Nov/16

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Tennis Dreams

P6081029By Scoop Malinowski

I have never pursued trying to analyze dreams but a recent spate of wacky dreams involving tennis has aroused my curiosity on the subject.

Last week I actually had a dream that I was doing a Biofile phone interview with Gabriela Sabatini. It’s puzzling why I could possibly have a dream about Sabatini who is a player I have never met or interviewed and who I don’t think about at all. The only memories I have about Sabatini are that she won the US Open on a controversial match point against Steffi Graf and that she was the only WTA player to vote for Monica Seles to retain her frozen ranking of No. 1

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Nov/16

20

King Andy Reigns Supreme

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Andy Murray had an answer for every question Novak Djokovic asked today in the ATP World Tour Finals. Murray showed no hint of fatigue despite the long three hour plus battle yesterday with Raonic and thoroughly dominated Djokovic 63 64.

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Nov/16

19

Andy Escapes Obsessed Raonic at WTF

raonicMilos Raonic threw everything absolutely everything at Andy Murray today in the World Tour SF but it was not enough. Murray survived and escaped with an unforgettable 57 76 76 victory that included having failed to twice serve out the win in the final set and then saving a match point at 8-9 in the third set tiebreaker. Raonic was as expressive as ever and played incredible tennis to push and push Andy to his limits. But Murray refused to relinquish his quest to be ATP no 1 and he refused to allow Raonic to invade a spot into the ATP elite hierarchy.

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(Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports -Kovalev on left/ Ward on right)

Boxing great Andre Ward, three days away from his world title challenge of Light Heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, said he recently met Serena Williams and even admitted of being “intimidated” by her larger than life aura.

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Nov/16

15

Michael Mmoh Making His Move

Amazing, but true, Michael Mmoh moved up 64 spots in the rankings to No. 204 with his win in Knoxville Challengers last week. In winning his first challenger, Mmoh didn’t drop a set until the finals where he beat the Canadian, Peter Polansky, 6-1 in the third set. He took out Smyczek 3 and 2 […]

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Nov/16

14

NFL’s Bobby Rainey loves and plays tennis

refer to captionYou wouldn’t expect an active NFL player to play a physically challenging sport like tennis during his career as a tennis-caused injury could be a risk to the player’s body and even his career.

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Nov/16

7

Biofile: Andy Murray Interview

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I did this Biofile interview with newly-crowned ATP World No. 1 Andy Murray at the 2005 US Open. At the time of this interview, Murray was ranked 122 in the world and had just beaten 39th ranked Andrei Pavel in five sets in the first round of the US Open main draw (63 36 36 61 64). Murray was defeated in the second round in five sets by Arnaud Clement (26 67 62 76 06).

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 175

DOB: May 15, 1987 In: Glasgow, Scotland

Childhood Tennis Heroes: “My favorite player was Agassi. When I started playing when I was about seven, eight I watched him. I also liked John McEnroe. I didn’t really get to see him play live but I watched videos of his matches and really liked him. And now favorite player is probably… I really like Nadal now. And all of the young guys, Gasquet as well.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I like go-karting. Boxing is my favorite sport outside of tennis. And I like listening to my I-Pod.”

Favorite Movies: “Weddimg Crashers – I watched that twice. It just came out (summer 2005) and I thought it was absolutely hilarious. The Girl Next Door.”

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Nov/16

7

Strange But True Tennis Tales: A Very Bad Bet

wbryanbrosA former ATP world no 1 player was in Washington DC eating lunch at the Legg Mason player cafe when he was challenged with a wacky wager idea by an opposing coach. ‘I bet you fifty bucks Mike Bryan beats Max Mirnyi.” The Two-time Grand Slam champion replied: “What’s up (coach). You don’t like money?”

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Nov/16

6

What To Do?

unnamedby Thomas Parham

Wayne Bryan, father of the tennis twins, wrote a long, thoughtful letter to the USTA some while ago. My blog 117 condenses a few points from the letter. My post “The Guerilla Bureaucrat” calls for a powerful insider to throw appropriate light on the exit of college tennis scholarships to international players. And to the link between no scholarships for American players and no quality American players winning slams or even getting close. For years no one has done much to confront this cocktail of demise for American tennis. Contrarily, Coach Bryan may now have hit a major nerve with American parents. Then follow Patrick McEnroe’s response. http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2012/02/patrick-mcenroe-responds-to-wayne.html Along with both long letters, it is essential to read the attached comments.

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Nov/16

2

Tennis Scoops

hanescuKimiko Date-Krumm has divorced her husband of sixteen years the race car driver Michael Krumm. 46-year-old Date is currently rehabbing from two knee surgeries and hopes to compete in professional tennis again in 2017.

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