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Dec/20

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AP Snubs Kenin And Gives Sportswoman of Year to Osaka

The Associated Press has named US Open champ Naomi Osaka as Sportswoman of the Year, snubbing the WTA player who achieved the superior year, American Sofia Kenin. Osaka had an excellent year on the court, winning the US Open and compiling a 16-3 won-loss record. Osaka skipped Roland Garros and lost in the round of […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

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Biofile: Margaret Court Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: The all-time leader in Grand Slam titles with 64 – 24 in singles, 19 doubles and 21 mixed doubles Grand Slams. Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979. DOB: July 16, 1942 In: Albury, New South Wales, Australia First Tennis Memory: My first memorable win was the 1960 Australian […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

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Off-Season Activities

Fabio Fognini is working with new coach Alberto Mancini in Italy. From Argentina, Mancini won three ATP singles titles, including Bologna, Rome and Monte Carlo. Grigor Dimitrov has added Dante Bottini to his coaching team. Su-wei Hsieh is on vacation this week in the French Alps. Kristina Mladenovic, Zarina Diyas, Barbora Krejcikova are all training […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

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Biofile: Pat Cash Interview

The rock star handsome net rushing Aussie hero bested Lendl to win Wimbedon in 1987, his only major title. His colorful career, wounded by injuries and surgeries, would produce five more singles titles and a best ranking of no. 4. Notably, Cash invented the now popular tradition of climbing into the stands to celebrate his […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

16

Miracles Do Happen, I got the Margaret Court Biofile

After a few years of trying, it looked hopeless. I was unable to contact Margaret Court in Australia despite repeated attempts sending notes to her web site and an email I got from a Hall of Fame email list. Then this summer a lightning bolt of luck struck. I got an instant message from a […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

16

First & Last Pro Matches: Tina Pisnik

Resuming our “First & Last Pro Matches” series with former WTA no. 29 Tina Pisnik of Slovenia, a 2000 and 2004 Olympian and winner of one WTA singles title (Bol, Croatia, defeated Amelie Mauresmo 76 76 in the final in 2000)… Tina Pisnik: “First – Miami Open in 1999 (age 19), I qualified from pre-qualies […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

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Biofile: Dmitry Tursunov Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Career best ATP ranking no. 20. Winner of seven ATP singles titles. Helped Russian win Davis Cup in 2006. DOB: December 12, 1982 In: Moscow, Russia First Tennis Memory: I don’t remember [laughs]. I was very, very young when I started. Since I played tennis, I don’t remember like one particular, vivid memory. I […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

15

Orange Bowl 2020

The Eddie Herr Championships were cancelled but the Orange Bowl proceeded last week, though restricting players to only one support person. The boys winner was 16 year old French player Arthur Fils, who overcame a match point in the first round to American wildcard Michael Zheng of New Jersey, 36 75 62. Fils was a […] Continue to read full article...

Dec/20

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Facing Greatness: Michael Ray Pallares

Our next subject in the “Facing Greatness” series is Leonia, NJ native Michael Ray Pallares, who played at the University of Alabama and achieved a career best ATP world ranking of 1183. What would you say were the two best performances of tennis played against you, where you thought the opponent played lights out tennis? […] Continue to read full article...

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Dec/20

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Facing Greatness: Angelica Gavaldon

Our latest installment of Facing Greatness asks former WTA no. 34 Angelica Gavaldon, who reached the QF of AO twice in her career (1990 and 1995), what would you say were the two best performances played against you? What was the best tennis played against me? Mmmm… I don’t recall…I remember me being in the […] Continue to read full article...

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