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May/16

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SHOCKER: Nadal pulls out of Roland Garros

Rafa_bench_01Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Roland Garros before his third round match. “I feel myself with the right motivation and the right energy to be back at Roland Garros the next couple of years.”

“This is one of the toughest press conferences in my career, probably.”

“I know that I cannot finish the tournament. It’s part of life and I hope I’ll come back for many years again in Roland Garros.”

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May/16

27

I Defend Alize Cornet 100%

A lot of tennis people and pundits are outraged with the antics of Alize Cornet yesterday in her match with Tatjana Maria which she won 63 67 64 with some assistance from apparently faked cramping and unfair medical timeouts and leg massages. Sure, it was not the greatest display of sportsmanship by Cornet but all […]

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May/16

27

Did you see what Alize Cornet Did?

It’s been a while since tennis had a bad girl.  But Alize Cornet won the honor of “Queen of mean” yesterday with her calculated trickery at Roland Garros in a second round clash with Tatjana Maria. Stall tactics cramping medical timeouts massages on changeovers were utilized by Cornet to beat Maria of Germany 63 67 64. Like a lot of curious cramps in professional tennis Cornet’s cramps happened AFTER the point but never during. Isn’t it funny how most cramps strike so conveniently like that? But that’s another story for another day -

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May/16

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Tribute Biofile: Radek Stepanek



By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP no 129. Winner of five career ATP singles and 14 doubles titles. Winner of 2012 Australian Open in doubles. Helped lead Czech Republic to win two Davis Cups – winning both deciding matches (2012 and 2013). Reached career high singles rank of #8 in 2006.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 167

DOB: November 27, 1978 In: Karvina Czech Republic

First Tennis Memory: “My father, tennis coach in Karvina.”

Inspirations: “My tennis inspiration – I’m taking all my inspiration from somewhere else because I see a lot of great athletes playing well in a higher number of ages. And this is what is inspiring me to do the same in my sport.”

First Famous Tennis Player You Met: “Hmm, good question…Thomas Muster. He was playing an exhibition against Slava Dosedel in Czech Republic, in a town where I lived for a few years. And I think I was 12 or 13, I just had to warm him up for the exhibition. And I was badly nervous [smiles].”

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May/16

23

Kyrgios Controversy (again) at Roland Garros

Nick Kyrgios has a natural tendency to create controversy. He did it again yesterday in his tight three set win over Italian Cecchinato. Late in the first set after a sizzling point which erupted the crowd into a frenzy Kyrgios shouted “Towel towel!” to the ballkid.

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May/16

21

Roland Garros 2016

May/16

15

Is Djokovic the new Lendl?

I didn’t see today’s final in which Andy Murray, the Scotsman, proved victorious against the Serb, Novak Djokovic, but I heard Djoko was whining the entire match about the rainy conditions. Which makes me ask the question: “Is Djokovic the new Lendl?” Ivan Lendl was no. 1 for many years. He holds the mind-boggling record […]

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May/16

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Djokovic Tops Rafa Again in 49th Clash in Rome

DjokartNovak Djokovic administered another excruciating defeat onto the former king of Clay Rafael Nadal today in the Rome quarterfinals 75 76. This was was different because it the pattern of the match was altered by Nadal who instead of falling behind early and fighting back fiercely opened up positively in both sets by taking break leads on Djokovic in each set. Nadal seemed to know that despite holding the lead he still did not have control of Djokovic and he played with a sense of fear and expectation that Djokovic was surely going to raise his level. And of course Djokovic did fight back and win both sets. Nadal knows Djokovic better than anyone – this was their 49th meeting

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960105_10202233386903645_929712215_nI think I got this right, the last American male player to get to the French quarters was not Jack Sock or John Isner or even Andy Roddick, it was Andre Agassi way back in 2003. That is an amazing result or lack of results. There hasn’t been an American who’s reached even the quarterfinals of Roland Garros since 2003! I mean the best American player, John Izzie Isner, has reached the Rd of 16 only once in his career! And Izzie professes to liking the clay. He’s won a total of nine matches at the French in 6 years.

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May/16

9

Is Dimitrov Shattered?

[caption id="attachment_7643" align="alignright" width="169"]Dimitrov unleashes a serve. Dimitrov unleashes a serve.[/caption]Certain single losses are so devastating they can destroy a player’s career. Guillermo Coria never recovered from the loss to Gaston Gaudio in the final of Roland Garros despite being up two sets to love and having a match point. Paul Henri Mathieu blew the Davis Cup final in France despite a two sets to love lead on Mikhail Youzhny in the fifth rubber and has never been the same. Grigor Dimitrov suffered a similar shattering defeat in the Istanbul final two weeks ago to Diego Schwartzman.

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