Archive for April 2020

Apr/20

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Patrick Rafter: The All Time Greatest Sportsman

Tennis is a cutthroat sport. Most pro players are assassins on the court, trained from childhood to destroy the opponent as quickly and efficiently as possible. To get to the top of pro tennis, the emphasis is to win – to be ruthless, vicious and merciless. Kindness is usually saved for post match interviews and […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

29

Biofile: Guillermo Vilas Interview

I did this Biofile interview with Vilas at US Open in 2005. It’s on page 107 in my “Facing Guillermo Vilas” book which is available at amazon for $9.99… The BIOFILE Guillermo Vilas By Scoop Malinowski Status: Hall of Fame tennis great. Born On: August 17, 1952   In: Mar del Plata, Argentina Childhood Heroes: “Rod Laver, […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

27

Two Sets Vs A WTA Pro

With one public park open in Bradenton and Sarasota and two main hitting partners both afraid to play because of fear of virus and fear of being arrested, I am starving to play some real tennis instead of hitting on a wall or driving over an hour to Tampa where a friend plays at open […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

24

First & Last Pro Matches: Andrei Cherkasov

We resume the First and Last Pro Match series with former ATP no. 13 Andrei Cherkasov… First Match: “Never forget. I was in US. I was fifteen years old and I played. I went to watch how my older friends play like (Andrei) Chesnokov, Zverev Sr, (Alexander) Volkov. The tournament was in Chicago, ATP. Somehow […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

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Harry Cicma Revives Pro Tennis In Bradenton

Since the virus pandemic, pro tennis has been for all intents of purposes, dead … or if that term is too dramatic, in a state of suspended animation. All the pro tournaments on the 2020 calendar have been put on ice, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Indian Wells, Wimbledon, etc. But without any fanfare and hype, […] Continue to read full article...

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Marat Safin claims the coronavirus crisis is actually a conspiracy for “chipization” of humanity. The two time Grand Slam champion and International Tennis Hall of Famer, who is a former member of Russian Parliament, called the COVID-19 pandemic “ridiculous” and proposed a chip-implant conspiracy theory in a live interview on Sports.Ru which was broadcast on Instagram. […] Continue to read full article...

Pete Sampras is considered one of the greatest champions in tennis history, having won seven Wimbledon titles, five US Opens and two Australians. Besides Roland Garros, where Sampras reached the semifinal in 1996 and three quarterfinals in thirteen overall attempts to snatch the elusive major title, there was one other special tournament where the Hall […] Continue to read full article...

Apr/20

13

Hitting Next To An ATP Champion in Bradenton

Our “ghetto courts” are still open in Bradenton and each day I’m there an array of quality players of all ages come to these courts which are the only unlocked public courts in Bradenton. Today I saw a former ATP Champion who won two singles titles, both in Moscow at the Kremlin Cup. You may […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

13

RIP Anthony J. Causi New York Post Photographer

The sports world lost a great one this weekend. Anthony J. Causi, the long time New York Post photographer has passed away because of the virus at 48. Causi began his career at the Post in 1994 as a photo messenger. Eventually the Brooklyn native was promoted to photo editor and ultimately a full-time journalist […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

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Book Excerpt: Facing Guillermo Vilas

I remember when I decided to start working on a Facing Guillermo Vilas project – Miami Open at the Key Biscayne site, just outside the main stadium. Two years ago. I remember it was morning, early in the day. Gosh, the memories of just being on the grounds at Crandon Park are uplifting. What a […] Continue to read full article...

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