Apr/17

17

Sarasota Open: Twilight Zone Match Arguello vs Giron

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The wackiest match I ever saw happened today at the Sarasota Open. It was Facundo Arguello vs Marcos Giron on James Driscoll stadium court.

I didn’t see it all but I saw enough. Giron won the first set 7-5, though I did not see it. Arguello wont he second 7-5, which featured a long injury timeout at the end of the set which obviously froze Giron. Arguello was on his back being attended to.

There also was a loud argument between the umpire and Arguello I think at the end of the first set which I only heard because I was watching Kozlov vs Blaz Rola on the Firkins Stadium 2.

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Apr/17

17

Sarasota Open Day Two

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Stefan Kozlov was ipressive again with a second route win in the Sarasota Open qualies taking down the eighteen year old Axel Geller of Argentina 61 62. Late entry into qualies Kozlov faced a break point in his first service game but managed to save it and then just steamrolled his bigger stronger opponent with pinpoint accuracy and delicate ball control.

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Apr/17

16

Bernard Tomic has “lost his mind”

tomic2I asked a source within the Australian Davis team what the status was with Bernard Tomic who curiously has skipped the last two ties for Australia.   When asked what’s happening with the 24 year enigma the source replied “He’s probably partying somewhere.”

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Apr/17

16

Sarasota Open Intrigue

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The word of the day at day one of this year’s Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open was “intrigue.” I was absolutely intrigued on several fronts.  First of all, the event is now at a new venue – The United Tennis Club on the El Conquistador Parkway – just a mile or so around the corner from IMG Academy. And the event seems to fit perfectly into the small quarters of the facility which has staged various exhibitions over the years including Rod Laver vs Warren Girle back in the 1970s.

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Apr/17

12

Querrey Reflects On Davis Cup Defeat vs Australia

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By Jayita A Belcourt
At the Davis Cup quarter-finals clash between USA and Australia last weekend in Brisbane (Australia), world no.25 Sam Querrey found himself in precarious grounds. Trailing 1-2 going into the reverse singles on Day 3, Querrey knew the significance of this clash. Secure a victory and keep USA’s hopes alive or shatter his countries Davis Cup title dream for 2017. Unfortunately for the bubbly American, a very inform and focused Nick Kyrgios stood in his tracks. Beaming with confidence and striking the ball with phenomenal precision and grace, the young Aussie’s display was so impressive tennis great and USA captain Jim Courier later labelled him as a “top 5 player”.

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Apr/17

11

Sarasota Open April 15-23

tiafoeThe Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open ATP Challenger Tennis Tournament will be contested next week at a new location at United Tennis Club, less than a mile from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

In the past decade, the popular tournament has featured such prominent players as Nick Kyrgios, James Blake, Kei Nishikori, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison and Radek Stepanek.

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Apr/17

11

Haas Scores Valuable Win In Houston

Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas won his first ATP singles match of the year Monday night (and first since 2015) at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, defeating a two decades younger #NEXTGEN ATP prospect Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3.
The 39-year-old Haas had lost all three of his previous singles matches in 2017 with the last two being close three set defeats to Jiri Vesely and Nik Basilashvili in Key Biscayne and Delray Beach respectively. Haas looked very competitive and solid in Key Biscayne and Delray Beach and now he has finally gained match toughness confidence and rhythm after missing about a year following his ninth surgery.

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Apr/17

11

The Graf Seles Rivalry

One of the greatest rivalries in the history of sport was the decade-long clash of tennis titans, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. The two super champions, four years apart in age, utilized two totally distinct playing styles. Graf, of Germany, had the booming serve and explosive forehand combined with a lethal slice backhand and typically […]

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Apr/17

10

How Djokovic Lost His Biggest Fan

DjokartA former professional tennis player who was a huge Novak Djokovic fan is no longer interested in supporting the Serbian superstar after witnessing up close and personal behavior which disgusted her at last year’s Miami Open. “I was numb. Especially after being such a supporter, to the point that it would depress me if he lost a big match. I was floored, but at the same time glad I saw the light.”

 

The former Nole fantatic and ex-top ten ranked player in the world shared details of the offending encounter:  “No one was there, except me.

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Apr/17

10

I Love Advocare Energy Supplements

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During the Miami Open I walked by the new sponsor Advocare booth a couple of times, as it was next to the IMG booth on the way to grandstand. Finally I took a sample packet of “Spark” and “ReHydrate.”

I tested it before my own practice session and learned the product not only tastes great but it doesn’t have that overload of sugar (like Gatorade and Vitamin Water) which can leave you feeling bloated when you drink too much during a long, hard match on a very hot day.

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