Harrison goes down routinely to Cilic 63 64. Cilic is l5-4 on the year and at #29 and rising fast. His career high was #9 four years ago. Cilic has now won 20 in row vs. Americans since losing to Blake in Australia in 08 (stat via Greg Sharko). Cilic’s l5 wins this year are the most on the ATP Tour, tied with Fognini.Continue to read full article...
One of the greatest miracles in ATP history has occurred today at the Delray Beach Open. Alternate team Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh upset the number two team in the world Butorac/Klassen 75 36 l0-7 in the supertiebreaker.
Bangoura is 22, from Sarasota, FL and has never played an ATP level match before. Mirzadeh is 27, from Wellington and Florida State, and also has never won at ATP match before.
They signed up as alternates last week upon Mirzadeh’s urging and got the call to play as alternates yesterday when Lu pulled out of the event with a neck injury.Continue to read full article...
“It just blew my mind.”
Taylor Dent: “I saw him in the juniors. We grew up playing in the juniors. My first memory is kind of out of nowhere. He was always a good junior player but out of nowhere he got a wildcard into Adelaide and he ended up winning the thing. And he beat a lot of good players on the way to the title. It just blew my mind.”
Describe what it was like to play him?
“It was tough for me. It was a disaster of a match up. I played him a lot of times. I only ever got him once. Actually in his hometown of Adelaide. And he was just tough. I liked attacking. And he was very accurate with his shots. He was able to dip it down at my feet. When I came to the net, he was able to lob it over my head. It posed a lot of problems for my style of game.”
Klahn is wearing Head attire, blue shirt, yellow shorts and white cap and red/white/blue head shoes. Hewitt has white shorts, blue top, white cap on forward not backwards, and white Yonex shoes. It’s hot here at just after one in the early afternoon.
Klahn serves to open and makes Hewitt net a second serve, which is rare from Hewitt. Klahn hits two aces, one-love.Continue to read full article...
I ran into Vince Spadea at an Atlantic Ave eatery just a few blocks down the road from the tournament and he told me Leonard Di Caprio has just joined the Beverly Hills Country Club and wants to take weekly tennis lessons in LA and also New York.Continue to read full article...
Kei Nishikori is the top seed, fresh off defending in Memphis, where he defeated Ivo Karlovic.
Also in the Delray draw are Lleyton Hewitt, Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Haas, and American wildcards Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock.Continue to read full article...
A Canadian-based magazine which I contribute to requested a quick Q&A feature of tennis pro Maria Kirilenko volleying some simple questions about her famous fiancee, the NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin a couple of years ago.
Things didn’t work out two years ago at the US Open or again last year in MiamiContinue to read full article...
I watched two episodes this week of the old favorite police show Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, one of the greatest shows of all time. And in both episodes there were tennis influences. The first was about an “Eastern European” woman named Catarina Bukovsky who wanted to defect to be with her American boyfriend who was also a tennis pro. They were in a team event in Hawaii when a frame murder by Kurt Russell of all people.Continue to read full article...
He went back and looked up the stats and found that Tim’s head-to-head versus BG was 8-1. They faced each other in five semis/finals and BG only won one of those matches at the Paris Indoor. But that’s tennis players for you. Even when the stats don’t back up their memories and beliefs, often they think they’reContinue to read full article...