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Jack Sock

At the Miami Open this year, the day before his showdown with Rafael Nadal, I asked Jack Sock if he felt secure with Troy Hahn as his coach or if he needed to add a new coach, a new voice, who has experience at the ATP World Tour level. Here is the exchange…

Q. You’re obviously really close to beating those top guys. Do you think you’re ready to do it right now, or do you think you might need a little extra advice from maybe some kind of coach who really knows exactly what it takes to beat those guys?

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May/17

29

Kiki Trickery Leads To Roland Garros Romp

Kiki Mladenovic is one of the favorites to win Roland Garros this year but her high status is not why she was able to escape with a dramatic win today over Jennifer Brady 63 36 97.

Mladenovic was clearly not at her best, struggling with the pressure of high expectations and fine, persistent play by the American. Mladenovic was locked in a fierce struggle 3-3 in the third and then used a long argument on a line call against her to break the rhythm of the match.

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By Scoop Malinowski
The newly formed alliance of Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic could be the all time dream team of pro tennis.
It is the perfect choice, with Djokovic struggling to find his dominant rhythm after a surprising year of subpar results. Agassi experienced his own periods of trial and tribulation during his career, such as when he fell so far down the rankings below the top hundred that he had to go play a Challenger tournament to get back on track.
Djokovic has not slipped that far off the grid – he’s still locked in at no. 2 in the ATP World Tour Rankings – but his game has appeared ineffective and even ordinary at the elite level lately.
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May/17

25

Biofile: Virginia Ruzici Interview

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By Scoop Malinowski

Status: 1978 Roland Garros champion.

DOB: January 31, 1955 In: Campia Turzil, Romania

First Tennis Memory: “Fed Cup in 1973. First time Romania ever played in the competition. First time I was going out kind of Romania. And going all the way to the semifinal.”

Tennis Inspirations: “Ilie Nastase of course [laughs]. Tiriac, Nastase with the Davis Cup final against US in Romania. They were all an inspiration for me.”

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May/17

22

The Week Before The French

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Alexander Zverev earned his first Masters Series title yesterday in Rome with a dominant 64 63 win over Novak Djokovic. It looked like a routine win with the German getting his breaks early in each set. The final point was a Djokovic return long and Zverev’s reaction was quite muted given the specialty of the occasion. I still remember Roger Federer crying after winning his first Masters Series title in Hamburg vs Safin.

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May/17

21

Agassi to Coach Djokovic

P1010357Even as Novak Djokovic was stunning Dominic Thiem in the semis ceding only one game and then suprisingly losing in straight sets to Sasha Zverev in the finals of Rome, Djokovic had the last hurrah, naming former world no. 1 Andre Agassi to be his new coach. It’s not clear yet whether Agassi will be only a sometimes coach at the slams the way Ivan Lendl is for Andy Murray or whether Agassi will be more hands-on. But always known for his quickness, Agassi is suddenly back and for the French, where Agassi might’ve had his greatest slam win back in 1999.

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May/17

19

Opinion: Thiem Will Win Roland Garros

By Scoop Malinowski

Dominic Thiem convinced me today that he is ready to win Roland Garros and I believe he will in a matter of weeks.

He showed today he can not only exchange brutal topspin rallies with Rafael Nadal on red clay but he can outplay, outsmart and out-grind the king of clay.

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May/17

19

ATP To Test Rule Changes in Milan

IMG_1652Interesting changes coming to the ATP Tour. Take a look…

The ATP has announced a series of rule changes and innovations set to be tested at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan this November. The season-ending tournament will see the world’s top 21-and-Under players of the season competing for total prize money of US$ 1.275 million from 7-11 November.
The rule changes, aimed at creating a high-tempo, cutting-edge, and TV-friendly product, are geared towards attracting new and younger fans into the sport, while at the same time retaining the sport’s traditional fan-base. The following rule changes will be applied in Milan:

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May/17

18

Isner Slams Stan In Rome

isnerAn ATP elite is no longer and ATP elite when he stops beating top players. John Isner doesn’t have that identity crisis in 2017. Not after today’s round of sixteen thrashing of Stan Wawrinka in Rome in straight sets.

The 32 year old Isner has had an average year to date, going 8-8 on the season and coming off a heartbreaking 76 in the third loss to Ernesto Escobedo in Houston in his most recent tournament.

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May/17

16

Mind Games In Tennis

mserveBy Scoop Malinowski

Playing serious competitive tennis for two decades has brought great pleasure, excellent fitness, improved play and also an entertainment factor of experiencing so many mind games from opponents.

Mind games and gamesmanship make tennis more intriguing and fun to play. Because you have to know how to properly handle these attempts to rattle your psyche.

I remember playing an older top player in Sarasota at Bath & Racquet Club in a set up match. I was leading 3-love in the third when the opponent on the changeover feigned total exhaustion. I still remember the image of his body draped over a waist-high fence, as if he might quit the match. Guess what?

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