Archive for October 2019

Oct/19

31

Frenchmen are Making American Men Not Look So Bad

Yannick Noah is the last Frenchman to win a slam, the 1983 French Open. Since that far-gone time (36 years ago), there have been only three Frenchmen who had a finals chance of winning a slam: Henri Leconte, Arnaud Clement and Jo-Willy Tsonga. The charismatic Tsonga is the last Frenchman to reach a slam finals […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/19

31

Colin Dibley Recalls His Career

Yesterday I called Colin Dibley and left a message asking about his memories of facing Guillermo Vilas. Dibley was a top 30 Aussie with the world’s fastest serve, with wins against Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Vijay Amritraj, Lew Hoad, John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, etc. He called me back in the afternoon from his home in […] Continue to read full article...

Oct/19

30

Perfect in Paris: de Minaur is a nightmare to play

Quietly, Alex de Minaur is making a explosive impact on the ATP World Tour. The 20-year-old has won 34 matches this year, including three titles and is now ranked 18 after starting the year ranked 31. Today de Minaur dismantled veteran Spaniard Roberto Batista Agut 76 76 with a display of perfect tennis. The Australian, […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/19

29

The Little Guys In Paris

How many times have we heard how important height and size are to succeed in or eve make it to the professional ranks in tennis? Khachanov, Cilic, Hurkacz, Jarry, etc. – all well over six foot-tall – these are the tennis machine prototypes that one day will rule tennis. But the little guys didn’t get […] Continue to read full article...

Oct/19

27

Nadal’s Plan: To Compete As Long As Possible

ATP No. 1 is not the top priority at this time. Though he has a sizable gap lead on world no. 2 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal said today at a Paris Indoors press conference that his plan is to extend his career for many more years. “I need to organize my calendar to play as […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/19

27

Biofile Nicolas Massu Interview

Status: Winner of six ATP singles titles and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles for Chile at 2004 Olympics (the only two gold medals in Chile’s Olympic history. Career high ranking was no. 9. Retired in 2013, now coaches Dominic Thiem. Ht/Wt: 6-feet, 177 pounds. Born On: October 10, 1979  in Vina del Mar, Chile. Childhood Hero: “Rocky the […] Continue to read full article...

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Jack Sock has plummeted from top ten in the world to a rock bottom so low, he may not even have any ATP ranking points after next week. Sock has not won a single solitary singles match this year aside from a Laver Cup exo win vs Fognini. Sock’s nightmare year has been hampered by […] Continue to read full article...

One of the less celebrated major title conquests of tennis history featured a teenager playing in just his third major main draw against a 29 year old veteran who had won four majors previously. The young player admitted he went into his first major final with zero belief he was going to win the match […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/19

24

Pro Journey: Virginia Ruzici First & Last Matches

The Romanian turned pro in 1975 at age 20. Her best weapon was an explosive forehand strike which powered her success for twelve years on the women’s tour (377 match wins and 221 losses). Ruzici, once ranked 8 in the world (1979) won twelve career singles titles including the 1978 Roland Garros title, where she […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/19

23

Record Alert: Lopez Loses 444th

Feliciano Lopez, the iron man of tennis, has competed in an astounding 71 straight Grand Slams. His longevity in the ATP has also put the 38 year old in a dubious position – Lopez is one match from the record for most ATP losses which is now held by Fabrice Santoro. Lopez lost to Gilles […] Continue to read full article...

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