What’s Happened To Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul?

safe_imageFrances Tiafoe is only 18, but since he extended world no. 18 (at the time) David Goffin to three sets after beating Taylor Fritz at Indy Wells, Tiafoe has gone 15-9 in mostly Challenger events, and has not won a tournament. He has only beaten two Top 100 players in Donald Young and John Millman. And even more concerning is Tiafoe has not qualified in any of the three slams this year, winning a total of three matches in the three slam qualifying draws and making an early first round qualy exit at Wimbledon this week.

Tommy Paul, 19, has done worse than Tiafoe in his maiden pro season. The North Carolinian has only beaten one top 100 player, Lorenzi no. 58 in Houston, and after a pretty nice tournament in Acapulco, where he beat Radu and J-P Smith before losing to Marchenko in the last round of qualies, Paul has also won only one slam Qualie match before going down in the first round of the Wimby Qualies. Worse yet, in Sarasota and Savannah Challengers, Paul lost in the first round to James McGee and Brian Baker, in the latter match Paul could only win four games. Compare Tiafoe and Paul to Taylor Fritz, 18 and no. 63, the player he beat only a little more than one year ago in the Junior French Open finals, who just lost a three-set match to Roger Federer in Stuttgart, and something stinks in Denmark or wherever Tiafoe and Paul are practicing.

Let’s hope both teens turn around their years starting in Newport, R.I. where I will interview Fritz, who’s listed as playing in the main draw, and hopefully Paul, who will have to qualify if he plays Newport.

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  • Jg · June 22, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Those 2 should skip Newport and concentrate in the hard courts, I saw a Tiafoe match on grass and he was hitting loopy forehands, and the ball was sitting up, clearly not a recipe for success on grass. Tiafoe was given a home court wild card to the Citi Open. I think Fritz is playing there too.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Newport is unique, Jg. It’s kind of like the Houston of grass court events in the US. Besides, it can be easier ranking points with a tricky surface and not very strong field. This year, besides Dr. Ivo who always does well at Newport, all you have is Bagdhatis, a first-timer at Newport, Kokkanaikis, just coming back from surgery, Mannarino, Groth, Qball and SteveJo and Fritz, it’s really a wide-open field anyone can win. There’s no Mahut, Hewitt, Sock or Santoro as in year’s past.

    Jg, if you make it to Newport, I’ve got a room for you to stay in.

  • Andrew Miller · June 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This is a good time for the young players to put up big results. I’m not sure if they feel more pressure seeing Zverev and Fritz break through (Zverev way more than Fritz) or less, knowing that they can work their games and Fritz, being in the spotlight, absorbs the tough questions. I also don’t know if they have the training or coaching to excel now. We know from the past that former “young fellas who became champs” had some big-time coaching on the sidelines.

    Maybe a Donaldson might be a better bet. Tiafoe has pressure from his management company, as those honeymoons tend to revolve around rankings targets and if he doesn’t hit them, he could be without a sponsor or two or three. As for Tommy Paul, the kid’s good. Don’t know how he’s training.

    You might see an Opelka do better because of the boom-boom serve. Some U.S. players might benefit when everyone else is in Rio, win more rounds in state-side tourneys.

  • Thomas Tung · June 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I look at Fritz, Paul, Tiafoe, and compare them to the main “competition”: guys like Zverev or Karen Khachanov, and it’s not looking too good. Don’t get me wrong — Fritz, Paul, Tiafoe, even Kudla are better than that “mid-way” generation between now and the days of Roddick/Fish/Blake/Ginepri, but the game is getting more and more competitive — everyone’s working hard on and off the court. Now the talent and consistency is beginning to separate the Slam contenders from the pretenders. Barring injury or unfortunate circumstance, if Zverev can keep his focus, he’s my pick as the true successor to the “Big 4″ of men’s professional tennis. Fritz is too slow, Paul does everything well but doesn’t seem to have a true knockout weapon, and Tiafoe is too inconsistent. And even apart from Zverev, a certain F. Auger-Aliassime is also on the horizon … despite improvements, it’s not looking good enough for American men’s pro tennis …

    As long as many Americans still believe that tennis is a “sissy sport” and that American-dominated sports are the only sports worth playing (save soccer w/soccer moms), this trend isn’t likely to change soon. (Que John Madden, who claimed that the only tennis player that would make his All-Madden team in terms of “toughness” would be John McEnroe — he seems to have forgotten/ignored/not known about Connors and Borg, and a slew of Aussies). It’s surprising how many Americans still have this core belief that only “American sports” are worth playing at the professional level — everything else is garbage to such types, including the world’s most popular sport (association football). And such types, as I have personally experienced, are more prevalent than many would give them credit for.

