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Jack Sock was up a set and 3-1 against lucky loser Ricardas Berankis and only won two more games the rest of the match, completely collapsing in a 1-6 third set. Sock was in firm control with his superior firepower from the baseline but Berankis hurt the 20 year old American with wide, angled shots near the sidelines, which seemed to take advantage of the far physically larger player’s movement.

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Blake and Sock went out to hit in the morning. Sock was wearing a backwards blue visor.

Dolgopolov was playing a high intense practice set with his compatriot Molchenkov, both were really going at it on court four. It was a bonus for the morning crowd while Levinsky and Lu played doubles on the stadium first match against Cerretani and Vasselin. Dolgo was playing harder with more sound effects and emotional outbursts than when he competes in live ATP matches, which was interesting. He showed frustrations and also a hop step and a light giggle when he converted a beautiful serve and volley to win a game,

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Daniel, I’m not going to lie, there’s a de la in there, too, but I don’t know the guys name even though he beat DYoung in the qualis here, but he also dogged Ryan Harrison today. Daniel, a stocky short Spaniard, took the game to Harry, but after the somber Harry lost the first set 6-2, he played much more solid tennis in taking the second set and going up a break at 3-2 in the third. At 40-30, Daniel hit an inside out fh that the linesman called out right away.

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Feb/13

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Delray Photos Monday


Are you aware of this? Tennis-Prose.com’s favorite player, the dred-locked, slash-and-burn playing style of the lanky Jamaican-German, who always asks the ball kids for the ball he just served an ace with, is playing Ryan Sweeting today in the Delray qualis. Also, DYoung is playing Alex Bogey in today’s qualis. But what I would give to be in Delray today, sitting courtside to watch Brown and Sweeting do battle.

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Feb/13

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Marinko Matosevic Biofile


Status: ATP top 50 player is in the SF of Memphis after defeating #7 seed Dolgopolov in three sets today. Member of Australia’s Davis Cup team.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190

DOB: August 8, 1985 In: Jajce, Yugoslavia

First Tennis Memory: “Was watching Goran Ivanisevic play when I was living in Croatia. Watching him on TV.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Goran Ivanisevic. And then later on Marcelo Rios and Marat Safin. And then when I was living in Australia, where my family moved, Lleyton Hewitt, obviously.”

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It’s quite possible that Rafael Nadal will not play in the United States until August in Cincinnati. Federer has already pulled out of Miami and Nadal is still not certain that he will play either Indian Wells or Miami. If you look at the quality of the international players coming over to play the American events, from San Jose to Washington D.C., it is clearly the second-tier of players.

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Feb/13

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Classic Memphis Memory From Johan Kriek


I drove from Florida to Memphis to play in the 1982 U.S. National Indoor Championships in my red Porsche 911 – I love cars, especially Porsches and love to drive everywhere. I drove every summer since 1979 to all my summer events in Canada and the U.S. There’s no better way to see the country etc. From my house in Naples, at that time, to the Hyatt hotel was exactly 1000 miles! What are the chances of that happening!

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[caption id="attachment_7313" align="alignright" width="218"] Grigor Dimitrov watching the action last year in Memphis.[/caption]

Tournament Preview by Amanda H. LeMay

This year’s Memphis event, The U.S. National Indoor Championship, will be the last one to hold the ATP 500 distinction. When it was sold to Brazil last spring many locals feared that Memphis would lose its tennis connection all together but the owner of the tournament, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, decided to relocate its San Jose 250 event to the Bluff City. Who knows what this will mean for the future of the tournament, but this year it continues to boast a pretty good field.

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Feb/13

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One Day–And A Generation Turns


One day, two matches and a generation turned yesterday in Rotterdam. Yes, it’s only a day in February on an indoor court, but yesterday in two matches, the tennis world took a seismic turn. Where were you, hitting groundies in Florida, watching your kid take a group lesson where they tried to change his backhand grip and service grip in 90 minutes when he’s only 6, or checking out the Tennis Channel?

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