Bjorn Borg is about the coolest name you’ll ever see in sports. It’s so cool, two players today sport it – Bjorn Phau and Bjorn Fratangelo. And according to the Tennis Channel, quite a few juniors out there are also named Bjorn.
Keys? Tennis has keys – Madison and Nishikori.
Wood may be now extinct in tennis but the essence lives on in Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde and Chris Woodruff.Continue to read full article...
Mumbai has been named as one of the four cities that will play host to the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) and the team based here will be headlined by Rafael Nadal. He will be joined by tennis legend Pete Sampras, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza and Fabrice Santoro.
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It’s arguable who was the first ATP player to initiate the fashion trend of turning his baseball cap around backwards. Marcelo Rios may have been the first to do it, in the early days of his career in the mid 90s, when he wore a white adidas cap backwards. But Rios eventually dropped the cap and opted to go the ponytail route.
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I ran into WTA player Julia Cohen (currently ranked 202) at the TennisGoal Pro Shop in Bradenton, FL. I remember her for grinding out a memorable long three set win at US Open qualies last year under the lights, impressing us all with her amazing consistency, patience and fighting spirit.
In Dubai James Ward followed up his Davis Cup heroics with a 76 in the third win over Gabashvili, who QFed in Delray last week.Continue to read full article...
First Tennis Memory: “Playing a club sort of tournament in Germany.”
Inspirations: “John Isner, when he played the incredibly long match. And I think Serena Williams. Just comebacks are a huge inspiration as well.”
Racquet You Use: “Babolat.”
Shoes: “Wilson.”Continue to read full article...
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 180
DOB: September 29, 1988 In: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Who is your tennis inspiration? “Of course Goran Ivanisevic, he was a national hero when I was growing up. He also helped me a lot during when he was finishing his career, and when I was just 14-15, just coming up. He was a really big help for my tennis.”
Your first tennis memory? “When I was in Germany, I went to Germany when I was seven. There I played with my cousin, her name is Tanja.Continue to read full article...
Harrison goes down routinely to Cilic 63 64. Cilic is l5-4 on the year and at #29 and rising fast. His career high was #9 four years ago. Cilic has now won 20 in row vs. Americans since losing to Blake in Australia in 08 (stat via Greg Sharko). Cilic’s l5 wins this year are the most on the ATP Tour, tied with Fognini.Continue to read full article...
One of the greatest miracles in ATP history has occurred today at the Delray Beach Open. Alternate team Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh upset the number two team in the world Butorac/Klassen 75 36 l0-7 in the supertiebreaker.
Bangoura is 22, from Sarasota, FL and has never played an ATP level match before. Mirzadeh is 27, from Wellington and Florida State, and also has never won at ATP match before.
They signed up as alternates last week upon Mirzadeh’s urging and got the call to play as alternates yesterday when Lu pulled out of the event with a neck injury.Continue to read full article...
“It just blew my mind.”
Taylor Dent: “I saw him in the juniors. We grew up playing in the juniors. My first memory is kind of out of nowhere. He was always a good junior player but out of nowhere he got a wildcard into Adelaide and he ended up winning the thing. And he beat a lot of good players on the way to the title. It just blew my mind.”
Describe what it was like to play him?
“It was tough for me. It was a disaster of a match up. I played him a lot of times. I only ever got him once. Actually in his hometown of Adelaide. And he was just tough. I liked attacking. And he was very accurate with his shots. He was able to dip it down at my feet. When I came to the net, he was able to lob it over my head. It posed a lot of problems for my style of game.”