    Even apart from that, Americans seem to thrive on “controversy” due to a deeply-ingrained cultural demand for “entertainment”, which is probably why Connors, McEnroe, and Agassi attracted many to tennis from the 70s-90s. Now that there isn’t anyone like that in American tennis, the casual fans walk away (except if there’s some female tennis players playing, as one columnist from the former Tennis Week did in a sports bar a decade or so back — he asked for a TV to be turned to female tennis, his request was quickly accomodated, and he got a lot of happy and admiring responses and commentary on how good and wonderful the female tennis players were. Make of that as you will).

  • Dan Markowitz · June 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Opelka must be hurt. He hasn’t played since Houston. He’s way behind the others and behind Rubin, Kozlov and Mmoh instead. I think Mmoh might have the biggest game and most potential after Fritz and Tiafoe. He’s the exact same age as Tiafoe and Fritz, all born in Jan of 1998, and he’s got wheels and hits ball hard, but he’s ranked no. 331 and hasn’t played since Houston too. (What is it about Houston that Opelka and Mmoh both played their last matches there)?

    Ernesto Escobedo might be a darkhorse. He’s only 19 and he’s ranked no. 277 and just beat Bemelmans on the grass. But I know he doesn’t have much $ as he asked Vince to coach him for free.

    Look, I’ll make this final statement about Scoop. I don’t really know the kind of world he lives in. It’s unfortunate he’s made these comments and I’d like to see him apologize not so much for the content of his comments–because he’s not the only one in this country or around the world who harbors feelings that minorities and people of color are ruining the quality of life for whites–but for making Tennis-Prose.com the forum for his political remarks.

    The great thing about tennis is that you meet so many different people from so many different walks of life in this game. I didn’t grow up in a country club and I don’t belong to one now–and never intend to–but I’ve met the country club set and I’ve met poor black, Asian and Hispanic kids from New York City teaching at the Reebok Academy like I did in the 1990’s.

    When I take my son out to play tournaments now we’ve met Russian kids, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Bulgarian, Swedish-Chinese and my son is Eastern European-Chinese. My son’s best friend in the game is Indian. The best player I ever played in a match was Paul Wekesa, a Kenyan who later reached no. 100, and beat me so bad in my first pro match in France that I thought about going home right away and not continuing to play any more events.

    I wrote a book with Vince Spadea who is half-Columbian and half-Italian and a lot of my favorite players of all time in the game are black, Yannick Noah, Gael Monfils and Dustin Brown. When I coached tennis at Pace University, the first two players I recruited were from Uzbekistan and Brazil. So I know about and have experienced more diversity through tennis than I ever did playing college basketball and track.

    I don’t want to demonize Scoop. The same passion he has for tennis he has for his politics. Do I think Scoop is misguided in his views–yes. Do I find his views scary–yes. But do I think as a Jew Scoop looks down on me or doesn’t like me–no. Do I think I can’t enjoy his company–no.

    I’ve learned in my life that the same impulse to point fingers at other people and criticize them for their views, the way they look or where they come from, is a cousin to the impulse to not extend myself when I deem someone is different than me. I hope that Scoop will apologize for making his distasteful comments on this forum because, I, for one, want to continue discussing tennis here with knowledgeable and engaged tennis fans and players.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Excuse me, I meant to say above that I can enjoy Scoop’s company. He’s a decent fellow. I can attest to that having known him now for 20 years. I have never seen him attack anyone else or get into fights, verbally or physically, with others. And he’s generous and congenial in person. So I would like to see the hateful comments stop here. If you don’t want to read the site, that’s your choice, but please don’t come on the site spewing invective and I think Scoop will refrain from doing so as well going forward.

  • jg · June 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I was thinking the same about Opelka, he would do well on grass (didn’t he win Jr Wimbledon or something) I looked him up and he is playing a futures in the states this week and lost in first round. Dan – thanks for offer, but don’t think I can get away that week.

