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Tsitsipas Artistic Vibes Remind Of Vilas

Guillermo Vilas was once called “the reluctant tennis champion” by an Esquire magazine 1978 cover story in part because of his inherent artistic inclinations, which included dabbling in music, writing and poetry. Now another new Vilas type personality has emerged on the ATP World Tour because of his diverse interests outside the tennis universe – […] Continue to read full article...

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Players Who Retire But Then Unretire

Xavier Malisse retired from tennis in 2013 after a 16 year career but got the itch to compete again last year at Antwerp doubles with the player he coached Lloyd Harris and reached the semis in the doubles draw. 42 year old Malisse is playing Antwerp doubles again this year with Diego Schwartzman and they […] Continue to read full article...

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Tennis Greats Who Attended Boxing Matches

By Scoop Malinowski Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi had their first date at the Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad world welterweight title fight Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 1999. Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase both sat ringside at the Muhammad Ali vs Ken Norton III world heavyweight title fight at Yankee Stadium […] Continue to read full article...

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World No. 2s, Close But No Cigar

There were nine ATP players who climbed all the way up the mountain to the world no. 2 ranking but fell just short of no. 1 and all the prestige, honor and not to mention, lucrative bonuses that go with being the ATP kingpin. Marcelo Rios famously became no. 1 in Miami in 1998 when […] Continue to read full article...

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The Man Who Beat Marcelo Rios In His Final Match

The illustrious career of Marcelo Rios came to a conclusion on April 5, 2004 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Rios was just 28 years old but his body was breaking down. After a disastrous 2003 which saw Rios lose in the first round at Roland Garros, and miss AO, Wimbledon and US Open, the former […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile: Guillermo Vilas Interview

I did this Biofile interview with Vilas at US Open in 2005. It’s on page 107 in my “Facing Guillermo Vilas” book which is available at amazon for $9.99… The BIOFILE Guillermo Vilas By Scoop Malinowski Status: Hall of Fame tennis great. Born On: August 17, 1952   In: Mar del Plata, Argentina Childhood Heroes: “Rod Laver, […] Continue to read full article...

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Book Excerpt: Facing Guillermo Vilas

I remember when I decided to start working on a Facing Guillermo Vilas project – Miami Open at the Key Biscayne site, just outside the main stadium. Two years ago. I remember it was morning, early in the day. Gosh, the memories of just being on the grounds at Crandon Park are uplifting. What a […] Continue to read full article...

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Sneak Peak: Facing Guillermo Vilas Book

On a whim two years ago in Miami I decided to ask some players for their memories of Facing Guillermo Vilas. The only intention was to create a feature for this site about what it was like to play the former champion of Forest Hills and Roland Garros, who many believe was the world’s best […] Continue to read full article...

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The Vilas Solution To Fix A Broken Stroke

By Scoop Malinowski There's an old saying in tennis: When one stroke goes off, your whole game goes down. Even top ranked professionals suffer through such situations where one of their strokes falters. Guillermo Vilas, the former ATP no. 2 was not immune to losing control of his arsenal of weapons. His former coach Ernesto Ruiz Bry told a story to me about Vilas losing one of this strokes and how he remedied the crisis. Continue to read full article...




Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew

(This article was originally published in Tennis Week magazine in March of 2005 and at on 03/22/2005.) By Scoop Malinowski “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — Shakespeare. “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” — Seneca. No […] Continue to read full article...

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