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Suddenly, about a week after Dan’s feature about the potential of a John McEnroe vs Serena Williams Battle of the Sexes showdown, John McEnroe appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show this week and the primary discussion topic seemed to be his desire and willingness

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10488222_10153479139919319_2196089443928734648_nTo me, the two greatest US Opens were the 1984 Open where the two semis, Mac-Connors, Lendl-Cash, went 5 scintillating sets each and then Mac thrashed Lendl in the finals; and the 1995 Open, where Agassi, having his greatest season ever, took on Sampras in the finals. Agassi had beaten Sampras in the finals of Miami and Canada and had won the Aussie O, Cincy and Indian Wells, as well. He had shaven his hair this year and looked ultra-fit. In the Open semis, he thrashed Becker in 4 sets who’d beaten him at Wimbledon in the semis. Sampras had beaten Becker in the Wimby finals, but that was his only title of the year. He had taken out both Phillippoussis and Courier in 4 sets leading up to the Agassi finals.

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tennis-montreal-masters-andy-murray-canada_3338511Andy Murray, the Scot with the boil, outlasted his prime career rival, Novak Djokovic, the Serb with the sudden chronic elbow, 6-3 in the third to win the Canadian Open. For Murray it was an epic win, having lost his last eight battles with Djoko. The win also leapfrogged Murray into no. 2 in the rankings and after his tumultuous loss to Gabashvili in D.C. suddenly Muzz looks like a strong contender at the US Open in two weeks. How did this all transpose? Djoko had beaten Murray at every corner this year, in the Aussie O finals, IW semis, Miami finals, and the Roland Garros semis. The matches were closer than they had been in 2014, when Djoko also beat Muzz four times, but it was pretty much assumed that Djoko had Murray’s number.

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In an unbelievably impressive performance on all levels, Belinda Bencic conquered the queen of tennis Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup semifinal 36 75 64.

The score may look like Serena was a little off her top form, but after watching the third set I’d give all the credit in the world to Bencic for an amazing display of tennis that will absolutely send massive shockwaves through the WTA and the tennis realm.

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7NAMVIJkIn the second set breaker, “the Gull,” had the unthinkable against his old pre-teen German academy peer, No. 1 Novak Djoko, two match points on his serve. Gulbis had taken the first set and seemed poised to pull off the biggest upset of his career after his dispatch of Roger Federer in the French Open quarters last year. It has been such a bad year for the Gull, Ernie, the Abyss, that not only did he have to qualify for the Canadian Open, but the soon-to-be 27 year old had won a total of five matches entering the US Summer Hard Court season and only one at a slam.

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Aug/15

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The Outrageous Vilification of Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios mumbled an insult about Stan Wawrinka during a heated battle in Montreal on Wednesday evening, not long after Wawrinka targeted a beanball shot right at Nick’s head.

So now the ATP has fined Kyrgios $10,000 with rumblings that additional punishment may be meted out – to the tune of a fine ten times more along with a three year suspension.

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Aug/15

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Examples of incidents of violence in pro tennis

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With the Kyrgios-Wawrinka near brawl in Montreal the talk of tennis today, I decided to collect memories and examples of violence and near violence in the sport of tennis…

Perhaps the most memorable incident in pro tennis was when Roger Taylor punched out Bob Hewitt in the locker room, an overflow from flared tempers after a doubles match they played.

But there are more…

Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic had a physical confrontation after their 2008 US Open quarterfinal match, inside the locker room.

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Aug/15

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The Kyrgios vs Wawrinka Feud in Montreal

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Major controversy in Montreal last night as the clash between Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios evolved into a personal grudge match.

Emotions and intensity were unusually high from the get go, with both players showing they meant business. The formerly combustible Lleyton Hewitt factored into the atmosphere as he’s now the new coach/mentor for Kyrgios and the former world number one was seated in the front row of the Kyrgios box.

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Aug/15

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An early US Open 2015 Preview

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It’s that time of year again, the US Open is upon us. This year’s final, glorious, major tournament of the tennis season will surely dazzle and awe us once again in New York featuring spectacular tennis, new stars emerging, old stars fading into the sunset, and there will be a touch of sadness as the beloved, historic “Grandstand” arena adjacent to Louis Armstrong Stadium will host it’s final matches this summer – it will be renovated next year into a new modernized court.

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IMG_1824I had this text conversation today with a former Top-100 player who said Johnny Mac at 56, would wipe the court with Serena at 33. Read the back and forth and let me know who you’d pick to come out on top and why.

Me: Could Serena beat John McEnroe?

Former Player: No

Me: Yes she would.

FP: I watched Mac give Roddick trouble 18 months ago. He is a nightmare. She hates hates hates slice. She would be fooled by his serve. He would bunt her around. 3 and 3. Maybe 2 and 2.

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