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Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski



Mark Scoop Malinowski began covering tennis in 1992 at the Pathmark Classic in Mahwah, NJ. He has written about tennis for Tennis Magazine, Tennis Magazine Australia, Ace Tennis (U.K.), Tennis Week,,,, Boxing News (U.K.) and He has Biofiled Don Budge, Jack Kramer, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Marcelo Rios and many more of the new generation, including Grigor Dimitrov, Ryan Harrison, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska. His first tennis book “Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew” was published in late 2011 and was praised by Nick Bollettieri: “Magnificent. Excellent. You did it in a very interesting way.” Marcelo Rios himself and his parents also told Scoop they all read the book and liked it. “There were some things people said that weren’t true but the book was pretty good. Pretty good,” Rios told Scoop at the ATP Number One Celebration at Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Scoop’s book “Facing Federer” was published in October 2013 and is available at

His book “Facing Hewitt” was published in 2015. Scoop personally gave Hewitt a copy in Newport after his QF win vs. Steve Johnson. Perhaps inspired by the accolades and respect from other players in the book, Hewitt proceeded to win the singles and doubles titles in Newport. He also published “Facing McEnoe”, “Facing Nadal”, “Facing Sampras: Symposium of a Champion”, “Facing Marat Safin” and in February 2019 the double book “Facing Serena Williams/Facing Steffi Graf” which is available at for $9.99.

As a player, Scoop never played high school or college tennis but has won 32 tournaments since 1999, reaching the finals of the NJ State red clay 35s in Kearney in 2015 and the NJ State Har-Tru finals at Upper Ridgewood in 2018. He was ranked no. 5 in the USTA Eastern Open Division in 2015 and no. 2 in the USTA Eastern 35s Division in 2018. He won the Miami Open Bud Collins Media Tournament four years in a row.



  • Andrew Miller · July 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Any chance on Bio-File with Aravane Rezai? I hope she does not become the Jelena Dokic of the WTA – another case of too much talent!

  • spencer segura · November 27, 2010 at 3:14 am

    my dad’s address 7277 almaden lane, carlsbad, CA, 92009 . call me if you need any thing 9173466354. i take yoga from Dan

  • Gans · January 24, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Hello Scoop:

    Thanks for welcoming me to your site in the earlier thread (Dan’s article on Roddick).

    I visit your site frequently for biofiles, articles and discussions. You guys are doing a good job. I think, your site is one of the few places where visitors included seem to keep discussions very decent.

    Louisville, now vacationing in Chennai (India) enjoying fantastic coverage of Aussie open with Vijay Amritraj’s excellent insights.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Gans, Thanks for visiting the site. Yes we have some special people here with the two Dans and Richard Pagliaro as we all truly love this sport. I absolutely love Vijay Armitraj as a commentator during the Chennai tournament, love the enthusiasm and excitement in his voice and his astute insights. He is one of the best commentators of the sport for sure. I was lucky to do a Biofile with him at the US Open cafeteria about four years ago while he ate a cheeseburger! I will post this sometime in 2011.

    Louisville – one of my playing partners last year played singles there her name is Natalia Baez from Dominican Republic. Did you ever see her play?

    Mark Scoop Malinowski

  • Gans · January 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hi Mark or Scoop (which one would you prefer to be addressed? I like Scoop though :-)),

    Here at Chennai I don’t have access to internet continuously (on the move).

    No, I haven’t seen Natalia play. Will look out for her when I visit some local tournaments in the future.

    Can’t wait for you to post the biofile on Vijay. He was so nice to say hello to my mom when she was seated in the stands during the recent Chennai open.

    I had recently emailed a couple of questions for Vijay to (anyone can ask him about tennis) with the hope that they would select mine and ask him during the coverage. So far I haven’t seen them ask him, but it is hard for me to sit and catch that part of the show everytime. May be they did and I missed?!

    I am posting one of the questions to you, Dan and Richard.

    Has someone in the history of the sport won at least 1 of the 4 majors being a vegetarian?
    We are raising our 6-year old son who loves to play as a vegetarian. Your answer will be helpful to make good choices as parents.

    Please answer.

    He plays pretty good for his age and is taking lessons from Gary Plock at a local indoor club in Louisville.

    Here in Chennai (1 of the 4 major city in India) there is no facility to play. No public parks and even the clubs are only for members, which is more than 1000 dollars annually. It is not a coincidence that you don’t see any champions in singles from here! 🙁 So my son and I have been paying in the parking garage.


    Louisville, now @ Chennai

  • Lito Ampon · February 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Scoop,

    Wonderful article about Felicisimo Ampon. Please correct the last name.It is AMPON not Ampong.The great Mighty Mite Ampon as what they coined him is my father.Pound for pound,inch for inch was the greatest tennis player in the world.There were more articles about this man that no one up to this day have accomplished what he did.



  • Craig Berg · March 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Good meeting you at the Delray tournament, Scoop. Have you read my article, “Transcendental Tennis” yet? It’s on my blog at:
    One mistake in the article: It states that Mats Wilander had learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. But I talked with Mats last week and he told me that he hadn’t learned it yet. We spoke for a good while and he was clearly interested in it, and took the address and have given you here.

