Sarasota Open Challenger Starts Saturday

One of the coolest tennis events is the Sarasota Challenger which will be contested for the eighth time at the Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens on Longboat Key, Florida from Saturday April l2th to the 20th.

This year’s $l00,000 main draw field once again is strong: Defending champ Alex Kuznetsov is back to defend his title.

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Jovana Jaksic makes waves in Monterrey


Did anyone see this new young beautiful Serbian Jovana Jaksic’s match with Kimiko Date Krumm in the semi of the WTA Abierto Monterrey event?

For almost the entire match Jaksic was utilizing double-grunt noises, first a light normal grunt then after contact she added a higher pitched semi shriek which almost sounded like a combined hiccup/achoo sneeze.

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Sad news came down from the ATP web site yesterday (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/04/15/Golmard-ALS-Diagnosis.aspx) that Jerome Golmard, the thrashing French lefty, has ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, a very painful and muscle-destroying disease that killed ATP president, Brad Drewett, recently.

Golmard beat on the ATP Tour former World No. 1s Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcelo Ríos and Carlos Moyá.

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RIP Mickey Rooney, Actor, Avid Tennis Player


Years ago I remember being told by my friend the artist LeRoy Neiman that Mickey Rooney was a fine, fine tennis player. So good that the dimunitive movie star was considered the best tennis player in Hollywood during his heyday.

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Analyzing Fedrinka’s Futility

The former Olympic gold medalist doubles team of Athens, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, have lost a crucial doubles match today vs. Kazakhstan in four sets. Andrey Golubev and Aleksander Nedovyesov uplifted heavy underdog Kazakhstan to a two to one lead heading into reverse singles tomorrow in Geneva.

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Davis Cup Weekend


It’s Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend.

Italy vs. Great Britain in Naples. After court condition delays, Fognini handled Ward and Murray vs. Seppi was postponed with Murray up.

Germany traveled to Nancy, France and Kamke upset Benneteau. Gojowczyk is battling Tsonga.

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The Biofile: Dominic Thiem Interview


Status: ATP #79.

Age: 20

From: Austria

Tennis Inspiration: I have many players. I didn’t have one big idol. I really enjoyed watching tennis and liked very many players of the last decade. (Name three?) Federer. Ferrero. And Roddick.

First Tennis Memory: My parents are both tennis coaches and also played for themselves, so they took me always to the court. That’s my first memory, nothing special.

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Meet the tennis media: Ben Rothenberg


One of the young guns in the American tennis media is Washington DC-based New York Times contributing writer Ben Rothenberg, who almost got to play with Treat Huey back in the day, caught the eye of Maria Sharapova, and even had a flash “Federer moment” on the court during a high school match…

First memory of tennis: The first one that pops in my head… I remember walking down the stairs, my dad was watching TV and it was Martina Navratilova on.

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On the second point of the match, Rafa Nadal already began his trademark grunting. Novak Djokovic’s first grunt came on the second point of the fourth game.

Clearly, both players felt an extreme urgency to establish early control of the court and match.

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