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Jul/14

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Citi Open Day One Thoughts

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By Peter Bean Hawkins

As a current Federal Government professional and “part-time” aspiring writer I
had the good fortune to link up with author and friend Scoop Malinowski and
assist in his media coverage at this years edition of the Citi Open in
Washington D.C. It has been a great experience watching the professionalism in
the media room with various media and tournament personnel working the event. A
top 20 ATP event bolstering a strong field loaded with top 20 talent, the event
offers a chance to see players physically fresh on their journey through the
summer US OPEN series.

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Jul/14

27

Why I Love Tennis

0207-095549I’m reading Tennis.com in the wee hours of the morning, can’t sleep again, maybe I got too much sun at the Yankees game today. And I’m enjoying Bodo’s piece about the South and the Atlanta event. And after the article, I look down at the comments and I see this exchange:

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Check out this article in Elle Magazine on Sloane Stephens. The young falling star talks about her gynecologic visit, having sex with boyfriend, Jack Sock, disses college life which she compares to taking a nap and acts like a selfish petulant diva when she’s asked to sign stuff by the USTA for a kid’s event.

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10502219_10203757763132098_8034592618999961426_nI was going through some of my old emails and I came across some of the entries to “Break Point” that I wrote with Vince Spadea back in 2005, and here is one Vince wrote after losing to Ivan Ljubicic at Miami Masters event. This was the year Luby had knocked out both Agassi and Roddick in Davis Cup leading Croatia to the Cup title. Vince had beaten Luby in the past, but in this match, even though he had a chance to have a double-break in the third and decisive set with a chance to serve for the match, Vince lost. And here he gives a host of reasons why he came up short.

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Victor Estrella Burgos started playing tennis in the Dominican Republic, not exactly a hotbed of state of the art coaching, tennis training facilities or heritage and tradition. Estrella, which means “star” in Spanish, reached the ATP top thousand at age 26, an age when many players have already given up pro tennis. Estrella persevered for […]

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Jul/14

12

Sock Is Fit to be Tied

Midway through the first set wen it became utterly clear that Jack Sock, recent Wimbledon doubles champ and rising American star, had no idea how to play former Wimbledon singles champ, Lleyton Hewitt, Sock turned to the ball boy who’d just placed four balls on the face of his racquet and said, “What am I […]

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Jul/14

12

Dr. Ivo Gives Groth The Heave-Ho

unnamedDr. Ivo can be a nice guy. I saw him walking the streets of Newport last night and I said cheerily to him, “Good luck, tomorrow,” and he said “Thank you,” in a nice way. But on the court, Dr. Ivo just looks and appears menacing. In his previous match against Dudi Sela, he let a ball the ball girl tossed him go right by him without even trying to flag it and today he just knocked back a ball at a ball boy because he wasn’t ready for it. The kid didn’t seem to understand so he didn’t lob another ball right back at Dr. Ivo, and Dr. Ivo just gave him one of his menacing glares.

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Jul/14

10

The Most Powerful Shot In All of Sport

I’ve been watching tennis for a long time now. I’ve probably seen more matches and tennis than anyone who reads this site with the exception of possibly Harold, and every so often, a player shines out and turns the game and his matches into Technicolor. This week that player in Newport has been Samuel Groth. […]

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Jul/14

9

Jack Sock, The Most Laid-Back Dude in Tennis

Jack Sock should hail from a Southern California beach town and not Nebraska. In his match today against Rajeev Ram that he won in straight sets, he eschewed his baseball cap displaying a tuft of golden hair, and he made conversation with the fans directly behind the side court he played on. Newport is my […]

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Jul/14

8

Newport In The Breeze

There was a stiff wind blowing on Day 1 here at a tournament about a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. On one of the side courts on the green grass at the last American tournament to be held on the lawns, 20 year old Mitchell Kreuger was battling Tatsumi Ito of Japan. Krueger looks the […]

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