another superb list of ATP players will compete at the 2012 International Tennis Championships at Delray Beach, Florida. Take a gander…

The top seed is John Isner, ATP #11
Andy Roddick
Philipp Petzschner
Marin Cilic
Jarkko Nieminen
Victor Trociki

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By Amanda H. LeMay

As I settled in to watch the men’s doubles final Sunday, I was thinking that it is really interesting to watch a seasoned doubles team on court. Top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor were going for back to back titles here in Memphis against the unseeded team of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. As they started their campaign I couldn’t help but notice that these veteran teams really do speak their own language.

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Feb/12

26

Biofile with Gardnar Mulloy


Status: International Tennis Hall of Famer. Wimbledon doubles champion.

DOB: November 22, 1913 In: Washington DC

First Tennis Memory: “When my father (Robin) and two uncles built a clay tennis court in our backyard and they made me take care of it. I was 10. I didn’t like tennis much at first because I had to work at it. He made me play every Sunday morning. When he invited his cronies over and one was tired or one didn’t show up, I played. When I got to be 11 I got to be better than them, so I didn’t want to play with them any more.”

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Feb/12

26

Raonic Rules Memphis?


By Amanda H. LeMay

Milos Raonic will attempt to win the Memphis ATP title on Sunday afternoon, the same title which barely escaped his grasp one year ago, when Andy Roddick outlasted the Canadien phenom in a marathon classic. Here’s a recap of Saturday’s semis and some interesting quotes by Raonic about his timetable for winning his first major and joining the ATP’s “Fantastic Four”…

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Feb/12

25

Biofile with Gilad Bloom

In Manchester, England in 1991, I played Brad Gilbert who was still ranked in the top 15 in the world. From 2-2 in the first set, I won 10 games in a row, broke Gilbert five times in a row and played perfect tennis for those 10 games. I hit many winners and spectacular shots, including diving winners, etc. Brad kept looking at me and shaking his head … he didn’t say hello to me for about a year after that match. Prior to that match, he beat me three times.

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Feb/12

25

Memphis Quarterfinals Recap


By Amanda H. LeMay

Stepanek vs Querrey:

With both players struggling of late, this match was a bit of a toss up. Brad Gilbert was in attendance again and was very animated cheering for his player. Lots of fist pumping and even a little “line judging” when Sam wasn’t sure. :)
Querrey struggled from the beginning to find his rhythm and Stepanek came up with the early break in the first. Sam was gifted the break back as Radek double faulted at 30-40 when serving for the set.

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By Amanda H. LeMay

At the Memphis tournament this year I had the great pleasure of getting to spend some time talking with Ernests Gulbis. He was incredibly gracious as well as super engaging and funny in the interview. I have always been his fan but after getting the chance to meet him in person I am even more convinced he is one of the nicest and most interesting guys on tour. Below is what he had to say.

Tennis-prose.com: Do you know how popular you are?

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Feb/12

24

Memphis Racquet Club: Being There


By Amanda H. LeMay

For anyone looking to attend a professional tennis tournament the Racquet Club in Memphis is actually a great facility for seeing not only good matches but also for seeing players around the site.

The player fitness facility is below a glassed in walk-through so that anyone passing by can look down to see which players are working out. It is a safe bet that you can see anyone with a upcoming match about 30-45 minutes before match time.

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Feb/12

23

Memphis Notes

By Amanda H. LeMay

Just a few notes about today’s men’s matches in Memphis. American Sam Querrey takes on big hitting Kevin Anderson in what should be a cracker of a match. It will be interesting to see what Brad Gilbert is bringing to Sam’s game since this is the first tournament they have spent together. At the same time on a side court Jurgen Melzer will play Ivan Dodig who knocked off the #8 seed Bernard Tomic.

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