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Check out this article in Elle Magazine on Sloane Stephens. The young falling star talks about her gynecologic visit, having sex with boyfriend, Jack Sock, disses college life which she compares to taking a nap and acts like a selfish petulant diva when she’s asked to sign stuff by the USTA for a kid’s event.

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Jul/14

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Excited for Citi Open Tennis

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Player fields for both ATP and WTA sides look quite impressive, wouldn’t you say? Almost like a mini major…

ATP: Berdych, Raonic, Isner, Hewitt, Dimitrov, Estrella Burgos, Gasquet, Monfils, Nishikori, Young, Anderson, Stepanek, F Lopez, Sela, Tomic, Pospisil, Sock…

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10502219_10203757763132098_8034592618999961426_nI was going through some of my old emails and I came across some of the entries to “Break Point” that I wrote with Vince Spadea back in 2005, and here is one Vince wrote after losing to Ivan Ljubicic at Miami Masters event. This was the year Luby had knocked out both Agassi and Roddick in Davis Cup leading Croatia to the Cup title. Vince had beaten Luby in the past, but in this match, even though he had a chance to have a double-break in the third and decisive set with a chance to serve for the match, Vince lost. And here he gives a host of reasons why he came up short.

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Victor Estrella Burgos started playing tennis in the Dominican Republic, not exactly a hotbed of state of the art coaching, tennis training facilities or heritage and tradition. Estrella, which means “star” in Spanish, reached the ATP top thousand at age 26, an age when many players have already given up pro tennis. Estrella persevered for […]

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Former Grand Slam Champion Hana Mandlikova was asked recently by Totally Tennis Magazine why there aren’t more strong American players today. The Bradenton-based mother of twelve-year old twins who compete in USTA Florida section events offered her opinion…

“Everybody is asking that question. I think it’s…personally, I think they’re spoiled. I don’t think they know how to work hard. They get everything handed to them on a platter.

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Jul/14

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McEnroe Interviews Noah Rubin On ESPN Radio

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John McEnroe is a Renaissance man. And he’s everywhere.

I received a Tweet yesterday from the New York Rangers that Henrik Lundqvist was about to be interviewed in a few minutes by John McEnroe on ESPN Radio at 4. Say what?

So with curiosity, I tuned in. McEnroe is guest co-hosting the Michael Kay Show with Don La Greca on ESPN Radio. After Lundqvist, McEnroe and La Greca interviewed Aaron Boone at the All Star Game about Derek Jeter, then came a surprise. At 4:45 Noah Rubin, the newly crowned junior Wimbledon champion, was coming on the show.

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Jul/14

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Lleyton Hewitt Begins Reading “Facing Hewitt”

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I was able to give the subject of Facing Hewitt a personal copy of his own book on Friday afternoon after his post Steve Johnson match press conference. He said Thanks mate, paused for a couple of photos.

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Jul/14

12

Sock Is Fit to be Tied

Midway through the first set wen it became utterly clear that Jack Sock, recent Wimbledon doubles champ and rising American star, had no idea how to play former Wimbledon singles champ, Lleyton Hewitt, Sock turned to the ball boy who’d just placed four balls on the face of his racquet and said, “What am I […]

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Jul/14

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Dr. Ivo Gives Groth The Heave-Ho

unnamedDr. Ivo can be a nice guy. I saw him walking the streets of Newport last night and I said cheerily to him, “Good luck, tomorrow,” and he said “Thank you,” in a nice way. But on the court, Dr. Ivo just looks and appears menacing. In his previous match against Dudi Sela, he let a ball the ball girl tossed him go right by him without even trying to flag it and today he just knocked back a ball at a ball boy because he wasn’t ready for it. The kid didn’t seem to understand so he didn’t lob another ball right back at Dr. Ivo, and Dr. Ivo just gave him one of his menacing glares.

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Jul/14

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The Most Powerful Shot In All of Sport

I’ve been watching tennis for a long time now. I’ve probably seen more matches and tennis than anyone who reads this site with the exception of possibly Harold, and every so often, a player shines out and turns the game and his matches into Technicolor. This week that player in Newport has been Samuel Groth. […]

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