  • Scoop Malinowski · March 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hello Craig; Interesting material. The gist of the program seems to be on a different wage length than my brain, it’s hard to follow and absorb the interview points. In a way it’s like reading Shakespeare, confusing, for me anyway, I just can’t get into it, just can’t connect and embrace it. Maybe just a case of close-mindedness! I’m trying to think of how to incorporate this in a feature for the site…PS Mats Wilander is so nice, so smart about tennis. I asked him for some thoughts on Marcelo Rios and he gave me five minutes of gold. Looking forward to heading to Miami. Just Biofiled Gar Mulloy today.

  • Greg Clark · March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm


    Great meeting you and hitting with you until you forced me to retire. Maybe we can hit again next year in FL and play a match to completion.


  • Scoop Malinowski · March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Greg, Yeah great to meet by chance and it was a pleasure hitting with you, hope we can play again someday. Keep in touch buddy,

  • Buffy Kretzinger · April 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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  • Yeonah Jung · May 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Hi Mark,
    I just met you at the park this afternoon.
    If you don’t mind i would love to have a contact info who designed your website.

    It was delightful having conversation with you aat the park and i will check this site from now on.

    Nice meeting you.

  • Johnny of Bacolod, Philippines · June 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    As Final Matches go in Wimbledon…, where would you rank the Finals between Goran Ivanisovic vs Patrick Rafter.? I find this match to be up there, as far as drama goes.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Johnny, One my favorite finals ever, of any slam. The Monday crowd, the drama, the tension, Goran being the wildcard and surviving Henman, both players deserved to win. I have this on tape. Goran kissing and talking to the ball at the end as he tried to convert his match points, then finally getting it and the joyous celebration which was pent up for so many years. The joy of the father. This match had everything. It was kind of sad to see Rafter lose, he played well enough to win. Definitely one of the most exciting finals of the decade. What are your memories of the match? Thanks for visiting our site Johnny.

  • rusli piliang · July 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I like you as a commentator tennis you know everythink about tennis

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you my friend. Thanks for reading the site and supporting what we do.

  • Craig Berg · August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Scoop,
    Wow! I totally missed seeing your March 7 post responding to my post.
    You wrote: “I’m trying to think of how to incorporate this (Transcendental Meditation program for tennis players) in a feature for the site”. You also wrote that you had a hard time understanding the article I wrote, “Transcendental Tennis”. (BTW, Tennis Magazine in Brazil (Revista Tenis)rewrote my article and it appeared in their July issue, and was highlighted on their cover…you can see it on my blog, but it is in portuguese). If you’d like to interview me about TM, I’d be happy to do it. I suggest a telephone interview, so you could ask for clarification of my points as they come up. PLMK.

    I am really excited to hear that Ivan Lendl will be playing at the Delray Beach Champions tournament in February. Sure hope I can make it down there for it. He is one of the most impressive people I have ever met.

  • Craig Berg · September 5, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Please let me hear from you.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Craig; I remember you, from Delray. How are you? Hope you are in NYC for the Open.

  • Steve · October 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Recently Todd Martin pulled a wood racquet out of his bag to win the last game in an abbreviated against Michael Chang. It was a Champion Series event.
    Why? Was this a psych job? A subtle middle finger being raised at his opponent? Or was it for added control as Todd Martin stated post-match?

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Interesting. Very interesting. Maybe it was to get attention? Maybe a combo of all three? Very interesting things always seem to happen in some of these senior matches. One of the best ever was Mac vs. Jimbo in Dallas lol.

  • Steve · November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Do you know if there is a tennis bubble in Hackensack?
    Looking for an affordable place to play during the winter months.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Steve are you in Hackensack? If so, you’re just across the river from me (Teaneck). No bubble in Hack, but the least expensive places to play are early mornings in Fairlawn or Edgewater. Not sure of the rates at those times for Bogota or Maywood. I play all over scattered, no set weekly dates. Still play outdoors if it’s not too windy, 35 outside is okay as long as it’s not windy. Let’s hit sometime, where do you play outdoors?

  • Steve · November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I play at Fort Washington Park on weekends and Bergen County including Edgewater.

    Hitting would be fun. I’m nursing an injury at the moment but I should be good in 2 weeks.

  • mark weil · January 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Mark, hello, this is the actual Mark Weil ( Director of Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai) writing to you. Someone placed comments on Wayne Bryan’s letter to the USTA and attributed them to me. I have a close friendship with Wayne and i would never write anything like the comment posted on your site.
    I am asking you to please remove that posting as quickly as you can, as i do not approve of those comments and they are defamatory to me.
    I appreciate your attention to this and look forward to hearing from you very soon!
    my best,
    Mark Weil

  • Krzysztof Sz. · September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Why didn’t you publish my comment for the latest article about James Blake? I posted the comments twice and they were not presented…

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Krzysztof, I’m very sorry for accidentally deleting your comments about James Blake. We get hundreds of comments every day (most spam) and they were misdeleted. Sorry for the inconvenience. THanks for your comment and welcome to the site.

