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Sep/14

30

The “Are You Serious” Matches

10711107_10152720548754487_7720726109567884958_nThis is another of the weeks during the tennis season where you look at some results and say, “Are you serious?” Usually the phrase is “Are you kidding?” but in tennis, because of Johnny Mac, it’s “Are you serious?”

Look at some of these results:

From Japan

The guy with the hardest name in tennis to spell, Przysiezny, beat Tsonga 7-6 in the third

Stan Wawa continues his odd season losing to Ito in straight sets

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Sep/14

23

Ymer Versus McGee in Napa Challenger

photo1_1361891418.33.215.335x225.bg000000.far1Oh, what it would be like to be in the Napa Valley, 100 miles north of San Francisco, this week for the little tennis tournament up there. Such intrigue, such scenery, such wine! Sam Qball Querrey is playing in the event. Marcos Bagdhatis, Marcos Giron, the NCAA champ, Mike Ironman Russell, Ryan Harry Harrison and Denis Kudla. But the first-round match I’m most interested in is between a 27-year-old Irishman who just made waves at the US OPEN AND a 18-year-old Swede (yes, I said Swede, because there hasn’t been a top Swedish player or any kind of Swedish player since Andrea Vinciguerra, no I meant Robin Soderling, I just like writing Andreas Vinciguerra), named Ymer Elias.

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The String Master
By Dan Arnold

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Today we are going to talk about Hybrid stringing. Many players wonder what type of string they should be using in their rackets. With so many choices it could be overwhelming to choose what is best for your game. For many players 4.0 level and above, a hybrid set up is a good call. This is a combination usually of a polyester main string and a multifilament cross string.

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Sep/14

10

The Most Prominent Memory of the 2014 U.S. Open

32110_125243784179310_8240515_nNo, it wasn’t a former convicted doper winning the US Open title. It wasn’t even Kei Nishikori becoming the first 5-foot-10 Japanese player to reach the men’s finals. It wasn’t the Monfils-Federer five-setter with Monfils holding two match points in the fourth set (although that’s close). It wasn’t Serena Williams running roughshod over the field, not losing more than 3 games in any set she played. It wasn’t even CC Bellis beating Cibulkova on the cool new Court # 6. Victor Estrella Burgos winning two rounds with great New York Domincan support and then losing in 3 breakers to Raonic was close.

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Sep/14

9

Marin Cilic: The Man Who Shocked Tennis

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There are some parallels to Marin Cilic’s surprising US Open conquest yesterday to the 2002 Australian Open triumph by Thomas Johansson.

Cilic was a #14 seed, Johansson was #16. Cilic’s opponent Nishikori was #10, To Jo’s – Marat Safin – was #9.

Johansson was 26 years old when he won his first and only major title, Cilic is also 26.

Johansson had won seven career ATP singles titles prior to the Aussie Open, Cilic 11.

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Sep/14

8

The Biofile: Darren Cahill Interview

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Status: ESPN Commentator, former ATP professional, former coach of Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

Tennis Inspirations: “All the old Aussies for sure. We’re pretty lucky in Australia with great tradition of all the Grand Slam champions. So, for me, looking up to guys like Tony Roche, Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, you know, we just have bundles of them. And really, when I was nine, ten, eleven, sitting back and watching those great Wimbledon finals between Borg and McEnroe was really the inspiration for me to even pick up a racquet in the first place.”

Hobbies/Interests: “Golf, golf and more golf. I have two kids so a little less golf than I would like. I live in Vegas so we try to get on the golf course as much as possible. And spending a lot of time with the family.”

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316182_223404011058516_78933282_nOh, what a day at the US Open. I wasn’t even there! I’m sure, Mike, who was probably there right when the first toss took to the air around 12:30 pm for the Djoko-Kei match can tell us all about it, but I repeat, what a day.

In the dust of Nishikori’s and Cilic’s big upset wins (and Navratilova’s accepted proposal to a former Miss Russia Beauty Queen–you go, Martina, at 57. You still got your verve), we have our first men’s slam finals since 2005 where a member of the Big 4 is not a part of it.

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Sep/14

5

What To Make of Women’s Tennis?

401757_102346636555523_127507345_nI caught just a little of both matches today, the women’s semis day at the Open. When I turned into the Peng-Wozniaki match, it was 7-6, 4-3, 30-all with The Woz serving and Peng Shuai went into some deep cramps. The trainer came out, then the umpire and amazingly they let her take a 10-minute time-out in the middle of the game. I didn’t think a player was allowed to have treatment for cramps in the middle of a game. McEnroe said it was “a black eye” for the sport that they let Peng come back out and play. Later in the game, she was overcome by the cramps, but she still wouldn’t quit. They had to default her and she left in a wheelchair.

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1151064_1384347925128526_1383696033_nI’m a little chagrined. I admit a tad hurt that no one posted congratulations to me after my last two rounds of picking. You think this is easy? You think I have a crystal ball I look into for these precise and accurate predictions? How about a little love? You’re in the mix with a tennis genius, a savant…oh forget about it. I see it’s pearls wasted on swine.

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Sep/14

3

PMac Is Out As USTA Junior Development Director

Announcing McEnroe’s firing as Patrick was leading ESPN’s broadcast of the Nishikori-Wawrinka match, The USTA head honchos couldn’t stomach not a single American male player reaching the 4th Round of the US Open this year. There had been other criticism of PMac’s 6-year tenure as the junior development czar, mainly that he spent a lot […]

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