Archive for November 2012
To be a great WTA and ATP player the following is a “must have” …
1. Fitness. Well, Serena showed that with power and quick finishing shots, she can win even a Major without being in top physical shape. On the ATP, forget it! If you are not fit physically, you are done, gone.
2. A weapon or if at all possible, numerous weapons. The biggest weapon of all should be your “head.”Continue to read full article...
We all know Spadea came back in 2002-3 from No. 242 to No. 19 at age 29. It is one of the greatest comebacks the sport of tennis has ever seen. The guy went from not being seeded at Challengers to being seeded at Grand Slams. Now, ten years late, at 38, Spadea is making another comeback, but this time, he’s been retired for three years.Continue to read full article...
Status: Recently retired former ATP #1, 200 Davis Cup winning team member and 2003 Roland Garros Champion. Winner of 16 career ATP singles titles including three Masters Series.
Childhood Heroes: “Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi. I think Pete Sampras was the best. I like the matches with Andre Agassi. (Have they been friendly to you?) No, not so much [laughs].”
Early Tennis Memory: “Maybe when I played with my father in the fog with a wood racquet.”Continue to read full article...
If Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam tally has steadied,
his trademark ambition has not. Having surrendered
the world No. 1 ranking, the Serbian’s top priority is
Novak Djokovic fell to his back
and let out a primal roar to the
heavens. He’d finally pummeled
an inside-out forehand winner to close
out Rafael Nadal after five hours and
53-minutes of ferocious battle in the final of
Australian Open 2012.
“Actually here at the U.S. Open, I was playing Matt Mitchell, who was an NCAA champion for Stanford, was on the Tour. It was my first U.S. Open, it must’ve been 1984. If I remember correctly, I was down two sets to love and came back and won. I was down in other scenarios. I would say the biggest one – the French Open run my brother and I had in ’93 – we won matches, first and second round, 12-10 in the third.Continue to read full article...
Name Vince’s doubles’ partner in this photo? Look at this stat, Spadea is tied for tenth place all time, with Stefan Edberg, Lleyton Hewitt and the king, Roger Federer, for most Grand Slam Appearances with 54. http://www.tennis28.com/slams/appearances_openera.html Think of that, Spadea appeared in 54 Grand Slam main draws! That’s the equivalent of appearing in 13 [...]Continue to read full article...
In September I went to the Paramus Sports Authority on route 17 to get some balls and overgrips not to get sneakers. At the clearance section there were a ton of shoes including the New Balance 1187s.
Several players over the years have said New Balance is their favorite shoes and they wore them year in and year out. I never tried them for tennis for a few reasons…Continue to read full article...
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“The reason why Federer is still successful at the age of 31 is because he has got a good technique. He can play from the baseline and when he has to, he can also come to the net more often than other players,”
Date of birth: August 3, 1960 in Springfield, MA
First tennis memory: Is hitting a ball against the garage in my backyard. About five years old. With an old Jack Kramer racquet.
Why do you love playing tennis: I love it more now because there’s not so much pressure. Just the feeling of moving and hitting a ball well. Just puts a feeling of challenge and freedom. I think that second when you hit a ball perfectly, feels like it’s going…it’s a sense of control to me that’s probably the thing that keeps me coming back.Continue to read full article...
Wow, it’s all come down to one match for the Davis Cup, Radek Stepanek vs. Nicolas Almagro. Berdych just lost to Ferrer in three sets to force the final match. Wish I could see this match but Cablevision eliminated The Tennis Channel. How dare you Mr. Dolan.
This is as good as it gets, have a feeing something special is going to happen in this live fifth match. Stepanek is 2-1 lifetimes vs. Almagro butContinue to read full article...