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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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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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Jun/14

30

I Hate You, Rory McIlroy

10401513_10152665365327228_7197145518123298340_nAlright, I’ve got to get this off my chest. I can’t watch poor Caroline Wozniaki and her long embattled dad, Piotr, go through poor Caroline losing another match to another no-name player. This is on your head, Rory McIlroy. If you hadn’t called Caroline telling her the wedding was off just because she wouldn’t sign a little pre-nup, none of this would be happening and Caroline would be blissfully marching through such players like B.Zahlavova Strycova.

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This would be the day I’d choose. Not the finals or the first day, but today. There are so many compelling matches on the docket.

There’s the conclusion of Jerzy Boy up a set against Baby Huey. I mean what more could you want? The last bastion of combative behavior on the tour embodied by the last die-hard Aussie (I can barely recognize the old order of the Aussies in the new guises of Tomic and Kyrgios) and the brooding towering Pole, the winner will take his edge and ‘tude into the second week.

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Jun/14

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Nishikori-De Schepper Highlights Day 2

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Yesterday, there were some very interesting matches, particularly the Tsonga/Melzer match with Tsonga coming back from 2 sets to 1 to hold a 5-4 lead in the fifth set. But Bagdhatis/Brown, Dimitrov/Harrison, Young/Becker and Luke Saville/D. Thiem were all compelling matchups as well as the Kirilenko/Stephens, Vandeweghe/Mugurza.

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