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June 5th, 2009

Nadal Withdraws From Queens Due to Bad Knees

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queens Club grass court tennis event due to begin on Monday.

Posted by Staff @ 8:24 am in Grass season, Injuries | 109 Comments »

July 10th, 2008

ATP Newport Blog: Fish Fried, Players Cut Loose

Nonetheless, this was a stellar day for curse beneficiary qualifier Rohan Bopanna. While beating Fish in the first set, fellow Indians, the Amritraj father and son were busy sending text messages of support. Who the messages were being sent to, I have no clue? It appears their help worked as Bopanna only needed two tiebreak sets for his Fish fry.

Posted by Staff @ 9:48 am in Grass season, Tennis | Comments Off

July 9th, 2008

ATP Newport Blog: Dent and Two-Handed Racquets

He had to cheer loudly to be heard over the crowd on center court watching Taylor Dent attempting a comeback against Canadian pretty-boy Frank Dancevic. Frank doesn’t strike me as a pretty-boy name; like say for example, Taylor? Dent gave it a valiant effort but he won’t be going home with the prize. No big deal says Taylor, “a year ago they told me I wouldn’t ever play tennis again.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:22 am in Grass season, Newport | Comments Off

July 7th, 2008

Newport Blog Day 2: Two-handled Racquets and Real Grass

I had the opportunity to try out my strokes on the grass court this afternoon with Brian Battistone. He and his brother Dann have been creating some waves and gaining a following for their unusual style of play and even more unusual rackets. Called the “Natural One,” the 29-inch racket has not one but two handles. The unique handle angle puts less stress on your elbows and helps the body balance better. I loved it so much I bought one.

Posted by Staff @ 10:04 pm in ATP, Grass season, Newport, Tennis | 4 Comments »

July 4th, 2008

A Match 1 Year in the Making

Nadal is not facing a radically depleted or wounded Roger Federer in the final. Federer won all 10 sets he played in picking up his 5th Halle title. Marcos Baghdatis and Nichols Kiefer stand out as solid wins in the quick transition from clay to grass. The Fed has also posted straight set wins over Robin Soderling, 2002 Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt, 2004 Wimbledon semifinalist Mario Ancic, and the enigmatic talent of Marat Safin. Nadal made a similarly quick and impressive transition from clay to grass, but he did so with the wind of victory at his back not the sting of humiliation. Federer has looked sharp at Halle and at Wimbledon.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 10:05 pm in French Open, Grass season, Halle, Hamburg, No. 1 ranking, Queens, Wimbledon | 58 Comments »

June 28th, 2008

Words on Wimbledon 2008 – Week One

WTA officials should add a tab to their website that explains patronymics in Eastern European languages. It might help fans understand why so many top players last names end with “ova” or some such variation.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:19 pm in American tennis, Grass season, Miami, Wimbledon | 31 Comments »

June 15th, 2008

No Denying Nadal, Not Even on a Grass Court

Rafael Nadal is getting scary good.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:45 pm in Grass season, Queens | 125 Comments »

June 12th, 2008

Federer Eyes Return to Winning Ways on the Grass

With the clay season behind us – don’t tell Nikolay Davydenko that, though – time to shift focus to grass.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:07 pm in Grass season, Halle, Queens | 208 Comments »

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