Oct/14

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Biofile: Stefan Kozlov Interview

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Age: Sixteen.

First tennis memory: “Playing in the rain with my dad (Andrei). When it was raining we kept playing with soft balls. Really good memory.”

Tennis inspirations: “My dad. Probably Federer. He’s a complete player.”

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Oct/14

2

Biofile: Goran Ivanisevic Interview

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Status: Former Wimbledon champion. Winner of 22 ATP singles titles, nine doubles, and nearly #20,000,000 in career prize earnings. Reached ATP World Tour career high ranking of #2. Olympic bronze medalist in singles and doubles in ’92. Reached final of French Open doubles in ’90 (with Korda) and ’99 (with Tarango). Won Davis Cup with Croatia in 2005 and Hopman Cup in ’95. Currently coaches US Open champion Marin Cilic.

DOB: September 13, 1971 In: Split, Yugoslavia

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

First Tennis Memory: “Oh, it was a long time ago. When I picked up the racquet and I got to play. Best memory.”

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Sep/14

30

The “Are You Serious” Matches

10711107_10152720548754487_7720726109567884958_nThis is another of the weeks during the tennis season where you look at some results and say, “Are you serious?” Usually the phrase is “Are you kidding?” but in tennis, because of Johnny Mac, it’s “Are you serious?”

Look at some of these results:

From Japan

The guy with the hardest name in tennis to spell, Przysiezny, beat Tsonga 7-6 in the third

Stan Wawa continues his odd season losing to Ito in straight sets

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Some big events in Asia in Tokyo and Beijing, the return of Rafa Nadal, but I’m most intrigued by the first round match up at the Sacramento Challenger today between wildcard sixteen year old Stefan Kozlov vs. struggling American Ryan Harrison.

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Sep/14

26

Dissect the Harrison forehand

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This photo is from March at the Sony Open practice courts, Harrison is hitting with Klahn, they are playing baseline games. I recall Klahn was clearly besting Harrison with his depth and penetration.

This photo seems to show some flaws in the Harrison forehand.

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Sep/14

23

Ymer Versus McGee in Napa Challenger

photo1_1361891418.33.215.335x225.bg000000.far1Oh, what it would be like to be in the Napa Valley, 100 miles north of San Francisco, this week for the little tennis tournament up there. Such intrigue, such scenery, such wine! Sam Qball Querrey is playing in the event. Marcos Bagdhatis, Marcos Giron, the NCAA champ, Mike Ironman Russell, Ryan Harry Harrison and Denis Kudla. But the first-round match I’m most interested in is between a 27-year-old Irishman who just made waves at the US OPEN AND a 18-year-old Swede (yes, I said Swede, because there hasn’t been a top Swedish player or any kind of Swedish player since Andrea Vinciguerra, no I meant Robin Soderling, I just like writing Andreas Vinciguerra), named Ymer Elias.

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Sep/14

22

This Week In Tennis

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France opts for red clay for the Davis Cup final vs. Switzerland. With Fed and Stan both to play at the indoor ATP World Tour Finals, you have to wonder if both players will give a full effort – or even pullout, given how important this Davis Cup final is for both Federer and Stan.

I remember the year Spain beat Argentina in the Davis Cup finals in Argentina, how Nalbandian criticized Del Potro for participating in the WTF in Asia which he felt adversely affected Delpo’s fitness and energy levels for the final, which was won by Spain on a fast indoor surface.

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Sep/14

22

“I didn’t play my game, I played your game”

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We had a USTA tournament this weekend, park teams meeting two other park teams at Van Saun Park, NJ. It was a lot of fun, we did doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and singles. Just like a Davis Cup WTT format.

Our captain told us it would be a bunch of 3.5s and 4s and that it would be light and for fun with free food, and a chance to meet new players. I agreed mainly because the event was held at a beautiful county park I played my first leagues at over a decade ago.

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Sep/14

17

Facing Hewitt book interview

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An interview I did with an Australian media outlet about my latest tennis book “Facing Hewitt”…

Question: What inspired you to do a book about Lleyton Hewitt?

It started out as a magazine feature idea that was eventually published in the Australian Open program in January. The feature was well received and I decided to develop it further into a book.

Question: Was it a challenge to get interviews with ATP players and were they willing to discuss their matches and experiences with Hewitt?

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Sep/14

17

Rafa Returns … In Astana, Kazakhstan

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Rafael Nadal will play in a two-day exhibition match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kazakhstan. It will be the first time that Nadal will visit the Central Asian nation.

The Kazakhstan Tennis Federeration (KTF) reported that ATP World Number Two player Rafa Nadal will be in Kazakhstan from September 24 to September 25 where will compete against Tsonga in two matches at the National Tennis Centre in Astana.

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