Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski

Mark Scoop Malinowski began covering tennis in 1992 at the Pathmark Classic in Mahwah, NJ. He has written about tennis for Tennis Magazine, Tennis Magazine Australia, Ace Tennis (U.K.), Tennis Week, Tennisweek.com, CBSsportsline.com, ESPNzone.com, Boxing News (U.K.) and TheBiofile.com. He has Biofiled Don Budge, Jack Kramer, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Marcelo Rios and many more of the new generation, including Grigor Dimitrov, Ryan Harrison, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska. His first tennis book “Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew” was published in late 2011 and was praised by Nick Bollettieri: “Magnificent. Excellent. You did it in a very interesting way.” Marcelo Rios himself and his parents also told Scoop they all read the book and liked it. “There were some things people said that weren’t true but the book was pretty good. Pretty good,” Rios told Scoop at the ATP Number One Celebration at Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Scoop’s latest book “Facing Federer” was published in October 2013 and is available at Amazon.com. As a player, Scoop has played on the grass at Forest Hills, Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, The U.S. Open hard courts, achieved a #8 USTA Eastern 35s ranking (2011) and won 27 singles (and three doubles) titles since 1997, the most recent coming in Mahwah NJ in September 2013. He reached the finals of the 2013 New Jersey State Mens 45s red clay championships at Arlington Players Club in June 2013. Ranked No. 3 in USTA Eastern Section 45s in 2013. This year he won the 2014 Sony Open media doubles tournament and 2014 Sarasota Open Doubles Clay Court title at Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.

34 comments

  • Andrew Miller · July 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Any chance on Bio-File with Aravane Rezai? I hope she does not become the Jelena Dokic of the WTA – another case of too much talent!

  • spencer segura · November 27, 2010 at 3:14 am

    my dad’s address 7277 almaden lane, carlsbad, CA, 92009 . call me if you need any thing 9173466354. i take yoga from Dan

  • Gans · January 24, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Hello Scoop:

    Thanks for welcoming me to your site in the earlier thread (Dan’s article on Roddick).

    I visit your site frequently for biofiles, articles and discussions. You guys are doing a good job. I think, your site is one of the few places where visitors included seem to keep discussions very decent.

    Gans
    Louisville, now vacationing in Chennai (India) enjoying fantastic coverage of Aussie open with Vijay Amritraj’s excellent insights.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Gans, Thanks for visiting the site. Yes we have some special people here with the two Dans and Richard Pagliaro as we all truly love this sport. I absolutely love Vijay Armitraj as a commentator during the Chennai tournament, love the enthusiasm and excitement in his voice and his astute insights. He is one of the best commentators of the sport for sure. I was lucky to do a Biofile with him at the US Open cafeteria about four years ago while he ate a cheeseburger! I will post this sometime in 2011.

    Louisville – one of my playing partners last year played singles there her name is Natalia Baez from Dominican Republic. Did you ever see her play?

    Sincerely,
    Mark Scoop Malinowski

  • Gans · January 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hi Mark or Scoop (which one would you prefer to be addressed? I like Scoop though :-) ),

    Here at Chennai I don’t have access to internet continuously (on the move).

    No, I haven’t seen Natalia play. Will look out for her when I visit some local tournaments in the future.

    Can’t wait for you to post the biofile on Vijay. He was so nice to say hello to my mom when she was seated in the stands during the recent Chennai open.

    I had recently emailed a couple of questions for Vijay to askvijay@espnstar.com (anyone can ask him about tennis) with the hope that they would select mine and ask him during the coverage. So far I haven’t seen them ask him, but it is hard for me to sit and catch that part of the show everytime. May be they did and I missed?!

    I am posting one of the questions to you, Dan and Richard.

    Has someone in the history of the sport won at least 1 of the 4 majors being a vegetarian?
    We are raising our 6-year old son who loves to play as a vegetarian. Your answer will be helpful to make good choices as parents.

    Please answer.

    He plays pretty good for his age and is taking lessons from Gary Plock at a local indoor club in Louisville.

    Here in Chennai (1 of the 4 major city in India) there is no facility to play. No public parks and even the clubs are only for members, which is more than 1000 dollars annually. It is not a coincidence that you don’t see any champions in singles from here! :-( So my son and I have been paying in the parking garage.

    Thanks.

    Gans,
    Louisville, now @ Chennai

  • Lito Ampon · February 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Scoop,

    Wonderful article about Felicisimo Ampon. Please correct the last name.It is AMPON not Ampong.The great Mighty Mite Ampon as what they coined him is my father.Pound for pound,inch for inch was the greatest tennis player in the world.There were more articles about this man that no one up to this day have accomplished what he did.

    Thanks,

    Lito

  • Craig Berg · March 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Good meeting you at the Delray tournament, Scoop. Have you read my article, “Transcendental Tennis” yet? It’s on my blog at: http://CB108.blogspot.com.
    One mistake in the article: It states that Mats Wilander had learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. But I talked with Mats last week and he told me that he hadn’t learned it yet. We spoke for a good while and he was clearly interested in it, and took the address and have given you here.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · March 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hello Craig; Interesting material. The gist of the program seems to be on a different wage length than my brain, it’s hard to follow and absorb the interview points. In a way it’s like reading Shakespeare, confusing, for me anyway, I just can’t get into it, just can’t connect and embrace it. Maybe just a case of close-mindedness! I’m trying to think of how to incorporate this in a feature for the site…PS Mats Wilander is so nice, so smart about tennis. I asked him for some thoughts on Marcelo Rios and he gave me five minutes of gold. Looking forward to heading to Miami. Just Biofiled Gar Mulloy today.

