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Apr/14

22

Tennis Devotion

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Tennis is a sport that inspires devotion from it’s more passionate practioners and advocates.

Here are some examples of extraordinary devotion to tennis I have encountered…

I met a young woman from Japan named Hirono, who recently graduated from college and as a gift to herself, before starting her fledgling career as an English book editor, she took an eight day trip to the Sony Open in Key Biscayne to see her favorite sport live and up close. She just became a fan of the sport two years ago while watching the Federer-Murray Wimbledon final on TV.

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Apr/14

19

Holy Fed!

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After breaking Djokovic at 5-all in the first set, Fed has cruised, up 5-1 and two breaks in the second set in the semis of the Monte Carlo Open. What has happened as Fed pushes his advantage over Djoko to 18-16 in their compelling rivalry. Fed has beaten Djoko in Dubai this year, embarrassed the world No. 2 in the first set at IW only to lose in a 3rd set breaker. And now he’s doing the unthinkable, beating the Serb on clay in MC where Djoko is the defending champion.

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Apr/14

14

Bobby Bonilla Checks Out Sarasota Open

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Former Major League slugger Bobby Bonilla came to enjoy the tennis at the Sarasota Open today. The six-time All Star sat in the grandstand with his wife and friends watching Tim Smyczek battle Frank Dancevic in the late afternoon and then Nick Kyrgios vs. Jarmere Jenkins in the features night match.

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Apr/14

9

The Demise of a Future Projected Star

Sad news came down from the ATP web site yesterday (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/04/15/Golmard-ALS-Diagnosis.aspx) that Jerome Golmard, the thrashing French lefty, has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, a very painful and muscle-destroying disease that killed ATP president, Brad Drewett, recently.

Golmard beat on the ATP Tour former World No. 1s Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcelo Ríos and Carlos Moyá.

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Mar/14

29

Super Serena Is Sensational Again At Sony Open

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Serena Williams has captured her seventh Sony Open title with a straight set 75 6l win vs. the overmatched Li Na.

Serena has won on Key Biscayne so many times that when asked at the post match press conference if she remembers her first title here, she became confused and asked, “was it Venus?” Actually it was Capriati. The little anecdote showed how “in the moment” Serena is now about her career, it’s all about the present, not the past.

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Mar/14

27

Sony Open Stars of the day… Farah and Cabal

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Serena once again dominated Maria, after a slow start, for the fifteenth win in a row against her arch rival.

Bill Tilden once said, “I never lose to someone I hate.”

It seems Serena has a bit of that mentality when she plays Maria. There is the sense while watching her focus and quiet intensity that Serena will just never allow herself to lose to Maria. She even scales back her grunting and roaring, as if to tell Maria and the audience that Maria is not even worthy of evoking her A level, even her B game is enough to get the job done.

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Mar/14

25

Sony Open Photo Quiz

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First person who can correctly identify this tennis player wins a signed copy of “Facing Federer: Symposium of a Champion.”

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Mar/14

18

Djokovic v Federer Final Analyzed Through Tweets

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