Jun/15

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Biofile: Borna Coric Interview

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Status: ATP No. 39.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 160

DOB: Nov. 14, 1996 In: Zagreb, Croatia

First Tennis Memory: “Watching my dad play. So I actually started because I was watching him playing.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Rafa Nadal, would say.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think it was Goran Ivanisevic. Actually, I also hope so because he’s an unbelievable guy. I hoped I actually met him first. (Where?) In Croatia. We went to practice. I was like maybe ten or eleven. So he heard about me. And then he asked if we want to practice because he wanted to see how I’m playing.”

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LLeyton Hewitt may be 34 and just months away from retiring from the ATP next January in Melbourne. But for his final summer grass court season on the pro circuit, Hewitt is in London, not to play around and say farewell, he’s there for business. And make no mistake, Hewitt MEANS BUSINESS…

Jaymon Crabb, Hewitt’s coach, wrote these interesting comments about the 2002 Wimbledon champion’s approach to his final appearance at the AELTC…

“I don’t know who the next Aussie Wimbledon Champion will be but I hope Lleyton can get hot this year and make a run and I personally know he has put in the work. He has done the extra work, in the gym, on the track and on the court. If there were extra inches to gain he has gained them.

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Jun/15

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Biofile: Michelle Larcher De Brito Interview

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Status: WTA #146. Defeated defending champion Ana Ivanovic 76 in the third today at the Aegon Championships.

Tennis Inspiration: Definitely Martina Hingis and Monica Seles are my two favorites that I watched growing up.

First Tennis Memory: When my brothers won a tournament. Both my brothers (Sergio and Sebastian) got to the finals of a tournament and they each got a medal. And I kinda started crying because, my mom said, I also wanted one [laughs]. And so my mom said I have to start practicing to get better at tennis to play tournaments so I can get my own medals.

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Jun/15

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Djokovic’s Sportsmanship Lauded By Steve Flink

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The adoring embrace by the heartbroken Novak Djokovic to his conqueror Stan Wawrinka at the end of the sensation Roland Garros final has had worldwide impact — but perhaps no one was more impressed by the classy gesture of sportsmanship than veteran author and journalist Steve Flink.

Wrote Flink in his column at www.tennischannel.com…

“I have been covering tennis for more than forty years, and have been around the sport for half a century watching the world’s best players in their workplace. I have seen some exemplary sportsmanship from the likes of Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal. Among the women, no one was more gracious in defeat than Chrissie Evert…

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I remember the frustrating fade of Michael Chang at the end of his career in 2003. And now this year Lleyton Hewitt is also suffering a similar punctuation mark at the end of his also illustrious career.

Flashback to the start of 2003, Chang was age 31, ranked 119 in the world and making one last push to extend his career. Chang began the year in San Jose, losing first round to ATP No. 2 Andre Agassi, 46 26. He muddled his way to a 1-3 record in his next four matches at various events via wildcards, then decided to drop down to the Forest Hills Challenger, where he beat #237 Jose De Armas but then lost to #419 Tripp Philipps 64 46 36.

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Jun/15

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Biofile Classic: Jonas Bjorkman Interview

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Note: This Biofile was done at the US Open in 1994.

Status: Current coach of Andy Murray. Former #4 ATP singles player, and #1 ATP doubles player. Won six singles titles and 54 doubles titles, including nine major doubles titles. Retired in 2008 after World Tour Finals.

Childhood Heroes: “That’s a good question. Definitely Mats Wilander. He’s from the same club as me. I was like six when he won the French Open. He’s a good friend of my dad (Laus).”

Nicknames: “Bjosse – from the guys. For everything being neat and perfect in my tennis bag [smiles].”

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Jun/15

14

Spadea Ready To Come Back

Vince is absolutely killing the forehand these days and he said even though Roddick and Blake dominated the Power Shares senior event this year (Roddick at 32 apparently and Blake at 34 are seniors while Tommy Haas at 37 after as many surgeries as me is playing on the ATP Tour?!) over 40-something’s like Courier, Agassi and Sampras, Vince thinks he could hold his own against Roddick and Blake now. And we all know if Roddick went back on tour, he’d be Top 20 within a year.

So if Vince is in either draw at Newport, I want to see a strong contingent of Tennis-Prosians there. And watch this sick forehand by Vince.

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Jun/15

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Djoko’s Big Chance

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Novak Djokovic enters the finals of the French Open this morning with history staring him right in the face. I never heard about an athlete’s “legacy” growing up. That term seems to have gained great credence though in modern days. And Djoko’s legacy and spot in the history of the game is essentially coming down to this one afternoon in Paris.

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Serena Williams overcame a tremendous rally by Lucie Safarova, to win her third French Open, 20th major title, and third career Grand Slam.

from a set and 4-1 up, Safarova somehow managed to raise her level, with fierce baseline striking, which stunned Serena. Clearly flustered, double faulted twice to give away two service games, three in all in the second. To a second set tiebreak it went and it was Safarova, in her first major final, who came up with the shots and won the tiebreak 7-2.

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A former two time major champion has sharply criticized the gamesmanship-acting performance by Serena Williams yesterday vs. Timea Bacszinsky in the French Open semifinal won by Williams in three sets. In the match Serena played at her highest level – once the ball was in play – but between points and changeovers, throughout the entire match, Serena conveyed an image that she was extremely sickly, walking around the court like she couldn’t take another step, then proceeding to unleash a 116 MPH ace.

Here’s what the two time major champion wrote in a Facebook post about what he saw yesterday…

“Serena should be ashamed of herself for the way she acted yesterday in front of the world! You are #1 in the world girl!! You are looked at in a different way than #100! You are supposed to act and play like a true champion but what did you do? The biggest act of “rope-a-dope” gamesmanship I have ever seen on a tennis court

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