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Andrew Miller · July 27, 2010 at 2:30 am
Any chance to do a special on Henri Leconte or Tim Mayotte?
Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · July 27, 2010 at 4:37 am
Actually did a Leconte Biofile two years ago, I will post this soon. Also got Gentleman Tim Biofile in 1992 or 93 at a Mets game at Shea (he was a guest of the Mets), but will need to revise that. He’s a coach with USTA now I believe, so will see him at US Open. Stay tuned to tennis-prose.com…
Andrew Miller · September 2, 2010 at 12:53 am
Scoop was right about Ryan Harrison! The scalp of Ljubicic no less.
Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · September 4, 2010 at 2:29 am
Thanks! Did you hear today that John McEnroe said Harrison’s serve will get better and bigger and if he can improve his quickness, JMac thinks Harrison is top 10 bound. Mac said this today.
Andrew Miller · October 13, 2010 at 1:28 am
JMac says quite a lot, and it hasn’t quite helped any of the junior talent (I think what JMac said about Donald Young only added to the crushing expectations – credit to DYoung for pulling to within strinking distance of the top 100). I think I trust JMac more in the booth and PMac more on the court, and Agassi probably more than both of them, because Agassi has no vested interest (not in coaching talent or his job or furthering U.S. tennis or any of it: he seemed to have the most interest in what he felt from the player’s game and what he experienced out there). All of that said, I was thinking today of the “lunchbucket” player – and Ryan Harrison seems to have the potential to be a player who a lot of people can identify with. He’s not the best player on the planet (I dont think he will be the most talented guy on the court in a lot of his matchips), but he’s a heckuva fighter. He’s not going to crush Nadal when they play, but he’s going to be there at the bitter end. Roddick has occupied this role and Fish to some degree lately as players who don’t throw in the towel. I think the U.S. could use more of these guys who are in the Nadal mold: making the most of their weapons and staying hungry. Jury’s still out.
Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · October 13, 2010 at 2:17 am
The McEnroes have succeeded at every aspect of tennis and with both of them concentrating their energies to developing junior talent, I see at least one if not both, succeeding when all is said and done. And from what I’m hearing about how well it’s going at Randall’s Island and the fact that two American teens Jack Sock and Denis Kudla contested the junior Us Open final this year, things are looking very good.
Andrew Miller · October 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm
It was a big deal no doubt with two Yanks in the USO Junior finals. Those players usually do some damage on tour – Ginepri, Murray, Roddick were all finalists or champs. Others too.
Andrew Miller · October 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Still not sold on JMac or PMac as coaches. As players and captains, they are excellent (Jmac as a player and Pmac as a player, and PMac as one of the best captains – right up there with the Russian Davis Cup coach, Yuri Tarpishev [spelling]). Sometimes JMac gives too much credit and PMac too little. What would be scary: combining PMac with a Toni Nadal – you’d have a realist and an optimist, with the result being a few champs.
Andrew Miller · October 18, 2010 at 2:17 am
Any take on the WTA? Ivanovic win a good one!
Andrew Miller · December 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm
Jack Sock beats Donald Young in U.S.’ wildcard tournament for the Australian Open. Looks like the practice with Djokovic paid off for Sock. More ammo for Tennis-Prose writers being Young’s coach. It’s hard to win at home, but if you can’t win at home you got to change your strategy.
Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · December 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm
Sock is the real deal, this is a tough loss for DY. I’m with Red, DY has to go Rambo with his training, and hire a new coaching team because the one he’s got now isn’t producing the desired results. Red is the man for the job.
Andrew Miller · December 23, 2010 at 5:33 am
Sock lost to Ryan Harrison, who is back in the main draw of the Australian Open in January. Got to say one thing about Ryan Harrison: he takes his chances and rides them to results. 2nd straight Australian Open. 2nd straight grand slam. Sounds like Sock will make his way in the Australian Open. Hope Donald Young also makes the main draw again.