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Harry Hopman: A Tennis Legend

By Chris Lewis There was hardly a man in world tennis more respected than Harry Hopman. Right up until his death at 79 years of age in 1985, Harry Hopman could be seen on court every day at his Tennis Academy at the Bardmoor Country Club in Largo, Florida, where he ran a huge tennis […] Continue to read full article...

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Ben Shelton’s Astonishing Emergence At AO23

By Scoop Malinowski Though he lost in four sets to Tommy Paul yesterday in the AO23 quarterfinals, Ben Shelton’s breakout at his second Grand Slam appearance has been astonishing. At US Open last year, Shelton lost first round as a wildcard to Nuno Borgues in five sets. Then in the Fall Shelton won three ATP […] Continue to read full article...

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Reilly Opelka Is Now The Top Ranked American

By Scoop Malinowski Reilly Opelka has passed by Taylor Fritz in the latest ATP rankings this week and is now the highest ranked American tennis player. Opelka is now ranked a career high no. 17. The 24-year-old’s most recent tournament was reaching the final of Delray Beach where he was defeated in the final by […] Continue to read full article...

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Is Coco Gauff Stagnating At 17?

She burst on the WTA scene like a stick of dynamite, blasting through veterans on the biggest courts in the world in Grand Slam events at just 15. The dynamic, colorful, charismatic teenager signed major endorsement deals with Nike, New Balance, Barilla, Head racquets, etc. Now less than a month from turning eighteen, Gauff has […] Continue to read full article...

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Is the USTA Self Destructing?

A parent/coach of a prominent American junior tennis players expressed some alarming complaints about how the USTA operates business for junior tennis tournaments in Florida… “Fifty years ago it was because of the love of the game somebody would do a job to run junior tournaments. Now it is for love of the wallet or […] Continue to read full article...

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Danielle Collins Is A Tennis Rocky Balboa

By Scoop Malinowski Former Bryan Brothers and Vince Spadea coach John Skelly has fond memories of witnessing Danielle Collins early tennis years and her progression in Florida. “I knew Danielle’s dad Wally Collins back in late 70’s early 80’s. He was the groundskeeper at my first Tennisclub Shipwatch in Largo, Florida. He was a really […] Continue to read full article...

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Sofia Kenin Splits With Fila, Now Wears Pironetic

While Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu earn multi-millions from numerous sponsors and global brand ambassador contracts, American Sofia Kenin hasn’t been nearly as fortunate. The 2020 Australian Open champion and 2020 Roland Garros finalist has surprisingly concluded her partnership with Fila after three years (she was previously sponsored by Nike). For 2022 Kenin has signed […] Continue to read full article...

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Reilly Opelka is the No. 1 ranked American

Reilly Opelka started off 2021 with mediocre, inconsistent results but this summer the towering American has found his form. Last week in Montreal the 23 year old defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets and reached the final of the Toronto Masters 1000 tournament where he lost to World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev 63 64. Opelka […] Continue to read full article...

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