IMG_1655Let’s say you’re # 200 in the world, male or female, and you want to get over the top. You want to be a Top 50 player and maybe have potential to be a Top 10 player. Then Vince Spadea wants to coach you. All you have to do is fly out to Los Angeles and start learning from the master.

Yes, I said, “master.” Who would you rather be coached by, Andre Agassi or Vince Spadea? It’s likely Agassi would be too good or too impatient to help out a young player in need of guidance. They say Ted Williams, when he was a manager, would get upset at his players for not being able to do things he told them to do. The best managers are usually the Walter Alston-Tommy Lasorda types, who were career minor league players.

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Facing Nadal is Finished


For Immediate Release

Teaneck, NJ —– Tennis journalist Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski has published his fourth tennis book, Facing Nadal: Symposium of a Champion ($9.99, 220-pages, available at

Over 50 ATP players – including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Pat Cash, Stefan Kozlov, Francis Tiafoe, Radek Stepanek, Ivan Ljubicic, James Blake, Marat Safin, etc. – describe in detail the actual experience of playing tennis against Rafael Nadal. Also, this book includes Nadal interviews, media, celebrity, fan, insider perspectives.

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Does Ryan Harrison want trash talking in tennis?


Ryan Harrison made an interesting tweet last week…

“Would you be for or against tennis having open trash talk the way the NBA and so many other sports do it?”

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Biofile: Francis Tiafoe Interview


DOB: January 20, 1998 In: Hyattsville, MD

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175

First Tennis Memory: “Being a little kid, playing, hitting on the wall at College Park, where I grew up.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Guys that were playing at the club like Denis Kudla who was great in their years when they were young, Junior Ore, Mitchell Frank. They were big role models for me and I still look up to them.”

Last Book Read: “Of Mice And Men (John Steinbeck).”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Juan Martin Del Potro at the Legg Mason, it used to be called (now Citi Open). I got his autograph and I snuck into the lounge and I was talking to him a little bit. And I was young. I just said Hi and he said Hi back. That was enough for me at that time [smiles]. I was ten.”

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My dear friend and associate Dan does not like Big John Isner’s chances to win a major. He is far from the only cynic who has his doubts about Isner’s capacity to go all the way at a major.

But let Dan be reminded that some unimaginable, astonishing things can and do happen in tennis…

Here are a few I can think of, feel free to add to the list…

Djokovic beating Rafa in eight straight finals.

Isner vs. Mahut at Wimbledon.

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Biofile: The Nick Kyrgios Interview


Status: ATP No.35 defeated Roger Federer at Madrid Masters today. Reached final last week in Estoril (lost to Gasquet). He is the youngest player at age 20 to have defeated both Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 172

DOB: April 27, 1995 In: Canberra, Australia

Tennis Inspiration: Probably Federer. He’s probably my ultimate idol. And I just think he’s a perfect role model for anyone trying to play tennis. He’s been my idol for a long time now.

First Tennis Memory: When I started, mom (Norlaila) brought me down to the local tennis center. I wasn’t really keen on it at all, to be honest. But that’s how I started playing.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: Pat Cash. I played Junior Davis Cup with him when he was a coach. He was probably the first real legend that I met. He’s a great mentor. And he still give me some advice, to this day.

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Biofile: The Jared Donaldson Interview


Status: ATP #168.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 160

DOB: October 9, 1996 (age: 18) Born in: Providence, Rhode Island.

First Tennis Memory: “Would be when I was four years old, we belonged to a country club in Rhode Island. And we’d go over to the pool when we were young, every day in the summer. And I remember walking over to the tennis courts and playing tennis for like five hours a day when I was younger. I don’t know why. Just wandered over there, and they gave me a racquet and I just played till, literally, my mom (Rebecca) said it was time to go home. We’d get there at like twelve and we’d leave at like six. And I was there all day playing tennis. That’s my first memory of tennis [smiles]. So, balls being fed at me from the service line, me hitting like two-hand forehands.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Djokovic and Federer.”

Last Book Read: “Was Forgotten Warrior.”

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The Biofile: Camila Giorgi Interview


Status: WTA #36.

Ht: 5-6

DOB: December 31, 1991 In: Macerata, Italy

First Memory of Tennis: “When I start to play tennis I was with my oldest brother (Leandro).”

Tennis Inspirations: “I don’t know, I like this game and I enjoy even if it’s the things that are… I just enjoy [smiles].”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I think…greatest…I don’t have greatest moment. I think all matches you win is good. It feels good.”

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The Biofile: Steve Johnson Interview


Funny Tennis Memory: Playing a doubles match in 2011. I swung and I was just holding the butt cap of the racquet…the whole racquet was shattered and broke off and I was like holding three inches of the racquet. The rest went towards the net.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: I remember I was on the same court as Gustavo Kuerten at the UCLA Open when I was younger. On the same court as him, not hitting with him, but got a picture with him and stuff. He was out there practicing for the tournament, my dad was there and I was just out there with him. I remember saying Hi to him and watching him practice. I just remember how hard he worked and what a great guy he was.

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It’s Called Charisma, Dah-ling!

I loved the Djoko-Nadal match up on Saturday because even though Djoko won and he’s the dominant player in the world, Nadal has that charisma that most of the players on the ATP Tour do not have today. Watching the Djoko-Berdych finals on Sunday, I found myself not as captivated even though the match was a finals11070260_926583784061140_7229436411336171210_n and went three sets. As good as Djoko and Berdych are, they don’t have that X factor, charisma, dah-ling. Their matches are like museum art, beautiful, inspiring, but lacking real animus and gravitas. They’re both such pretty boys, but the camera doesn’t lie. Maybe that’s why there are so many slides off the players and onto their model-thin wife/fiancee looking tortured in the stands or onto Boris Becker, a player who had real presence and still does. It almost feels sometimes like Boris wants to just jump out of the stands and his tired and racked forty-something and grab a racquet to show Djoko and Berdych what real impassioned tennis playing looks like.

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