  • Gordon Brooke · March 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Nice meeting you in Delray Beach, Scoop. I’m heading out to Indian Wells soon and then ill probably be at the Sony Erickson when i get back. Mabye i’ll see ya in Miami.

  • Scoop Malinowski · March 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hello Gordon; Pleasure to meet you my friend. Safe trip to IW, look forward to hear your observations and run into you again in KB. Keep in touch,

  • Tennis 2013 · May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Awesome article.

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks Teresita )

  • Noah · June 19, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen
    in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Hi Noah, thanks for the tip, didn’t know about this. We will try to solve this problem. Thanks for reading our site,

  • Kelsey · August 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Scoop is the BEST!!!!!!!!

  • John Drnec · August 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Regarding Pierre Ludovic Duclos…


    I lost touch with Pierre last year after his incident with the 13 year old. I was riding my bicycle around the perimeter of Florida and Pierre put me up at his house overnight. That was just before his arrest.

    I met Pierre at IMG years ago. After a few conversations (and watching him beat Tommy Hass in a practice match) I invited him to stay at my house in Chicago while he was playing the Winnetka Challenger. He stayed with me the next year too! Pierre was fond of women and the attraction was mutual. Pierre had the sexual discretion of a 16 year old. He knew his life was a fantasy that would not continue in the coming years. At the time, he told me that if he couldn’t break through to the top 100 by age 28 he would have to think about his life after tennis.

    When I talked to Pierre after he was arrested he was in such pain and misery for his mistake. He was crying all the time. He just bought a house, had roommates, girl friends and was nursing an injured foot trying to get back on the challenger circuit.

    I know he is not a predator. I know he is a good guy with a 16 year old’s judgement (lack of it, certainly)and would never set out to hurt ANYONE.

    I wrote of my support, friendship and trust in Pierre in a letter to his attorney with instructions to show it to anyone who could help his cause. I saw via the internet yesterday all that happened in the aftermath. It is, indeed, a tragedy and a waste of the court’s time and a waste of a life that has real potential.

    Isn’t there something that can be done to help him?


    John Drnec
    Sebastian, Florida
    772 321 9033

  • Andrew Miller · August 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Canadian consulate. Canada has seriously good lawyers.

  • Guillermo Morales-Rubert · September 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Mr.Scoop:

    I have a friend that would like to leave a reply on the Bill Oakes interview. Is this still possible?

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Sorry Guillermo, comments are closed now. And I don’t know how to reopen.

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  • Nicolás Labra · September 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hi I’m Nicolás Labra, journalist from newspaper HoyxHoy here in Santiago, Chile. Can I contact Mark Malinowski here with any email?
    I want to make a note about this idea of include Marcelo Ríos in the Hall of Fame ATP after Mark ask to Roger Federer from that last week.

    Greetings from Chile

  • Christopher Stone · September 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm


    Just bought a kindle version of your McEnroe book.
    There are all sorts of typographical errors in the text, the letter “t” in particular comes and goes.
    Enjoying the book, just the text has issues.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Chris! I know about this issue and we are working on it. First time it happened with kindle. Not sure how it went wrong. Sorry for this inconvenience. Hope the anecdotes and tales make up for the inconvenience.

  • Randy Lavercombe · January 1, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Mark We played today at Longboat Have you ever done a story on Drew Brees. A a young junior — probably age 11 or 12 he beat Andy Roddick two times

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 2, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Randy, I heard of how good drew brees was as a junior but football lured him from tennis. Did you happen to see brees play?

  • Ian Boyd · April 27, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Scoop-
    I should’ve sent a note a couple of years ago but I just wanted to say I really enjoyed and appreciated your book on Marcelo Rios. I am probably one of the few aside from the throng of South Americans that really appreciated him & his game. Heck- I remember back to ‘98 when he pulled off that amazing duo of Indian Wells & Miami. Against Agassi no less. I’m a nut for him & Safin and I hadn’t realised until now that you did a book on him as well. He’s someone else who was sooo talented and amazing to watch. His win over Federer at ‘05 Aussie Open was great not to mention him ALMOST pulling it off the year previous when he was handed a tough, tough draw w/Roddick, Agassi, T. Martin. If he’d somehow pulled that Final then off against Federer it would certainly rank up there w/the top 5 tournaments for the men for sure but that was natural that he was outta steam.
    Anyway. Keep the writing coming.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 28, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Hi Ian. Thank you for the kind words, happy you enjoyed the Rios book. Rios still intrigues to this day, Amazon and a Chilean production company are doing a docuseries on Rios with initially the cooperation and support of Rios but the latest word is he’s gone underground and they can’t contact him via whats app, he’s not responding. Typical unpredictable Rios ) Safin played two of the finest masterpiece matches tennis history ever witnessed – you mentioned one, we don’t have to name the other, we all know it. ) You’re wish is my command, stay tuned to the site, lots of good content coming.

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