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Biofile Jimmy Connors Interview

This interview is presented by By Scoop Malinowski Status:  Former ATP world no. 1 for 160 consecutive weeks  and 268 weeks overall. Won eight Grand Slams. Hold three ATP records – 109 titles, 1557 matches and 1274 match wins. Also won 16 doubles titles, two doubles majors and Davis Cup 1981. Retired in 1996. […] Continue to read full article...

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Three Funny Tennis Tales

1.) A Florida newspaper tennis columnist arranged to do a participatory journalism feature about returning – or rather trying to return Mark Philippousis’s serve at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in the 1990’s when the mighty Aussie had the biggest serve in the game. Not surprisingly the reporter couldn’t even touch the serve. On the […] Continue to read full article...

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Tracy Austin once said “Tennis is a fistfight without the fists”, but sometimes a tennis match devolves into a fist fight with punches thrown and landed, even in the professional ranks. One such notable occasion where a pro player did a Mike Tyson imitation happened in the 1980s when Dick Stockton slugged Ilie Nastase during […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile Ilie Nastase Interview

Status: Former French Open and U.S. Open champion. Tennis Hall of Famer. Born: July 19, 1946 in Bucharest, Romania. Childhood Hero: "The first picture of Roy Emerson in Romanian newspaper. I didn't have anyone to look up to. I play tennis the way I feel." Hobbies/Interests: "I'm into cars. I collect Brancusi sculptures. He was a unique Romanian sculptor. Died in 1957. And collecting old watches. I have about 70 or 80 watches. I buy them because I love all watches. Probably because I didn't have any as a kid. Watch soccer and hockey. Hockey is so fast. You only realize how difficult it is when you try to skate. Amazing game. A little bit like soccer." Nicknames: "Nasty — which is going to stay forever (smiles). And Nasty Boy — from Jimmy Connors." Continue to read full article...

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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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