Aug/14

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US Open Commences

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Hewitt was hitting with Matosevic. Hewitt doesn’t play his first rounder until Wednesday vs. Berdych.

Simona Halep, WTA world number two ranked player, was asked if she’s been recognized much in and around New York City and she said so far just one person noticed her: “A policeman. He told me, You are Simona Halep, no? Yes I am. Only one.”

Angie Kerber edged Ksenia Pervak in the first match on grandstand. The #6 seed cruised through the first set 62 but then found herself in a battle. Pervak, coached by Dusan Vemic since last October, and also a lefty began to outhit Kerber from the baseline. Pervak, who has a win over Wozniacki, took the match all the way to 55 in the third but then Kerber seemed to play it more safe and conservative. Experience the difference. A funny thing I remember from this match was after the first set Pervak took a bathroom break and took her racquet with her along with some kind of energy bar.

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IMG_1514IMG_1512Court 13 was spilling over with believers when James McGee of Ireland and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakstan, ambled onto the court around 2 p.m today. The prior match between two Chinese women players, Shuai Peng and Jie Zheng, had finished quickly with Peng winning in humming fashion over her countrywoman. It was time for McGee, only the second Irishman in the history of the sport and the country to qualify for a slam main draw (Conor Niland was the only other man to accomplish the feat at both the 2011 US Open and Wimbledon), to play his first round match against the Kazak who was born in Uzbekistan, Nedovyesov, ranked No. 107 in the land.

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Aug/14

24

Who Will Be The Tennis-Prose.com US Open Champ?

IMG_1508If you read this site, I want you to make your picks. Each day there will be five matches to pick from. At the end of the fortnight, the person who picks the most right matches (each person has to keep their own score and report their score each day) will get the chance to have a meet-and-greet with Scoop and me at either Delray Beach, Miami, Newport, D.C. or at next year’s Open. In that meet-and-greet you will receive one of Scoop’s books and “Break Point.” You will also be bought lunch, as long as it’s under $12.99.

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Aug/14

24

Gulbis and Thiem go at it on Grandstand

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Good crowd watching these two titans working hard in practice in early afternoon on Grandstand.

They’re doing baseline tennis, at first they are doing a lot of hard hitting right back at each other and it’s clear Thiem is more on his game, Gulbis is missing more. On many first balls off the feed Gulbis puts the ball in the net. Thiem is like a one handed machine.

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Aug/14

23

New York Times Is Really Covering Tennis Closely

In the Times the past few days there’s been articles on Noah Rubin and the fall of the USTA’s men’s developmental program. Then there was a story re-posted here on Tennis-Prose about how the USTA is supporting their cronies with the monies from the US Open. Another piece was on the rise of Eugenie Bouchard […]

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Aug/14

22

Friday at the US Open Qualies

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The volatile but supremely talented Alexander Kudrayvtsev took down Ricardas Berankis 76 06 63 and then, as he exited the court, swiped a kid’s white cap off his head. The kid ran after him shocked, then the big Russian playfully tossed it back to the kid and also gave him his yellow headband. I like this big hitter and who ever has to play him in the first round better be on high alert. By the way, AK may be the only player in tennis history to wear two different color socks, one red, one black.

My man Taro Daniel won again in three sets, watch this guy people, he’s got a very aesthetic game.

Fognini was hitting with Bolelli on grandstand.

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Michelle Larcher De Brito was beaten by Barbora Krejcikova AND her coach Jana Novotna 76 63. Novotna was doing a lot of coaching especially through the first set. Her presence has to be a bit intimidating as she implored her charge on with intense sounds and provocations.

Lleyton Hewitt hit with Federer on Ashe in the morning. I was told by ATP scribe Joshe Meiseles that Djokovic was asked about being “rusty” at his press conference at John McEnroe Academy on Randall’s Island, and the ATP World number one humorously replied, “There’s only one Rusty and that’s Lleyton Hewitt.”

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You’re the No. 1 player in your country, Ireland. You’re 27 years-old. You’ve played pretty much everywhere on the globe, staying in hostels at some tournaments, doing your own wash, just eeking by for years. But now McGee, who is at a career-high No. 195, is knocking at the door of gaining entry into the US Open and racking in $35,000 even if he were to lose in the first round.

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Aug/14

21

Wednesday Observations US Open Qualies

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Daniela Hantuchova has a lot of fans who admire her game and her model-like physique, well, guess what, there’s a new young Dani on the scene and her body is even longer and taller. Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia could give Giselle Bundchen or Heidi Klum a run for their money and cover shoots. Keep your eye out for Elizaveta Kulichkova (in photo). She lost a tough one to veteran Stephanie Foretz, the bestacled French lady.

If you want to see an unfulfilled talent, watch Alexander Kudryavtsev of Russia, tall, rangy, long arms, solid technique but his head is the problem. He can lose his mind at any moment. And if you like to see racquets thrown and smashed, Kudryavtsev is your man. He smashed some racquets while beating Italian Thomas Fabbiano.

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Aug/14

20

The Young & The Old, The Brash & the Classy

IMG_1501IMG_1499IMG_1500IMG_1502All were on display in the first day of the Qualis at the US National Tennis Center. The young were represented by 17-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany and 18-year-old, Thanasi Kokkanakis of Australia. The old were represented by a pair of 36-year-olds, American Michael Russell and France’s Marc Giquel. All won their opening round matches except for the Frenchman.

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