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Jeff Salzenstein out of Denver, Colorado (the only Coloradoran I believe to make an impact on the tour and get a full ride to Stanford) was one of my favorite players to watch play. He played hard, smashmouth, energized and passionate tennis, often with a strut to his stride and a dashing smile on his face. He was a lefty with a huge serve and big topspin forehand built out of the physical brand of tennis of past American lefties like Roscoe Tanner and Tim Wilkison, Dr. Dirt. Salzy’s play had some dirt to it as did his 17-year career on the tour (1992-2008) where he only won 16 overall matches, 1 slam and 2 Masters matches.

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Mar/14

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World Tennis Night

>IMG_1316IMG_1325It’s kind of a hokey idea to have in the middle of the tennis season, a World Tennis Day/Night, but the Garden was pretty much packed for it. Now many of those seats were distributed to business contacts of BNP Paribas, the bank that sponsors the event in New York, London and Hong Kong. For me, though, it’s a thrill to get up so close–because for much of the three matches, I was sitting front row behind the

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Feb/14

28

Boris Becker What Hath You Done?

1471180_680836385273835_1295798337_nAlright, when the Joker lost to Wawrinka in the quarters of the Australian Open, I got a little suspicious. I mean Djoker hadn’t lost to the Swiss Mr. 2 since 2006. a tidy 14 matches in a row. But after the Djoker got creamed 6-2 in the final set of the Dubai semis against Roger Federer, now I am downright angry. What hath Boris Becker done to the Joker?

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Feb/14

26

Final Thoughts/Pictures from Delray Beach

>IMG_1292Just flew back from Fort Lauderdale last night. It was 88 in Florida on Tuesday and 21 degrees in New York when I landed. Can you say, “Thermal shock?”

But I’m still thinking of Delray Beach and the tournament that just ended there in one of the great finals of this event’s history. Kevin Anderson and Marin Cilic locked horns for more than 3 hours on just a beautiful sunny temperate afternoon and went deep into a third set.

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He went back and looked up the stats and found that Tim’s head-to-head versus BG was 8-1. They faced each other in five semis/finals and BG only won one of those matches at the Paris Indoor. But that’s tennis players for you. Even when the stats don’t back up their memories and beliefs, often they think they’re1507763_756019521075928_2016175228_n

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IMG_0483This may be a little sensitive to some classically-trained tennis players, but I’ve seen only a handful of really good tennis players who can play basketball at all. I was a basketball player and a long-distance runner, before I became a tennis player. I played high school basketball and a little college ball, and it was only when I became a tennis pro after college, teaching tennis for a living, that I realized how bad most tennis players are at basketball.

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Feb/14

3

Why Courier Is A Dolt

1013025_10151712010738784_1904266062_nThis is Courier’s remark after Sam Querrey disappeared after two tough first sets in Andy Murray’s clincher against the USA Davis Cup team.

”It feels great to be alive in 2014,” Courier said. ”We certainly don’t feel a lot of kinship to the last team that lost to the Brits on American soil since they’ve been dead a long time. It has nothing to do with us. We come to play on our own terms.”

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Jan/14

23

OK, Do You Got Fed

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It’s the 32nd meeting between Fed and Nadal. I’m in Costa Rica so I haven’t seen Fed’s dismantling of Tsonga and Murray or Nadal taking down Nishikori and Dimitrov. Both Fed and Nadal have only dropped one set on the way to the semis I believe, or at least in their last two matches. The last time I can remember Fed beating Nadal in a match of consequence was two years ago when he beat him in the semis, I believe, of Indian Wells, maybe the quarters.

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Jan/14

14

The Swami Says…Day 3 Matches of the Day

432px-Flickr_-_Carine06_-_Ernests_GulbisIt’s slim pickings as to good matches in today’s schedule. Actually, I’ll take that back. It’s slim pickings for good American mens’ matches in Day 3, but that could be because there are only 3 left and only 1 plays today. The match that stands out, of course, is the Q-ball-Gulbis match, The Thousand Oaks smasher vs the Riga whiz. This is a match of two severe under-achievers in slams, particularly over the last two years (actually, much longer for the Rich Kid, who’s been to only 1 3rd Rd of a slam in his last 20 slams). The Valley Kid isn’t much better, but compared to Gulbis he’s the Rod Laver of slam performance.

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308997_261361983888017_6693980_nI know the answer to this question is get a better ranking, but Poor Harry, the news is out today, he’ll have to face the Frenchman Gaels Monfils in the first round of the Aussie O. The 25th seed, Monfils is not a nice first round draw. Of course, Harry last faced Nadal in a first round of a slam, the US Open, and in the last two years, he’s faced, Murray in the first round of the 2012 Aussie O, and Djokovic, Isner, Delpo and Djoko again in the second round of slams in the past two years. Can you say, Momentum Stopper.

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