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Jul/17

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Citi Open Monday

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Monfils and Zverev were having a good intense practice. Lots of hitting, lots of points. One observer was Sekou Bangoura who would later make his ATP main draw singles debut hours later vs Marius Copil. Qualifier Sekou told me Monfils is his guy, his inspiration. Sekou played well but Copil had a bit too much firepower. 6476.

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Jul/17

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Tennis Coach Inspired by Federer

In his peripatetic two-decade tennis coaching career, Dominic Mahboubi, a British coach found himself in 2014 working with the Swiss player, Michael Lammer, as he prepared for the Davis Cup finals. Lammer’s practice partner that week was none other than Roger Federer. Mahboubi, who after leaving his small hometown of Gosport in South Hampshire, England, […]

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Jul/17

30

Ready for the Citi Open

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy first Citi Open was a memorable one. It was 2007 and it was the first time I ever saw John Isner, or the first time I ever heard of the name John Isner.

He was on a practice court on day one, looking like an NBA center but equipped with mesmerizing tennis talent. Of course, Isner was born as an ATP star that week, winning five matches all by third set tiebreakers vs Henman, B Becker, Odesnik, Haas, Monfils in the SF before finally losing in the final 46 67 to Andy Roddick.

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Jul/17

30

A Special Example of Heroic Tennis Perseverance

BallCourtOne of the greatest records in tennis history is Victor Estrella Burgos who battled outside the ATP top 100 until finally cracking the special barrier at age 33 three years ago. We most likely won’t see another player survive that long outside the top hundred where the prestige and earnings are considerably less glamorous.

But Estrella Burgos not only managed to maintain his self belief, dedication and determination but he also was able to reward himself with a steady top 100 ranking for three years and also three ATP titles all won in Quito, Ecuador three years in a row.

I play a lot of USTA tournaments and I think I have found the Eastern Section Victor Estrella

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Jul/17

30

Atlanta Final: The Isner vs Harrison Rivalry

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Big John Isner continued his blazing form as he blasted through the third seed and ATP World No. 22 (career high) Gilles Muller 6-4, 6-2 in just 75 minutes to reach his seventh Atlanta final in the past eight years.

World No. 20 Isner earned his seventh consecutive win and once again did not drop serve, saving four break points againt the left-handed Luxembourg veteran. Isner, perhaps on the best streak of his ATP career which began in Washington in 2007, has held serve for 69 straight service games, dating back to his title run last week at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport.

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Jul/17

28

The Bottoming of Jack Sock

P1010645Jack Sock, top-20 player, no. 1 American, just played and lost a match to Kyle Edmund, the Brit who was like 1 and 20 against top 20 players before this match, that was astounding in how poorly Sock played. He was up a break at 4-3 in the first set when there was like a 15-minute delay because a fan got sick in the stands. But after that, Sock just rolled over and played like an under confident junior. He won only one more game the entire match and made Edmund look like Jim Courier in his slam-winning prime.

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Jul/17

25

Atlanta Showdown: The Smyczek vs Young Rivarly

120814073354-donald-young-1-single-image-cutTim Smyczek vs Donald Young will play first round in Atlanta. Just out of curiosity I checked the head to head and was surprised to learn these two have played against each other sixteen times already!

That’s right – 16. The first thirteen meetings were in ATP qualifying, Challengers and one Futures back in 2007. The most recent three all were contested last year on the ATP Main Tour.

Young won the first four meetings in straight sets. Then Smyczek finally got on the board in 2009 at the Winnetka Challenger, winning 62 76. Young regained the mental edge by winning the next two meetings in three sets in 2010 and then Smyczek regained the edge winning the next two. Overall, Young leads the sub ATP Tour matches head to head 8-5.

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anaivOne of my favorite old re-runs is the Dick Cavett Show on Decades Network. The witty Nebraskan was a popular TV figure in the 70s with his own interview show. A couple of weeks ago I taped the two-segment show with Arthur Ashe as the guest and was quite startled to learn that Ashe completely disagreed with the equal prize money issue which was orchestrated by Billie Jean King.

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Jul/17

24

Biofile: Andrey Rublev Interview

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By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP no. 74. Former ITF Junior world number one and Junior French Open champion 2014. Just won Umag title as a LL defeating Lorenzi in final.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 178

DOB: October 20, 1997 In: Moscow, Russia

First Tennis Memory: [Laughs] I don’t know. Because I play tennis since I know myself because my mom was a tennis coach. So I don’t know.

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Jul/17

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Garbine Muguruza’s Wimbledon Victory Overview

Garbine Muguruza won the 2017 Wimbledon Women’s Singles after defeating legendary Venus Williams in a shockingly one-sided victory, which ended 7-5, 6-0 in a short and stunning two-set match.

2016 French Open champion Muguruza lost the 2015 Wimbledon finals to Venus’ sister Serena Williams, so this year marked her chance to get back on the grass and show the world what she was capable of. Muguruza did just that, with an almost flawless Wimbledon run that saw her drop only a single set (to Kerber) throughout the competition.

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