Dec/17

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Strange but True Tennis Tales, New Episode!

1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nHere is the latest edition of “Strange but True” tales involving current or former tennis pros..This occurrence happened very recently involving a former World No. 1 player.

A friend of the player called the home of the former top player to communicate he was coming over. The wife of the player took the message but apparently didn’t relay the message that the friend was arriving.

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Dec/17

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Emma Gretzky defeated at Eddie Herr

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 By Scoop Malinowski
The most famous name this week at the Eddie Herr International tournament is not Federer, Agassi, Sampras, Becker or Borg.
Nope, it’s Gretzky. As in Wayne Gretzky’s daughter.
Fourteen year old Emma Gretzky played in the main draw of the 14s event but was defeated by 9 seed Emily De Oliveira in straight sets.
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Nov/17

30

Radek Stepanek Officially Joins Team Djokovic

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By Scoop Malinowski

Crafty Czech Republic tennis legend Radek Stepanek has officially joined forces with former ATP World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

“Its official, I’m honored to be a new member of Novak’s team,” the recently retired Stepanek said on his Instagram account. “It is a new and exciting challenge for me, which I’m looking forward to and I believe that as a team we can help Nole to reach his goals. As longtime friends off the tennis court, I believe that our friendship and similar views will translate onto the court…”

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Nov/17

29

Serena’s Big Return Still An Uncertainty

Serena[1]Serena Williams recently married and gave birth to her first baby, but her tennis career is still on the backburner behind family priorities. The 2017 Australian Open champion has not decided if she will attempt her much-anticipated comeback in Melbourne in January, to defend her title.

Serena’s longtime coach Patrick Mouratoglou told CNN this week that he is scheduled to join the 36 year old, 23-time Grand Slam champion for training in Florida where it will be decided if she is sufficiently prepared to play the Australian Open, which is set for January 15-28th.

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For the second week in a row, Callum has won a top 12’s Eastern event. He did so this week in the cavernous indoor facility at Alley Pond in Queens without dropping a set. I was there for every match and the experience of watching him mow down five solid opponents was both exciting and […]

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Nov/17

27

Biofile: Jelena Dokic Interview

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By Scoop Malinowski

Status:  Former WTA No. 4 ranked tennis player (2002); Winner of six WTA singles and four doubles titles. 348-221 record in singles. Turned pro in 1998 and retired in 2014. Author of her new autobiography Unbreakable.

DOB: April 12, 1983  In: Osijek, Croatia

Childhood Hero: “Steffi Graf.”

Tennis Inspirations: Well,it’s a little different story for me because I already played once and then I had some time off with some personal problems, so, for me, I feel like I’m kinda starting the second part of my career. So I just want to try and see and try to do as well as I can. There’s a lot of goals for me and a lot of things I would like to do but we’ll see how far I can go.”

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Nov/17

26

Davis Cup Final France vs Belgium

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David Goffin might be the greatest player in tennis history, pound for pound, inch for inch. Somehow this five-foot, eleven inch, 150 pounder, who could pass for a ballboy or an ITF 16s junior at Hollywood casting, is really a gargantuan tennis terror in disguise. A week ago Goffin swept through the ATP World Tour Finals all the way to the finals in London where he lost by a nose to Grigor Dimitrov 64 in the third.

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Nov/17

22

Coming Soon: Major Rules Changes

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Major changes are coming to the Grand Slam format in 2018, but the big break from tradition will take place in 2019. The Grand Slam committee and the four majors – Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros, have decided to introduce a 25-second clock at all four major tournaments and in another step to diminish subtle gamesmanship, players who delay the start of play during warm-ups at the beginning of a match will now be hit with fines.

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Nov/17

20

Biofile: Pancho Segura Interview

 
By Scoop Malinowski
Status: Tennis Hall of Famer. Won the U.S. Pro Championships in 1950 (d. Kovacs), 1951 & 1952 (d. Gonzalez).
Ht: 5-6 Wt: 160
DOB: June 20, 1921 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
First Tennis Memory: Somebody gave me his racquet. And I always watched. And I held it with two hands. I was seven-years-old. And I played against the wall. I loved it. I learned to hit the ball on the rise. I never let the ball come to me, I went to the ball. Except when returning first serve. Then you have to let the ball come in if your serve is 120 miles per hour.
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1916638_10206796116074740_2146710316373891023_nI drove my son out for a 7:30 pm match at the historic West Orange, New Jersey Racquet Club and it took me 2.5 hours as I left at 5 pm. Anyone who travels on the New Jersey Turnpike on a Friday night at rush hour is nuts, and I am in that group. Oh my God, the trucks, the traffic, I was completely frazzled by the time I reached the club. They had a great color photo behind the club’s desk of Connors, Borg, Fleming, Vilas and many more when they played an event here I guess in the 70’s.

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