  • Andrew Miller · June 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Dan, you have a better seat in the house re: Mmoh, Escobedo, others. I know Escobedo was making quick work of opponents in the US Open qualies a few years back, and #277 with limited support is strong. Sampras came out of nowhere and he trailed the pack – that might be the case here too.

    Thomas – yes, Zverev is a great talent. I don’t agree regarding the U.S. players, mostly because I didn’t think that Roddick, Fish, Blake etc. weren’t going to be as good as they were. Despite their less grand results, they still out-performed. And this crew of U.S. talent is better than they were, and that’s in an ATP that’s getting gray quickly.

    This is the perfect time because, warts and all, the U.S. players can get the match experience and rankings and experience to stay in the game a long time at a higher level. They also dominated – not just did well, they completely dominated – all of their junior opponents. All of them. For as much as we dump on Kozlov, he’s one of the youngest-ever U.S. players to make a challenger final.

    So, not to argue my point much, but these guys are really young and really strong. Most importantly: they are all in the game at the same time. The U.S. sport requires peer pressure, just like Australia now. If the players around them push themselves in the U.S., the U.S. players reach new heights – it’s like bragging rights.

    The best U.S. generations in the past few decades have been Agassi-Sampras-Chang and so many more, and Roddick-Blake-Fish-Ginepri-Dent etc. This group has all the hardware those guys had, all the credentials. The coaching is a big fat question mark and so is the training. But their games for their age – they are the smoothest playing U.S. players we’ve seen since the 1990s.

    Much more technically sound than Roddick’s crop. These guys are good.

  • Andrew Miller · June 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Wow. Now you’ve lost me, Scoop. Most mexican immigrants cook and clean in restaurants, clean peoples’ homes and apartments and offices, or build our homes and buildings, from the most modest to skyscrapers. They prepare our food – what we eat, on the streets of every city. They do the worst, most dangerous jobs in the U.S. and through work get pride, just as you do as a tennis journalist, from doing a job well done. Their children, sometimes, go on to be the country’s best doctors (some of them). Those stories exist too and they are real also – just as real as the worst stories, which are found in every community. Some of my best colleagues have been mexican – they didn’t take my job. I worked FOR THEM – and then I joined them at their level.

    Dan, Scoop – thanks for a heck of a tennis blog. It’s taken a political turn and I always came here for the tennis and camaraderie. Everyone else, thank you for your thoughtful blogging. I often disagreed but I respect your opinions. Hope you had fun also.

    I’m sure someone will write some good tennis books for the future, maybe a follow up to the Spades project.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Paul Tiafoe Kozlov and Fritz have all had very very good flash results so far – they are threatening players – I think the veteran players are taking them seriously and really get up to play them and beat them down – The very last thing older veteran players want to do is lose to a teenager – how humiliating it is to lose to a kid with no pro experience – I think it’s totally normal for young players to have these highs and lows in their results – Fed and Agassi had it and just about all the greats did when they were just starting out – Very few young Rafa’s just burst on the scene and rise steadily to the top – Also think there really is no rush for the US teens to get up there so fast – enjoy the ride and take it slow and gain experience and confidence – because once you get to the top it’s even harder to stay there – Again these up and down results by Tiafoe and Paul are to be expected – let’s not forget how many desperate veteran players there are in the top 250 and these veteran players have a lot more experience than the US teenagers who are all still ATP rookies who are facing a level of competition far more dangerous and difficult than what they saw in juniors -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Yes Andrew I know many mexicans are positive good people but they need to be here legally and not sponging off the taxpayers and getting benefits above our disabled veterans etc – look we all want what is best for our own races (that’s a drawback of multi-culturism) – but when white Christians step up and stand up for their own they get attacked as KKK racists which is not fair – a ton of whites are fed up with how the country is turning on them and this is why Trump is so popular despite all the relentless media attacks on him -

  • Dan Markowitz · June 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Alright no more talk about Mexicans on this site unless you’re referring to Raul Ramirez or Hank Tigre, who by the way, is from Tijuana. Imagine that, a pro tennis player from Tijuana. That’s a story unto itself.

    How about the only Americans into the 3rd Rd of Wimby qualies, Frantangelo and Krajicek, playing one another for entry into the Wimby Main Draw!? Frantangelo has come a long way.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I saw Fratangelo at Sarasota Open three or four years ago and he lost early and hung around to watch and train but he looked like a lost player who was regretting not going the college tennis route but he persevered and how he’s on the verge of being a steady solid ATP player – Great story of a guy who refused to give up – Lefty Krajicek is a nasty style on grass though – Krajicek is another good story of dedication and perseverance -

  • Jg · June 24, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Steve Johnson coming alive!

