Archive for May 2019

Back in 2008, Rafael Nadal was dubbed the “King of Clay” – he wasn’t by any means the first player to be awarded this title, but there’s little doubt that he’s the most successful and the undisputed “King of Clay,” with eleven French Open titles to his name.

One such player, aiming to emulate and strip Rafa of his French Open title later this month is Austrian, Dominic Thiem. At 25-years-old, the ATP world number 4 is seven years younger than his rival and has upset him before, as we will go on to mention.

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May/19

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Match Analysis: Djokovic vs Nadal Rome Final

By Scoop Malinowski

First set Nadal comes out with full ferocity and a sense of desperation. He has not win a clay tournament all year and urgently needs to win the final in Rome to restore and re-establish his King of Clay dominant aura as Roland Garros looms around the corner.

Nadal dominates Djokovic 6-0 but as Nadal has that facial expression of fierce ruthless intensity, Djokovic looks tired and not all there mentally.

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May/19

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The ITF Junior to Pro Journey

Facing SerenaWhen a coach has total control of a player and shields this player from any outside coaching influence, no matter how valuable,  to protect his own ego, there is one way to overcome this. Offer information and advice here because the player has revealed curiosity to read this site.

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College tennis has lost a lot of its allure and prestige since the days when Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith all won NCAA championships in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The first big junior Americans who skipped college to turn pro were Michael Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Before those players turned pro in the 1980’s it was assumed a top American junior prospect would play at least one year of college tennis.

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By Scoop Malinowski

Jimmy Arias is always an interesting interview and TV match analyst who has shown over the years he will mix in blunt criticisms of players with his expert analysis.

If a player does good things on the court, Arias will credit it. If they do bad things on or off court, Arias will question it or mildly denounce it.

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May/19

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Biofile: Barbora Krejcikova Interview

@scoopmalinowski biofile interview with @bkrejcikova at Innisbrook ITF $80,000 tournament in Palm Harbor Florida after her singles victory. #barborakrejcikova
By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  WTA  129. Achieved world no. 1 ranking in doubles last year. After this interview in Tampa, FL after her second round win vs. Sanaz Marand, Barbora gained some good luck and she won 13 singles matches in a row and three ITF singles titles in Tampa, Pelham, Alabama and Weisbaden, Germany.
DOB:   December 18, 1995 In: Brno, Czech Republic
First Tennis Memory: Tough question…are you going to ask me all these tough questions [smiles]? First memory…well, I was little and I just started to attend the tennis courts in my city. And having a chance to start hitting on the court. Because when I was little, I only had a chance to hit on the wall.
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May/19

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Biofile: Noah Rubin Interview

Noah Rubin poster @tallychallenger #noahrubin
By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  ATP  168.
DOB:   February 21, 1996 In: Long Island, NY
HT: 5-9   Wt:  155
First Tennis Memory: My parents hung a ball from a string off our ceiling and I was actually in a diaper. And maybe I just have a memory because I see the picture so often. I don’t know if I actually remember it but that’s my first memory.
Tennis Inspirations:  I would say my father is definitely one. Tough not to say James Blake and obviously Federer. Federer is Federer [smiles].
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May/19

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Junior Drama at ITF Coral Gables

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Kiki Bertens wins Madrid with a sparkling win vs Simona Halep. I remember seeing Bertens for years, she was an introverted player, a journeywoman, who never ever smiled on the court, there was no joy at all for her playing tennis. She just played like she was a machine. Then she played IPTL in Asia three years ago with the team format and she smiled so much there in the team matches that she seemed to make up for the years of her robotic stoicism. I mentioned how I noticed her smiling so much in IPTL to her in Miami a couple of years ago and she smiled again and agreed it was a lot of fun playing with Kyrgios, Melo and Bagdhatis for the Singapore Slammers. I believe the IPTL experience changed Bertens in a small way. Now she’s a top WTA player, ranked 4 in the world…

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May/19

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Loving Rome

 

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By Aaron
We have been fortunate as a family to travel to many tournaments outside of our home base of New York. We have been to the French Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Newport, Madrid,  Monte Carlo and Montreal. With that said we found Rome to be our favorite destination for a tennis expedition. I traveled there in 2018 with my brothers my son and daughter.
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May/19

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Dunlop Product Review

  Former Federer hitting partner Yury Bettoni who has also worked with Jeff Tarango, Mary Pierce and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario discusses the new innovations of Dunlop tennis racquets and technology… Question: What Dunlop racket do you play with? Yury Bettoni: I play with a Dunlop CX 200 Tour 16/19 Question: What do you like the most […]

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