Archive for August 2019

This US Open has featured quite a few instances of rebel, bad boy behavior, something which the ATP Tour has been lacking for years with the pristine images of the high profile top players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, among others. Last night, Daniil Medvedev actually gave the middle finger to the Ashe Stadium crowd in […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

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The Feliciano Lopez Experience

One watches a Feliciano Lopez match for many different reasons: the guy is gorgeous; the Spaniard has exquisite legs and hair; F Lo has the best slice backhand since Ken Rosewall; Lopez is a Spaniard who actually looks to come up to the net and volley away winners. Yesterday at the Open, I couldn’t get […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

30

US Open Biofile Paulo Lorenzi

Status: ATP no.  135. Turned pro in 1999. Highest singles ranking was 35 in 2016. DOB: December 15, 1981  In: Rome, Italy First Tennis Memory:  When I was playing with my older brother Bruno. I remember when he was taking a lesson, he had 50 minutes, then the last ten minutes with the coach was […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

29

Tommy Haas: The Journey, First & Last Matches

A very recognizable face was strolling the US Open grounds yesterday. And he agreed to share his first and last matches. Tommy Haas, now the tournament director at Indian Wells, was once the second ranked player in the world (in 2002). He won 15 singles titles, 567 singles matches and over $13 million in prize […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

29

US Open Third Day Report

Weather calls for rain but I have a ticket and chance to see some friends from Pittsburgh. I get to the BJK Tennis Center at 10:30 and the first player I spot on the grounds is Feliciano Lopez cutting through the grounds from Ashe to the indoor courts for a practice with his coach Jose […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

27

Jack Sock Has Turned Into Jackie Gleason

First, on Day 1 of the US Open I got caught spending $188 for a ticket in the nose-bleed seats of Arthur Ashe Stadium. I had arrived around 1 pm and thought I could buy a Grounds Pass for $65 to get into see what was an incredible array of Opening Day matches, but finally […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

27

Felix vs Denis

The US Open match of the day will be contested on grandstand in the later afternoon, when Canadian titans Denis Shapovalov duels his friend Felix Auger-Aliassime. This is a very unique, special contrast of two diverse tennis gladiators on a concrete tennis court. The two have a brotherly respect and relationship and a history of […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

26

John Lloyd Is High On Taylor Fritz

Last week I ventured over to The Benjamin Hotel on East 50th Street, where John Lloyd was hosting a morning meet and greet, as one of his many US Open events and festivities. On the agenda were to ask him about Facing Guillermo Vilas, his close encounters with Donald Trump and his view of the […] Continue to read full article...

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Shuai Peng of China, who back in 2011 was ranked no. 14 and in 2014 reached the semi-finals of the US Open, and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina, who at 29-years-old reached a career-high of no. 112 this year, both qualified for the US Open Main Draw today out on Court 6. Peng, who stands 5-9 […] Continue to read full article...

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Aug/19

23

Serena and Dimitrov Reunited: Mind Games For Maria?

The love triangle of Grigor Dimitrov-Maria Sharapova-Serena Williams added a new twist today as Dimitrov and Serena practiced together on Ashe Stadium. The practice combination comes one day after the draw ceremony which revealed the most intriguing first round match of the tournament, Williams will play her arch nemesis Sharapova. The two bitter rivals have […] Continue to read full article...

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