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.Continue to read full article...
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.Continue to read full article...
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.Continue to read full article...
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.Continue to read full article...
First person who can correctly identify this tennis player wins a signed copy of “Facing Federer: Symposium of a Champion.”Continue to read full article...
There’s very little to choose from between these two big blasters. Ernie is 3 years younger, 7 inches shorter and ranked 9 spots behind the only American of consequence now, but Ernie is the only Latvian, period. Even their record is very close, Ernie here holds a 2-1 advantage, but Izzie won their last encounter, their only meeting on hard courts, in two breakers.
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Jeff Salzenstein out of Denver, Colorado (the only Coloradoran I believe to make an impact on the tour and get a full ride to Stanford) was one of my favorite players to watch play. He played hard, smashmouth, energized and passionate tennis, often with a strut to his stride and a dashing smile on his face. He was a lefty with a huge serve and big topspin forehand built out of the physical brand of tennis of past American lefties like Roscoe Tanner and Tim Wilkison, Dr. Dirt. Salzy’s play had some dirt to it as did his 17-year career on the tour (1992-2008) where he only won 16 overall matches, 1 slam and 2 Masters matches.