Sep/16

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Dissecting Rafa’s Loss To Pouille

rafanaIt was another heartbreaking loss for Rafael Nadal – for the second year in a row he lost an epic five setter – last year to Fabio Fognini and last night to Lucas Pouille – Rafa still looks great and his fighting spirit hasn’t waned a fraction but there is a difference now – There is a difference because Nadal used to win these matches and in the last two or three years he is losing these battles – The difference in my opinion is that the other players are better now and they are getting better and better while Nadal is still the same player who is not improving anymore and compounding his troubles Rafa could be losing that quarter step or even half step to certain regions of the court

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Sep/16

2

Biofile: Taylor Fritz Interview

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By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  ATP no. 53.
First Tennis Memory:  Being on the court with my dad’s college guys. He coached at College in the Desert. And just at our house and hitting two-handed forehands and backhands. I had to be like two or three years old.
Tennis Inspirations:  (Pete) Sampras, as far as role models go. (He was) a big role model for me. But inspiration…the reason why I play is I love to compete. Tennis is great because it’s one on one, it’s just you against someone else. It’s mental, physical. I just really like competing. And…winning [smiles].”

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unnamedI came into tonight’s match between SteveJo and Del Po thinking the American had a chance at the upset, but in reality, it was the no. 243 player, the Italian, Alessandro Giannessi, who was playing in his first slam at the age of 26, who had a better chance of upending Stan Wawa. What can you make of SteveJo’s performance tonight? He was right in the mix in the first set and then in a close breaker, the USC Trojan (oddly both Johnny Mac’s and Brad Gilbert’s daughters both go to USC), chose not to challenge a shot that proved out by Del Po, allowing the Argentine to win the set on the next point.

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Aug/16

31

Facing McEnroe: Book Excerpt

BookCoverImage (1)Happy to announce my fifth tennis book “Facing McEnroe” is finished and available-here is a quick excerpt. (Cover photo by June Harrison)
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“John’s game really started to click when he went to college. He didn’t burn himself out as a junior.”

Fritz Buehning: “We grew up together, he was a year older. We grew up playing (USTA) Eastern tennis. I have a picture of us playing doubles when he was 12 and I was 11. He was one year ahead of me so I didn’t face him all that much in juniors. He was always (ranked) 1 or 2 in the East and I was always ranked 1 or 2 in my age group. He ended up going to the semifinals of Wimbledon while still in high school. I graduated high school a year early because I combined junior and senior years so I was a freshman at UCLA the same year he was a freshman at Stanford. We played Stanford three times in dual matches. Those were pretty exciting matches. On the (ATP World) Tour I played him once in singles in Stockholm. I won the first set but I ended up losing in three sets. I’d say we played at least twenty times in doubles and I won once at Queen’s Club. The time I won, I was partnered with John Austin and John was with Peter Fleming.”

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Fabio Fognini gives you more than a tennis match, he gives you drama, theatrics, genius, flair, and a little bit of grudge too. Yesterday I went to see some of Fognini vs Gabashvili and I could not walk away from court ten.
Fabio lost the first two sets and barely nicked the third in a breaker. At 3-3 in the breaker a fan told Fabio as he walked by, “If you win this tiebreaker you will win the match.” Gabashvili heard the indirect insult and made a mental note but he could not finish the job and lost the third set. And the close fourth set.
In the fifth I came back to the court and noticed it was very intense with some grudge between the two combatants. Fognini left the court for the bathroom for the second time – taking his Babolat to the john BOTH times. Never saw a player take his racquet to the bathroom with him.

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Aug/16

30

US Open Day One Thrills

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The first great match of the day of many thrillers was young Australian Jordan Thompson vs. former Nadal slayer Steve Darcis. Thompson is of interest to me because he is a rising force and he helped Lleyton Hewitt win a first round doubles match at Wimbledon this year. On the old grandstand – they are still using it as a match court thank goodness – Thompson was cruising to a straight set win up two sets and 5-3 on Darcis. But then the match changed. Darcis decided he still wanted to win. Darcis saved a match point and held for 4-5 and Thompson failed to serve it out.

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Aug/16

29

US Open Begins

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We have a fantastic schedule today on Day One of the 2016 US Open -

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Aug/16

27

Super Friday at US Open Qualies

 

Aug/16

27

That First US Open Qualification

Tracy Almeda-SingianI witnessed Christian Harrison and Taylor Townsend qualify yesterday with exciting victories to experience the very special joy of earning a spot in the US Open main draw – so I asked a friend and former WTA professional Tracy Singian if she remembers her special memories about the first time she qualified for the US Open main draw

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Aug/16

26

The Wawrinka-Vekic Files

I get to Flushing Meadows around 1:30 pm today and I start walking over to the media office to see why the heck they didn’t give me a press pass for the first week of the Open this year like they have for so many years now in the past, but I’m struck by a […]

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