Archive for October 2018

Oct/18

12

Hewitt’s Shanghai Miracle

By Scoop Malinowski Lleyton Hewitt is a tennis Hall of Fame legend with two career highlights that stand out above the rest - winning 2002 Wimbledon and 2001 US Open. Hewitt's major titles both came in straight, three set dominations of David Nalbandian and Pete Sampras, respectively. But an often overlooked conquest of Hewitt was his Herculean effort to clinch the 2002 ATP world no. 1 ranking at the Master's Cup in Shanghai. Continue to read full article...

Oct/18

12

Fans Push Li Na For Newport Hall of Fame

Following a six-week voting period which drew votes from more than 130 countries, the results are in from the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s first ever Fan Vote for Hall of Fame induction. Of the eight nominated candidates, Chinese tennis great and two-time major champion Li Na received the highest number of fan votes; Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanišević of Croatia finished in second; and two-time major champion Mary Pierce of France finished in third. Continue to read full article...

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Oct/18

10

Scoop Tennis Podcast with Tennis Accent

This week I had the honor to be invited to talk tennis and my latest book Facing Marat Safin on the Saqib Ali Tennis With An Accent Podcast. If you care to listen to our 30 minute conversation/discussion, here is the link for the podcast... Continue to read full article...

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Oct/18

8

Southpaw Showdown at the Park

This looks like a battle. I’m intrigued. Two tennis players giving it 100% in a 4.0 league match at Van Saun Park in Paramus, N.J. It’s 5-5 and deuce. Two consistent and intense southpaws, both looking tremendously fit and serious. Gotta sit down and watch this one. Continue to read full article...

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Oct/18

7

How Bad Can Jack Sock Be?

I know it's a little like watching a car wreck for me now. I can't take my eyes off of Jack Sock's singles and doubles matches, but for very different reasons. In singles, Sock is the proverbial train wreck. His season, his record, his performances are historically bad for the once-top American who started the year at #9 in the rankings. Continue to read full article...

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Oct/18

5

The Not So Serious Side of Tennis

By Scoop Malinowski Some very funny moments happen in the world of professional tennis... Magnus Larsson recalled the folly of almost losing his first prize money. "My first tennis paycheck, $2500. I lost. On the way back home to Stockholm. With my wallet. I had no money. I was calling my dad on the phone to tell him what time I come home. When I make the call, I found another wallet. I turned it into the info desk. Lot of money in it. Then when I got on the plane, I realize I left my wallet at the info desk! I had to run to get it back in time. But there was a few sweaty moments." Continue to read full article...

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Back in 2001 after the Indian Wells incident, where the crowd booed the Williams family for suspecting a family fix was in play when Venus withdrew from her semifinal vs Clijsters shortly before the match was about to be played, stiffing the public who paid top dollar for their tickets. Allegations of racism were charged against the white fans who booed the Williams family. But WTA world no. 1 at the time Martina Hingis bravely asserted that being black was actually an advantage for the Williams sisters... Continue to read full article...

NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ By Scoop Malinowski US Open champion Naomi Osaka is still bothered by the fact that the highlight moment of her career - winning the US Open - was destroyed by the inner ugly and horrid sportsmanship of Serena Williams. “I mean, of course I'm happy that I won a Grand Slam,” Osaka told reporters in a press conference on Monday. “I don't think there's anything that can take away from that. But I don't know. I feel like not that when I look back on it that it's a bad memory, but I feel like it was so strange, I didn't just want to think about it. I wanted to just push it to the side. Continue to read full article...

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Oct/18

1

Tomic’s Redemption In China

Bernard Tomic upset top seed and world no. 13 Fabio Fognini 61 36 76, saving four match points to win the most important title of his career in Chengdu, China. When Fognini couldn't touch an inside out Tomic forehand to his backhand corner, a visibly emotionally overcome Tomic fell to the court flat on his back and continued to mutter to himself. He was as shocked, relieved and overjoyed as any player who ever won an ATP title ever was. Continue to read full article...

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