Jun/17

25

King of Queens Lopez Is Ready To Win Wimbledon

About a decade ago I said on the old Tennisweek.com message board that Feliciano Lopez could win Wimbledon. It was as if I said, “Sargis Sargisian could win the US Open.”

But Lopez looks on track right now to actually be a top contender at Wimbledon at age 35. The 32-ranked Spaniard has been on fire for the last month, winning nine of ten matches on grass court, including today’s epic 46 76 76 win against Marin Cilic for the prestigious Queens Club title.

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10406586_10206315778666605_4619562742528972751_nI just watched the second set of the Marin Cilic v Stefan Kozlov match at the Queens Club. Kozlov is the 19 year old wunderkind via Macedonia and South Florida who took the tennis world by storm a couple of years ago when he reached a Challengers finals in California. Now Kozlov is older, ranked #149 in the world, but he has the same “steer the ball” forehand he’s had since he was 16. Watching Koz play Cilic and analyzing their games is almost unfair to the young American.

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Jun/17

20

Raonic Free Fall Continues At Queens

queensMilos Raonic has floundered this year with subpar results, including today’s 76 76 loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round at Queens Club.

Earlier this year Raonic reached the final of Delray Beach but defaulted the title to Jack Sock because of a groin injury which he said was suffered in the semifinal win vs Del Potro.

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Jun/17

19

Hall of Fame Worthy, Yes or No?

moyaNot every champion tennis player can get into the Hall of Fame but there are several candidates who curiously have yet to be inducted and enshrined into Newport. Let’s take a look…

Yevgeny Kafelnikov: The superb Russian won Roland Garros singles and doubles in the same year as well as the Australian Open, an Olympic gold medal, Davis Cup and also he held the world no. ranking. Kafelnikov’s achievements outshine those of Marat Safin who was inducted last year.

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Jun/17

17

Is Dan About To Stick A Fork in Tommy Paul?

tpaul2The Dan Markowitz fork is not bashful. When a young American player struggles, that fork has an eagerness to stick the player. Ask Ryan Harrison who was forked at least a half dozen times.

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1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nThere was a bizarre conclusion to the Sam Groth vs Bryden Klein second round Nottingham duel yesterday, and a most distressful decision was meted out for poor wildcard Klein by chair umpire Mohammed Layhani.

Groth was serving and leading 63 54 but down a break point at 30-40. Groth served and Klein netted his forehand return. As would be expected in such a tense situation of an important match for both Australian veterans struggling to improve their rankings, Klein could not hold in his frustration and chastised his error by calling himself “a stupid person.”

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Jun/17

13

Are You a Paire or a Chardy Fan?

Benoit_Paire[1]I thought watching Jeremy Chardy today how I often have a hard time telling Chardy and Benoit Paire apart. I mean they’re both French, without looking at their rankings; I think they have about the same ranking; they both are tall skinny guys and even carry themselves with similar postures. I know Paire has a beard and Chardy does not: Chardy has a big forehand and Paire a beautiful backhand, but they still seem very similar to me, along with all the other tall skinny white Frenchman out there like Mahut, Bennetau, Herbert and maybe even Paul Henri Mathieu.

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Jun/17

13

Did Connors and Agassi Alter The Tennis Universe?

220px-Agassi-Auopen2005Everyone in tennis is struck by how the younger #NEXTGEN players have struggled so mightily to make inroads into the ATP Elite pantheon – and marveled at how the older players continue to improve and maintain their dominant ways.

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BookCoverImageWith 35 year old Roger Federer back and possibly playing 39 year old Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, the men’s tennis world finds itself in a spot its never been in before, it’s top five players are all 30 and over (Murray 30, Nadal 31, Wawa 32, Djoko 30 and Fed 35). This is quite amazing. Without putting in a call to the ATP media stat guy guru, Greg Sharko, I’d imagine this oddity, feat, wild occurrence, has never ever even closely happened before. The next five men in the rankings are all in their 20’s (Raonic, Cilic, Thiem, Nishikori and Zverev) before we get back to a 30-something player in Tsonga, but only Thiem (23) and Zverev (20) are 25-and-younger.

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Jun/17

8

Ostapenko, Really? Yeah Really

While it may come as a surprise that 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko is in the finals of Roland Garros, by way of today’s three set win over Timea Bacsinszky, the young Latvian has shown consistent career results in the glamour events.

Ostapenko won the 2014 Wimbledon junior event. In 2015 she beat no. 9 seed Carla Saurez Navarro at Wimbledon, losing only two games.

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