Here’s a new feature for our dear readers, it’s an inside story about a famous star player (of the present or past) who I will not reveal. This anecdote – episode one – involves a hot headed future superstar player who had a burning desire to be great and a perfectionist aspect as a junior that eventually evolved from beastly behavior into a positive, by giving the world years of beautiful, elegant tennis to appreciate and enjoy…Continue to read full article...
Sharapova and Lepchenko both were caught using the banned performance enhancing drug meldonium but only Sharapova received a ban while Lepchenko did not – Is there a double standard for Russian athletes and for Americans?Continue to read full article...
By Scoop Malinowski
I recently had a conversation with retired sports announcer Tim Ryan about the comparisons of boxing and tennis. Ryan would know: He was the announcer for countless network boxing matches on CBS in the 1970s and 80s as well as several major closed-circuit fights like Ali vs Frazier, Leonard vs. Hearns, Leonard vs Hagler to name a few. Ryan also called nineteen US Opens for CBS.
Ryan said that he used to have discussions with his colleague John McEnroe about the similarities of boxing and tennis and at first McEnroe resisted the notion though he eventually agreed.
“I’ve heard him sometimes make that (boxing/tennis) reference in big matches on TV,” says Ryan. “The player takes command of the court like the boxer in the ring. All the greats do that. When Roger Federer enters the court – in his gentlemanly demeanor – he gives you a sense that it’s his court.Continue to read full article...
Well this is BIG. Really BIG. Russian computer hackers penetrated the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and publicly revealed private medical information about three of the United States’ most famous athletes.
The hackers published documents this week showing that Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Simone Biles received medical exemptions to use banned drugs. The simmering suspicions that the Williams sisters have used illegal PEDs to gain and maintain there edge on their competition have just gained a lot of momentum with this breaking story.
What catches my attention is the “therapeutic use exemption” which is similar to the A and B sample loophole exemption which has been used to protect certain star boxers
“Wawrinka’s style is the Federer style of tennis with a heavy ball coming to you. Federer lost the edge when he became a fashion star and was more interested in style and costume as if he is going to a modeling ramp in the tennis court.Continue to read full article...
Djokovic is three games away from second place again to Stan Wawrinka after winning the first set -It’s clear that Wawrinka is stronger and fitter than Djokovic and his defense is actually better if not quite as aesthetic – I’m shocked at how many long physical points Wawrinka plays and he’s never tired afterContinue to read full article...
I was at the Djokovic vs Lamonf match US Open semifinal yesterday in Section 122 for the first point to the last and the heavy criticism of the Frenchman’s effort are extremely unwarranted in my opinion – Gael got off to a bad start and it just snowballed – He came into the match on a career best surge but quickly fell behind Djokovic – Djokovic was playing perfect tennis and he Gael just couldn’t do anything about it – Suddenly down two sets to the same guy he has an 0-12 record against caused Gael to feel extreme frustration and anguish – The worst feeling in tennis (and boxing) is to be in a fight you know you can’t win – Archie moore said that about his fight against Cassius ClayContinue to read full article...
I arrive on the scene with eleven Facing McEnroe books to deliver to the US Open bookstore and media. John and Patrick McEnroe are just finished playing on old grandstand, as they beat Jimmy Arias and Henri Leconte in front of a pretty big crowd.
Kenneth Raisma of Estonia is playing Riccardo Balzerani of Italy on court 14 and a junior boy is watching from a bleacher. I ask him if he’s scouting to play the winner and he replies that if he wins he will play the winner. He’s a really laid back friendly kid who points out the clock which runs twenty seconds on each point to make sure the server does not stall. It turns out the kid is the number one junior in the world Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.Continue to read full article...
Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils played each other for the first time as professionals at the 2005 US Open on an outer court, I believe it was court 8 or 9. It was a late afternoon match in the hot sun which extended the five set distance.
Djokovic was still largely unknown at age 18 while Monfils was a top rated ITF junior at 19. Djokovic lead 75 46 76 before being bageled in the fourth set.
I arrived at the match in the fifth set just in time to witness the drama.
The match was on serve in the fifth at 3-3 if I recall correctly and then Djokovic appeared to suffer from the heat. After a long rally which Monfils won, Djokovic collapsed on the court near the service line. He was basically given a long timeout by the chair umpire and received medical attention.Continue to read full article...