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Feb/18

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Did Del Potro Play The Greatest Tennis We Ever Saw?

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By Scoop Malinowski

Roger Federer is generally considered the greatest tennis player of all time and his record breaking achievements certainly support that notion.

Twenty major titles, regaining the ATP World No. ranking again at age 36 are accomplishments that may never be equaled.

Yes Roger Federer has to be consider the greatest of all time. But did he play the greatest tennis we ever saw?

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Feb/18

17

Delray Draw A Ten On A Ten Scale

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Right out of the starting gate in the first round of the 2018 Delray Beach Open we have the 2017 final which was never played, Jack Sock the top seed vs Milos Raonic, who defaulted the final last year because of a groin injury he said he suffered in the semis vs Del Potro.

Another prime time first rounder is Reilly Opelka vs Ryan Harrison, the winner to face the Sock-Milos winner.

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By Scoop Malinowski

The New York Open could not have scheduled a more dynamically interesting opening night card double bill which will feature Sebastian Korda vs Frances Tiafoe and Ryan Harrison vs Donald Young tonight.

For a tennis enthusiast these are two fascinating clashes. Tiafoe is or was one of the leaders of the American #NEXTGEN brigade but in the last six months his poor results have diminished expectations. After showing such bright promise earlier in 2017 with heroic losing efforts versus Federer, Del Potro and Isner, Tiafoe has failed to get over the hurdle and is suffering bad losses to the likes of Matt Ebden.

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Feb/18

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New York Open Players List

 

2018 NEW YORK OPEN PLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED

LONG ISLAND (January 3, 2018) – The New York Open ATP World Tour tennis tournament will make its debut Feb. 11-18 with a player field highlighted by four of the world’s top-25 ranked players, the No. 1-ranked players from South Africa, Japan, Korea, and Israel, and nine Americans who have been accepted directly into the singles main draw.

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Feb/18

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Facing Sampras Inteview with Tennis Message

I recently did this interview with Tennis Message magazine about my latest book “Facing Sampras.”

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(Photo by Danny Chamblee)

Question: What inspired you to write Facing Sampras?

Scoop Malinowski: “Curiosity to know what is it like to actually play tennis against Pete Sampras from an insider perspective. It’s always interesting and educational to learn how the very best at their trade operate, in whatever sport or business or occupation. With Pete Sampras, most of us have seen the matches live or on TV. I wanted to investigate deeper by talking to the players about their experiences on the tennis courts with Pete

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Feb/18

7

Federer Gunning For ATP No. 1 in Rotterdam

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By Scoop Malinowski

Roger Federer has the chance to be ATP World No. 1 again and he wants to take his shot at making tennis history as the oldest world no. 1 in history. Roger will take a wild card into next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he can reclaim the No. 1 ATP Ranking for the first time in more than five years if he advances to the semifinals.

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Feb/18

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Corentin Moutet wins first ATP match in Quito

  By Scoop Malinowski Corentin Moutet won his first ATP main tour match today by defeating veteran Adrian Menendez Maceiras 64 67 63 at the Quito Open. The 18-year-old French wildcard, ranked 150 in the world, dazzled with his unique style of play which features a booming forehand, variety on the backhand, frequent serve and […]

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Feb/18

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Gulbis Resurfaces in Sofia

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By Scoop Malinowski

Ernests Gulbis recently lost to a player ranked 529 in the world. That’s right, the former Roland Garros semifinalist in 2014 lost in three sets 46 36 16 to Benjamin Hassan at the Koblenz Challenger in January.

But if you thought the Latvian veteran might be finished at the ATP level, you are wrong. The 29-year-old Gulbis, now ranked 199 in singles, has qualified for the Sofia main draw by beating Lorenzo Sonego 76 67 76 and Florian Mayer 64 61 in qualifying.

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Feb/18

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Heart of a Champion: Stefan Kozlov

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By Scoop Malinowski

In this latest edition of our “Heart of a Champion” series we look at Stefan Kozlov positive impressions left during his 2014 appearances at the Northern California ATP Challengers in late 2014 when he was 16.

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Feb/18

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Is Hewitt a Doomed Davis Cup Captain?

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By Scoop Malinowski

It’s three years now that Lleyton Hewitt has been at the helm of the Australian Davis Cup team and two of those years produced first round crash outs, including this weekend’s surprising disastrous loss to Germany.

Hewitt’s aggressive, pushy captaining style has clearly worked with developing young Alex Deminaur into a major prospect who has made a big name for himself by reaching an ATP final this year and by extending Alex Zverev to a fifth set tiebreaker in the first singles match on Friday.

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