Apr/16

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Who is Andy accusing?

Andy_Murray_Finals[1]Andy Murray has fired the latest round of ‘PEDs are prevalent in tennis’ accusations: Andy told the Mail On Sunday: “I have played against players and thought, ‘They won’t go away’ or ‘They don’t seem to be getting tired’. Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things.”

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Apr/16

17

King of Clay Reborn Today?

Yes Rafael Nadal looked a lot like his former self this week as he claimed his ninth Monte Carlo Open title with a vintage week of sensational victories particularly against Dominic Thiem Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils today in the final. The fighting spirit is still there. The hunger and desire to win big titles is still clearly there.

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Apr/16

14

Should Djokovic Hire Borg?

borgNot to jump the gun and overreact over Novak Djokovic’s surprise loss to Jiri Vesely in Monte Carlo this week but the world no 1 has a big challenge ahead that perhaps may need special attention and a little extra new innovative brainstorming. Of course we are talking about Novak Djokovic’s twelfth attempt this year to win the French Open for the very first time.

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Apr/16

11

My set against Michelle Larcher De Brito

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACycling Longboat Key after a sushi lunch in downtown Sarasota with my friend Nana I spotted Michelle Larcher De Brito training at the Longboat Key public clay courts. So I challenged her to a set the next day – if she can beat me I’ll fork over fifty bucks (we had played mini tennis two years ago on the same courts with her winning 11-9 and 11-8). She smiled and hesitated and then agreed. I looked up her ranking at the ITF site and she’s down to 227 because of missing half of last year with some kind of injury suffered in the third set of the third round of Wimbledon qualies.

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Apr/16

10

Jack Sock Puts On Show In Defeat In Houston

P1010929Jack Sock is an extraordinary player who has a natural aptitude for showmanship and sizzle. He won the first set today in the Houston final against Juan ‘Pico’ Monaco but became annoyed and lost his grip of the match in the second set. Pico calculated the set break as the right time to call a medical timeout for his supposedly ailing back. Sock fell behind in the second set and let it be known that he felt the back injury was a fake by gesturing that his own back was hurting after points and also mumbling to the chair ump and the crowd about it.

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DjokartChalk up another tennis expert who believes Novak Djokovic’s best tennis is better than that of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – Feliciano Lopez. The veteran lefty Spaniard who has played Djokovic Federer and Nadal multiple times each told journalist Blair Henley this week in Houston that “When Rafa and Roger were at their best they weren’t as great as Djokovic is now.”

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Apr/16

6

Players Who Just Vanish

With the influx of all the new faces and young guns like Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric, Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul and Hyeon Chung on the ATP horizon, it’s natural that some old faces suddenly vanish. Let’s take a look at some of the disappearing acts of the ATP… Marinko Matosevic: Three years ago the eccentric […]

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Apr/16

5

Random Observations and Notes This Week

scoopten2Love the Houston event as it’s a player favorite and ATP guru Greg Sharko always praises this event and the wonderful venue … Victor Estrella Burgos played Herculean tennis to force Hyeon Chung to three sets in action yesterday but Chung finally finished off the Dominican dynamo 6-0 in the third after blowing a match point in the second

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Apr/16

3

Miami Massacre: The Novaknopoly of Tennis

djoksonyNovak Djokovic totally dominated another Masters Series as he decisively won the Miami Open today 63 63 over Kei Nishikori – further distancing himself as by far the most dominant figure in world sports. The “Big Four” narrative is officially over -

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Apr/16

2

Azarenka Zaps Kuznetsova to win Miami Open

sonyericsonVictoria Azarenka continued to show her red hot dominant form as she was too much for Svetlana Kuznetsova today with a decisive 63 63 in 77 minutes to win the Miami Open despite extreme heat conditions. It is Azarenka’s second title in Key Biscayne and the first WTA Indian Wells/Key Biscayne double win since Kim Clijsters eleven years ago. ‘She’s at the height of her game” said Kuznetsova after of Azarenka who did not lose a set all tournament.

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