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Jun/19

5

The Best of Five Kings

If you were aware of which three historical players have the best records in best of five matches, you know more than me and presumably Dan. The all time five set king is Bjorn Borg at 27-6 for an .818 percentage. Just about tied is Johan Kriek at 18-4 (also .818). Kei Nishikori’s five set […]

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Jun/19

4

The Best Roland Garros Ever?

My money was on Tsitsipas but when both players play such high quality tennis like Stan and Stefanos…it is anyone’s match and this was truly a case of “experience” over youth….. but not for long. Stan just outplayed him with amazing “gets” and hitting lines and one errant forehand by Tsitsipas and the match was gone… in a blink.

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Jun/19

3

Thiem-Monfils Match Is a Gem

Dominic Thiem has the biggest backhand on tour according to a 2018 study on backhand pace. And the Austrian, has used it today to bridge a one-set lead against Gaels Monfils in the 4th Round of the French Open today. While the women have two players today contesting matches who I’ve barely heard of, Swiatek […]

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May/19

29

French Dynamo Moutet Emerging At Roland Garros

 

Corentin Moutet first caught my eye last year when he beat Ivo Karlovic twice. He’s only about 5-9, another one of those smaller guys but he wins matches via smarts, talent, mindset and precision.

I wrote about him previously on this site because of play style and his off court interests in art, boxing, piano. He’s a different player and person.

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May/19

29

Down Go The American Men, One By One

It has not been a good start to the French Open for the American men. Patrick McEnroe, when he was the head of the USTA Junior Development program, once claimed that (our) junior players need to hit the ball over the net 35 times in a rally, presumably to be able to play better at the French Open, but if anything this current crop of American men players is worse than prior versions.

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May/19

28

Biofile Kurumi Nara Interview

Status: WTA no. 238.
DOB:  December 30, 1991  In; Osaka, Japan
Ht: 5-1
First Tennis Memory:  I was starting tennis when I was three years old. Watching my parents. I always went on weekends to play with my parents.
Tennis Inspiration: My idol is Justine Henin.
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College tennis has lost a lot of its allure and prestige since the days when Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith all won NCAA championships in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The first big junior Americans who skipped college to turn pro were Michael Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Before those players turned pro in the 1980’s it was assumed a top American junior prospect would play at least one year of college tennis.

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May/19

14

Biofile: Noah Rubin Interview

Noah Rubin poster @tallychallenger #noahrubin
By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  ATP  168.
DOB:   February 21, 1996 In: Long Island, NY
HT: 5-9   Wt:  155
First Tennis Memory: My parents hung a ball from a string off our ceiling and I was actually in a diaper. And maybe I just have a memory because I see the picture so often. I don’t know if I actually remember it but that’s my first memory.
Tennis Inspirations:  I would say my father is definitely one. Tough not to say James Blake and obviously Federer. Federer is Federer [smiles].
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May/19

10

Loving Rome

 

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By Aaron
We have been fortunate as a family to travel to many tournaments outside of our home base of New York. We have been to the French Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Newport, Madrid,  Monte Carlo and Montreal. With that said we found Rome to be our favorite destination for a tennis expedition. I traveled there in 2018 with my brothers my son and daughter.
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