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Jul/15

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My Twilight Zone USTA Tournament Experience

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I’ve had some wacky matches over the years of playing USTA tournaments but this one today takes the cake.

There was only two of us in the Open so we played the final today at Ramapo College at 2.

I didn’t know much about the opponent who I will call Jake, except he plays a ton of tournaments, and has some decent results. Also he came all the way from Long Island, at least a two-hour trek without traffic. Someone who knows both of us tells me I will win easily but I’m not sure of that because one of his wins a few years ago

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Jul/15

23

Tough, tough tennis trivia question

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Someone on Twitter asked Brad Gilbert last year and again this year – with no response – this super challenging tennis trivia question: Who are the six players who have wins over Federer, Nadal, Sampras and Agassi?

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Not long ago, the general consensus in tennis was that it would be many years if not decades for a greater champion than Pete Sampras to emerge. With his traditional understated, old Australian way of playing, Pete Sampras, six consecutive years as the ATP World No. 1, winner of seven Wimbledons and fourteen majors overall – the most in history – seemed like an insurmountable champion to surpass.

But then along came Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and how quickly we forgot about the greatness, power and grace of Pistol Pete.

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Jul/15

17

Newport 2015 Press Room Quotebook

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Bernard Tomic, after losing as a wildcard in the first round to John Patrick Smith, softened his verbal attacks on Tennis Australia but still tossed a couple of grenades, when asked who he would appoint to run TA: “Right now, the two guys there (Patrick Rafter and Craig Tiley), I don’t mind saying this, I don’t think them.”

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Radek Stepanek, one of the elder statesman of the ATP Tour at age 37, did a revealing interview for the June issue of Totally Tennis, a magazine published in Sarasota, Florida.

The former ATP No. 8, who will take on American Jack Sock in the first round at Newport this week, said in the interview with Ray Collins, that he hopes to play another two years of pro tennis. Step also discussed some of his romantic involvements, his memories of facing Agassi and why he enjoys living in Bradenton, FL, a few blocks away from the IMG Academy…

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Without even a smidge of doubt Serena is the best female tennis player in history. The smartest, strongest and most driven player of all time. No one can match her intensity and burning desire to be the best, NO ONE. Serena reigns supreme.

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Here we go again, tennis genius on display. Two wizards engineering tennis magic on Center Court at Wimbledon.

Two supremely focused and talented marvels conducting a sword fight of with a yellow ball Slazenger, one point of awe inspiring combat after the other over and over.

You will not find a better rivalry in any sport, in the history of sport.

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Jul/15

8

Kyrgios Criticism Is Absurd

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Nick Kyrgios is taking a lot of heat for his court behavior and the tanking of the one game vs. Gasquet, out of frustration.

I will say just this in defense of Kyrgios: Anyone who dares to question or criticize the fighting heart…

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Jul/15

7

Vika Must Be Stopped!

10599615_914432971905000_1894919509221900455_nI don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way, but me, an avowed women’s tennis disliker, is into this Quarters match between Serena and Vika. You know a rivalry and it’s players have reached star, even superstar status, when the two players are known by their first names or nick names. Basically, the only rivalry in women’s tennis today is between Williams and Azarenka. And this match today, after Williams came back after a questionable lines and umpire decision at the French to beat Vika in three sets, is a real good one.

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Richard Gasquet is in the tennis torture chamber and Nick Kyrgios is showing no mercy.

Last year Kyrgios saved nine match points in defeating Gasquet in five sets.

This year the cocky Aussie doing it again to poor Richard, who was up two sets to love and had double match point at 6-4 in the tiebreaker.

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