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RIP Kenny Lundgren

Kenneth Lundgren became a dear friend in the early 2000s because of tennis. We used to both workout at the William Paterson University gym. Ken saw me playing shadow tennis swinging backhands and forehands in the aerobics room and gym and initiated a conversation. About a decade younger, he also loved tennis and played a […] Continue to read full article...

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Recovering From Grand Slam Final Defeats: When The Dream Doesn’t Come True

By Scoop Malinowski As the fourth Grand Slam tournaments of 2023 begins today, let’s delve into an area that is rarely talked about in the world of professional tennis: the dark side of losing a major tournament final and the pain and suffering of the epic failure to make the lifelong dream come true. It’s […] Continue to read full article...

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Sampras On His Grand Slam Record Being Broken

I found this You Tube interview by Pat Cash with Pete Sampras from 2016 of Pistol Pete sharing his thoughts when Roger Federer won his fifteenth Grand Slam to break his record of fourteen. “When I saw Roger do it at Wimbledon, I was resigned to it,” said the seven-time champion of Wimbledon and five-time […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile Pete Sampras Interview

By Scoop Malinowski STATUS: Winner of fourteen Grand Slam major singles titles – two Australian Opens, seven Wimbledons and five US Opens. Finished as ATP world no. 1 for six years in a row. Won 64 ATP singles titles. Competed as a professional from 1988-2002. DOB: August 12, 1971 IN: Washington DC HT: 6-2 WT: […] Continue to read full article...

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Was Pete Sampras Backhand Change A Mistake?

At the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open last week I had the pleasure to sit next to and chat with Brian Gottfried for several matches on Nick Bollettieri Stadium Court. When I asked Brian if he had ever hit with Pete Sampras, he revealed that he did when Pistol Pete was around fourteen, at an Orange […] Continue to read full article...

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His Name Is Agassi

By Scoop Malinowski Andre Agassi mania had a profound impact on America. The former world no. 1 and Grand Slam king was such an inspiring, exciting figure around the world, some parents even named their boys not Andre, but “Agassi.” There’s a trio of Agassis in the UTR directory of tennis players with the best […] Continue to read full article...




Happy Birthday Pistol Pete Sampras

Happy birthday no. 50 to one of the greatest champions in the history of sport, Pete Sampras. Six years in a row as year-end world no. 1, fourteen Grand Slam titles by age 31, three of the most dramatic, unforgettable matches in history (Corretja, Courier, Chesnokov). A winning machine. Everybody knew what was coming but […] Continue to read full article...

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Sampras Says Too Many Good Players Is A Detriment

Pistol Pete Sampras, winner of fourteen Grand Slam singles titles, believes the ATP World Tour does not benefit from having an abundance of super tennis players. Too much talent is actually a detriment for professional tennis. “What has hurt the men’s game is there are too many good players,” said Sampras. “What sells sport today? […] Continue to read full article...

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Boxing Training Helps Tennis

Maria Sharapova trained boxing for nine months when she was 12. Serena Williams has trained boxing off and on during her career. Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Gael Monfils, Elina Svitolina and many others have employed boxing training coaches. And just this week I learned boxing training in pro tennis goes as far back as the […] Continue to read full article...

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Biofile Justin Gimelstob Interview

I did this Biofile with Justin in 2005 at US Open. By Scoop Malinowski Status: Former ATP no. 63. Winner or two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Finalist at Newport in 2006. Ht: 6-5  Wt: 190 Born On: January 26, 1977  In: Livingston, N.J. Childhood Heroes: “I used to love watching McEnroe, Sampras, Agassi.” Hobbies/Interests: […] Continue to read full article...

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