Jun/16

6

When John McEnroe Met Muhammad Ali

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John McEnroe said on the NBC telecast of the Roland Garros doubles final that he was fortunate to meet the boxing legend Muhammad Ali on two brief occasions at sports function. McEnroe said Ali got in his face and whispered: “You crazier than me.”

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Jun/16

6

Newport Field: Kokkinakis, Johnson, Ivo, Bag, Rajeev, Fritz, Donaldson

newportMarcos Baghdatis,Thanasi Kokkinakis, Ivo Karlovic, Steve Johnson, and Defending Champion Rajeev Ram to compete in Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I., May 27, 2016 – When the ATP World Tour comes to Newport, R.I. in July for the first stop of the summer season in the United States, the player field will feature a Grand Slam tournament finalist, several players ranked among the world top-50, a group of the world’s brightest young stars, and Newport fan favorites who have seen success on the International Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts previously.

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Jun/16

5

King of Clay Novak Djokovic: Mission Accomplished

P1011037Novak Djokovic needed to summon his best tennis to subdue a super inspired Andy Murray today in the Roland Garros final and despite a couple of scares he was able to get the job done to win major title number twelve and finally Roland Garros number one. And no less remarkable Djokovic completed the calendar year grand slam as he is now the reigning champion of all four majors – a feat that has not been achieved since Rod Laver did it nearly a half-century ago.

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Jun/16

4

Roland Garros Queen Garbine

Garbiñe Muguruza Garbine Muguruza’s power tennis was too much for Serena Williams today as she is now the first Spanish woman to win the Roland Garros title since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. It was all about power and Muguruza was the one who dictated the action with her piercing baseline strikes and change of ball direction. Of course against a player of the caliber of Serena it was still a struggle every step of the way.

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Jun/16

2

Is Djokovic Cracking?

An ex WTA star who is (or was) a very ardent supporter of Novak Djokovic is appalled at his on court behavior this year: “I am sorry to say I am losing all respect for him now. After seeing him here in Miami, and now one tantrum after the other. What’s up with this guy? […]

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Jun/16

2

Is Taylor Fritz Crazy?

May/16

31

Roland Garros Observations

12604831_10206883741065310_3371079584721567534_oWith all the rain only two matches have been completed in two days – and the two defeated players have been highly critical of the court conditions. Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska both lost and ripped the tournament. Halep said “it’s impossible to play on the court and Radwanska blasted “it’s not a $10 000 it’s a grand slam. How can you allow players to play in those conditions?” The part I find strange is that the winners of the matches (Stosur and Pironkova) did not complain about the courts. They just played and won.

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May/16

30

Wilander says Rafa Void hollows Roland Garros event

  Mats Wilander: “Winning Roland Garros without Rafael Nadal – it’s not an authentic Roland Garros, and Djokovic knows it.”

That’s a very interesting and provocative opinion by Wilander.

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May/16

29

Gulbis explains coach qualities he’s looking for

gulbsony“I’ve thought about [my coaching situation] a little bit before the (Roland Garros) tournament,” said the suddenly rejuvenated Ernests Gulbis, who is looking for a coach who can focus on him exclusively after parting ways with Gunter Bresnik. “I’m searching for not so much a tactical coach, but more of a technical coach, because I’m the kind of player who has problems maintaining his game and maintaining his shots clean.”

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May/16

27

McEnroe to Coach Raonic at Wimbledon

raonicHold the presses, forget the French Open, John McEnroe is coming back!!! Yes, Johnny Mac, the most exciting player and the greatest front court player in tennis history, is going to be coaching the big Canadian at Wimbledon, where McEnroe in a five year stretch (1980-84) reached the finals of the Big W each year and beat Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors in finals on his way to three titles.

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