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By Scoop Malinowski Rika Hiraki is a name most tennis observers may not remember. But the Japanese woman won a Grand Slam title in 1997 at Roland Garros with Mahesh Bhupathi. It was a thrilling, historic win. In Hiraki’s career she never got passed the third round of any Grand Slam in any draw but […] Continue to read full article...

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In boxing, the experts like to talk about who is the pound for pound best fighter in the world. It’s a debate to celebrate and honor who is the best all around skilled talent and not necessarily the biggest and strongest heavyweight champion. In tennis I nominate the best pound for pound, inch for inch […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/23

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Nishioka Is On Fire

By Scoop Malinowski Yoshihito Nishioka is quietly rising up the ATP ranks with stunning play and results. The Japanese wizard southpaw is currently ranked a career high 36 in the world and fueling his momentum for a big 2023 with two excellent wins so far this week in Adelaide, beating world no. 11 Holger Rune […] Continue to read full article...

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Jul/22

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44-Year-Old Wins ATP Match Today

A rare occurrence happened today at the ATP Indianapolis Challenger – Toshihide Matsui, age 44, won a doubles match on the ATP World Tour. Matsui and 27-year-old Kaito Uesugi defeated Michail Pervolarakis and Yu Hsiou Hsu 63 64. Matsui is currently ranked 1038 in singles (his highest ranking was 261 in 2006) and 440 in […] Continue to read full article...

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Mar/21

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They Won’t Give Up: Erika Sema

Continuing with the series focusing on veteran players who refuse to give up, today I will feature Japan’s Erika Sema. Sema is 32 year old now and currently ranked 505 (211 in doubles). Her best ranking in singles was in 2011 (114). She has never gotten into a Grand Slam main draw, halted in all […] Continue to read full article...

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Feb/21

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Osaka Scores Fourth Major, Bests Brady in AO Final

Naomi Osaka has established herself as the dominant force in women’s tennis, with another masterpiece major final conquest last night, a 64 63 triumph over American Jennifer Brady. The 23 year old Osaka is now 4-0 in her four Grand Slam finals (Serena Williams was 6-1 in her first seven major finals). She will regain […] Continue to read full article...

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Feb/21

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Introducing Yoxoi Brand

Astute tennis observers surely noticed the unique attire worn the last couple of years by Alexander Bublik and Daniel Evans. The logo is eye catching but difficult to read. The attire is sharp, clean and most white based. The brand is called Yoxoi, which is based in Japan. The tennis attire is so specialized and […] Continue to read full article...

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Jan/21

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Biofile Ai Sugiyama Interview

By Scoop Malinowski Status: WTA pro from 1993-2009. WTA no. 1 in doubles and best singles ranking was no. 8. Won three Grand Slam doubles titles, one Grand Slam mixed, six WTA singles and 37 WTA doubles titles. Held the record for playing 62 Grand Slam main draws until Federer surpassed her at Wimbledon 2015. […] Continue to read full article...

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May/20

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The Man Who Loves Mizuno Tennis Shoes

Mike Onello told me a month ago how much he loves Mizuno tennis shoes, calling them the best tennis shoe he’s ever worn, and he’s tried them all. A former amateur boxer turned 4.5 tennis player based in Indian Wells, California, Onello plays tennis every day. With curiosity, I decided to phone call and ask […] Continue to read full article...

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May/19

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Biofile Kurumi Nara Interview

Status: WTA no. 238.
DOB:  December 30, 1991  In; Osaka, Japan
Ht: 5-1
First Tennis Memory:  I was starting tennis when I was three years old. Watching my parents. I always went on weekends to play with my parents.
Tennis Inspiration: My idol is Justine Henin.
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