  • jg · June 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    not to get too political, but will there be a Brexit fallout at wimbledon?

  • Dan Markowitz · June 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Good question. I think Andy Murray in his first match against Marcos Baghdatis will jump across the net and ask him for a tariff tax.

  • Jg · June 24, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Or his visa

  • Dan Markowitz · June 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Actually, I think Scotland voted to remain in the EEU. If I was Pablo Cuevas I’d be nervous.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 25, 2016 at 7:12 am

    From an article in the Times today about “Brexit,” by the way, can anyone tell me what “Brexit” actually means?

    “If you want to express yourself with a protest vote, you’ll have to vote for Trump, and he is singularly unattractive and even offensive to a large majority of Americans.”

    There you go, as offensive as Brexit was, Trump is even more so. In terms of tennis, thankfully Trump is a golf guy, which we all know is a supremely more easy sport than tennis to play, and Britain has had little to no diversity in their male players, at least. I guess Heather Watson is their one player of color to have hit the scene where there is a deep well of players of color in the American game going back to Gibson and Ashe, to Mala Vai Washington to Blake and now DY and Tiafoe. Even Spadea is Hispanic.

    So yes, Britain always liked to rule non-white countries, but was never too crazy about having non-whites enter their own country.

  • catherine bell · June 25, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Dan – your comment is a bit out of date. People from the non-white Commonwealth have immigrated to Britain for generations, and continue to do so. Our current London mayor is a good example.

    It’s true there’s never been (so far) many
    non-white tennis players of note, but my impression is that athletically talented ‘coloured’ kids here go more for athletics (track) and football (if boys). Those sports are just seen as more attractive and remunerative.
    (BTW Heather Watson lives in Guernsey and her mother is from New Guinea which puts her in a category of her own.)

    And the racial background of US is very different from that of UK.
    You might be better pointing to France to make a point, but there again the French colonial set up was/is unlike Britain’s in important ways.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2016 at 7:44 am

    What a great win for Steve Johnson who was having a down year – that’s how tennis is you can be struggling and down and you just never know when it can all suddenly turn around – I believe this is the first title this year for a USA ATP player -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2016 at 7:47 am

    If “White Rage” is what it is going to take for Whites to collectivize, organize, and galvanize in our own group interests, then more is needed. We have every right to identify with our racial in-group, to assert ourselves, and to advocate for our progeny, our survival, and our racial interests.

    “If the people or race who created and sustained the civilization of the West should die, then the civilization also will die. As long as whites continue to avoid and deny their own racial identity, at a time when almost every other racial and ethnic category is rediscovering and asserting its own, whites will have no chance to resist their dispossession and their eventual possible physical destruction.” — Samuel Francis

  • catherine bell · June 26, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Scoop –

    What on earth are you on about ? I’m not sure how seriously to take your comments.

    And I thought this was a site for tennis discussion…..

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Catherine: I am continually being slandered as a racist bigot (which is false) for saying certain forbidden truths that certain people do not want to be said and so I have to defend against it – If the attacks stop then I will stop but these nuts are trying to destroy my rep and ruin me -

  • Andrew Miller · June 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    “I believe this is the first title this year for a USA ATP player”

    Umm. Weren’t you in Delray to see two U.S. ATP players duke it out for the title?

  • Andrew Miller · June 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Scoop, I assume you are a good person. No article you’ve written indicates anything other than a passionate professional – both a keen reporter as well as an advocate. It’s a unique, Bud-Collins like blend that have attracted a pretty loyal group of folks to participate in spirited tennis debates, and no doubt silent readers who enjoy the site’s dynamic. So loyal that many wrote in to support you getting a credential at the US Open. So good so far.

    However, and I’m not alone here, for about year the politics, here in the U.S. and Europe, have gone into the gutter and sucked a lot of innocent and good people into a raucous debate about who we are, with “stereotypes” about how the other side is. It’s gotten so bad that even long-time leaders have stepped aside and gotten out, likely fearing what comes next.

