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Juncheng Shang Impresses Marcelo Rios

By Scoop Malinowski Juncheng Shang is only seventeen years old but he just won his first ATP Challenger title in Lexington, KY and has vaulted to no. 241 in the ATP rankings. Shang’s 64 64 final win vs Emilio Gomez thrilled his new coach Marcelo Rios, the former world no. 1 for six weeks in […] Continue to read full article...

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Marcelo Rios Is Coaching Juncheng Shang

In perhaps the biggest surprise of 2022, former world no. 1 Marcelo Rios said he’s coaching ATP no. 344 Juncheng “Jerry” Shang. The two met and bonded this year at IMG Tennis Academy where the Chinese left-handed player Sheng is based and also where Rios regularly attends because his daughter Isadora trains there. Rios lives […] Continue to read full article...

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Close Encounters With Jimmy Arias

By Scoop Malinowski Jimmy Arias won a Grand Slam title (mixed doubles with Andrea Jaeger at 1981 Roland Garros), was ranked no. 6 in the world at age 19 in 1983, and he won five career ATP singles titles. He’s also the head of tennis at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL and one of the […] Continue to read full article...

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Jimmy Arias Got Savage Revenge On Rowdy Rome Fans

By Scoop Malinowski Rome tennis fans have a history of animated and sometimes aggressive and irritating behavior against the players, as we saw yesterday regarding Denis Shapovalov in his three set win vs Italian Lorenzo Sonego. Arias, winner of five career ATP singles titles and ranked as high as no. 5 in April 1984, was […] Continue to read full article...

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When Two Tennis Greats Realize They Are Neighbors

By Scoop Malinowski In a one-in-a-million chance miracle, two superstar ATP champions actually recently bought houses and are next-door neighbors. Kei Nishikori and Marcelo Rios actually live next door to each other on Bayshore Road in Sarasota, Florida. Rios lives with his family in a three story mansion which took almost two years to be […] Continue to read full article...

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Should I Do A Bollettieri Academy Book?

By Scoop Malinowski I have considered it for years because so many various people associated with Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy have told me so many stories which I find fascinating and colorful. The “Love Means Zero” doumentary film was very good but it didn’t capture the essence of this historic landmark world renowned chunk of […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile: Andrei Cherkasov Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former ATP no. 13. Winner of two ATP singles titles, the first two editions of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Reached QF of US Open, AO and Roland Garros. Currently a coach at IMG in Bradenton, FL. DOB: July 4, 1970 In: Ufa, Soviet Union First Tennis Memory: “Probably when I […] Continue to read full article...

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How Federer Hired Agent Godsick

Roger Federer is the ultimate champion in tennis. He’s won 20 majors and has earned over $100 million in prize money. That’s not counting the additional millions from endorsements, such as the ten year, $300m Uniqlo contract Federer signed in 2018 (at age 36). Last year Federer earned approxiomately $106 million, about $100m from endorsements. […] Continue to read full article...

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Jimmy Arias, the mismanaged boy wonder?

I ran into the great Jimmy Arias at the USTA National Campus in Orlando yesterday after playing World Team Tennis national qualifiers for our 4.5 team from NJ, and Jimmy walked by, on site for his Tennis Channel broadcast of the Ohio State vs Florida State womens tennis match. “What are you doing here,” Jimmy […] Continue to read full article...

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A Day At Eddie Herr

Dominik Hrbaty, the former top 15 player, was on the grounds at Eddie Herr, as he is coaching the young Asian player Chun-Hsin Tseng, 18 years old and ranked 310 ATP. There was a question I wanted to ask Hrbaty for years that I kept forgetting to the rare occasions I see him about once […] Continue to read full article...


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