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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May/16

8

Biofile: Amelie Mauresmo Interview

P1010727By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Winner of 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon singles titles along with 21 other WTA career singles titles.

DOB: July 5, 1979 In: St. Germaines En Laye, France
Childhood Heroes: “I liked, I watched Yannick Noah. That’s why I started to play tennis. And then, while I was a little bit older I think I liked to watch Sabatini and Graf. This period was a good inspiration for me.”
Hobbies/Interests: “I like to ski. I like to surf. I like red wine [smiles]. I like many different things, you know, I like go-carts, horseback riding. I like to enjoy nice dinner with my friends and family. Card games with Sebastien Grosjean and Arnaud Clement. They can last for hours, in a really tense atmosphere. We tease each other a lot and we all try to cheat [laughs]. I enjoy playing Scrabble too.”

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May/16

7

Andy Shatters Nadal’s Illusion in Madrid

abrafaartThe illusion that the Rafa Nadal King of Clay was back has been shattered by Andy Murray’s straight set win in Madrid. Yes Rafa did look very good the previous weeks as he won titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona but we still didn’t know if Rafa would be able to handle Djokovic. Today we learned Rafa can’t even handle Andy Murray.

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May/16

6

Facing Nadal

Novak Djokovic: “I think challenges, big challenges that I had in my career changed me in a positive way as a player. Because of Rafa and because of Roger I am what I am today, you know, in a way, because when I reached the No. 3 in the world and won the first Grand Slam title in 2008, the years after that I struggled a lot mentally to overcome the doubts that I had. And all the big matches I lost to these guys was consistent but not winning the big matches, and then they made me understand what I need to do on the court. I worked hard, and, you know, it’s paying dividends, I guess, in the last couple of years. You know, obviously it’s not easy when you’re playing a top rival at the finals of any tournament, but if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, you know. You have to win against the best players in the world. That’s the biggest challenge you can have.” P1011207

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May/16

4

Yonex Clash: NK Rising vs Stan in Madrid

yonexNK Rising takes the first set tiebreaker with a lethal display of Kyrgios tennis – Stan fought out of a 1-4 deficit in the tiebreaker to go up 5-4 but Nick was up to the challenge and saved a set point on a second serve serve and volley play that provoked a Stan backhand return way long – the set point ended on a neutral return down the middle which Stan backhanded long – Both Yonex players

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May/16

2

Biofile: Eric Butorac Interview

butoracEric won his 18th ATP doubles title yesterday in Estoril with Scott Lipsky – This Biofile was done with Eric in 2008 — By Scoop Malinowski

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds.

Born On: May 22, 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota

Tennis Inspirations: “My dad and my college coach, Steve Wilkinson — who also coached my father and taught him everything he knows [smiles].

Hobbies/Interests: “All sports…I love going to and playing all sports and learning French. Fantasy sports. Sightseeing.”

Nicknames: “Booty, McBooty, the Boot, Boots — my brother then became Mini-Boots — so I became Full-Size Boots, Buddha, Puss and Boots, Buto and my favorite courtesy of Snoop Dogg — Bootylicious [smiles].”

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IMG_1973So I’m standing in the bubble at the green clay courts at Forest Hills next to Patrick McEnroe and Michael Zimmerman watching our children play in this weekend’s 10U Level 1 Eastern Championships. I, who played two years of Division III college tennis, talking tennis, sharing our kids’s training secrets, with a guy who reached the 1991 Australian Open semifinals and another guy who was no. 1 at Harvard in singles and doubles and reached a career-high of no. 349 on the pro tour. (Note to self: when talking tennis with someone who tells you they played Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the Hamlet Cup on Long Island and had the former two-time slam winner 5-4, 30-all in the third set when he hit an overhead that the 18 or 19 year old Kafelnikov leaped up in the air and from the baseline proceeded to smash back for a winner therein turning the tide of the match in his favor, don’t share that you once took an Italian guy in Avignon to 6-4, 6-3 in a Satellite event).

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May/16

1

Schwartzman Shocks G Force in Istanbul

Grigor_Dimitrov_Monte_Carlo_Rolex_Masters_2013_copyright_Henk_AbbinkDiego Schwartzman achievd one of the great ATP final wins of the decade – at the expense of a devastated Grigor Dimitrov. The diminutive Argentine showed extraordinary resilience in battling back from 67 25 to astonish the struggling Dimitrov who was bidding for his much needed fifth ATP singles title (and first since Queens two years ago). Schwartzman was an iron man today showing rock wall qualites and getting every ball back and ultimately breaking the will and body of the super fit Bulgarian.

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Apr/16

28

Capriati Blasts Serena’s Agent on Twitter

capriatiJen Capriati is not afraid to pull any punches with her provocatively direct and blunt Tweeting style – Politics is not her only subject to speak her thoughts – Check out this posting to Serena’s agent this week – ——————————————— Hey @jsmoll I didn’t know how else to reach u since u havnt responded. I decided I had a right to send u this message no matter the forum, I had no choice. I heard from u when my father died, u reached out, u cried, u said anything I need, u said u loved my father and me. You had contacted me as I thought a friend which was very thoughtful and kind since we go way back. then you continued to contact me several other times making promises to help me and doing what u can on a personal and professional level. I take this to heart.

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