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The New York City Marathon is one of the most grueling, physically demanding sporting events in the world. On Sunday over 50,000 runners will take on the formidable challenge of 26.2 miles of running the streets of New York City against so many other competitors and of course the unpredictable weather, which can be brutally cold and windy. And, although it’s rare, runners have even died trying to finish the race.
It’s the end of the season, we’re chasing USTA points for our ranking. I need to win one tournament and gain the hundred-twenty five points to maintain my top five spot from a year ago. So I enter Spring Valley, which is the last local tournament without having to travel to Brooklyn or the Bronx.
There’s only one other player signed up, my old nemesis, a tall lefty pusher who crowds the net. I’ve beaten him three straight times, straight sets but each match has been a battle where he had his chances and I came up with the passing shots and saved break points. It’s always a challenge to beat this guy “John” who has beaten me in the past in tournaments.Continue to read full article...
Nadal and Federer could meet in Basel.
Isner, Kozlov are in Valencia.
Serena will try to lockdown the WTA number one ranking in Singapore.Continue to read full article...
By Steve Pratt Taking in the excitement and fun at the 2014 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships was USTA Northern California section’s coach, Wayne Ferreira, smiling and relaxed in a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. Tennis fans from a generation ago should recognize the name: a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, Ferreira saw his share of […]Continue to read full article...
We did this Biofile in 2005 at US Open when Davydenko had just entered the ATP top five. What a great player Daveydenko was, so machine like, technically perfect and smooth too. He just always seemed to run into Federer deep in the majors. Four times Davydenko reached a Grand Slam semifinal (2 US, 2 FO). Davydenko’s pinnacle came in 2009 when he won the World Tour Finals in London (def. Del Potro) but he also had some spectacularly impressive wins over Nadal, he even leads the head to head with Rafa 6-5. Overall, the Ukrainian born Russian won twenty one ATP singles titles…
Childhood Heroes: “Maybe movie heroes. Batman, Superman I guess [smiles]. (Tennis?) I don’t know. Who was good before? Ivan Lendl. Yannick Noah.”
Early Tennis Memory: “My memory was starting after the Futures, my first qualifying of ATP Tour in Amsterdam and I make semis (2000). I lost to Sluiter in semis.”Continue to read full article...
For a Biofile interview, I asked the Philadelphia Flyers right wing who his favorite athlete to watch is and he replied instantly, “Federer. I know just about everything about him.” He added that he travels to watch him play, attending the US Open semifinals and finals for the last five years. He enjoys the action so much at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that he plans to continue to visit Flushing Meadows more times in the future.Continue to read full article...
Vienna is bolstered by having David Ferrer and Andy Murray as the top two seeds. Also competing back on the main tour will be Victor Estrella Burgos who has played two Challengers since his sensational run at the US Open, where the 34 year old first time main draw entry reached the third round, falling to Milos Raonic 676767. Austrian upstart Dominic Thiem is also playing his home and favorite tournament.Continue to read full article...
First Tennis Memory: “I used to follow my brother Alex around to lessons. And it was a big deal if I could hit the ball over the fence. I was really happy when I could hit the ball over the fence.”
Tennis Inspirations: “Right now, David Ferrer. Between him and maybe Lleyton Hewitt.”Continue to read full article...
Shanghai Masters results:
Dimitrov d. Istomin.
Gasquet d. Chardy.
Lu d. Granollers (3 sets).
Karlovic d. Cilic (3 sets)
Monaco d. J. Sousa
Isner d. P. Andujar (3 sets)
Status: 33 year old veteran retired from ATP this week. Won two ATP singles titles (Munich, Palermo), earned $4.7 million in career prize money, even has a clay court win over Nadal, 62 62, also won the 2004 French Open doubles title with Malisse. Reached career high ATP ranking of #24 in Oct. 2005. First […]Continue to read full article...