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Integrity In Tennis

By Scoop Malinowski Patrick Rafter was paid a six figure appearance fee to play in Doha and lost second round. After the loss when he was supposed to be paid, Rafter declined to take the money because he told the tournament director that he wasn’t happy with his losing performance. Meanwhile, the no. 1 seed […] Continue to read full article...

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Patrick Rafter: The All Time Greatest Sportsman?

By Scoop Malinowski Tennis can be a cruel sport sometimes. Most pro players are assassins on the court, trained from childhood to defeat the opponent as quickly and efficiently as possible. To get to the top of pro tennis, the emphasis is to win – to be ruthless and merciless. Kindness is usually saved for […] Continue to read full article...




Post-Tour, Patrick Rafter’s Life Is ‘Like Groundhog Day’

Two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter, who plays a few weeks of senior-tour tennis every year, has lately been putting more emphasis on his spiritual side than on his game.
Last month in Delray Beach, Fla., Rafter defeated John McEnroe, 7-6, 7-6, in a scintillating final, to win an ATP Champions Tour event.
Like most of his senior-tour brethren, Rafter finds playing these events more fun than regular ATP matches once were. "Here you feel a little pressure, because you’re competing to win. But if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter," the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Open champion, now 37, says.
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