Mar/17

14

Women’s Tennis Must Go!

12565404_10206871092149095_2640537973679417595_nI’m watching the brilliant match between the two Next Gen’ers, Kyrgios and Zverev, and what does Tennis Channel do, it switches to the ultra-boring match between Venus and Peng. Now this is high treason, my friends, and something must be done to stop it. Peng pushes the ball like a public parks pusher. Venus confounded, still hits serves in the bottom of the net. I can’t stand it. Last week I had to watch the nauseatingly boring display between Venus and Garbine until I got to see the scintillating Kyrgios and Sock.

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Mar/17

14

Fun Facts: Yoshihito “No Doubt” Nishioka


Yoshihito Nishioka is officially now a force to be reckoned with after his recent quality duels against Jack Sock (three set win), Rafael Nadal (tight two set loss), and yesterday’s incredible win against Tomas Berdych (despite a 1-6 2-5 deficit). Here is a collection of quotes and facts about this new, 21 year old left-handed Japanese sensation.

Nishioka said Nick Bollettieri told him to model his game after former ATP No. 1 player Marcelo Rios, because the Chilean was short and left-handed like the five-foot-seven-inch tall Yonex sponsored athlete.

Asked if he eventually wants to lead Japanese tennis like Nishikori is currently doing, Nishioka responded, “No doubt.”

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Mar/17

13

Citi Open Player Field Shaping Up

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CITI OPEN® TENNIS TOURNAMENT PLAYER FIELD
Ticket Package Sales for 49th edition of Washington tournament begin Tuesday, March 14

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2017) — Returning champions Gael Monfils and Juan Martin del Potro, Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, World No. 9 Dominic Thiem, and American fan favorite John Isner lead the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament early commitments for 2017.

Favorite doubles twins, Bob and Mike Bryan are also back for the 14th time — on the hunt for their fifth Washington title in the 49th edition of one of the most exciting events on D.C.’s summer calendar.

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Mar/17

13

Strange But True Tennis Tales: Cruel Break-up

imagesA famously attractive WTA player decided she wanted to break up with her far lesser-known tennis playing boyfriend. So she schemed a cold-hearted plan of how to do it.

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Mar/17

11

Young vs Kozlov Analysis: Like Creed vs Balboa

BNP Paribas OpenStefan Kozlov vs Donald Young was an interesting clash on stadium court at Indian Wells. It was a rematch of their Newport meeting last summer won decisively by Young in straight sets. Young has been hot in recent weeks with excellent wins against Taylor Fritz Ivo Karlovic and John Isner. Kozlov lost to Steve Johnson in Delray and has been knocking on the door of entering the ATP top 100.

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CNDHp6vU8AEJFunDon’t ask me what I was doing up around 3 am this morning, but I was and I caught the very end of the Harry-Dzumhur match from Indian Wells. Harry had done well against the very cagey, fast Dzumhur to come back from a set down, but at deuce 5-6 with Harry serving, he muffed a high backhand volley and then when he lost the last point and the match, he went into the greatest racquet smashing pique I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen Johnny Mac, Marat Safin Ernests Gulbis, Coco Vandeweghe and others go ballistic).

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Mar/17

9

MIAMI OPEN ANNOUNCES WILDCARDS

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Future stars headline the wildcard field

MIAMI – The Miami Open presented by Itaú today announced several wildcard entries for the 2017 tournament to be held March 20-April 2 in Key Biscayne at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Five men and eight women received entries into the singles main draw including fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Gibbs and Michael Mmoh.

Tickets are on sale now. With Packages starting at just $136 and individual sessions starting at $24, the Miami Open will be the center of the tennis world. More than just action on the purple courts, fans can enjoy an array of exquisite food options, live music, shopping and much more.

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Mar/17

8

11 year old Describes Hit with Venus at Madison Square Garden

madison squareEleven year old Jessica Popiol must be pretty good at tennis. The Barlett, Illinois girl was selected by the USTA to be an ambassador and participated in the “World Tennis Day” activities in New York earlier this week which included playing on the court with Venus Williams at the historic Madison Square Garden. Popiol stepped on the court and played a point with Venus. After trading two shots each, Popiol ripped a sudden forehand strike crosscourt that caught Venus by surprise.

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Mar/17

8

Indian Wells Super Draw

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There have been some fantastic draws over the years but the 2017 BNP Paribas men’s draw may be the most fascinating one in a long while. Barring upsets the mouth-watering match-ups will begin very early at this year’s Indian Wells classic.

2017 Australian Open final combatants Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could meet in the round of 16, while Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro could battle again (for the second time in two weeks) in the third round. All four former Grand Slam champions have been drawn into the same talent-packed quarter of the draw, along with Nick Kyrgios (could face either Djokovic or Del Potro in the quarterfinals). Oh and guess what? Kyrgios could lock horns with fellow NEXT GEN juggernaut Alexander Zverev in the third round.
There have been some fantastic draws over the years but the 2017 BNP Paribas men’s draw may be the most fascinating one in a long while. Barring upsets the mouth-watering match-ups will begin very early at this year’s Indian Wells classic.

2017 Australian Open final combatants Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could meet in the round of 16, while Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro could battle again (for the second time in two weeks) in the third round.

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Mar/17

8

Bioifile: Jack Sock Interview (2010)

(Note: I did this Biofile with Jack at the 2010 US Open)

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 181

DOB: September 24, 1992 In: Lincoln, Nebraska

Tennis Inspirations: “The top players in the world, I just enjoy watching the top players play.”

First Tennis Memory: “Hitting against the garage door at my house (age 8).”

Nicknames: “Sweet Sugar, J-Sizzle – from my brother (Eric), J-Boogie.”

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