Jul/16

12

Day One At Newport

newportThere are two structural changes to the eye-arresting beauty of this wonderful haven called the Newport Hall of Fame. A new bleacher for the center court and a clubhouse building on the opposite side of the grounds. But the changes blend perfectly and the venue still has the old style feel which is so alluring.

The first action I see is Dancevic vs Weintraub with Dancevic up a set and two-love. Then they engage in a long third with plenty of deuces which is eventually won by the Israeli who appears to wallop the ball a little harder than the Canadien who has the superior serve.

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Jul/16

11

Amir Weintraub, Israeli no. 2, Is Into the Newport Main Draw

The no. 2 Israeli to Dudi Sela, got into the Main Draw here in Newport today, as a lucky loser after going down in three sets to Canadian Frank Dancevic. This is what he had to say afterward about his peripatetic career and Israeli tennis. The Tel Aviv resident is soon to turn 30, but […]

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Jul/16

10

Six Degrees of Jared Donaldson

newpI rushed over to the Hall of Fame club on Bellevue Avenue today when I got into Newport to see some of the Qualifying Event. I mostly wanted to see Brydan Klein, an Aussie-turned Brit, who I met last year at the US Open when he lost in the final round of the Qualis to Ebden, play Michael Mmoh. But when I got there, the matches had just ended. I walked out to the court and Jared Donaldson was out on the first practice court with his coach, Taylor Dent, at the back of the court. JD who was wearing a tight Nike white long-sleeve shirt (the weather here is only in the mid-70’s and there was a little mist) was hitting with a local junior, 17-year-old Alex Freeman, I think his name was. Dent wanted JD to hit with a lefty because he’s facing Donald Young in the first round tomorrow.

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Jul/16

10

Newport 2016 Here we go

newportAnother very good draw for the 2016 Newport ATP event – Here is the order of play for the Opening Day of Main Draw of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Rhode Island’s own Jared Donaldson is the featured player on opening day. His match versus Donald Young will be the fourth match on Center Court.

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Jul/16

10

Raonic is frozen in final vs Andy

No fire no emotion – just stoic robotic Raonic – he’s down a set and on serve in the second and just saved break point and closed out a very tough service game for 5-4 but expressed nothing despite playing two excellent points – a slam at net and a big serve winner – it […]

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Jul/16

7

Will Querrey be the Spark which Ignites US Tennis?

AEGON Championships - Day FiveThe Sam Querrey upset of ATP World no 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic last week sent major shockwaves through the tennis universe. It was arguably the biggest surprise upset in the history of Grand Slam tennis. Querrey had lost first round at Queens to Agut 76 in the third and had recently endured losing first round three events in a row on red clay. Even at his most confident top form Querrey is still the kind of “soft” player that nobody would predict could beat a mighty player like Djokovic. But yet it happened – Querrey did slay the Djokovic Dragon in London

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Jul/16

7

Women’s Tennis Is So Boring

Could anyone watch the two women’s semis at Wimbledon today? I couldn’t. I tried to watch some of Serena’s match with Vesnina, but I mean when you have a slam semis between two opponents so lopsided it could easily be a first round match instead, it’s kind of ridiculous. And then the second match, maybe […]

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Jul/16

5

Biofile: Elena Vesnina Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Ht: 5-7 3/4 Wt: 130

DOB: August 1, 1986 In: Lvov, Ukraine

First Tennis Memory: “I remember when I was nine. And Yevgeny Kafelnikov came by practice. And I was practicing with his father at that moment. And he came for practice. And he was watching a little bit and he gave me some advices. I don’t remember what it was. He was kind of interested in that. And for me he was the best player in the world in that moment. And he was from my home city. He just won the French Open. Of course for me he was huge. Very inspiring moment for me.”

Tennis Inspirations: “I like challenges. I like competing against other players. And winning tournaments, raising the trophy, it’s something amazing. It’s kind of a high that you can get and winning as many matches as I can. Trying to get better. Trying to get stronger, faster, all things to be a better athlete on the court than I am right now.”

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12592745_10206883825707426_765858074746143009_nEven down two sets, two sets I didn’t see on Friday, I thought Djoker’s chances of winning the third round match with QBall were 50-50. And then when the Serb soared to a 5-1 lead in the third set and a 5-4 lead in the fourth set, serving to tie the match, even Brad Gilbert announcing the match for ESPN had Djoker at a 78 per cent chance of prevailing. Qball had not beaten a top 10 player in a slam ever and although he was serving lights out (he hit more aces against Djoker in a slam than any player not named Dr. Ivo), and clocking his forehand and moving better than I’ve ever seen him, this after all was Qball, a player who’s always seemed except for a couple of notable moments on U.S. soil (beating Murray in the finals of LA and Berdych at the US Open) like he’s Big John Isner’s caddy.

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Jun/16

30

Slaying The Dragon

ivoShock upsets are rare occurrences in the world of pro tennis, where top players seldom surrender a centimeter of their hard-earned territory. In this feature, pro players talk about memories of their major upsets…

Scott Draper: “I played Thomas Muster in Rome. He was the King of Clay, number two in the world, defending champion. And I just went out there, I don’t know, I just had a great day where I committed to what I was trying to do and I beat him in three and a quarter hours. He went to the hospital after the match. It was one of those matches where I played unbelievable.”

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