November 14th, 2010
The 26-year-old Soderling stopped a sluggish Monfils, who defeated Roger Federer in a three-set semifinal. “I’m in a learning process. Every time I get to a final like this something goes wrong, and this time it was the preparation. I had to rush too much,” Monfils said. “And also, at one stage in the match I tried to change my plan. I should maybe not have done that and keep with simple things…Yesterday I used up a lot of energy, and today I wasn’t able to find the extra stamina that I would have needed to be more competitive.”
November 13th, 2010
“Going into the final against Pat I know he’ll have the home crowd on his side so of course it will be tough,” McEnroe said. “I feel like I’m tough to beat at the moment though and I’m fitter now than I was 15 years ago.”
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October 6th, 2010
Three way tie for the guy who broke his arm biking while trying to avoid a squirrel, the tour event that is about to disappear, and the magazine that no one reads that is circling the drain.
October 1st, 2010
“I think we’ve missed him,” said the Swede. “He’s the epitome of a professional athlete. He’s the guy that showed the way for people to become really fit. He changed his psychology in the game by becoming strong physically, and then mentally. He’s an unbelievable example. Everyone who plays now has him to thank for what they are doing, probably more than anyone else.”
August 28th, 2010
Due to Lendl winning Down Under to start 1990, Pete Sampras became only the sixth man to win a hard court slam at the 1990 U.S. Open. It may just be me, but for Sampras to be only the sixth man to win a slam on hard courts despite 15 grand slam events having been contested on hard courts prior to the 1990 U.S. Open seems odd. Even more astounding to me is Patrick Rafter becoming only the tenth man to win a Grand Slam on a hard court when he won the 1997 U.S. Open title.
August 11th, 2010
Andy Roddick’s early-round exit in Washington dropped him out of the Top 10, making for the FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE RANKINGS there are no American’s in the Top 10. RIP, U.S. tennis, we were big fans back in the day…
March 12th, 2010
“I started playing pretty good at the end and it’s too bad I blew it,” he said. “Any time you’re up 5-0 in a tiebreak you should certainly win it. It was a pretty exciting match though and fun to be part of it. To me what’s important is to feel like I’m playing good and at the end there I felt like I had him on the ropes so I ended stronger than I started which was good.”
February 24th, 2010
Pat Rafter was pushed all the way before completing a 7-6(4), 7-6(1) victory in a thrilling final against John McEnroe at the ATP Champions Tour event in Delray Beach on Tuesday night.
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February 17th, 2010
“I try to go to the gym three days a week and then spend another three days per week on the court, with one day of rest,” said McEnroe. “A big part for me is recovery, particularly if I’ve got to play three or four days in a row. I’ve been able to maintain a consistent workout programme for the last ten years so hopefully I’m not that far off where I was back then.”
December 31st, 2009
Capitala World Tennis Championship: The 2010 tennis season is finally underway and even though two exhibition matches have been played, we already have a surprising result. David Ferrer beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6 6-2 6-4 in Abu Dhabi to set up a meeting with compatriot Rafael Nadal. This is absolutely shocking to be because Ferrer was [...]
August 24th, 2009
Just for fun, I am trying something different. As the 2009 hard court season heads toward the finish line, I came up with some hypothetical matches between former U.S. Open champions.
June 17th, 2009
The sport has changed enough in a short period of time to ask if tennis fans can accurately compare eras right next to one another.
June 14th, 2009
Pete Sampras sent the message that if a player were talented, self-disciplined and professional, he could exceed the seven or eight majors that seemed to be the best one could hope for in a career.
February 16th, 2009
“John McEnroe turns 50 tomorrow — it’s incredible how well this guy still plays,” Sampras said following the match. “I’m in awe of it actually. At 50, it’s amazing to move that well. It’s pretty incredible.” McEnroe beat Sampras last year en route to the Boston title. Todd Martin won the third-place match when Jim Courier pulled out with a bad back.
November 25th, 2008
If China is so “crazy for tennis” as one ESPN writer put it, how come there were so many empty seats at the Masters Cup matches, even the final? Fans are so crazy they forgot to go to the event?…