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Jun/17

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Instruction Corner: Don’t Diminish The Slice

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Sound tennis instruction picked up from a former ATP top ten pro:

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Honestly, this is not the first time I heard this….

“You don’t need a slice backhand as you may get to depend on it too much and you won’t hit your bigger backhand”…

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Jun/17

30

Biofile: Heather Watson Interview

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Status: WTA ranking is 126. 2016 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion.

DOB: May 19, 1992  In: Guernsey, Great Britain

First Tennis Memory:  “I think I remember watching Serena against Sharapova, that final at Wimbledon. I think that was probably my first memory because I never watched tennis as a child or anything like that.”

Tennis Inspirations:  “What? People? (Or whatever inspires you.) I think just being successful. And I’m a competitive person so I love winning. I guess that inspires me enough.”

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310917_255560254494254_1440198522_nJohn McEnroe is back with a new book, “But Seriously, which just came out on Tuesday, 15 years after his iconic and No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, “You Cannot Be Serious.” And here is my question to you, do you think Johnny Mac still wakes up in a cold sweat sometimes because he lost that 1984 French Open finals against Ivan Lendl, even though he was up two sets to love, had three break points at love-40 to break Lendl at 3-all in the third set and had a forehand volley to go up 5-3 in the fourth set?

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Jun/17

28

Feliciano Lopez is the ATP Iron Man

Feliciano Lopez played his first major at the French Open in 2001 – has not missed a major since other than not qualifying. That’s 61 in a row. Wimbledon next week will be 62 in a row.  (Federer has the longest active streak at 65 which ended last year when Federer did not play the […]

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Jun/17

28

Ellesse Drops Dan Evans for Cocaine Use

grothtennisBritish tennis player Dan Evans tested positive for cocaine use earlier this year and has subsequently been abandoned by his clothing sponsor Ellesse for the transgression.

Ellesse on Dan Evans: “We cannot condone the lifestyle choices he has made and are therefore withdrawing his sponsorship.”

Cocaine is of course regarded as a recreational drug but also as a performance enhancer. Dr Brian Hainline co-authored “Drugs And The Athlete” in 1989 and revealed insights: “If you took the right stimulant you’d be more alert and experience less fatigue. With a carefully calibrated dose of cocaine, you’d play better. Everything is a matter of dosage.”

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Jun/17

28

Biofile: Ivan Ljubicic Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Tennis player won ten career ATP singles titles and a 2004 Olympic bronze medal in doubles. Posted career wins over Safin, Gaudio, Kuerten, Moya, Federer, Agassi, El Aynaoui, Kafelnikov, Henman, Schuettler, and Coria. (This interview was done in 2003 at US Open)

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 182

Born On: March 19, 1979 In: Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Childhood Heroes: “Stefan Edberg was and Michael Jordan – the biggest sportsman ever, I think. I liked Edberg’s style of play. He was always chasing the net and I liked it when I was a kid. And I also tried to play that way. But when you go on as a professional, you can not play the game you like [smiles]. You have to play that you do better. So I liked his person a little too – very quiet. I like him.”

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Feliciano Lopez is getting a lot of credit now for his superb grass results but one achievement of his career which is overlooked and forgotten is that the Spaniard was the first player to expose a crack in the mighty Djokovic armor last year.

Flashback to the Australian Open final last year. Djokovic was at the height of his power, having crushed Andy Murray in the Australian final 61 75 76 for his third consecutive major title. Djokovic had never looked better and was in top form.

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Jun/17

26

Federer Betterer Than Everer

0607-113437Roger Federer annihilated Alexander Zverev in the Hall final yesterday 61 63 and played a quality of tennis which arguably could be his very best level.

The soon-to-be 36 year old blitzed Zverev with everything, including baseline superiority, pinpoint serving, serve and volley, lethal shot placements and particularly the drop shot. Federer stung the rising #NEXTGEN star repeatedly with damaging drop shots including one backhand finesse drop – off a deep Zverev drive – from behind the baseline. Zverev didn’t even make a move for the ball.

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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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