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316182_223404011058516_78933282_nOh, what a day at the US Open. I wasn’t even there! I’m sure, Mike, who was probably there right when the first toss took to the air around 12:30 pm for the Djoko-Kei match can tell us all about it, but I repeat, what a day.

In the dust of Nishikori’s and Cilic’s big upset wins (and Navratilova’s accepted proposal to a former Miss Russia Beauty Queen–you go, Martina, at 57. You still got your verve), we have our first men’s slam finals since 2005 where a member of the Big 4 is not a part of it.

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Sep/14

5

What To Make of Women’s Tennis?

401757_102346636555523_127507345_nI caught just a little of both matches today, the women’s semis day at the Open. When I turned into the Peng-Wozniaki match, it was 7-6, 4-3, 30-all with The Woz serving and Peng Shuai went into some deep cramps. The trainer came out, then the umpire and amazingly they let her take a 10-minute time-out in the middle of the game. I didn’t think a player was allowed to have treatment for cramps in the middle of a game. McEnroe said it was “a black eye” for the sport that they let Peng come back out and play. Later in the game, she was overcome by the cramps, but she still wouldn’t quit. They had to default her and she left in a wheelchair.

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Sep/14

2

Who Can Beat Me?

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If you read this blog, you know I don’t like to boast. But how about giving me some loving for my two picks yesterday: Wawa taking down Robredo and Kei chopping down Milos.

Alright, I was wrong picking Tsonga. Note to myself, never pick Tsonga in a big slam match, especially against one of the Big 4, ever again. I could tell Jo Willy was losing that match as soon as I saw him dressed in black and dark green on a hot humid day and he came out playing passively, not the way he played when I saw him blow Monaco off the Grandstand court earlier in the Open. Oh well, live and learn.

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IMG_1523I assume Izzie and Qball are the only two American men still left. I don’t know if Smyczek won or lost, but I’m assuming he lost. When looking at men’s American tennis, in this slam in particular, but pretty much overall, the only player who has/had a realistic chance to make the second week is Izzie. Qball with his limited game and laissez-faire psychological framework has exceeded all expectations by reaching the 3rd Rd. Of course, he faces Djoko today, so Qball is catching the evening flight back to Las Vegas or the Valley.

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You’re the No. 1 player in your country, Ireland. You’re 27 years-old. You’ve played pretty much everywhere on the globe, staying in hostels at some tournaments, doing your own wash, just eeking by for years. But now McGee, who is at a career-high No. 195, is knocking at the door of gaining entry into the US Open and racking in $35,000 even if he were to lose in the first round.

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Aug/14

18

Nadal Is Out of US Open

417601_10150630315256026_447771636_nI have this exclusive on this story. I even scooped Scoop. Nadal called me this morning in my New York suburban house and after we exchanged pleasantries about our respective families, our golf games, Hemingway and such, Rafael told me, (and I quote):

“No, I will not, I cannot, play the US Open this year. I’m very very sad. It is too bad because I love the New York people and their street side vendors, the hot dogs, the gyros, the Italian ices. I love the subway and Dangerfield’s Comedy Club, no, I can’t go on, It makes me very very sad.

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10411825_1570500056510942_8104424355707085514_nDo you ever want to pull your hair out watching a tennis tournament or two when the same ad appears literally 200 times over a week or two? I mean on every changeover it seems, whether its Tennis Channel or ESPN, they show this commercial twice. Vika Azarenka with the voice of a dominatrix is doing just that to me in Toronto and now Cincy.

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Aug/14

14

Is Djoko Becoming Un-Djoko-ed?

10264537_762975313755322_3949142790895259369_nI can’t believe what’s going on. Can you!? After Djoko finally won Wimbledon when all the naysayers said he couldn’t, beating Roger Federer in the finals, I thought he’d roll into, at least, Toronto and do what he always does in Canada, win big. But then he lost to Tsonga 2 and 2. Those scores are not typos, that was the actual score against Tsonga, who I can’t remember Djoko ever losing to.

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Aug/14

6

Tennis As We Move Closer to the Open

10342882_10152199218762187_4317445674046040527_nThe real summer tennis season has begun now that we’re in Toronto/Montreal. As much as i like Newport, the real season and the big guns don’t show up until we move up north to Canada. And that miraculously is how the tennis talent has been migrating of late , up to Canada, with Raonic, Pospisil and Bouchard.

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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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