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TAG: Roland Garros

Nov/20

15

Chang Believed He Could Win A Major At 17

One of the most miraculous Grand Slam wins of the modern era was Michael Chang winning Roland Garros at age 17. At the time Chang was ranked 19 in the world but there weren’t any indicators he could win a major title yet. Going into Paris, Chang did not play European red clay events. After […] Continue to read full article...

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Nov/20

5

Facing Greatness: Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian

Former WTA top ten player Lisa Bonder is next in our new series “Facing Greatness” as she contemplates the question of which were the two best matches ever played against her on a tennis court, during her career which spanned from 1981 to 1991 and was highlighted by four WTA singles titles and a no. […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

13

How Agassi Saved Medvedev’s Career

Andre Agassi’s book Open is full of fascinating insights and anecdotes, one of the most striking ones was when a former top 5 ATP player was so despressed and doubtful about his game, he was about to quit the sport at just 24. Andrei Medvedev was not even 25 years old and ranked 100, seemingly […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

8

Swiatek Aims To Be Poland’s First Grand Slam Singles Champ

On Saturday Iga Swiatek will try to become the first singles player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title when she duels American Sofia Kenin in the Roland Garros final. Swiatek has only played the 2020 Australian Open champion once before, in 2016 in the Roland Garros junior third round, beating Kenin 64 […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

8

Why is there no Sofiamania?

Combining power, precision, intelligence and an iron will steely resolve Sofia Kenin has remarkably played her way into her second major final this year, a straight set semi final win vs Petra Kvitova at Roland Garros today. The young American is now just two sets away from her second Grand Slam title of 2020. Kenin […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

7

Can Wawrinka Win Another Major Title?

It happens to every professional sportsperson – the gradual winding down of their careers and the realisation that perhaps their best days are behind them. For Stan Wawrinka, those best days came later than for most. The Swiss player has been something of late bloomer, reaching his career high ranking (3) at the age of […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

2

Is Rafael Nadal a clay court supremacist?

Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay, aptly nicknamed because of his extraordinary prowess and dominance on red clay since winning his first major title in Paris in 2005 against Mariano Puerta in four sets at age 19 (and two days). For his career, the 34 year old has won 59 clay court titles and […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

1

Agassi Impact Edifying Dimitrov

He’s 29 now and “Baby Federer’s” trophy case is still lacking a Grand Slam memento. Projected as a future major champion, the Bulgarian has fallen short of fulfilling that potential but he’s still working hard on improving and getting beyond a major semi, his best result in Australia, upended by some guy named Rafa Nadal. […] Continue to read full article...

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Oct/20

1

What happened to Coco?

Coco Gauff was cruising 4-love on the qualfier Martina Trevisan in the second round of Roland Garros but ended up blowing the match 64 26 57 to the Italian lefty. I watched the match to 4-0 and retired for the evening, expecting a total blowout win for Gauff, to successfully follow up her first round […] Continue to read full article...

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Sep/20

28

Facing Rafa Nadal

“Facing Nadal” takes an inside look at one of the most dynamic champions in modern tennis, the twelve-time French Open champion, Olympic gold medalist, Davis Cup champion, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal.   The book is composed of interviews with over 50 players who discuss their memories and experiences of what it’s like to […] Continue to read full article...

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