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Feb/15

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Djokovic–Murray Duke It Out Down Under

Djokovic has pulled possum on Andy and the Scot is not happy about it. After Djoko won a breaker in the first set, Murray played brilliantly, even protecting his soft second serve against Djoko’s aggressive returns, to capture the second set. Murray had Djoko flagging and flexing his quadriceps, but then onto the third set […]

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Jan/15

28

The Young Guns Keep Misfiring

10313809_10151968022066582_4645585365979430010_nThere’s a stat about multiple Grand Slam champions that always fascinated me. You take any player who’s won more than one slam and almost 95 per cent of them won their first slam before the age of 22. Now obviously, this stat might change with players in their teens unable to win slams anymore on the men’s tour.

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10615639_10204837410920250_3766632787340078753_nI’ve said this before on Tennis-Prose.com, Jeff Salzenstein, the lefty out of Denver and Stanford University, was one of my favorite players when he played on the tour. He was only the second player after Dick Norman to crack the Top 100 after the age of 30 and he played the game with an explosiveness and a smile. He looked like he was having a good time out there and he was capable of some startlingly good tennis. What also attracted me to his game and journey was that I met the guy for the first time at Bikram Yoga headquarters (the old demolished one now on La Cienega Blvd.) taking a class. I know other pro tennis players practice yoga, but Jeff’s the first and only player I ever met taking a class at a studio. This was in 2002 when I was getting trained to become a Bikram Yoga teacher, and I think I startled Jeff when I came up to him before class and said, “You’re Jeff Salzenstein, right?”

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Dec/14

27

Who’s The One Player To Watch In 2015?

10455366_647740508650905_7130606787426908427_nLast year, who would’ve thought Stan Wawrinka, the 28-year-old seemingly-perpetual brooding bridesmaid and doormat to RF, a player who’s parents work on an organic farm helping handicapped people (you can’t make this up) and who only three years prior had lost to Donald Young in the second round of the US Open (a match I watched and thought, “Wawa, you’re a serious underachiever, but another underachiever who broke the mold like Soderling wouldn’t even lose to DY at the US Open. Get a grip on yourself!”), would beat Nadal, a player who he’d lost to all 12 times they played (Wawa had never even won a set in their matches), in the Aussie O finals?

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Dec/14

20

Biofile: Zane Khan Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7isO9iyRJFc

Meet one of the top 12 year olds in the United States, or perhaps, the world…

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Dec/14

1

What Makes So Many Tennis Coaches Crazy?

I just came across this story about an Australian tennis coach, 38 year old, Paul Arber, who while accompanying a group of junior Aussie tennis players to a tournament in New Zealand, walked into a river in Hamilton and eventually drowned. It was posted on Stefan Kozlov’s facebook page. Think about the amount of crazy […]

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Nov/14

26

Dodo Cheney, Winner of 393 Gold Balls, Dies at 98

Here’s the Times obituary for Cheney: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/sports/tennis/dodo-cheney-tennis-champion-dies-at-98.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0 I had the honor of playing her right around the corner from her house at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego in 2000, when she was 84. They were hard courts and she camped herself in the middle of the court, “Nowhere’s Land,” and […]

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Nov/14

21

What The…Federer?

Down 2 sets to love against Monfils, this doesn’t look like a repeat of their US Open match where Federer recovered from dropping the first two sets to win in 5. They just played a sick point on a Monfils’ break point at 2-all in the 3rd set where Fed won the point by hitting […]

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Nov/14

17

Andre, Callum & Signing With IMG at 14

It all started when I heard Andre Agassi’s dad, Mike, hung a mobile over the head of his six-months-old son with balloons attached to it. The story goes that as the mobile circled over infant Andre’s head, Andre would swat at the balloons and so was born his legendary eye-hand coordination. Roughly 13 years later […]

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The New York City Marathon is one of the most grueling, physically demanding sporting events in the world. On Sunday over 50,000 runners will take on the formidable challenge of 26.2 miles of running the streets of New York City against so many other competitors and of course the unpredictable weather, which can be brutally cold and windy. And, although it’s rare, runners have even died trying to finish the race.

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