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Oct/17

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My Favorite Tennis Partner: My Mom

IMG_0163My mom died on Sunday. She often accompanied me to the US Open on my favorite days, either the first or last day of the Qualis. And even though she didn’t know any of the lower-ranked men and women we watched play, she was always an avid and joyous fan.
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By Duke Carnoustie

Why is tennis evolving into a niche sport in the U.S.? We have seen that many tournaments have disappeared from the States (Memphis, Scottsdale, San Jose, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas) and it is less accessible to watch on TV unlike 15-20 years ago. Please don’t tell me it’s because U.S. players are not champions because I do not believe that is the reason.

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Oct/17

30

American Tennis Evaluation Report

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By Scoop Malinowski

Ryan Harrison won a title in Memphis and rebuilt his ranking back up to 45, with a career high of 40 in the summer. Overall Harrison has a 19-22 W/L record. The 25 year old, coached by Davide Sanguinetti and Peter Lucassen, achieved a career highlight moment by winning his first major title – in doubles at Roland Garros with Michael Venus. Harrison has cooled off in the second half of 2017 but he proved this year he can be a force in the ATP and with some fine tuning could continue to make progress next year.

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Oct/17

29

Martina Hingis Tribute

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By Scoop Malinowski

Tennis will never be the same. One of the all time great and most unique champions has decided to move on. Martina Hingis has announced her retirement, while at pinnacle of her game. “I want to stop on top,” said Hingis who is the reigning Wimbledon (mixed) and US Open doubles champion (and mixed) and ranked no. 1 in doubles right now.

She battled the best from the 90s to today, won with everyone from Anna Kournikova to Mary Pierce, to Roger Federer and Leander Paes. Hingis won 25 major titles.

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Oct/17

28

Press Conference Flashback: Martina Hingis Ericsson Open 2000

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March 30, 2000

Martina Hingis after beating Seles 6060

MIAMI, FLORIDA

WTA: Questions for Martina.

Q. That’s the worst loss of Monica’s career. Can you have any compassion for her as it’s taking place or no room for that?

MARTINA HINGIS: What is compassion?

WTA: Feeling sorry for her as the match is going along.

MARTINA HINGIS: I mean, I heard two days ago she started saying that her foot wasn’t okay. Well, I’m sure somebody else in her place wouldn’t even step out on court. Sometimes, you know, other things, you know, happen. When I was on court, I almost felt like after the first set or something she’s going to retire. Then she just kept on playing.

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Oct/17

24

Why Is Carlos Moya Not In The Hall of Fame?

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By Scoop Malinowski

Carlos Moya was ATP World No. 1 in 1999, he won the French Open (1998) and Davis Cup. Moya won twenty ATP World Tour singles titles overall.

Moya’s last major appearance was losing in the first round at the 2009 Australian Open. The five year period has lapsed but Moya has still not been nominated for the Newport Hall of Fame election ballot.

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Oct/17

22

Biofile: Thomas Muster Interview

By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  Winner of 44 ATP singles titles including 1995 French Open. Became ATP World No. 1 player on February 12, 1996.
Ht:  5-11  Wt: 165
DOB: October 2, 1967  In: Leibnitz, Austria
Nicknames: “Chester. For Chester Thompson, the drummer from Genesis. When I was playing drums I was always talking about him. He’s someone I admire. So they called me Chester. Beavis. We always see that on TV in the US. Andrea Gaudenzi calls me that. And I don’t know if it’s a good sign or not [smiles].”
Childhood Ambition:  “First thing I wanted to become when I was younger was a carpenter. Enjoyed to work with wood, making things. I did that a lot as a kid.  Then when I went to school and started to play tennis I went into a different direction. I still like to take something and make it into something different. Like paint on linen. Try to express myself with colors. Not to sell, just personal.”
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Oct/17

21

Kyrgios Alleges Mirka Misconduct

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By Scoop Malinowski

This week Nick Kyrgios graciously answered tennis fans questions on Twitter including one particular seemingly harmless query: “What’s the toughest part of playing Fed?”

Much to the surprise of everyone, Kyrgios replied: “Mirka heckling and whistling at me between serves!!”

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Oct/17

20

Press Conference Flashback: Thomas Muster US Open 1995

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U.S. OPEN

August 30, 1995

Thomas Muster

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

Q. Thomas, can you please tell us when you left Croatia after the tournament there, and how long it took you to get to the United States and your flight?

THOMAS MUSTER: I left on Sunday night, took private plane to Paris. Slept at the airport and left in the morning 11 o’clock, Concord, arrived there at 9 o’clock; practiced at 3.

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Oct/17

19

Press Conference Flashback: Mats Wilander 1995 Key Biscayne

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GREG SHARKO: First quarterfinal for Mats here at the Lipton since’88 when he won it.

Q. Have you got some sort of momentum thing going now, I mean, having won so easily the last couple of rounds?

MATS WILANDER: Yeah, I have got the momentum going for me now for sure, yeah. I think the last two matches I have sort of played a little better than I thought I was able to play at this stage, but I think that momentum changed the last couple of weeks and winning a couple of close matches and even since the French Indian Wells I won 7-5 in the third, which has been unusual for me for the last year, and when you suddenly feel like you are going to win again, then everything changes; perspective changes completely.

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