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Jun/21

6

Federer Ducked Djokovic

Roger Federer is four matches away from 21 but threw away his chances by withdrawing from Roland Garros ahead of his match vs Berrettini in Round 4. Everybody knows the real reason though – he doesn’t want to get slaughtered by his arch rival and nemesis Novak Djokovic. Even though Federer has beaten Djokovic at […] Continue to read full article...

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Tennis enthusiasts often talk about the greatest matches ever watched, but today I think I saw the worst match in my tennis viewing life. Danielle Collins rolled over today for Serena Williams, losing 64 64. Collins is at her very best when she competes at full emotional intensity, as she did in her first and […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

3

Media vs Player Controntations

In almost three decades of being a part of the professional tennis media, I can only think of a few reporter/player confrontations. Another reporter/colleague told me that Pancho Gonzales had to be restrained by his brother from attacking a reporter after an offensive question at Wimbledon. He didn’t specify the question but the story is […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

2

Facing Novak Djokovic

By Scoop Malinowski Novak Djokovic has played a higher level of tennis, above and beyond the great Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serbian marvel hasn’t lost to Federer in a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2012 and he leads their head to head 27-23. Djokovic also leads Nadal in head to head duels 29-28 and […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

30

Roland Garros Begins

Kei Nishikori survived a five setter vs. Italian Alessandro Giannessi 64 67 63 46 64. Former world no. 4 Nishikori is now a stunning 25-7 in five set matches, the best in the ATP. Next on the best five set match list stands Tommy Robredo, who lost in qualies, at 17-5. Novak Djokovic is 33-10, […] Continue to read full article...

May/21

30

Biofile Maria Kirilenko Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former WTA tennis player reached a career high ranking of 10. Won six WTA singles titles and 12 in doubles. Won bronze medal in doubles for Russia in 2012 Olympics. Reached finals of French Open and AO in doubles. Last competed in 2014. Turned pro in 2001. Ht: 5-8  Wt: 127 […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

30

Grand Slams Threaten Osaka

The Grand Slams have joined forces to retaliate against Naomi Osaka.  The French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open issued a joint statement today announcing Osaka will be fined $15,000 for skipping media obligations after her first round win today vs Patricia Maria Tig. Additionally, the Grand Slams also say Osaka will not only […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

29

How Will Leander Paes Retire?

On June 17, ATP great Leander Paes will turn 48 years old. The legendary Indian is still active in pro tennis but he’s having difficulty getting matches in the ATP because his doubles ranking has fallen outside the top 100 and apparently there isn’t a long line of players ranked high enough willing to team […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

28

One Point Can Alter A Career

At the Orange Bowl in December, Arthur Fils, a sixteen year old from France, was down match point in the first round but managed to turn the tables on the American player and eventually won 36 75 62. Fils proceeded to win the prestigious Orange Bowl. After his big triumph, Fils played one more ITF […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

28

Courier Feels Djokovic Must Balance Fury with Calm

In Rome, Novak Djokovic showed his most intense, ruthless and ferocious emotions vs Lorenzo Sonego in the action-packed semifinal but was curiously quiet and subdued in the three set defeat in the final to Rafa Nadal. Jim Courier, the former four-time Grand Slam winner, and well-known for his vicious though mostly supressed on court intensity, […] Continue to read full article...

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