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Apr/16

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Capriati Blasts Serena’s Agent on Twitter

capriatiJen Capriati is not afraid to pull any punches with her provocatively direct and blunt Tweeting style – Politics is not her only subject to speak her thoughts – Check out this posting to Serena’s agent this week – ——————————————— Hey @jsmoll I didn’t know how else to reach u since u havnt responded. I decided I had a right to send u this message no matter the forum, I had no choice. I heard from u when my father died, u reached out, u cried, u said anything I need, u said u loved my father and me. You had contacted me as I thought a friend which was very thoughtful and kind since we go way back. then you continued to contact me several other times making promises to help me and doing what u can on a personal and professional level. I take this to heart.

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310917_255560254494254_1440198522_nWhile doing research for “Facing McEnroe” (due by July) I found an old interview John did with New York City TV broadcaster Bill Boggs in the 90s. Boggs asked John if he ever got so upset on court that he wanted to assault his opponent…
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“Yeah, yes,” said McEnroe. “Quite a few times actually.

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tysonI just happened to read books by Mike Tyson and Tina Turner and was surprised to see John McEnroe get a mentioned in a few sentences. Here are the interesting excerpts (by the way both excerpts will be part of my next book “Facing McEnroe”)…
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Tina Turner (in her book ‘I, Tina’ by Kurt Loder): “Backstage after, I walked into the reception room and there they all were: Keith (Richards) and David (Bowie) and Ron Wood, all these people.

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Apr/16

26

John Patrick Smith discusses switch to Mizuno Tennis

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Australian veteran John Patrick Smith was All American in singles and doubles for all four years at Tennessee (2007-2011). The six-foot two inch 27 year old Aussie lefty is beginning to crack the upper echelon of the ATP as last September he reached his highest singles ranking of 108 and this year recorded a win over ATP #25 Ivo Karlovic in Delray Beach. Currently Smith is ranked 157 in singles and 225 in doubles (two QF results this year – Brisbane and Key Biscayne. I spoke with the affable Aussie recently about his switching over to wearing Mizuno shoes and attire…

Question: How did you become associated with Mizuno?

John Patrick Smith: Mizuno decided to get into tennis a little more. I was fortunate to get asked to try them out and actually did like the shoes a lot. And actually the clothes are pretty good as well.

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Apr/16

23

Shoe Review: New Mizuno Tennis Shoes are Perfection

Mizuno has re-entered the tennis world after a couple of decades absence and the new shoes are excellent in all categories. The blue Wave Exceed Tour is so snug that it feels like a you’re walking on a water balloon. It just feels perfectly snug and light. The key players who wear Mizuno’s shoes this year are Marcos Baghdatis and Roberto Bautista Agut who I spoke with in Miami about the shoes, the Spaniard says he likes the feel and the lightness of the new Mizuno’s and compares the Wave Exceed Tours favorably to the previous tennis shoes he used to wear (Asics).

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Apr/16

23

Laura Siegemund!!!

loveLook at this girl Laura Siegemund of Germany – She’s up a set and 2-0 on Radwanska and just hit a forehand looper deep and then on the next shot a forehand dropshot winner – She has ever shot in the book – This girl is going to be the savior of the WTA – she is the most creative player I’ve seen since Santoro or Rios

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Apr/16

18

Who is Andy accusing?

Andy_Murray_Finals[1]Andy Murray has fired the latest round of ‘PEDs are prevalent in tennis’ accusations: Andy told the Mail On Sunday: “I have played against players and thought, ‘They won’t go away’ or ‘They don’t seem to be getting tired’. Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things.”

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Apr/16

17

King of Clay Reborn Today?

Yes Rafael Nadal looked a lot like his former self this week as he claimed his ninth Monte Carlo Open title with a vintage week of sensational victories particularly against Dominic Thiem Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils today in the final. The fighting spirit is still there. The hunger and desire to win big titles is still clearly there.

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Apr/16

14

Should Djokovic Hire Borg?

borgNot to jump the gun and overreact over Novak Djokovic’s surprise loss to Jiri Vesely in Monte Carlo this week but the world no 1 has a big challenge ahead that perhaps may need special attention and a little extra new innovative brainstorming. Of course we are talking about Novak Djokovic’s twelfth attempt this year to win the French Open for the very first time.

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wmldbCycling Longboat Key after a sushi lunch in downtown Sarasota with my friend Nana I spotted Michelle Larcher De Brito training at the Longboat Key public clay courts. So I challenged her to a set the next day – if she can beat me I’ll fork over fifty bucks (we had played mini tennis two years ago on the same courts with her winning 11-9 and 11-8). She smiled and hesitated and then agreed. I looked up her ranking at the ITF site and she’s down to 227 because of missing half of last year with some kind of injury suffered in the third set of the third round of Wimbledon qualies.

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