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Integrity In Tennis

By Scoop Malinowski Patrick Rafter was paid a six figure appearance fee to play in Doha and lost second round. After the loss when he was supposed to be paid, Rafter declined to take the money because he told the tournament director that he wasn’t happy with his losing performance. Meanwhile, the no. 1 seed […] Continue to read full article...

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It was a surprise to learn Brian Gottfried played a role in helping coach the 17 yr old Michael Chang to his shocking 1989 French Open triumph. The former world no. 1 and 1977 French Open finalist recently revealed some insights in working with Chang in the late 1980s… “I started working with Michael when […] Continue to read full article...

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Brian Gottfried Is New Tennis Director At Inspiration Academy

Former ATP world no. 3 and 1977 Roland Garros finalist Brian Gottfried has been appointed as president of tennis operations at Inspiration Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Here is a feature story I did on IA recently Gottfried also won three Grand Slam in doubles with partner Raul Ramirez. This is one of Brian’s recent posts […] Continue to read full article...

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Ray Collins, Former ABC news anchor Sarasota, FL and longtime Sarasota Open tournament announcer: “That last big paragraph in the Luke Hadge account of his ladder match with Andre Agassi is unbelievable. I’ve come to appreciate your style of unfiltered reporting. Enjoyed the Brian Gottfried and Julio Moros passages as well.” Yury Bettoni, former NBTA […] Continue to read full article...

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Was Pete Sampras Backhand Change A Mistake?

At the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open last week I had the pleasure to sit next to and chat with Brian Gottfried for several matches on Nick Bollettieri Stadium Court. When I asked Brian if he had ever hit with Pete Sampras, he revealed that he did when Pistol Pete was around fourteen, at an Orange […] Continue to read full article...

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Nine Sensational Marathons Thrill At Sarasota Open

By Scoop Malinowski I saw world no. 183 Enzo Couacaud getting beaten in practice on Saturday by Seong-Chan Hong and Lucas Pouille both in the same day. Hong wasn’t missing anything and at one point when Couacaud won a point he threw his arms in the air in mock celebration. His fortunes later that afternoon […] Continue to read full article...

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By Scoop Malinowski Former ATP world no. 3 and 1977 Roland Garros finalist Brian Gottfried said he first met Nick Bollettieri when he was just nine years old. “1961 – that’s when I first met Nick. He had been at Victory Park in North Miami Beach. I had been introduced to tennis six months earlier […] Continue to read full article...

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Watching Junior Tennis With Brian Gottfried

At the recent Winter Nationals held at Lake Nona at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, I spotted old friend Brian Gottfried watching one of his young charges in action in doubles. While observing the match in the early evening from the corner behind the baseline, Gottfried, the former world no. 3 and Roland Garros finalist, agreed to answer a few of my questions. Continue to read full article...



Biofile: The Brian Gottfried Interview

This is one of my favorite Biofiles of 2014, after you read it you will understand. Just classic... ef="">bgottfried Status: Former ATP #3. Winner of 24 singles titles, 54 doubles titles. 1977 French Open finalist. Winner of three major doubles titles. DOB: Jan. 27, 1952 In: Baltimore, MD First Tennis Memory: "Orange Bowl juniors. We kept players at our house from Japan for the tournament. Eddie Herr approached my dad about housing players. I used to go watch them play and that's how I started." Tennis Inspirations: "The Japanese players who started me [smiles]. I guess I really liked the old Australians, Roy Emerson is at the top of the list for me. Fitness was always a big part of his game. He was just such a physical player. And I loved it, that was sort of my M.O. when I was playing. I worked hard. He was at the top. Those guys were special. And eventually I played with them. And even now I do some corporate things with them, after the fact. It's just a blast. And I picked the right heroes - they're great guys." Continue to read full article...

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