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Jan/15

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The Iron Man of the ATP is Feliciano Lopez

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Feliciano Lopez played his first major at the French Open in 2002 – has not missed a major since. That’s 53 in a row. (I believe Federer is the only man who has played more consecutive majors – Fed hasn’t missed a slan since the 2000 Australian.)

Last year at the US Open Lopez is when I became a believer in the intestinal fortitude of the Spaniard. He was battling Dodig in the first round on grandstand, first match on. It was hotter than hot. It was scorching

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Jan/15

21

Tennis Advice From Johan Kriek

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One of the best benefits of Facebook is when Johan Kriek offers some free advice and tips. When he posts on tennis, it’s like reading gold…

I hammer away at my juniors that if they can cut their unforced errors in half from year to year as we develop their strokes and their games, they will begin to win not more matches, but tournaments! Unforced errors are just plain STUPID! You have to have the mechanics in your strokes to be able to play your “middle tennis/rally speed/” in order to compete! Your mindset has to be settled and know what is YOUR rally speed. FYI….a rally shot is that shot, no matter if it is a slice or a topspin that you can make 9 out of 10 times to the area of the court you aim at!

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Jan/15

20

Hewitt Begins Australian Open Conquest

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And so Lleyton Hewitt has begun his nineteenth Australian Open, winning a tough four set match with flashy Chinese player Ze Zhang.

It’s a solid, quality start for Hewitt, who disappointingly lost in five sets last year to Andres Seppi in the first round.

Benjamin Becker is up next for Hewitt and it’s a favorable draw – Hewitt is 2-0 career vs. the German in singles, not including a Davis Cup doubles win.

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Jan/15

16

2015 Australian Open Draw Review

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Let’s look at the draw from the top on down…

Top seed and world No. 1 Djokovic could face Isner in third round.

Thiem faces Agut.

F. Lopez vs. Kudla.

Del Potro vs. Janowicz is a heavyweight clash, maybe the best first round matchup.

Benneteau vs. Ben Becker.

Hewitt vs. Ze Zhang.

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Jan/15

11

Disrespecting Mary Pierce Is An Injustice

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Justin Gimelstob, Mary Carillo and Lindsay Davenport were discussing on Tennis Channel Live about the Hall of Fame class this year: Sergi Bruguera, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce.

Mauresmo won two majors but the commentators were also lauding her decision to announce she was gay at age 19 as some kind of honorable achievement of bravery which added to her career legacy. Really? In political correct times I guess that’s the way it goes. We’ll accept it.

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Jan/15

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Yes, 2015 Is Here And So Is The Hopman Cup

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The Hopman Cup is one of my favorite tournaments of the season. Seriously. I love this event and how it’s presented. This year’s star quality may be the best in Hopman history…

GROUP A

Team USA: Serena Williams & John Isner

Team Canada: Eugenie Bouchard & Vasek Pospisil

Team Czech Republic: Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek

Team Italy: Flavia Pennetta & Fabio Fognini

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Dec/14

24

Biofile: The Brian Gottfried Interview

This is one of my favorite Biofiles of 2014, after you read it you will understand. Just classic…

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Status: Former ATP #3. Winner of 24 singles titles, 54 doubles titles. 1977 French Open finalist. Winner of three major doubles titles.

DOB: Jan. 27, 1952 In: Baltimore, MD

First Tennis Memory: “Orange Bowl juniors. We kept players at our house from Japan for the tournament. Eddie Herr approached my dad about housing players. I used to go watch them play and that’s how I started.”

Tennis Inspirations: “The Japanese players who started me [smiles]. I guess I really liked the old Australians, Roy Emerson is at the top of the list for me. Fitness was always a big part of his game. He was just such a physical player. And I loved it, that was sort of my M.O. when I was playing. I worked hard. He was at the top. Those guys were special. And eventually I played with them. And even now I do some corporate things with them, after the fact. It’s just a blast. And I picked the right heroes – they’re great guys.”

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Dec/14

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Biofile: Zane Khan Interview

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Meet one of the top 12 year olds in the United States, or perhaps, the world…

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Switzerland’s exciting conquest of the Davis Cup this year inside a packed 27,000 seat soccer stadium in Lille, France is going to be a tough act to follow in 2015.

Sports betting site MTS reports that it’s unknown if superstars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will commit to defending the Cup, as both may prioritize to add to their Grand Slam major title totals instead of devoting potentially four weeks of the season to winning a second Davis Cup. Mats Wilander interviewed both Federer and Wawrinka after their triumph in the final vs. France.

Another major absence will also be missed in this year’s competition: Struggling Spain has dropped from the World Group and is now being captained by former professional woman player Gala Leon. Leon controversially replaced former ATP World Number One and Davis Cup hero Carlos Moya – a move that Rafael Nadal publicly called “strange.”

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Dec/14

11

Fred Perry on Modern Tennis Part 2

One of the most memorable and fascinating passages of tennis journalism I have ever read was about the meeting of author Eliot Berry and tennis legend Fred Perry. Berry, for those who don’t know, is the author of “Topspin” – one of the most enjoyable books ever written about tennis, in my opinion.

Berry interviewed the then 85-year-old Perry at Wimbledon in 1994.

Berry had to work for it though. “Look. I’m sorry. I just can’t talk to you know,” said Perry. “SKY TV wants me this afternoon. This German TV crew thinks I can open the door for them at Wimbledon if I let them interview me this morning but I can’t and I won’t. I’m doing BBC radio at noon for the rest of the day. It’s just not a good time to talk.”

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