  • Greg Clark · March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Mark,

    Great meeting you and hitting with you until you forced me to retire. Maybe we can hit again next year in FL and play a match to completion.

    Greg

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Greg, Yeah great to meet by chance and it was a pleasure hitting with you, hope we can play again someday. Keep in touch buddy,

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  • Yeonah Jung · May 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Hi Mark,
    I just met you at the park this afternoon.
    If you don’t mind i would love to have a contact info who designed your website.

    It was delightful having conversation with you aat the park and i will check this site from now on.

    Nice meeting you.
    Yeonah

  • Johnny of Bacolod, Philippines · June 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    As Final Matches go in Wimbledon…, where would you rank the Finals between Goran Ivanisovic vs Patrick Rafter.? I find this match to be up there, as far as drama goes.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Johnny, One my favorite finals ever, of any slam. The Monday crowd, the drama, the tension, Goran being the wildcard and surviving Henman, both players deserved to win. I have this on tape. Goran kissing and talking to the ball at the end as he tried to convert his match points, then finally getting it and the joyous celebration which was pent up for so many years. The joy of the father. This match had everything. It was kind of sad to see Rafter lose, he played well enough to win. Definitely one of the most exciting finals of the decade. What are your memories of the match? Thanks for visiting our site Johnny.

  • rusli piliang · July 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I like you as a commentator tennis you know everythink about tennis

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you my friend. Thanks for reading the site and supporting what we do.

  • Craig Berg · August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Scoop,
    Wow! I totally missed seeing your March 7 post responding to my post.
    You wrote: “I’m trying to think of how to incorporate this (Transcendental Meditation program for tennis players) in a feature for the site”. You also wrote that you had a hard time understanding the article I wrote, “Transcendental Tennis”. (BTW, Tennis Magazine in Brazil (Revista Tenis)rewrote my article and it appeared in their July issue, and was highlighted on their cover…you can see it on my blog, but it is in portuguese). If you’d like to interview me about TM, I’d be happy to do it. I suggest a telephone interview, so you could ask for clarification of my points as they come up. PLMK.

    I am really excited to hear that Ivan Lendl will be playing at the Delray Beach Champions tournament in February. Sure hope I can make it down there for it. He is one of the most impressive people I have ever met.

  • Craig Berg · September 5, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Mark,
    Please let me hear from you.
    Best,
    Craig

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · September 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Craig; I remember you, from Delray. How are you? Hope you are in NYC for the Open.

  • Steve · October 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Recently Todd Martin pulled a wood racquet out of his bag to win the last game in an abbreviated against Michael Chang. It was a Champion Series event.
    Why? Was this a psych job? A subtle middle finger being raised at his opponent? Or was it for added control as Todd Martin stated post-match?

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · October 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Interesting. Very interesting. Maybe it was to get attention? Maybe a combo of all three? Very interesting things always seem to happen in some of these senior matches. One of the best ever was Mac vs. Jimbo in Dallas lol.

  • Steve · November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Scoop,
    Do you know if there is a tennis bubble in Hackensack?
    Looking for an affordable place to play during the winter months.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · November 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Steve are you in Hackensack? If so, you’re just across the river from me (Teaneck). No bubble in Hack, but the least expensive places to play are early mornings in Fairlawn or Edgewater. Not sure of the rates at those times for Bogota or Maywood. I play all over scattered, no set weekly dates. Still play outdoors if it’s not too windy, 35 outside is okay as long as it’s not windy. Let’s hit sometime, where do you play outdoors?

  • Steve · November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I play at Fort Washington Park on weekends and Bergen County including Edgewater.

    Hitting would be fun. I’m nursing an injury at the moment but I should be good in 2 weeks.

  • mark weil · January 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Mark, hello, this is the actual Mark Weil ( Director of Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai) writing to you. Someone placed comments on Wayne Bryan’s letter to the USTA and attributed them to me. I have a close friendship with Wayne and i would never write anything like the comment posted on your site.
    I am asking you to please remove that posting as quickly as you can, as i do not approve of those comments and they are defamatory to me.
    I appreciate your attention to this and look forward to hearing from you very soon!
    my best,
    Mark Weil

  • Krzysztof Sz. · September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Why didn’t you publish my comment for the latest article about James Blake? I posted the comments twice and they were not presented…

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · September 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Krzysztof, I’m very sorry for accidentally deleting your comments about James Blake. We get hundreds of comments every day (most spam) and they were misdeleted. Sorry for the inconvenience. THanks for your comment and welcome to the site.

  • Gordon Brooke · March 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Nice meeting you in Delray Beach, Scoop. I’m heading out to Indian Wells soon and then ill probably be at the Sony Erickson when i get back. Mabye i’ll see ya in Miami.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · March 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hello Gordon; Pleasure to meet you my friend. Safe trip to IW, look forward to hear your observations and run into you again in KB. Keep in touch,

  • Tennis 2013 · May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Awesome article.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · May 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks Teresita )

  • Noah · June 19, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen
    in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon.
    Cheers

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · June 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Hi Noah, thanks for the tip, didn’t know about this. We will try to solve this problem. Thanks for reading our site,

  • Kelsey · August 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Scoop is the BEST!!!!!!!!

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