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Mar/15

6

Isner-Ward Match Key For US Davis Cup Victory

10422074_934634776548692_9028433410728218268_nIt’s deep into the fourth set with Izzie up 2 sets to 1. Izzie is playing confusing tennis so far in the fourth set where I’ve picked up the match. It almost looks like he’s trying to grind Ward down on his return games. Instead of stepping up and cracking returns, and trying to end points early, he’s playing like he’s David Ferrer, just looping back returns. There’s no way Izzie can break playing such tentative tennis.

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The finals today was at 7:45 am and the boy Callum was playing had beat the No. 1 seed in the quarters. But Callum just overpowered him and out-maneuvered him and the boy got very demoralized.

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Feb/15

23

Gulbis, Dubai & The Rise of Harry

Ernests_Gulbis_02Yes, Ernie dropped No. 5 in a row losing today to Istomin in Dubai. What is happening to Ernie? He said he’s got no feel for his shots and he’s playing worse in practice now than he is in matches. Ernie hasn’t won a match in 2015 after winning 41 in 2014. He should be in the prime of his career. He’s 26. He broke into the Top 10 last year. Tennis is a funny sport.

How about Djoko saying he thinks Dubai should be a Masters Event. But I turn on the tube today watching Gasquet-Seppi and there’s like 50 people in the stands. I’ve got a feeling when I get out to Indy Wells in a couple of weeks for the first day there’s going to be like 10,000 people there if not much more.

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Feb/15

16

Rick Macci Has His Next Prodigy

index It’s been 27 years since Rick Macci took on the 10-year-old Jennifer Capriati and helped her construct one of the most lethal games in women’s tennis. At only 12, Capriati won the USTA National Girls’ Junior 18’s tournament, making her the youngest player ever to win the event, a record that still stands. Five years later, Richard Williams chose Macci over Nick Bollettieri to train his daughters, Venus and Serena, and Macci, by many people’s account, took two unpolished girls and put them on the road to superstardom.

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Feb/15

13

The Evolution of a Player

IMG_0962When I first started my son out playing tennis, he was in his crib. Who hadn’t heard the stories of Papa Agassi hanging a mobile over baby Andre’s head and having him swat it? I played a game called “balloon ball” with Callum, swat a balloon back and forth.

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safe_image.phpScoop, you dooped us! You told us at D.C. last year that Kozlov, though a year younger than Donaldson, was the better player. It appears this isn’t so as JD took out SK 6-0 in their second set of the opening round in Memphis. Donaldson is on fire these days after winning the Maui Challenger recently and now upending Kozlov.

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Feb/15

3

How Djokovic Stacks Up In Career Stats

noleboxAs the Aussie is over with Djoker winning it for a record 5th time, the Djoko stats are beginning to look pretty impressive. In a rather under-the-radar development, and in the shadow of two other all-time greats (Fed, Rafa), and all before the age of 28, Djokovic has quietly been building a rather impressive all-time resume:

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Feb/15

3

Why Is Ryan Sweeting Playing Pro Tennis?

527356_262618610515548_702133873_nSince Sweeting, the 27-year-old who reached a career-high of No. 64 in 2011, has returned to the pro tour this year, he’s won a total of five games in two matches. Yesterday he got blitzed in the Dallas Challenger, 0 and 2 to an Italian I’ve never heard of. Sweeting, who married the actress Kaley Cuoco from the popular TV show, “The Big Bang Theory,” has not played pro tennis in almost one year when he suffered a back injury. He’s still only 27…

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Feb/15

1

Djokovic–Murray Duke It Out Down Under

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Djokovic has pulled possum on Andy and the Scot is not happy about it. After Djoko won a breaker in the first set, Murray played brilliantly, even protecting his soft second serve against Djoko’s aggressive returns, to capture the second set. Murray had Djoko flagging and flexing his quadriceps, but then onto the third set where Djoko serving very well, and coming up to the net and volleying much more than Murray who hardly ever comes to net,

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Jan/15

28

The Young Guns Keep Misfiring

10313809_10151968022066582_4645585365979430010_nThere’s a stat about multiple Grand Slam champions that always fascinated me. You take any player who’s won more than one slam and almost 95 per cent of them won their first slam before the age of 22. Now obviously, this stat might change with players in their teens unable to win slams anymore on the men’s tour.

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