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Off To Newport

There are few better feelings in tennis than to arrive in downtown Newport Rhode Island and seeing the historic casino shrine of the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Bellevue and Memorial Drive intersection nestled among a CVS, Annie’s diner, a supermarket, Kimsoo’s barber shop and other shops and restaurants.

A few steps into the Hall of Fame and you see the grass courts and many familiar faces like today will feature Bernard Tomic vs Ilya Ivaschka first match on center court. Also in action today will be Ivo Karlovic vs Argentine Guido Andreozzi – I can’t remember ever seeing an Argentine play in Newport – and Tennys Sandgren vs Denis Istomin.

Bjorn Fratangelo plays Viktor Troicki, JP Smith plays Tim Smyczek, Alex Bolt meets Noah Rubin in qualies and wildcard UCLA doubles team Maxime Cressy and Keegan Smith play Nick Monroe and Mischa Zverev.

Watched Cressy Keegan lose a death breaker to Monroe Zverev, it was their ATP debut. Nice effort, we will see the Ucla Ncaa champs again.

Sandgren in a third with Istomin 64 57. At 23 30-40 down break point, second serve after a let out, Sandgren asked, How many net cords am I going to hit? So next point, Istomin return hit netcord and ball landed sheepish and Sandgren had no play, looked to the heavens disbelieving his misfortunes.

Tomic lost to Ivashka. One media guy wanted to talk with him, that’s all. Rubin lost. Isner was practicing with Johnson.

Two Chinese players beat Purav and the other long named Indian 7676 in a thriller.

Good crowd today as always but it looks like they lost Dell as lead sponsor. I don’t see Dell name anywhere in the stadium.

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11 comments

  • Harold · July 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Eubanks the TP favorite to win Wimby 2020, after beating Johnson

    Johnson, 92 in the live ranking, will he ever get back to top 30?

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Stunning win by Eubanks over defending champion who will lose those points. Heartbreaker for Steve. He let it slip away. Ebden looked strong as always on grass beating Schnur who had his NJ kids cheering him on, same kids who cheered him on to nyopen final vs Opelka. He gives them tickets. They added a nice atmosphere here, nice hearing animated loud fan support. And they helped will him on to raise his game after losing first set 61.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Eubanks vs Ivashka tomorrow, a winnable match. Talked with Eubanks agent, said he’s had a lot of tough close losses this year, he needed this kind of win today to prove he belongs in the upper echelon of ATP.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Guess what the headline was for Tuesday paper Newport Daily News? “A Big Win For Me” which was a quote of Guido Andreozzi on beating Karlovic in two tiebreakers. Andreozzi first quote in the article, “I’m happy. I think I played really, really well. It’s a big win for me.” Also there a photo of Andreozzi hitting his two hand backhand on the front page of the sports section.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I did a biofile with Kamil Majchzak of Poland who beat Alastair Gray of Australia (6364 monday), a wildcard from TCU who lost his wildcard last year because of injury. Majchzak extended nishikori to five sets in Australia.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Tim Smyczek, ranked No. 221 and defending semifinal points from last year in Newport, lost to Mischa Zverev in the first round today on stadium in the last match of the day. Smee is 31 years old and this sadly was probably the last ATP Tour level match of his career.

  • Hartt · July 17, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Is Smyczek planning on retiring, or is it that you think he won’t get into ATP level matches anymore?

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 17, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Hartt, it will be hard for smee to get back into top 75 or 100. Lots of waves of young talent and hes not improving anymore. He needs a miracle.

  • Hartt · July 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Scoop, am sorry to hear that. He seems like a nice guy.

  • Jeff · July 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I remember when Smyczek played Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Quite an achievement. That memory will last him a lifetime that he was able to play one of the legends of the sport and he was no doubt honored.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

    And Smee played an unforgettable match vs Nadal and showed a gesture that made him a legend.

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