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Sep/17

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Best Tennis Players You’ve Never Heard Of

I’m watching Liam Broady, the Brit, completely dismantle Ernests Gulbis in St. Petersburg and asking, “How come I’ve never seen this chap Broady play before? The Brit is good, like real good, and he’s a Matthew McConaughey look-alike. He is the fastest dude I’ve ever seen on a tennis court. Kind of moves like the […]

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Sep/17

15

Forgotten Players

David Nalbandian

Dominik Hrbaty: Former Slovakian won six ATP singles title was also known for tormenting Roger Federer with two three set wins over the Swiss maestro in Cincy and Paris Bercy before Fed finally won their last meeting at Wimbledon in Hrbaty’s final tournament in 2008.

Jiri Novak: The Czech baseliner won seven singles titles and over $7.6 million with a career singles record of 337-260. Best win was arguably the rout of Pete Sampras in the 2000 Davis Cup tie in LA, 76 63 62.

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Sep/17

13

Scoop Book Giveaway Contest

The first reader who can identify the two ATP players who accomplished four consecutive match win streaks against Pete Sampras win a Scoop Malinowski Facing book of their choice.

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Sep/17

5

The Biggest Match of the US Open Is Tonight

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Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin Del Potro played a brilliant five-set match yesterday with the Big Argentine coming back from a two-set drubbing to win. And everyone since the men’s singles draw came out is gearing for the possible Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer semis, their potential first meeting at the Open. Head to head, Rafa leads their rivalry 23-14, but Fed has won their last four meetings and Rafa hasn’t beaten Fed since 2014 Aussie O semis.

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Sep/17

4

Biofile: Andrey Rublev Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status: ATP no. 53.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 178

DOB: October 20, 1997 In: Moscow, Russia

First Tennis Memory: [Laughs] I don’t know. Because I play tennis since I know myself because my mom was a tennis coach. So I don’t know.

Tennis Inspirations: I don’t know, I just love to play tennis.

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12717300_10207035083848785_8985683437354053219_nI know to write this a few years ago would be the biggest blasphemy, but now it absolutely seems plausible. All Sam Querrey has to do to reach the US Open Finals is take down Mischa Zverev in the Rd of 16, Kevin Anderson in the quarters (I’m projecting here) and either Denis Shapovalov or Diego Schwartzman in the semis. No one in the bottom half of the men’s draw where Querrey resides is in the top 10 or ever been to a slam semis except Sam.

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Sep/17

2

Johan Kriek Recalls His Amazing US Open Memories

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I love the US Open in New York.

My tennis career kicked off for real at the US Open in 1978. I played two satellite tours called the WATCH Circuit in Florida earlier in the year and then the Southern Spring Circuit in the Carolinas and played through the early part of the summer in New Jersey and finally played the qualifying at the ’78 USOpen and reached the quarter finals.

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Aug/17

31

US Open Quotebook Thursday

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Elina Svitolina, #4 seed after 64 64 win vs Rodina, on if players complain about other players to each other: “I don’t know. It’s tough to say from behalf of the other players because I’m not really speaking like so much with everyone. Of course I have some friends on the tour and I don’t really like to be one of the, you know, just behind the back speaking. I prefer just to stay away like I have my career and that’s … I don’t really want to think about some other players.”

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Aug/17

30

Rain Tuesday But Still Plenty of Scoops

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By Scoop Malinowski

Rain was not forecast but it just about decimated day two of the 2017 US Open where only eight matches completed with five on the enclosed Ashe Stadium.

Rafael Nadal again struggled to terminate Dusan Lajovic, falling behind early 35 and then double faulting a key point to lose serve late in the first set but he eventually settled and dismissed Lajovic 76 62 62.

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Aug/17

25

US Open Qualies Friday: Perseverance Pays Off

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By Scoop Malinowski

Congratulations to Danielle Lao, the 26-year-old Californian who qualified today for her first main draw of a Grand Slam with a three set 16 61 62 win over J. Fett. Author of The Invaluable Experience e-book and former USC standout, Lao has proven that tennis perseverance pays off.

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