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Saw at the New York Times today they published a long-ago picture of Arthur Ashe as a 21-year-old, beating the No. 2 player in the U.S. at the time, Dennis Ralston, in a long defunct tournament, the Eastern Grass Court Championships in South Orange, N.J. There’s three points of interest in this article and picture, […]

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Feb/16

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Senior Circuit Hits Sarasota

1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_n SARASOTA, FLA: The West Coast Super Senior Grand Prix at Sarasota (Designated) started this week at Payne Park and I observed the action and listened to some of the stories – here are some observations and anecdotes: Friend Ron Tonidandel is from Cleveland Ohio and plays in the 80s – he says he sleeps in his van to save money and recently finally won his first gold ball in a Father/Son tournament. Ron lost early in Sarasota (his base) but will be featured in the “Gold Balls” doc about senior tennis which will debut at the Seattle Film Festival as “the striver.”

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CY5Uz-3UQAAGjv9It was September 2014, and young Stefan Kozlov, the Floridian out of Macedonia, who’s father, Andrei, owns an academy just outside of Miami and had developed his son’s game, battled Borna Coric, now the world’s youngest highest-ranked player at 19 and no. 38, in a three-set match in the second round of the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Kozlov is 16 months Coric’s junior and weighs just four pounds less (at 170) than the Croatian teen and stands just an inch shorter at 6-feet tall, but it looked back in September of 2014 that Kozlov was very much in Coric’s sphere in playing ability.

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Feb/16

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Delpo Sets Return For Delray Beach

delraytodayFORMER WORLD NO.4 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO WILL PLAY IN DELRAY BEACH
The 2009 US Open Champion Will Begin His Comeback From Wrist Injury
DELRAY BEACH: 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro is taking a wild card into the Delray Beach Open, making his second appearance in the ATP World Tour event. The 10-day event is coming up February 12 – 21, with ATP World Tour play scheduled to begin Monday, February 15 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

Del Potro will be making a long-awaited comeback from a bothersome wrist injury that has dogged the former world No. 4 and 2009 US Open champion for much of his career.

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Feb/16

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Delray Beach has another All Star Player List

raonic2016 DELRAY BEACH OPEN FIELD ADDS STARS ANDERSON KARLOVIC RAONIC & TOMIC
Three Top 20 Players, Three Former Champions in Talented Field
DELRAY BEACH: Top 20 ATP stars Kevin Anderson and Bernard Tomic, along with defending champion Ivo Karlovic, highlight a list of players who have been added to the 2016 Delray Beach Open’s ATP World Tour field that was released today. The three join early signees Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas in headlining the 24th annual event.

The lineup gives the event a trio of Top 20 players – Anderson (No. 14), Raonic (No. 11) and Tomic (No. 20) – and former champions – Haas (2006), Anderson (2012) and Karlovic (2015).

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Feb/16

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Genesis Strings’ Impress

indexWhen we talk about strings at Tennis-Prose.com, we like to go to our go-to-strings-reporter, Dan Arnold. Here is Dan’s review of Genesis strings and their highly-recommended Hybrid combo of Black Magic Poly and Thunderblast mult-filament strings.

Review of Genesis Hybrid String Setup from “string maven,” Dan Arnold:

“Genesis is a small company with some highly rated strings so I thought it was time to try them out. The hybrid combination was Black Magic Poly in the mains and Thunderblast multifilament in the crosses. I was really impressed with these strings. After a very short break-in period the feeling was very crisp with a good combination of control, spin and power.

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11070260_926583784061140_7229436411336171210_nThese and other mind-blowing stats come from our friend, Todd Robinson, in his Australian Open Take-Away at speedburneronsports.com. Todd is one of the great tennis statisticians and analysts of the game and you can read his talk on the Aussie O here.

How’s this for another stat, Djoko tied Lendl for 3rd place in most slam finals appearances at 19! Firstly, I never knew Lendl had been in 19 slam finals. That is sick and the fact Djoko tied Lendl at 19 when he’s only 28 and still very much in his prime is sick. How many slam finals does he make for his career? Is 30 possible?

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Feb/16

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Opinion: How Raonic can become King Milos

raonicThere is no doubt Milos Raonic is on the verge of winning a major title. The game is there. The weaponry and arsenal are sufficient. But something is missing and I think I know what it is. Raonic does not use emotional adrenaline. He does not show the fire and fury and ‘get down and dirty’ intensity that all the top players freely and uninhibitedly show while they fight for what they must have. Raonic plays tennis like he’s wearing a tuxedo and top hat. He doesn’t want to get down and dirty or mess up his hair. But the volcanic intensity is there inside Raonic – he showed it when he smashed his racquet after blowing the fourth set to Andy at the Australian Open semifinal.

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Feb/16

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The Joy of winning a USTA tourney in Tampa

12670099_10206913231642556_1809732611604775038_n“I want to thank my training team George Jack Ashoke who got me ready for this tournament. I want to thank Beverly Perez for the energy powder packets which allowed me to play four tough matches in two days. To beat the no 2 ranked player in the Florida USTA 4.5 division 60 40 in the quarterfinals was beyond expectations. Also had to play the semifinal at 8 am the next morning against a hard hitting player who I had lost both previous meetings with in USTA league matches a few years ago – both were split sets decided by super death breakers which he won both but this time I won 62 46 10-3 including winning the first six points of the super death breaker.

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By Jayita Belcourt
With his dominating performance over tennis great Roger Federer in the semi-finals at the Australian Open, it was no surprise World number one Novak Djokovic would come out firing for the decider in Melbourne Park.
Yes, in just under 3 hours [2 hours, 53 mins], the Serbian superstar demolished his Scot opponent, Andy Murray in what was a very one-sided affair 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to win his sixth Australian Open title. Amazingly, Djokovic has won six of the last nine Australian Open crowns and it’s the fourth time he has knocked down Murray in the final clash at Rod Laver arena.

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