Feb/18

22

Reilly Highly Likely to be American No. 1

IMG_0337The 6-11, 20-year-old giant, Reilly Opelka shocked the Delray Open again last night (after he eliminated Ryan Harrison one day before on a side court) by moving into the stadium here for a night match against American no. 1 Jack Sock and world no. 8, and dispatching the wise-cracking Sock, 4-6. 7-5. 6-3. Opelka who possesses a very potent slice out-wide serve on the deuce court, did not drop a point on his serve in his last two service games and finally stopped Sock from muttering disparaging remarks about his young opponent.

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Feb/18

20

Delray Dream Day

Today was a dream day on the Delray drawsheet with loads of intriguing matches but for Ryan Harrison it was a nightmare. Ranked 58 from a career high of 40 last July, Harrison fell 6767 to Reilly Opelka with a df on set point in the first and a netted forehand on the fourth and […]

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Feb/18

19

Delray Beach Open Notes

By Scoop Malinowski Lots to tell you today at the Delray Beach Open… Juan Martin Del Potro postponed his 1 pm press conference till tomorrow at 11 in order to practice with Taylor Fritz who he first hit with two years ago in Miami. Guess which player in one of the draws is a lifetime […]

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Feb/18

18

Did Del Potro Play The Greatest Tennis We Ever Saw?

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By Scoop Malinowski

Roger Federer is generally considered the greatest tennis player of all time and his record breaking achievements certainly support that notion.

Twenty major titles, regaining the ATP World No. ranking again at age 36 are accomplishments that may never be equaled.

Yes Roger Federer has to be consider the greatest of all time. But did he play the greatest tennis we ever saw?

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Feb/18

17

Delray Draw A Ten On A Ten Scale

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Right out of the starting gate in the first round of the 2018 Delray Beach Open we have the 2017 final which was never played, Jack Sock the top seed vs Milos Raonic, who defaulted the final last year because of a groin injury he said he suffered in the semis vs Del Potro.

Another prime time first rounder is Reilly Opelka vs Ryan Harrison, the winner to face the Sock-Milos winner.

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Feb/18

15

Isner Is Treading On The Brink

John Isner has had quite a career. And it might not be a dramatization to say that he’s had a nice career. Izzy has started 2018, 1-3, his only win coming in Davis Cup against Lajovic of Serbia in five tough sets. Otherwise, he was cut down by Chung in New Zealand, Ebden in Australia […]

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By Scoop Malinowski

The New York Open could not have scheduled a more dynamically interesting opening night card double bill which will feature Sebastian Korda vs Frances Tiafoe and Ryan Harrison vs Donald Young tonight.

For a tennis enthusiast these are two fascinating clashes. Tiafoe is or was one of the leaders of the American #NEXTGEN brigade but in the last six months his poor results have diminished expectations. After showing such bright promise earlier in 2017 with heroic losing efforts versus Federer, Del Potro and Isner, Tiafoe has failed to get over the hurdle and is suffering bad losses to the likes of Matt Ebden.

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Feb/18

12

Junior Tennis Is Driving Me Crazy

My son, Callum, who is 11, just won his first 14’s tournament yesterday winning the finals 10-7 in the Super Breaker that substitutes for the third set in 14’s tournaments. He was up 6-0, 3-0, love-30 on his opponent’s serve, a 13-year-old who is one of the top players for his age at the McEnroe […]

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Feb/18

9

New York Open Players List

 

2018 NEW YORK OPEN PLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED

LONG ISLAND (January 3, 2018) – The New York Open ATP World Tour tennis tournament will make its debut Feb. 11-18 with a player field highlighted by four of the world’s top-25 ranked players, the No. 1-ranked players from South Africa, Japan, Korea, and Israel, and nine Americans who have been accepted directly into the singles main draw.

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Feb/18

8

Facing Sampras Inteview with Tennis Message

I recently did this interview with Tennis Message magazine about my latest book “Facing Sampras.”

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Question: What inspired you to write Facing Sampras?

Scoop Malinowski: “Curiosity to know what is it like to actually play tennis against Pete Sampras from an insider perspective. It’s always interesting and educational to learn how the very best at their trade operate, in whatever sport or business or occupation. With Pete Sampras, most of us have seen the matches live or on TV. I wanted to investigate deeper by talking to the players about their experiences on the tennis courts with Pete

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