    Sure, sometimes politicians bring up some valid points – perhaps trade deals have done a bad job and could have been better. For sure. However, we’re a globalized world now where we can go experience other cultures a lot easier than before. But there’s also been a lot of blaming – hating people rather than policies. It’s fine to hate policies. It’s healthy to debate the merits of specific programs and look at who they’ve helped and why, and who they’ve left out and how they can be improved. That’s a good policy.

    However, a bad dialogue is taking a group of people and blaming them for everything under the sun. That has led, and consistently across time, to some of the most unspeakable consequences in history. It’s very easy to take a group of people and label them, and believe if only they weren’t around everything would be better.

    Now, we know from tennis that if you change the equations around that doesn’t necessarily lead to different outcomes. If we take Federer out of a tournament, that no longer means that Nadal wins. Or even that Djokovic wins – we saw that last year at the French Open. Nadal loses, but Djokovic doesn’t win. It’s a simple example, but it’s enough to show that what we may be relying on “facts” that aren’t a good substitute for life itself, for actually being there, seeing things, interpersonal dynamics and etc.

    Some of the comments – many of them – have rubbed me the wrong way. Not only do I not agree with them, but I don’t believe with their origin and I know they don’t come from you – you’re saying them, but these aren’t from you. They are passed along from somewhere else without being challenged. Now if there’s an issue with where they come from, who’s passing them along, etc – then there’s some room here to talk about a better way to talk about these things.

    So again, you’re not a bad person. But some of the things said, they come from a bad place in humanity. It’s not your fault – the public dialogue has become polluted and a lot of leaders with bad intentions have played on all of our fears. Like you’ve done here on the site, you’ve made it your business to understand a player from their take and their coaches take.

    But labeling anyone is just wrong. We are wrong to label you, but we can certainly take issue with ideas passed along that have been discredited consistently and certainly are not your ideas. They can’t be. You don’t write like that. You’ve never gone into an interview and said to someone hey you’re german, you must be like “this, this and that,” only to find out that well, they grew up in Nebraska or something like that.

    The world examined cannot be a way to verify what we think and validate that we are always right. It has to lead to further questioning and humility.

    And that’s where you’re at your best. When you know you don’t know the answers. When you know that you need to talk to the players and their coaches and the cameraman JUST to understand what took place in a match.

    For the future, I really sincerely hope that the blog just sticks to tennis. The site doesn’t seem to have been founded as a forum for the examination of racial tension worldwide, a re-examination of the worst events in human history or anything like that.

    Wimbledon’s about to start. If the blog doesn’t get back to the tennis, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying this, you and Dan should shut it down.

  • Andrew Miller · June 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Dan, there’s a British junior who’s excellent. Jay Clarke. He lost to Fritz at junior wimbledon last year and he has been overlooked consistently – who knows why.

    The British press was so eager to talk about how there’s no one after Murray bla bla blah that they willfully overlooked this kid who had a pretty high world ranking at age 16 and is still around the top 20 in juniors at age 17. It doesn’t surprise me that the British press focused so much on the “there’s no future Andy Murray” that they missed this kid who’s struggling to get to tournaments.

    Now he seems to have the funding, probably because of some good press that the LTA picked up on. If you really want a good example of the best things media can do, that’s it – when the British press on the whole talked about how there’s no future Andy Murray, somehow a British journalist took the time to look up the fact that yes, they have a great junior who needs some help getting to tournaments. So they linked him through press coverage and the kid somehow got the money.

  • Dan Markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Thank you, Andrew, I’ll be on the lookout for Jay Clarke. I’m off very early this morning to drive to Newport to play on the grass courts at the hall of fame and excited about that.

    Great article on Murray yesterday on the SI.Com site about all he does to prepare himself training-wise, physically and mentally, to play his high-level tennis. Vince had said to me back at the French that Murray was at a big disadvantage having only Jaime Delgado as his coach while Djoko had Becker and Vadja. But now with Murray re-united with Lendl, I think there’s great anticipation of a Djoko-Murray finals. And then there’s the wildcards of Raonic with Mac and Kyrgios with his eerie brother. I think these four players with a little Fed and Zverev and Thiem on the side are what are powering this Wimbledon.

    Let’s hope Sock doesn’t fall to Gulbis.

