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Jul/14

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Excited for Citi Open Tennis

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Player fields for both ATP and WTA sides look quite impressive, wouldn’t you say? Almost like a mini major…

ATP: Berdych, Raonic, Isner, Hewitt, Dimitrov, Estrella Burgos, Gasquet, Monfils, Nishikori, Young, Anderson, Stepanek, F Lopez, Sela, Tomic, Pospisil, Sock…

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10502219_10203757763132098_8034592618999961426_nI was going through some of my old emails and I came across some of the entries to “Break Point” that I wrote with Vince Spadea back in 2005, and here is one Vince wrote after losing to Ivan Ljubicic at Miami Masters event. This was the year Luby had knocked out both Agassi and Roddick in Davis Cup leading Croatia to the Cup title. Vince had beaten Luby in the past, but in this match, even though he had a chance to have a double-break in the third and decisive set with a chance to serve for the match, Vince lost. And here he gives a host of reasons why he came up short.

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Former Grand Slam Champion Hana Mandlikova was asked recently by Totally Tennis Magazine why there aren’t more strong American players today. The Bradenton-based mother of twelve-year old twins who compete in USTA Florida section events offered her opinion…

“Everybody is asking that question. I think it’s…personally, I think they’re spoiled. I don’t think they know how to work hard. They get everything handed to them on a platter.

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Jul/14

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McEnroe Interviews Noah Rubin On ESPN Radio

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John McEnroe is a Renaissance man. And he’s everywhere.

I received a Tweet yesterday from the New York Rangers that Henrik Lundqvist was about to be interviewed in a few minutes by John McEnroe on ESPN Radio at 4. Say what?

So with curiosity, I tuned in. McEnroe is guest co-hosting the Michael Kay Show with Don La Greca on ESPN Radio. After Lundqvist, McEnroe and La Greca interviewed Aaron Boone at the All Star Game about Derek Jeter, then came a surprise. At 4:45 Noah Rubin, the newly crowned junior Wimbledon champion, was coming on the show.

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Jul/14

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Lleyton Hewitt Begins Reading “Facing Hewitt”

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I was able to give the subject of Facing Hewitt a personal copy of his own book on Friday afternoon after his post Steve Johnson match press conference. He said Thanks mate, paused for a couple of photos.

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Jul/14

12

Dr. Ivo Gives Groth The Heave-Ho

unnamedDr. Ivo can be a nice guy. I saw him walking the streets of Newport last night and I said cheerily to him, “Good luck, tomorrow,” and he said “Thank you,” in a nice way. But on the court, Dr. Ivo just looks and appears menacing. In his previous match against Dudi Sela, he let a ball the ball girl tossed him go right by him without even trying to flag it and today he just knocked back a ball at a ball boy because he wasn’t ready for it. The kid didn’t seem to understand so he didn’t lob another ball right back at Dr. Ivo, and Dr. Ivo just gave him one of his menacing glares.

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Jul/14

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Hewitt Overcomes Harrison In Newport

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Ryan Harrison rolled to a stunning 6-l first set vs. Lleyton Hewitt but could not finish off the still feisty Aussie from 5-5 in the second set, which was won by Hewitt 7-5.

Struggling with his shoulder, which he used an injury timeout for in the second set, Hewitt seemed to find his groove in the third.

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Jul/14

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Newport Begins

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The only American grass court ATP tournament in Newport has begun. Qualifying finishes on Monday.

Take a look at some of the early matchups

Tournament Main Draw – Singles

[1] J Isner (USA) vs. Qualifier
T Smyczek (USA) vs. Qualifier
M Ebden (AUS) vs. R Ram (USA)
A Kuznetsov (USA) vs. [7] J Sock (USA)
[3] L Hewitt (AUS) vs. R Harrison (USA)

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Jul/14

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The Greatest Match Ever Played

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Can you believe what both players showed today?

Both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic played this match like it was their first and last Wimbledon final.

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Jul/14

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A Bouchard Wimblewin could be huge for WTA

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Eugenie Bouchard is a unique sensation for tennis. Her “Genie’s Army” of fans are far more colorful, animated, devoted and prevalent than the fan bases of Serena, Maria or any other star WTA player.

Genie’s Army makes it’s presence felt and seen at all women’s events, most notably the Australian Open.

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