Feb/15

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Rick Macci Has His Next Prodigy

index It’s been 27 years since Rick Macci took on the 10-year-old Jennifer Capriati and helped her construct one of the most lethal games in women’s tennis. At only 12, Capriati won the USTA National Girls’ Junior 18’s tournament, making her the youngest player ever to win the event, a record that still stands. Five years later, Richard Williams chose Macci over Nick Bollettieri to train his daughters, Venus and Serena, and Macci, by many people’s account, took two unpolished girls and put them on the road to superstardom.

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Feb/15

15

Delray Beach ATP Begins

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This has always been one of the highlight events of the season for Tennis-prose.com. Outside perhaps of the US Open and Newport, we have covered this event more than any other tournament on the schedule.

It’s a classic smaller event located in the alluring town of Delray Beach, just a few steps from the main street area and no more than a seven minute walk from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Feb/15

13

The Evolution of a Player

IMG_0962When I first started my son out playing tennis, he was in his crib. Who hadn’t heard the stories of Papa Agassi hanging a mobile over baby Andre’s head and having him swat it? I played a game called “balloon ball” with Callum, swat a balloon back and forth.

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By Chris Chaffee
Ever since high school my hero has been Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt. Lleyton Hewitt is one of the best competitors the sport has ever seen. Every time he stepped onto the court, he wore his heart on his sleeve. Hewitt also helped me learn that winning is not everything. It is the fight that matters.

“The essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well. The thrill of the fight. That you keep fighting and fighting and keep coming back, you will never lose or be defeated.”

Hewitt’s inspiration in the fight and giving your best still motivates me to this day.

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safe_image.phpScoop, you dooped us! You told us at D.C. last year that Kozlov, though a year younger than Donaldson, was the better player. It appears this isn’t so as JD took out SK 6-0 in their second set of the opening round in Memphis. Donaldson is on fire these days after winning the Maui Challenger recently and now upending Kozlov.

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Feb/15

7

Biofile: Victor Estrella Burgos Interview

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Status: ATP #53.

Age: 34 Born In: Dominican Republic

First Tennis Memory: I play regional tournament in Santo Domingo. I remember in the final I beat the #1 seed who at this moment was ten years old I was nine. I won 63 36 63. This was my first tournament.

Tennis Inspirations: My dream and inspiration was to be in the top 100. Now I try to get better and better every day with the ranking and be in better tournaments.

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Feb/15

6

Vaidisova Comeback Continues

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Former World No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova returned to professional tennis at the end of last year. The former Reebok endorsed star has been successful and now has a ranking of #594.

Vaidisova qualified at the Midland Michigan ITF event and has rolled through two rounds, beating Japan’s Hibino in 76 75 and then #5 seed Anna Tatashvili 16 64 63.

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Australian tennis great Pat Cash was quoted on BBC radio as saying “things just started snowballing for Murray once he lost that concentration when everything was going his way. He absolutely collapsed. Sorry, but you don’t put a rose tint on this. He melted down, he’s been disappointing and the bottom line is, the situation got too much”.

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Feb/15

3

How Djokovic Stacks Up In Career Stats

noleboxAs the Aussie is over with Djoker winning it for a record 5th time, the Djoko stats are beginning to look pretty impressive. In a rather under-the-radar development, and in the shadow of two other all-time greats (Fed, Rafa), and all before the age of 28, Djokovic has quietly been building a rather impressive all-time resume:

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Feb/15

3

Delray Beach 2015 Player Field

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DELRAY BEACH ANNOUNCES 2015 FIELD

Karlovic, Tomic and Americans Querrey, Sock, Johnson & Young Into The Mix

DELRAY BEACH: The top five-ranked American tennis players are among the field of 32 players who will compete in the upcoming Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas, as the ATP World Tour event announced its singles field on Thursday.

Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock and Donald Young have joined No. 1 American John Isner, who announced in November he would play in the 23rd annual tournament.

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