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May/16

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Yonex Clash: NK Rising vs Stan in Madrid

yonexNK Rising takes the first set tiebreaker with a lethal display of Kyrgios tennis – Stan fought out of a 1-4 deficit in the tiebreaker to go up 5-4 but Nick was up to the challenge and saved a set point on a second serve serve and volley play that provoked a Stan backhand return way long – the set point ended on a neutral return down the middle which Stan backhanded long – Both Yonex players

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May/16

2

Biofile: Eric Butorac Interview

butoracEric won his 18th ATP doubles title yesterday in Estoril with Scott Lipsky – This Biofile was done with Eric in 2008 — By Scoop Malinowski

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds.

Born On: May 22, 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota

Tennis Inspirations: “My dad and my college coach, Steve Wilkinson — who also coached my father and taught him everything he knows [smiles].

Hobbies/Interests: “All sports…I love going to and playing all sports and learning French. Fantasy sports. Sightseeing.”

Nicknames: “Booty, McBooty, the Boot, Boots — my brother then became Mini-Boots — so I became Full-Size Boots, Buddha, Puss and Boots, Buto and my favorite courtesy of Snoop Dogg — Bootylicious [smiles].”

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IMG_1973So I’m standing in the bubble at the green clay courts at Forest Hills next to Patrick McEnroe and Michael Zimmerman watching our children play in this weekend’s 10U Level 1 Eastern Championships. I, who played two years of Division III college tennis, talking tennis, sharing our kids’s training secrets, with a guy who reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals and another guy who was no. 1 at Harvard in singles and doubles and reached a career-high of no. 349 on the pro tour. (Note to self: when talking tennis with someone who tells you they played Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the Hamlet Cup on Long Island and had the former two-time slam winner 5-4, 30-all in the third set when he hit an overhead that the 18 or 19 year old Kafelnikov leaped up in the air and from the baseline proceeded to smash back for a winner therein turning the tide of the match in his favor, don’t share that you once took an Italian guy in Avignon to 6-4, 6-3 in a Satellite event).

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May/16

1

Schwartzman Shocks G Force in Istanbul

Grigor_Dimitrov_Monte_Carlo_Rolex_Masters_2013_copyright_Henk_AbbinkDiego Schwartzman achievd one of the great ATP final wins of the decade – at the expense of a devastated Grigor Dimitrov. The diminutive Argentine showed extraordinary resilience in battling back from 67 25 to astonish the struggling Dimitrov who was bidding for his much needed fifth ATP singles title (and first since Queens two years ago). Schwartzman was an iron man today showing rock wall qualites and getting every ball back and ultimately breaking the will and body of the super fit Bulgarian.

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Apr/16

28

Capriati Blasts Serena’s Agent on Twitter

capriatiJen Capriati is not afraid to pull any punches with her provocatively direct and blunt Tweeting style – Politics is not her only subject to speak her thoughts – Check out this posting to Serena’s agent this week – ——————————————— Hey @jsmoll I didn’t know how else to reach u since u havnt responded. I decided I had a right to send u this message no matter the forum, I had no choice. I heard from u when my father died, u reached out, u cried, u said anything I need, u said u loved my father and me. You had contacted me as I thought a friend which was very thoughtful and kind since we go way back. then you continued to contact me several other times making promises to help me and doing what u can on a personal and professional level. I take this to heart.

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310917_255560254494254_1440198522_nWhile doing research for “Facing McEnroe” (due by July) I found an old interview John did with New York City TV broadcaster Bill Boggs in the 90s. Boggs asked John if he ever got so upset on court that he wanted to assault his opponent…
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“Yeah, yes,” said McEnroe. “Quite a few times actually.

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tysonI just happened to read books by Mike Tyson and Tina Turner and was surprised to see John McEnroe get a mentioned in a few sentences. Here are the interesting excerpts (by the way both excerpts will be part of my next book “Facing McEnroe”)…
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Tina Turner (in her book ‘I, Tina’ by Kurt Loder): “Backstage after, I walked into the reception room and there they all were: Keith (Richards) and David (Bowie) and Ron Wood, all these people.

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Apr/16

26

John Patrick Smith discusses switch to Mizuno Tennis

Scoop Malinowski's photo.

Australian veteran John Patrick Smith was All American in singles and doubles for all four years at Tennessee (2007-2011). The six-foot two inch 27 year old Aussie lefty is beginning to crack the upper echelon of the ATP as last September he reached his highest singles ranking of 108 and this year recorded a win over ATP #25 Ivo Karlovic in Delray Beach. Currently Smith is ranked 157 in singles and 225 in doubles (two QF results this year – Brisbane and Key Biscayne. I spoke with the affable Aussie recently about his switching over to wearing Mizuno shoes and attire…

Question: How did you become associated with Mizuno?

John Patrick Smith: Mizuno decided to get into tennis a little more. I was fortunate to get asked to try them out and actually did like the shoes a lot. And actually the clothes are pretty good as well.

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Apr/16

23

Shoe Review: New Mizuno Tennis Shoes are Perfection

Mizuno has re-entered the tennis world after a couple of decades absence and the new shoes are excellent in all categories. The blue Wave Exceed Tour is so snug that it feels like a you’re walking on a water balloon. It just feels perfectly snug and light. The key players who wear Mizuno’s shoes this year are Marcos Baghdatis and Roberto Bautista Agut who I spoke with in Miami about the shoes, the Spaniard says he likes the feel and the lightness of the new Mizuno’s and compares the Wave Exceed Tours favorably to the previous tennis shoes he used to wear (Asics).

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Apr/16

23

Laura Siegemund!!!

loveLook at this girl Laura Siegemund of Germany – She’s up a set and 2-0 on Radwanska and just hit a forehand looper deep and then on the next shot a forehand dropshot winner – She has ever shot in the book – This girl is going to be the savior of the WTA – she is the most creative player I’ve seen since Santoro or Rios

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