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Feb/11

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Who’s Cool?

While reading Scoop’s comparison of Djoker to Ali a friend sent me this GQ link to its “Coolest Athletes of All Time” with classic Borg photo by Walter Iooss, Jr.

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Donald Young, once highly-touted as America’s future hope, and Ryan Harrison, who may well be the USA’s most exciting teenager since an 18-year-old Andy Roddick burst onto the court in Key Biscayne in scoring successive wins over former World No. 1′s Marcelo Rios and Pete Sampras, pounded palms as doubles partners on the red clay courts of Houston last April.
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By Nancy Gill McShea
© Ed Goldman, International Tennis Hall of Fame

(January 1, 2011) Sixty years ago this month, Dick Savitt set out on a year-long odyssey and swept into tennis history, winning singles titles at Wimbledon and the Australian Championships and advancing to the semifinals of the French and U.S. National Championships.

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Nov/10

22

Anger Management

David Ferrer’s shot of snapping his winless skid against Roger Federer was fading to black on the blue court of London’s 02 Arena when Tennis Channel analyst Jimmy Arias suggested Ferrer was capable of another sort of break through.

Would the feisty Ferrer, who found holding serve in the opening set as easy as holding an impromptu Harry Potter screening inside the 02 Arena, finally crack in frustration and bounce his Prince frame off the blue court?

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Nov/10

19

London Lines

Reverberations from the royal revelry gripping London over Prince William’s engagement are rippling around the world (and arousing wedding crashers world wide).  Listen closely between the sound of sneakers squealing across the court of London’s 02 Arena next week and you’ll hear some former champions considering coronation claims in the latest round of the Great Debate.

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Nov/10

17

Name Game

You may never make a name for yourself as an Australian Open champion, but you can make your name known on an Oz Open Show Court. Tennis Australia is hosting a contest enabling you — that’s right you — to take naming rights to an Australian Open Show Court.

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Nov/10

16

Todd Talks

Note: this Todd Martin interview was conducted in Boston in 2009. It is republished here because of Martin’s interesting observations on what makes John McEnroe a brilliant player, the key to Rafael Nadal’s 2009 Australian Open run and the creativity of Andy Murray.


Clad in his all-white attire and unleashing strokes so immaculate it wouldn’t be surprising to learn he cleans his strings with spic and span, Todd Martin’s classic style of play can look so old-school you find yourself wondering if Aristotle was his first tennis teacher.

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Nov/10

15

USTA Remodels U.S. Open

The US Open is  undergoing remodeling that will change the landscape of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The USTA is breaking ground on a new 3,000-seat mini-stadium next to its indoor facility. The new stadium could be completed in time for the 2011 or 2012 US Open.

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Boris Becker has some advice for Andy Murray in his quest to win his first Grand Slam title — grow up.

The unseeded Becker was 17 when he beat Kevin Curren in the 1985 Wimbledon final to become the youngest man to win  major.  Becker believes the two-time Grand slam runner-up has the skills to win a Grand Slam title, but says the 23-year-old Murray must mature to master a major…

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Newly-named Australian Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter will try to play the role of peacemaker and bring together two of Australia’s top singles players. Rafter said he is aiming to end the feud between Lleyton Hewitt and 18-year-old Bernard Tomic, who some Australian coaches believe is Hewitt’s heir as a future Australian No. 1.

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