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Newport Day One Is Here

Newport Hall of Fame Championships presented by Dell has another attractive draw this year with John Isner and Ivo Karlovic as the top two seeds, joined by other ATP standouts Taylor Fritz, Reilly Oeplka, Stefan Kozlov, Rajeev Ram, Sam Groth and Leander Paes in doubles (with Groth). Here is the day one schedule which I will be attending…

Monday, July 17, 2017 Day 2
STADIUM STARTS AT 11:00 AM
1ST RD
Dennis Novikov VS Marco Chiudinelli

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD
Denis Kudla VS Mitchell Krueger

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD
Taylor Fritz VS Tobias Kamke

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD
Bjorn Fratangelo VS (8) Illya Marchenko

COURT 1 STARTS AT 11:00 AM / QUALIFYING FINAL
Q-F
(2) Sam Groth VS (WC) William Blumberg

FOLLOWED BY / QUALIFYING FINAL
Q-F (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan VS Matthew Ebden

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD
Peter Gojowczyk VS (WC) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD
(1) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Rajeev Ram VS (PR) Victor Estrella Burgos Roberto Maytin

COURT 2 STARTS AT 11:00 AM / QUALIFYING FINAL
Q-F
Austin Krajicek VS (6) John-Patrick Smith

FOLLOWED BY / QUALIFYING FINAL
Q-F
(4) Andrew Whittington VS Frank Dancevic

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD

Adrian Menendez-Maceiras VS Stefan Kozlov

FOLLOWED BY
1ST RD Wesley Koolhof Artem Sitak VS Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Hugo Nys

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111 comments

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’m not negative on Shapovalov at all. His sloppy practice session obviously worked. He’s a fine player with a lot of potential, zest for playeling, and overall refreshing demeanor. Another reason Canada will have a pretty mean Davis Cup team. He also has some sizzling and stinging shots. So if he gets a good physio and takes himself lightly but his matches seriously, I think he’s got a nice future. Top thirty would be great and where he goes from here is up to him.

  • catherine · July 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Just saw pics of Radwanska’s wedding – usual suspects attending, Angelique and others I can’t remember and Caroline Wozniaki the Perpetual Wedding Guest :)

    I wonder how long Radwanska will continue playing or are we going to have more babies on tour ?

  • Hartt · July 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Andrew, I don’t think you are negative on Shapovalov in general, but you have mentioned what you term a sloppy practice session several times, and I think one experience does not mean much.

    I agree that a physio would be great, but doubt that an 18-year-old playing Challengers can afford one, outside of whatever assistance Tennis Canada can provide in that area.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I remember seeing the 18 yr old Roddick practice at US Open and he was like a young Nadal, so intense and so furious. He had that extra level of intensity that the vast majority of players don’t have. You could see how much he wanted it and you just knew he was going to get there eventually. I will never forget that. Young Nadal had it. But I think some future superstars were not like that so it is not a bad sign for Shapovalov if he is a bit leisurely and casual and fun loving during practice on occasion. Sock is this way. Young Djokovic was also.

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Hartt, it’s definitely not representative, but looking back it was clearly a plus. I’ve seen players destroy poor racquets in practice and do both well and poorly in that event. I’ve seen people put themselves through unreal practices, then lose because practice isn’t the main event. So looking back, Shapovalov was loose and ready to smash the field!
    Federer has goofed off in practice too. I’ve seen Rios both execute his racquet in practice as well as hit trick shots never before seen then or now. And other players hitting a shot or two with the opposite hand.

    So for all I know that could be practice #3 of the day. I saw Bouchard work like a fiend, back to back practices and playing points, sharp as a tack. Match time? Came up short.

    I’d think if that goof attitude is part of Shapovalov, all the better! In a serious sport, being able to relax as things get tense is a real skill, gift.

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Hartt sadly as a casual fan that’s all I get, a few hours a year to see a player. A singles and dubs match if I’m lucky. I saw Harrison in a few last year and he was far better than I’d seen him, Giorgi had an intense and leisurely practice, she dialed it up and then chilled out. Sloane Stephens couldn’t handle much, may have been unwell.
    And here in this sweltering weather, out there are Shapovalov and McKenzie McDonald, for hours, just playing point after point and hitting the funkiest shots, balls way high in the air, lobs no one would ever use, laughing and joking and looking ridiculous. And game time Shapovalov quickly showed his opponent the door.
    I took it as wow, that was something you don’t normally see!

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I remember Corretja, sportsman of the year, cursing and generally being unpleasant in practice, then losing. I’ve seen Gimelstob, also behaving worse than any player I’ve seen, berating himself and others, hours later whipping his opponent.
    I cant pick up much from practice. But it’s interesting anyways.

  • Hartt · July 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    It sounds like some of those matches (and practices) were fun.

    I get to see some practices at Rogers Cup. It was fun to see Fed the last time he played here. Edberg was his coach then and this great champion gamely went after errant balls. Fed was practicing volleys, he and his hitting partner were both at the net for some time, when Fed suddenly sent up a lob and chuckled. The inner “brat” is still there!

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Totally there! That is funny. These players are characters!

  • Hartt · July 22, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Denis Shapovalov just won his SF vs. Alexander Sarkissian at the Gatineau Challenger. For a relatively small guy, Denis’ serve is key to hi game. He won in SS, 6-3, 6-4. The last stats I saw were 9 aces, 2 DFs, first serve points 85% and 2nd serve 76%. He is such an aggressive player that he does make a fair number of UFEs, but generally his groundies are good and he moves well. He is not allergic to the net and several times he got errors from his opponent by simply approaching the net.

    This sets up an all-Canuck final because Peter Polansky won the other SF. Peter won this tourney last year. They have very different styles, so it could be a fun final.

  • Andrew Miller · July 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Shapovalov’s backhand is like Muster? Really hits it.

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