Aug/16

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Scoopstradumus’s 2020 Crystal Ball

BallCourtDavis Cup final Canada vs USA – Opelka Fritz Tiafoe Kozlov def Raonic Aliassime Shapovalov and Sigouin 3-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal with Fritz beating Raonic in five sets.

40 year old Roger Federer reaches the second week of all four majors.

Ernests Gulbis takes the year off to collaborate with Dan Markowitz and coach Vince Spadea to pn his autobiography Break Point III after the rip-roaring success of Break Point II with Donald Young.

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Aug/16

1

WCT The Road To Open Tennis Film

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“If it hadn’t been for Lamar Hunt and his vision for where tennis should go, the sport wouldn’t be where it is today.” – Arthur Ashe

‘I give WCT a great deal of credit. It established what a pro circuit could be.” – Ken Rosewall

Most tennis observers young and old know that professional tennis as we know it today was born out of the creation of the World Championship Tennis tour by Lamar Hunt, Al Hill Jr. and David Dixon. I recently saw the new DVD “WCT The Road To Open Tennis” and it was fascinating to learn the details of how it all began as an idea and was then executed with perseverance and struggle into a major sport.

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Jul/16

30

Who’s Playing Clean Out There?

I was having a talk with a former pro player, low-level who played on the tour for a bit about 10-15 years ago, but is also a trained nutritionist and exercise physiologist. He’s in amazing shape and still says at the age of 36 he wishes he had the money to go out on the […]

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Jul/16

27

Federer Out For Rest of the Year

11008440_10153256631199941_6100565904647706650_nRoger Federer, the invincible one, who played in a record 65th consecutive slam event at the Australian Open this year, is shelved for the rest of 2017 with more complications due to the knee surgery (meniscus) he had after the Aussie O in January. Federer who sat out the French Open, breaking his slam Cal Ripken-like streak, played Wimbledon, but was knocked out by Milos Raonic in the semis, is turning 35 in August, but he says this is not the end of his storied, 17-slam career.

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Jul/16

24

1981 Tokyo WTA Final Serve and volleys galore

Bettina Bunge's photo.

Do you want to see the ladies play vintage serve and volley tennis? Take a look at this video of the 1981 Toray Silk Final in Tokyo between Bettina Bunge and Ann Kiyomora -

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Jul/16

20

Turning it around

mail.google.comSteve Johnson started the year off with a very disappointing 6-14 record – stumbling after a career high ranking finish to close out 2015. The most devastating shattering loss was in the second round at Delray in February blowing a set and two break lead to Benni Becker to lose in three sets. A down and probably depressed Johnson staggered through a very poor and frustrating stretch until June when suddenly he regained his groove on grass at Nottingham where he won his maiden ATP singles title defeating Pospisal Anderson Seppi and Pablo Cuevas in the final – all in close tough hard-earned matches.

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Up in Newport Dan and I were in the press center and Dan said “Scoop you have to see this photo of McEnroe it’s the best photo I’ve ever seen.”

Facing McEnroe Book's photo. Instantly I agreed it was a fantastic photo – the photo credit was by June Harrison who I contacted over the weekend (to ask to be able to use for ‘Facing McEnroe” book cover) and she responded with a very nice reply:  “That image will be in my book for sure.  It’s called AMERICAN CHAMPION.”

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Jul/16

17

Sock Wilting

davis cupWe all know Jack Sock has trouble in two scenarios: when he’s in a big match and when it’s hot out. This combination is playing out in Portland tonight as Sock, playing the teenager Borna Coric, is down two sets to one after the USA took a 2-0 lead in matches on the first day of the tie versus Croatia.

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Jul/16

16

Who’s Your Donald?

I didn’t get over to the Hall of Fame event until Gilles Muller was snarking down Adrian Yo Adrian Manny Mannarion like 1 and 2 in the last two sets. Manny is one of those types of players who the littlest thing can seem to unsettle him. He’s been complaining about the slickness and low […]

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Jul/16

15

Bagdhatis In A Squeaker Over Dudi

There are few more intriguing figures in the men’s game than the Israeli, Dudi Sela, who at 31 is still no. 65 even after he was trounced by David Ferrer at Wimbledon in the first round and beaten by Dustin Brown in the first round of Roland Garros. Things have been so spare for Sela […]

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