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Former Grand Slam Champion Hana Mandlikova was asked recently by Totally Tennis Magazine why there aren’t more strong American players today. The Bradenton-based mother of twelve-year old twins who compete in USTA Florida section events offered her opinion…

“Everybody is asking that question. I think it’s…personally, I think they’re spoiled. I don’t think they know how to work hard. They get everything handed to them on a platter.

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McEnroe Interviews Noah Rubin On ESPN Radio

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John McEnroe is a Renaissance man. And he’s everywhere.

I received a Tweet yesterday from the New York Rangers that Henrik Lundqvist was about to be interviewed in a few minutes by John McEnroe on ESPN Radio at 4. Say what?

So with curiosity, I tuned in. McEnroe is guest co-hosting the Michael Kay Show with Don La Greca on ESPN Radio. After Lundqvist, McEnroe and La Greca interviewed Aaron Boone at the All Star Game about Derek Jeter, then came a surprise. At 4:45 Noah Rubin, the newly crowned junior Wimbledon champion, was coming on the show.

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Jul/14

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Lleyton Hewitt Begins Reading “Facing Hewitt”

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I was able to give the subject of Facing Hewitt a personal copy of his own book on Friday afternoon after his post Steve Johnson match press conference. He said Thanks mate, paused for a couple of photos.

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Hewitt Overcomes Harrison In Newport

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Ryan Harrison rolled to a stunning 6-l first set vs. Lleyton Hewitt but could not finish off the still feisty Aussie from 5-5 in the second set, which was won by Hewitt 7-5.

Struggling with his shoulder, which he used an injury timeout for in the second set, Hewitt seemed to find his groove in the third.

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Newport Begins

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The only American grass court ATP tournament in Newport has begun. Qualifying finishes on Monday.

Take a look at some of the early matchups

Tournament Main Draw – Singles

[1] J Isner (USA) vs. Qualifier
T Smyczek (USA) vs. Qualifier
M Ebden (AUS) vs. R Ram (USA)
A Kuznetsov (USA) vs. [7] J Sock (USA)
[3] L Hewitt (AUS) vs. R Harrison (USA)

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Jul/14

6

The Greatest Match Ever Played

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Can you believe what both players showed today?

Both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic played this match like it was their first and last Wimbledon final.

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Jul/14

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A Bouchard Wimblewin could be huge for WTA

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Eugenie Bouchard is a unique sensation for tennis. Her “Genie’s Army” of fans are far more colorful, animated, devoted and prevalent than the fan bases of Serena, Maria or any other star WTA player.

Genie’s Army makes it’s presence felt and seen at all women’s events, most notably the Australian Open.

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Jul/14

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Djokovic Survives Dimitrov

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It was a very tense, thrilling battle all the way through four sets. Djokovic saved three set points late in the fourth set but I thought the key moment was when Djokovic unleashed his emotional adrenaline after escaping the 45 game, with a big serve on break point which Dimitrov netted with a backhand. Up to that point Djokovic was mostly reserved and composed. At that moment we saw how desperately Djokovic wants to win this Wimbledon title, after failing in his previous two Grand Slam final appearances.

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The Nicest Backhand Ever

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We’ve seen some wonderful one hand backhands in tennis, Federer, the Lopez slice carve, Wawrinka, Haas, Hanescu (though he never gets any credit for it), etc etc but the most aesthetic one of all, for my eyes, is Grigor Dimitrov.

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King Kyrgios?

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Nineteen year old wildcard Nick Kyrgios, who was playing the Challenger circuit in Florida and Georgia this spring, has shocked the tennis world by destroying Rafa Nadal in four scintillating sets at Wimbledon. With a huge forehand, killer serve, and nerves of steel, young Kyrgios performed a masterclass at Wimbledon like we haven’t seen in decades.

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