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Wow, quite a shocker with Sock going down in 4 sets to Groth. We know from last year’s Newport that Groth is a heckava grass court player and Sock isn’t good, but this is Wimbledon, especially in the first round where the footing is better, you’d think Sock would have routined Groth. The big Aussie, who weighs 218 pounds, had won a total of two matches in 2015 since leaving Australia and before hitting the grass. Sock just can’t play on grass right now.

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Jun/15

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Citi Open Player Field

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Once again, the Citi Open ATP WTA mixed event has produced a very impressive player field.

The tournament, which runs during the first week in August (1-9) at the William FitzGerald Tennis Center on the edge of Rock Creek Park in north Washington DC and not far from Bethesda, MD, will feature the following players this year…

1 Andy Murray GBR
2 Kei Nishikori JPN
3 Marin Cilic CRO
4 Grigor Dimitrov BUR
5 Kevin Anderson RSA
6 Feliciano Lopez ESP
7 John Isner USA
8 Richard Gasquet FRA
9 Leonardo Mayer ARG
10 Pablo Cuevas URU
11 Viktor Troicki SRB
12 Ivo Karlovic CRO
13 Bernard Tomic AUS
14 Jack Sock USA

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Jun/15

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Hewitt Heroic in Final Wimbledon Match

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We couldn’t have expected anything less. Lleyton Hewitt delivered another dramatic marathon five setter at his seventeenth and final Wimbledon, somehow surviving a bagel in the fourth set to rally back in the fifth, actually breaking Jarkko Nieminen three times but squandering each advantage with shaky service games, then somehow later managing to survive three match points. The battle raged on at the packed and energized court two for another half hour with some fantastic tennis.

As the fifth set wore on, Hewitt steeled himself for one last push on these hallowed grass courts of Wimbledon and he summoned every ounce of his fighting spirit, fueled also by the energy of about 30 yellow and green clad Fanatics, who Cliff Drysdale said sound like over a hundred.

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MY WIMBLEDON CHOICES
By Rosie Casals

Every year Wimbledon is full of surprises and upsets. You get to see new and old playera with some new talent emerging. I guess that’s true of most Grand Slams but for me Wimbledon has always been special!!

I think that the extra week will favor the older players, especially my favorite player and #1 pick Roger Federer. Yes he’s my pick to win it all. He’s the most improved player this year. Serve is going well, his backhand blazing and forehand has some great devastating moments. His serve and volley tactic I’m sure encouraged by coach Edberg has been very good and he will need that as well as first serves to win. A good draw and schedule will also help.

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Jun/15

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Biofile: Sam Querrey Interview

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Status: ATP no. 44. Winner of seven career singles titles and three doubles. Career high singles ranking was no. 17.

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 200

DOB: Oct. 7, 1987 In: San Francisco, CA

Greatest Career Moment: “I don’t know if there’s been one greatest moment. There’s been a few. Winning my first title in Vegas. Also winning Queens before Wimbledon. The prestigious event. And I think the third one would be I guess playing at the US Open against Nadal in the fourth round. Davis Cup has been a highlight. There’s not one for me, there’s really been a few.”

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Biofile: Borna Coric Interview

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Status: ATP No. 39.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 160

DOB: Nov. 14, 1996 In: Zagreb, Croatia

First Tennis Memory: “Watching my dad play. So I actually started because I was watching him playing.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Rafa Nadal, would say.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think it was Goran Ivanisevic. Actually, I also hope so because he’s an unbelievable guy. I hoped I actually met him first. (Where?) In Croatia. We went to practice. I was like maybe ten or eleven. So he heard about me. And then he asked if we want to practice because he wanted to see how I’m playing.”

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LLeyton Hewitt may be 34 and just months away from retiring from the ATP next January in Melbourne. But for his final summer grass court season on the pro circuit, Hewitt is in London, not to play around and say farewell, he’s there for business. And make no mistake, Hewitt MEANS BUSINESS…

Jaymon Crabb, Hewitt’s coach, wrote these interesting comments about the 2002 Wimbledon champion’s approach to his final appearance at the AELTC…

“I don’t know who the next Aussie Wimbledon Champion will be but I hope Lleyton can get hot this year and make a run and I personally know he has put in the work. He has done the extra work, in the gym, on the track and on the court. If there were extra inches to gain he has gained them.

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Jun/15

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Biofile: Michelle Larcher De Brito Interview

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Status: WTA #146. Defeated defending champion Ana Ivanovic 76 in the third today at the Aegon Championships.

Tennis Inspiration: Definitely Martina Hingis and Monica Seles are my two favorites that I watched growing up.

First Tennis Memory: When my brothers won a tournament. Both my brothers (Sergio and Sebastian) got to the finals of a tournament and they each got a medal. And I kinda started crying because, my mom said, I also wanted one [laughs]. And so my mom said I have to start practicing to get better at tennis to play tournaments so I can get my own medals.

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Djokovic’s Sportsmanship Lauded By Steve Flink

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The adoring embrace by the heartbroken Novak Djokovic to his conqueror Stan Wawrinka at the end of the sensation Roland Garros final has had worldwide impact — but perhaps no one was more impressed by the classy gesture of sportsmanship than veteran author and journalist Steve Flink.

Wrote Flink in his column at www.tennischannel.com…

“I have been covering tennis for more than forty years, and have been around the sport for half a century watching the world’s best players in their workplace. I have seen some exemplary sportsmanship from the likes of Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal. Among the women, no one was more gracious in defeat than Chrissie Evert…

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I remember the frustrating fade of Michael Chang at the end of his career in 2003. And now this year Lleyton Hewitt is also suffering a similar punctuation mark at the end of his also illustrious career.

Flashback to the start of 2003, Chang was age 31, ranked 119 in the world and making one last push to extend his career. Chang began the year in San Jose, losing first round to ATP No. 2 Andre Agassi, 46 26. He muddled his way to a 1-3 record in his next four matches at various events via wildcards, then decided to drop down to the Forest Hills Challenger, where he beat #237 Jose De Armas but then lost to #419 Tripp Philipps 64 46 36.

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