Archive for June 2018

Jun/18

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Diego Schwartzman is 11 in the world!

diego schwartzman By Scoop Malinowski One of the most astonishing achievements in modern tennis is the almost unbelievable fact that Diego Schwartzman is now ranked no. 11 in the world. The five-foot-seven-inch, 25 year old Argentine was not an exceptional junior. He did not take the ATP World Tour by storm in his late teens, early 20s. But somehow the diminutive gladiator extraordinaire has slayed 89% percent of the professional tennis goliaths, and etched his name into the annals of tennis. Continue to read full article...

Yes, we all heard about the cascade of young Americans hitting the tour. We've hearing about them for the last few years: Tiafoe, Donaldson, Fritz, Kozlov, Mmoh, Rubin, Opelka and Tommy Paul. It's been four years since Noah Rubin beat Stefan Kozlov in the Wimbledon Junior finals in the first all-American Wimbledon Junior finals since 1977. Now where are Rubin, 22, and Kozlov, 20? They both didn't qualify for Wimbledon and they're ranked nos. 171 and 246, respectively. Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

28

Wimbledon Qualies

As always there were some interesting Wimbledon qualies story line results this week... Jason Kubler qualifeid for his first Wimbledon with a 12-10 in the third win vs Pavlasek and a tight four setter vs Polansky 76 63 67 64. Kubler is 25 and ranked 147. A few years ago he could only play clay events because of a suspect knee issue but apparently he's overcome that adversity. Kubler's only other Grand Slam main draw was in Australia in 2010. Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

25

Tennis Nicknames That Stuck

It's hard to create a nickname for a pro tennis player because only a few dozen have stuck over the years. Let's review some of the best tennis nicknames, some that stuck, some that didn't... The Prince of Darkness - Marcelo Rios (from a fan) The Russian Terminator - Marat Safin (from Cliff Drysdale) Dr Ivo - Ivo Karlovic Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

24

Biofile: Scott Lipsky Interview

  The veteran American champion retired from professional tennis yesterday.  Scott, a standout NCAA champion at Stanford, won a Grand Slam mixed title and sixteen ATP doubles titles during his pro career which lasted almost two decades. Here is a Biofile I did with Scott a few years ago...
By Scoop Malinowski Status: 2011 French Open Mixed-Doubles Champion. Winner of sixteen career ATP doubles titles. Height: 6’1” Weight: 175 lbs. DOB: August 14, 1981 in Merrick, N.Y. First tennis memory: I’d say hitting balls at the back of the house when I was five. Tennis inspiration: My favorite player was Pete Sampras. Continue to read full article...

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I found the documentary on Nick Bolletteri that debuted last night on Showtime in the USA, “Love Means Zero,” to be a fascinating study of one of the most amazing coaches in sports history. There was Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Red Auerbach, and Tony LaRussa, some of the great coaches/managers in the history of American […] Continue to read full article...

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An interesting, unexpected scoop came my way this week. A credible figure involved with the development of young American tennis players said to me, "Big problem with (names are being left blank) because all them guys play video games all through the night." Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

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Is Kyrgios About To Revolutionize Tennis?

By Scoop Malinowski Nick Kyrgios is cruising along, quietly posting up excellent results. Nobody expects anything major from Nick at this point, there have been too many false alarms and injuries and tanked results. But what if Nick is as sly as a fox? What if he's softened everyone up to expect the next crash or tank but this time he's going to show us all the real, ultimate mature model of Nick Kyrgios, the one we've been frustratingly waiting to see for years? Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

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Biofile: Denis Kudla Interview

deniskudla I did this Biofile with Denis Kudla in Newport right after his big win versus Ivo Karlovic way back in 2011. Today Kudla defeated Yuichi Sugita 62 75 to advance to the Halle semis... By Scoop Malinowski Ranking: 109 DOB: August 17, 1992 In: Kiev, Ukraine Ht: 5-11  Wt: 165 First Tennis Memory: Hitting a wall at a local park when I was about seven. I was following my brother playing tennis. My dad was coaching my brother first. I did what my brother did. That was definitely my first memory. Tennis Inspirations: Is definitely Federer. Just looking at everything he's done, you love him, you want to be just like him. So you work toward that goal. Continue to read full article...

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Jun/18

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Krajicek Implies Djokovic Superiority Over Federer

  Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek may have committed tennis blasphemy by asserting that Novak Djokovic is the superior player overall than Roger. Krajicek believes Federer's greatest achievement was becoming no. 1 again in 2012:  his 'biggest result, because Federer managed to overcome (Novak) Djokovic and (Andy) Murray who were in good form that year.' Krajicek added, 'What makes Federer special is that he played at the highest level for sixteen years and achieved the record Grand Slam titles." Continue to read full article...

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