I had the pleasure of doing a Biofile with the highly-touted 32-l (28 KOs) boxer James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland last week at a press conference in New York City. Asked about his favorite sport outside boxing, the Austin, Texas native with dynamite in both fists, answered, “People don’t know I like tennis. I like one on one combat sports.”Continue to read full article...
It’s been how long since the last significant match of the season? Three weeks since the Nadal/Djokovic finals at the ATP Finals if you don’t count the anti-climatic Davis Cup this year. And my question, no my lament is…why does tennis have such a long off-season?!! Do you realize that there won’t be another tournament played until Dec. 29-Dec. 30 when the Brisbane, Doha and Chennai events all begin. I’m glad these tournaments have been moved up before the New Year because I don’t know if I’d make it if I had to wait for them to start on, say, Jan. 2. That would be 2014!Continue to read full article...
By Christian Koskorelos
When did you start tennis? In 2006 or 2007 I was jogging in the park and three
guys asked if I would play doubles. I always enjoyed watching tennis on
television but barely had played. I jumped in and from the start just
concentrated on not making errors. It proved to be quite effective and to this
day at a certain level, I believe it beats over 90% of the competition because
people just cant resist going for an ill advised winner. Of course when your
playing 4.5 and up you have to adjust accordingly with appropriate aggression.
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Andrei Medvedev was two sets up on Andre Agassi and at 4-All, had 30-40 with a second serve to break Agassi (who had just double faulted twice in a row) to serve for the French Open. Medvedev was just five points away from capturing his first (and only) major title. Of course as we all know, Agassi hung on and battled back to win in five sets.
It’s debatable but I believe Roger Federer is the ultimate aesthetic tennis player, the way he moves and flows and strikes the ball, the way he unleashes the one handed backhand, the perfection of the forehand and serve, the way carries himself on the court — no player in history ever played the game as artistically as Roger Federer, in my opinion.Continue to read full article...
I asked three-time Newport champion Vijay Amritraj, renowned for his serve and volley style of play in the 70s and 80s, if he thinks his preferred way of playing tennis will ever make a come back to the ATP tour?
“No…Continue to read full article...
Status: ATP 1168. Is competing at the Delray Beach pre-qualifying event this week. The ATP Delray Beach tournament will be held next year from Feb. l4-23.
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175
DOB: Jan. 2, 1998 In: Skopje, Macedonia
Resides: Pembroke Pines, FL
First tennis memory: “Playing in the rain with my dad (Andrei). When it was raining we kept playing with soft balls. Really good memory.”
Tennis inspirations: “My dad. Probably Federer. He’s a complete player.”Continue to read full article...
Someone has to take the blame for the mediocre results of American tennis.
The USTA needs to change it’s methods. In a major, drastic way. The USTA Developmental System leaders should haul off every American in the top 200 and force them into a month and a half long tennis boot camp. Not as a form of punishment but a way to build character, team unity and to toughen them up.
US Tennis is in a state of emergency.Continue to read full article...
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Novak Djokovic is the ultimate tennis destroying machine. At his best he’s superior to Nadal and Federer. Djokovic is taking tennis to a new, unimagined level of excellence. And he does it all with a sense of class and humor too.
Status: ATP number 276.
First Tennis Memory: My first memory of tennis was hitting on the garage door as a kid until I put a hole through it. I always remember everyone thinking I was crazy for hitting for so long.
Tennis Inspirations: My aspirations in tennis are to contend for Grand Slams and be in a position to help tennis grow and give back to the people who have helped me and the sport.Continue to read full article...