  • sharoten · June 27, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Scoop Malinowski · June 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    “Catherine: I am continually being slandered as a racist bigot (which is false) for saying certain forbidden truths that certain people do not want to be said and so I have to defend against it – If the attacks stop then I will stop but these nuts are trying to destroy my rep and ruin me -”

    You’re doing a fine job of that all on your own Scoop. You alone are responsible for the heinous words you’re saying.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 7:47 am

    No I was not in Delray this year and totally forgot what happened – this is what happens when you watch WAY too much tennis :)

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Great Post Andrew – we all need to share this world and accept other views and opinions and work through it – not try to kill a person or kill their career because you disagree with a differing opinion or point of view -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Never heard of Jay Clarke but how about that story of marcus willis being a teaching pro and now suddenly got a WC into qualies and made the main draw for Wimbledon – helluva story – another great underdog story like Bogie and Estrella Burgos – these underdog stories are happening quite a lot lately -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Berdych is working with Valverdu – I wonder: How does a guy like Valverdu get all these top coaching gigs and an established ATP star like Spadea does not get a sniff – Valverdu over Spadea? These players can’t BE SERIOUS -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Sharoten do you want to kill me or try to kill my career for having differing opinions and views about politics (based on research not hate) and the world? Just curious -

  • Dan markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    What’s going on w Venus’s hair. I don’t want to turn all Scoop here, but that is funky-looking, colored hair. Go Vemus!

  • Andrew Miller · June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Scoop, my hunch on Vallverdu is because he keeps staying employed he gets gigs. He was with Murray and then passed to Berdych – Berdych had just been dissed by Lendl, who probably suggested Vallverdu, who he then called and done deal.

    The tennis world like you know is close-knit. That’s the way you’ve described it – small communities where players pay attention to their parents (probably), their hitting partners, trainers, and sponsors – it’s hard to break through that bubble. If Spadea wants to coach a big name, he has to get on a team as a 2nd coach or something like that, get someone’s trust like Lendl, who then talks favorably about him and is able to set up a coaching arrangement with Berdych. Vallverdu got the nod because he was already working with Lendl, Lendl dissed Berdych and recommended Vallverdu, and all of the sudden Vallverdu is coaching Berdych.

    Small world.

  • catherine bell · June 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Could be wrong,but I don’t think Vallverdu is with Berdych any longer.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Dan as two follicle challenged people you and me could only with to have hair like Venus – or at least a cheap toupe :)

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Tennis Now said Valverdu is with Berdych for Wimbledon – but that was last week and things could have changed in the interim.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Venus was in trouble vs Vekic but she gutted out a nice win. Wawrinka was sitting there watching the whole match but he had as much enthusiasm and energy as Lennart Bergelin or a mannequin. Stan had his hands on his face all match but could have given his girl a fistpump or anything. Solemn Stan did not seem to believe Donna could do it. But Donna is a big talent she can really hit the ball and was outhitting Venus quite a bit. She blew set points in the first set. Just 20 Vekic is approaching “underachiever” status. She needs a big win and she has the goods to get plenty of big wins.

  • Dan markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Brydan Jlein, did he get a wild card or did he qualify? He’s losing to Mahjt, who’s a true grass court player. How about Qball trying to snap a 0-20 record in slams when he’s been down two sets to love. Sam just hit a sick forehand winner down the line at 9-10, 0-30. It’s 10-all.

  • Dan markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Qball does it, striking his 33rd ace to win it in 5, 12-10. And he’ll face either Bellucci or Bemelman in second very winnable match.

  • Dan markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Venice didn’t look too mobile.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Klein got WC -helluva win by Querrey over dangeRosol – Giorgi is a joy to watch – she really wallops the ball and can see her possibly having a Safin or Soderling like run -

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    But then Querrey would have zero chance vs Djokovic in third round Dan – well if Q can find his inner beast and suddenly show fiery fury like Connors or Hewitt or Rafa he could have an outside shot to upset Djokovic but if it’s typical laid back casual happy go lucky Q Ball he should pack his bags and set plane reservations -

  • Dan markowitz · June 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I’m sure he already has. Sam strikes me as the practical type.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Dan you should consider to do a book about Q Ball – such an enigmatic player – so talented and so explosive with his serve and forehand and he’s battled all the legends of this era and everybody else – I’d really like to know about tennis from a player like Q Ball’s point of view -

  • catherine bell · June 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Re Vallverdu – he’s with Delpo now (just in case no one else has commented.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Delpo vs Wawrinka in second round will be the match to see – Fritz lost in four to Stan but he showed again that he can play with the best despite the fact he is still just a teenager and an ATP rookie with barely any pro experience -



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