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safe_imageFrances Tiafoe is only 18, but since he extended world no. 18 (at the time) David Goffin to three sets after beating Taylor Fritz at Indy Wells, Tiafoe has gone 15-9 in mostly Challenger events, and has not won a tournament. He has only beaten two Top 100 players in Donald Young and John Millman. And even more concerning is Tiafoe has not qualified in any of the three slams this year, winning a total of three matches in the three slam qualifying draws and making an early first round qualy exit at Wimbledon this week.

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Jun/16

19

Free Sharapova

ccThe ITF is supposedly considering the appeal of Maria Sharapova of her two year ban for using an illegal performance-enhancing drug and because of her good standing and because it’s a first time violation there is speculation that the ban could be reduced to a retroactive six months. I say stop the persecution of a tennis icon and free Sharapova from the dungeon of being denied her job of playing tennis. It does seem like a witch hunt persecution in my opinion. Roy Jones tested positive for using steroids after his fight with Richard Hall and got nothing but a slap on the wrist -

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Jun/16

16

McEnroe Trying to Stoke Raonic’s Inner-McEnroe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been watching Johnny Mac now in his charge’s last two matches, Milos Raonic’s wins against Nick Kyrgios and Jiri Vesely, and I like what I see in Mac’s courtside demeanor. He’s not piping up, just talking quietly to Raonic’s main coach, Ricardo Piatti, who coached Djoko and more recently, Gasquet. But the intensity which made Mac probably the most fiery player ever to play the game, male or female, is ever evident in Mac’s tight-lipped stare and the way he never takes his eye off the court.

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12592745_10206883825707426_765858074746143009_nNovak Djokovic just turned 29, an age at which most players are basically through winning slams, and bagged his 12th slam title. The question now is very legitimate, will Nole win more slams than Federer, a seemingly-Joe Dimaggio like hitting in consecutive game (56 games straight that’s been in the books now without being broken for 75 years) record, since Federer has 17 now, a record he’s only held for seven years.

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Jun/16

8

Sharapova banned but Serena got off free

0,,12781~11719818,00Serena Williams refused a 2011 surprise drug test at her Los Angeles residence – and got no ban for doing so. ‪Sharapova‬ was caught earlier this year using a substance called meldonium which was legal for nine yrs and then is suddenly arbitrarily banned this year – and gets walloped today with a two year ban. Life is fair?

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Jun/16

7

Ashleigh Barty is back!

Barty WM13-001 (9461732276).jpgAshleigh Barty was apparently done with tennis in September 2014 when she quit the sport and started to play cricket.   It was an astonishing move because the talented Australian lefty  was just eighteen at the time and already a three-time grand slam doubles finalist (with partner Casey Dellaqua).  Suddenly and shockingly, Ashleigh’s tennis career was turned to ashes before it even really got going.

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Jun/16

7

The Enigma Named Sam Querrey

I looked up yesterday and Sam “QBall” Querrey was 28. I said, “That can’t be!” I remember Qball when he was 18 playing the Forest Hills Challenger having a pizza delivered to him in the swanky Forest Hills bar/cafe. Actually, I remember further back to the year before when I saw the acne-laced Qball playing […]

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Jun/16

6

When John McEnroe Met Muhammad Ali

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John McEnroe said on the NBC telecast of the Roland Garros doubles final that he was fortunate to meet the boxing legend Muhammad Ali on two brief occasions at sports function. McEnroe said Ali got in his face and whispered: “You crazier than me.”

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Jun/16

6

Newport Field: Kokkinakis, Johnson, Ivo, Bag, Rajeev, Fritz, Donaldson

newportMarcos Baghdatis,Thanasi Kokkinakis, Ivo Karlovic, Steve Johnson, and Defending Champion Rajeev Ram to compete in Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I., May 27, 2016 – When the ATP World Tour comes to Newport, R.I. in July for the first stop of the summer season in the United States, the player field will feature a Grand Slam tournament finalist, several players ranked among the world top-50, a group of the world’s brightest young stars, and Newport fan favorites who have seen success on the International Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts previously.

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Jun/16

5

King of Clay Novak Djokovic: Mission Accomplished

P1011037Novak Djokovic needed to summon his best tennis to subdue a super inspired Andy Murray today in the Roland Garros final and despite a couple of scares he was able to get the job done to win major title number twelve and finally Roland Garros number one. And no less remarkable Djokovic completed the calendar year grand slam as he is now the reigning champion of all four majors – a feat that has not been achieved since Rod Laver did it nearly a half-century ago.

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