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Aug/17

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US Open Quotebook Thursday

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Elina Svitolina, #4 seed after 64 64 win vs Rodina, on if players complain about other players to each other: “I don’t know. It’s tough to say from behalf of the other players because I’m not really speaking like so much with everyone. Of course I have some friends on the tour and I don’t really like to be one of the, you know, just behind the back speaking. I prefer just to stay away like I have my career and that’s … I don’t really want to think about some other players.”

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Aug/17

31

US Open Intrigue Wednesday

Observations and notes from the day at the US Open…

Patrick Kypson, the 17 year old Kalamazoo US National 18s champ, was holding his own with first-time major main draw qualifier Adrian Menendez Maceiras at 46 55. The match proceeded to a tiebreak and Kypson was ahead 5-0 but then ended up losing it 11-9. AMM is 31 and only has won two main draw ATP matches before today so you can imagine his desperation and hunger. Kypson was game and determined but AMM was starving for it.

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Aug/17

30

Rain Tuesday But Still Plenty of Scoops

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By Scoop Malinowski

Rain was not forecast but it just about decimated day two of the 2017 US Open where only eight matches completed with five on the enclosed Ashe Stadium.

Rafael Nadal again struggled to terminate Dusan Lajovic, falling behind early 35 and then double faulting a key point to lose serve late in the first set but he eventually settled and dismissed Lajovic 76 62 62.

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Aug/17

28

US Open Record Breaker Monday

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By Scoop Malinowski

A whole lotta observations and scoops today. In no order…

Misa Eguchi is an interesting story. Last year she was two points away from an ITF title vs. Krystina Pliskova but hurt her knee and had to retire – just two points away from winning a championship. The injury caused her to miss seven months and now she’s back under protected ranking which allowed her to get into the main draw of her first Grand Slam. Her opponent today? Krystina Pliskova again. Japan’s Eguchi lost 62 62.

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Aug/17

27

Interesting First Round US Open Head To Heads

 

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By Scoop Malinowski

Quirky head to head stats intrigue me so I looked up a few.

Gael Monfils and Jeremy Chardy are both 30 years old but they have only met twice on the ATP Tour, both in Grand Slams, with Monfils winning the 2009 US Open clash and Chardy winning the 2016 Wimbledon five setter. Just two meetings in over a decade – some players have actually played each other in consecutive tournaments. Heck, Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Woodforde played four times in one year.

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Aug/17

26

Yoshihito Nishioka Update

'Yoshihito Nishioka performs the Marcelo Rios jump backhand at Miami Open today in three set win vs Thompson. @[100000725726230:2048:Brian Baxter] nice to meet you there. @[304163176274696:274:Marcelo Riosbook]'

 

The 21-year-old Japanese who emerged as an ATP rising star this year with wins against higher ranked Ivo Karlovic, Tomas Berdych, Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison but tore his left knee ACL while leading Sock in the second round is making good progress in his recovery.

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Aug/17

25

US Open Qualies Friday: Perseverance Pays Off

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By Scoop Malinowski

Congratulations to Danielle Lao, the 26-year-old Californian who qualified today for her first main draw of a Grand Slam with a three set 16 61 62 win over J. Fett. Author of The Invaluable Experience e-book and former USC standout, Lao has proven that tennis perseverance pays off.

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Aug/17

25

US Open Thursday qualies

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Andy Murray was practicing on grandstand (new) with the NCAA ace Thai Son Kwiatkowski. Murray was accompanied by Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado but did not appear to be moving well at all. Limping quite clearly between points and on his walks to the chair for breaks. All the long, physical matches with the 30-year-old who turned pro in 2005. Usually Murray has fun in these type of practices, smiling and engaging with his practice mate but I saw none of that yesterday. Murray looked good but I don’t see him being a factor in this tournament.

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Aug/17

23

The Immediacy of the US Open Qualis

At one point during Nicolas Mahut’s match against the 19-year-old Korean, Soon Woo Kwon today, Mahut hit one of his classic volleys for a winner and an elderly white-haired woman in the stands beside the court fell back on the bleachers and put her hands over her head in glee almost as if she had […]

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Aug/17

23

#NEXTGEN Focus: Stefano Tsitsipas

 

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