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Observing Sarasota Open Practices Today

By Scoop Malinowski After a 35 minute scooter ride from Bradenton to the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open at Payne Park after a 90 minute morning hit with the former Florida no. 1 ranked 5.0 Felipe Alarcon, I got to see many ATP players practice today to get ready for next week’s Challenger tournament. Last year’s […] Continue to read full article...

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Harrison Wins First Grand Slam Match At 28

By Scoop Malinowski Christian Harrison may be the most inspiring figure of tennis perseverance in the sport today. The 28 year old has endured a bone infection and eight surgeries, including operations on both legs, both hips, his right wrist, and both aductors. All those adversities, obstacles and roadblocks somehow did not manage to halt […] Continue to read full article...

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Wimbledon Qualies Joy And Agony

The agony… Danielle Lao, 31 and ranked outside top 200, lost in third round of qualies today 61 63 to Natalie Shunk. The veteran known as the Little Giant played Wimbledon main draw last year but still has never won a Grand Slam main draw match. Stefan Kozlov lost 6-3 in the fifth set today […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile Christian Harrison Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: ATP No. 307. He just won Tallahassee Challenger doubles title with Gijs Brouwer. Best singles ranking was 198 in 2018. DOB: May 29, 1994 In: Shreveport, Louisiana Ht: 5-11 Wt: 170 First Tennis Memory: Just going to work with my dad every day. He ran a club. We would always go […] Continue to read full article...

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Sarasota Open Begins

By Scoop Malinowski The Sarasota Open ATP Challenger has new owners, a new venue in downtown Sarasota at Payne Park, and a woman reportedly worth hundreds of millions to fund it, so there is a totally new different energy at this year’s tournament sponsored by Elizabeth Moore. Prize money has been doubled from $100,000 to […] Continue to read full article...

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Players Ravaged By Injuries

Brian Baker was a highly touted American junior, he won the 2002 Orange Bowl and at 2003 French Open juniors he beat Tsonga and Bagdhatis before losing the final to Wawrinka. He beat 9 seed Gaston Gaudio at 2005 US Open. In 2007 he endured five surgeries (three hip, one elbow, one sports hernia) and […] Continue to read full article...

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Watching Stepanek Practice Today at IMG

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Though it was a Sunday, Radek Stepanek trained today at IMG Academy. The 38 year old who turned pro in 1995 walked onthe the court at 11 am. He did an extensive warmup with a lot of agility and flexibility exercises. One man observing the court commented, "Hey Radek how do you stay in such great shape?" Stepanek responded with a smile, "Young girlfriends." Eventually Stepanek started to hit with Christian Harrison. They did normal baseline hitting and then volleys and overheads. Then they took a break and Pat Harrison (father of Christian and Ryan), who was also on the court (and seems to be the main pro coach now at IMG) asked Stepanek what he wanted to do next. The former ATP no. 8 ranked player (in 2006) replied that he wanted to be fed balls and hit inside out forehands at an orange cone target. Continue to read full article...

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