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1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nI drove my son out for a 7:30 pm match at the historic West Orange, New Jersey Racquet Club and it took me 2.5 hours as I left at 5 pm. Anyone who travels on the New Jersey Turnpike on a Friday night at rush hour is nuts, and I am in that group. Oh my God, the trucks, the traffic, I was completely frazzled by the time I reached the club. They had a great color photo behind the club’s desk of Connors, Borg, Fleming, Vilas and many more when they played an event here I guess in the 70’s.

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Nov/17

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Ballboy and Ballgirl Tales

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The best seat in the house for pro tennis is on the court where the ballpersons are the closest to players. Here a few ballkids share some of the memories of being on the court with the pros…

* “My most memorable story was getting admonished by Agassi on court in Cincinnati because I gave him a bottle of water he asked for but I forgot to peel off the label – he wasn’t sponsored by that brand.”

* “Pat Cash gave the ballboy next to me one of his checkered bandanas.”

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Nov/17

17

Boy, has pro tennis changed from the 80s!

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I love these posts by Johan Kriek on Facebook. Check out the latest on fake news and his near brawl with Bob Hewitt…

Been thinking……

about the new term “fake news” that has been heard virtually every day now…..

Unless you have been a recipient of “fake news” you will not understand how infuriating it is.

Imagine an instance where you are at a party in your neighborhood and your good friend and next door neighbor says “so I heard you are moving away because of financial issues?” “I heard it from so and so 4 houses down”. It couldn’t be further from the truth as to why but you as you know you are going to move as the kids need a pool which you currently don’t have etc or you want to move closer to a school etc. You are now the recipient of “fake news

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Nov/17

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Radek Stepanek: Farewell to a Tennis Legend

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By Scoop Malinowski

Radek Stepanek turned pro in 1996 and struggled for five years as a doubles journeyman until November 2001 when he approached Petr Korda asking how he could improve his game. Korda responded, “I will help you but you will listen to everything and I guarantee to you that you will be ranked in the top 70.”

Stepanek listened to Korda’s advice and inspiration. He began 2002 ranked 547 and finished at 63. That was just the beginning.

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By Scoop Malinowski

The rivalry of Federer vs Nadal is one of the greatest in tennis and perhaps sports history. These two titans have had dozens of epic duels on all surfaces in just about all of the biggest arenas of tennis.

Yet not once has there ever existed even a hint of any dislike, resentment, personal grudge or anger between the two. Their battles have always been the utmost displays of fine sportsmanship meshed with violent, beautiful tennis pitting a bloodthirsty bull against the greatest matador of all time.

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2016 CHAMP QUERREY, YOUNG GUNS KYRGIOS & SHAPOVALOV INTO DELRAY

They Join Sock, Del Potro & Raonic To Form Blockbuster Singles Lineup For 2018
DELRAY BEACH, FL: World No. 13 Sam Querrey is playing the best tennis of his career, and the 30-year-old American’s commitment to play in Delray Beach Open’s 2018 ATP World Tour event returns another former champ to an already blockbuster lineup.

The good news doesn’t stop there: 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Top 50 Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, two of the most colorful and top young stars on the ATP World Tour, will be making Delray Beach debuts.

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Nov/17

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Artist’s Views On Tennis: LeRoy Neiman

Pete Sampras Painting by Leroy Neiman; Pete Sampras Art Print for sale

By Scoop Malinowski

Artist LeRoy Neiman has traveled the globe to paint, sketch and draw. His creations have showcased nature, humanity or any subject that arrest his attention, including sport and tennis.

“Tennis is pure,” says the artist in his studio on a sunny summer day, less than a block from Central Park in New York City. “The players come out quietly. They warm up. They have the player introductions which is very dignified. And then they start to play. There is no big to-do before it starts. That’s a tradition and they’re holding to it. I like the fact that Sampras wore all white all the time. I like to see my fencers in white, my doctors in white and my tennis players in white [laughs]. In other sports, they’ve made it so you have other experiences at the event. I think it’s gone too far. Tennis is still pure. I don’t think tennis needs any improvement or showbiz.”

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By Scoop Malinowski

For years now Jack Sock has thrilled tennis observers with his firepower, potential and special capacity to play his best tennis in some of the biggest events like Wimbledon, US Open and the Olympics.

Sock’s signature performances all were achieved in the doubles arena – but that all changed today when Sock won the prestigious Paris Indoors Masters 1000 title 67 64 61 vs Filip Krajinovic.

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Kozlov Finals
By Scoop Malinowski

Stefan Kozlov looked like a dispirited, broken player at the US Open where he lost first round of qualies to Guido Andreozzi in straight sets. One tennis observer said he though Kozlov looked “finished… he has no weapons.”

Kozlov took a month off and returned to Challengers, winning Las Vegas over one of the red hot Tour players Liam Broady. This week in Charlottesville, VA he’s beaten Broady again, in another marathon battle 64 46 64 and is now ahead of Denis Kudla in the quarterfinal match 64 42.

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