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Oct/16

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Biofile: Gael Monfils Interview

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Status: Current ATP rank is #7. Winner of six ATP singles titles.

DOB: September 1, 1986 In: Paris, France

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 180

Tennis Inspiration: “Arthur Ashe.”

Childhood Heroes: “My hero was maybe Michael Jordan.”

Nickname: “Lamonf. Sliderman”

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Oct/16

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Biofile: Svetlana Kuznetsova Interview

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Oct/16

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Biofile: Elias Ymer Interview

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Status: ATP #158. Just won his first ATP title in doubles at Stockholm with brother Mikael.

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 173

DOB: April 10, 1996 In: Skara, Sweden

First Tennis Memory:  “Was my father, he loved tennis. He was watching Michael Chang and Boris Becker and those guys. So he was really into tennis and it got me into tennis.”

Tennis Inspirations:  “Actually, growing up I really admired the Swedish players like Stefan Edberg, Magnus Norman. They’re really professional and I think they were really great for Swedish tennis.”

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I received a copy of WORLD CLASS from a friend. It’s “A Novel About The People And The World Of Professional Tennis” by Jane and Burt Boyar, published in the 1970’s by Random House and again in 2012 by Marbella House.

The Boyars spent a couple of years on the professional tennis tour learning about the top players and their very long, unique journeys to become champions. They learned the stories of top players who were discovered early and then developed to be world class champion players. Each story is different but true, based on reality.

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Oct/16

20

You never know who you will meet on the tennis court

by Scoop Malinowski

Spending countless hours on the court since the early 90’s I have had the fortune of encountering some famous people and players on the tennis court.

The first brush with greatness happened a few days before the US Open in the early 2000s when a stunning female player was lighting up the FDU Teaneck court next to my friend and I. I wondered out loud if she was getting ready for qualies at the US Open. Well, her coach told me she was in the main draw. It was Catalina Castano of Colombia who was ranked just inside the top 100 in the WTA. Catalina was staying in nearby Hackensack, which has a considerable amount of Colombians living there.

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Oct/16

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Biofile: Thomas Muster Interview

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Status:  Winner of 44 ATP singles titles including 1995 French Open. Became ATP World No. 1 player on February 12, 1996.
Ht:  5-11   Wt: 165
DOB: October 2, 1967  In: Leibnitz, Austria
Nicknames:  “Chester. For Chester Thompson, the drummer from Genesis. When I was playing drums I was always talking about him. He’s someone I admire. So they called me Chester. Beavis. We always see that on TV in the US. Andrea Gaudenzi calls me that. And I don’t know if it’s a good sign or not [smiles].”
Childhood Ambition:  “First thing I wanted to become when I was younger was a carpenter. Enjoyed to work with wood, making things. I did that a lot as a kid.  Then when I went to school and started to play tennis I went into a different direction. I still like to take something and make it into something different. Like paint on linen. Try to express myself with colors. Not to sell, just personal.”
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Oct/16

15

Is Tennis Turning Into Cycling?

IMG_1918I’m watching the Bautista Agut-Djokovic match this morning from Shanghai (the Chinese really seem to have a child-like wonder when watching high-level tennis; it’s nice to see) and both Agut and Djoko remind me of Lance Armstrong. I mean they both look like Armstrong, particularly Agut. I mean Agut is listed as 6 feet tall (he doesn’t look that tall to me at least on tv) and Armstrong, our favorite little doper from Plano, Tx (don’t you love the sound of that, Plano, Tx–has anyone ever been there?) was listed at 5-10, but more importantly, Agut and Djoko and Armstrong all have the same body type, that ultra slim (Agut is listed at 168 pds, Lance at 165 and Djoko at 6-2, 162).

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Oct/16

12

Kyrgios Creates Chaos in Shanghai

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Australian star Nick Kyrgios is at it again – the natural born controversy starter unleashed yet another strange eruption in Shanghai.

Days after winning his third ATP singles title of the season in Tokyo, Kyrgios dogged it today in losing 6-3 6-1 to 110th-ranked qualifier Mischa Zverev in a weird encounter that lasted just 48 minutes.

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Oct/16

12

Biofile: Mikhail Kukushkin Interview

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Status:  ATP no. 89. Has career wins over Wawrinka, Monfils, Dimitrov, Haas, Seppi, Youzhny, Anderson.

Ht:  6-0 Wt: 159

DOB:  Volograd, Russia   In: December 26, 1987

First Tennis Memory:  “The memory with my father introducing me to tennis. Bringing me on the court. It was very close to our house. He was my first coach, my first lesson. So this is my first memory about tennis.”

Tennis Inspirations:  “Tennis by itself. I like tennis. I love to complete. I love to fight on the court. I love the game by itself. I love the competition. The speed of the tennis, competing by itself is really nice and a beautiful sport. So all of this is inspiring me.”

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Oct/16

10

Stosur and Friends Stunned By Sharapova Ruling

Samantha Stosur expressed considerable surprise that rival Maria Sharapova was able to get away with her “excuse” that she did not realize the substance “meldonium” was prohibited before testing positive for the drug at the Australian Open this year.

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