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August 26th, 2008

Nadal, Blake Escape at US Open; American Women Bomb

The “B”-level Americans also headed for the exits, with losses by Ahsha Rolle, Shenay Perry, Vania King, Alexa Glatch, and Asia Muhammad.

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 am in Tennis | 56 Comments »

August 25th, 2008

Thoughts on Tennis as the Olympic Games End and the US Open Begins

Elite tennis players have used a variety of stroke mechanics and tactics to succeed. Therefore, different physiques have been seen frequenting the winner’s circle in tennis. Boris Becker, Gustavo Kuerten, Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi did not have similar body types, but each won a lot of big matches.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 3:36 pm in Olympics, US Open | 17 Comments »

August 24th, 2008

Tennis-X Wrap: Fish Speared at New Haven, Hewitt Out of US Open

WORLD NO. 1 BEATER: With her win at the Olympics over Jelena Jankovic, Russian Dinara Safina became the first player in history to beat three different reigning No. 1 players in the same year.

Posted by Staff @ 1:17 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

August 21st, 2008

ATP Chairman de Villiers to Step Down, Men’s Tennis Search Begins

In the end, he operated so secretly from the players that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic took the unprecedented action of electing themselves to the ATP Player Council to have a say in their sport. Apparently the last straw for de Villiers was the top players signing a petition that the ATP not automatically renew his contract for 2009, and shop around for other candidates.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 7:45 pm in ATP, Tennis | 31 Comments »

August 20th, 2008

Tennis Rumor Mill: Roddick to Debut New Coach at US Open?

While Nadal and Federer are with their entourages, Roddick seems to be without ever-present brother/coach John Roddick. Roddick has been without a main coach other than his brother since splitting with former No. 1 Jimmy Connors.

Posted by Staff @ 3:15 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

August 19th, 2008

Tennis Product Reviews and Early US Open Thoughts

Avoid this item. It can help a person get into better shape so as a workout device it is fine, but it is detrimental to one’s tennis swing and timing on the court.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 9:46 am in Olympics, Tennis, US Open | 231 Comments »

August 17th, 2008

Tennis-X Wrap: Beijing Olympics, New Haven

RANKING LANDMARK: This week Rafael Nadal ends Roger Federer’s 4-1/2 year reign atop the ATP Rankings. Serb Ana Ivanovic also re-takes No. 1 away from countrywoman Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic could have retained the top spot by reaching the semis at the Beijing Olympics, and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova could have attained the top spot for the first time by reaching the semis in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 11:04 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

August 5th, 2008

ATP d Hamburg in Landmark Jury Trial

It is uncertain whether Hamburg will stay as a lower-tier event or take its tennis ball and go home. Hamburg has been a top-level event since its beginning in 1974, boasting former champions Guillermo Vilas, Yannick Noah, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Michael Stich, Marcelo Rios, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Posted by Staff @ 7:32 pm in ATP, Tennis | 49 Comments »

August 4th, 2008

Tennis-X Wrap: Murray, Safina Win; ATP in Trouble

“Q: What is the best piece of advice you would give to a junior tennis player, hoping to become a professional? (Michael Stich walks into the room saying: ‘Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll!’) There we go, Michael Stich just came up with some crackers right there…It might be ok for a while…I know Michael Stich tried that and he won Wimbledon…Best advice? Well, I think you have to learn to be very patient and learn how to play on clay. I think it’s a very good grounding for players.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 am in Tennis | 78 Comments »

August 2nd, 2008

ATP LA Preview: Roddick, Fish Look for Rebound Amidst Strong Field

“I hate not playing and I hate withdrawing from tournaments,” said Roddick, chomping at the bit to take the court and gain some momentum entering Flushing Meadows. “It’s the most hollow feeling every when you have to walk off because you’re hurt and you know people have come to watch you play.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 10:04 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »

July 28th, 2008

Tennis-X Notes: Rafter Returns, Players Busted for Gambling

FINALLY NO. 1?: Rafael Nadal will become the new No. 1 next Sunday if he wins the title at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati and Roger Federer loses before the semifinals…

Posted by Staff @ 10:51 am in Tennis | 15 Comments »

July 14th, 2008

Tennis-X Weekend Wrap: Chang Engaged, Roddick Hurt

So 36-year-old Michael Chang is engaged to married to 24-year-old WTA player Amber Liu, who he is coaching? Go Michael! Now they’ll have to cancel pre-production for the 40-Year-Old Virgin II….

Posted by Staff @ 10:30 am in Tennis | 125 Comments »

July 10th, 2008

Federer v Nadal? Give me Muster and the Good Ol’ Days

if I could magically teleport Muster onto Centre Court right now, I bet he would casually walk up to Nadal, press a finger against the outside of one nostril and blow snot at the guy’s feet. Then he’d walk away with that ridiculous barrel-chested trot without saying a word.

Posted by Staff @ 11:51 am in Tennis | 28 Comments »

July 7th, 2008

Federer v Nadal Wimbledon: The Day After

I am not sure other words can really describe the quality of the 2008 men’s final. The nerve each man possessed to execute shots that no one else in the world can hit was amazing. It is one thing to hit those shots when crushing someone in an early round match in a smaller tournament; it is another to do it on the final Sunday at Wimbledon when your opponent is just waiting for an opening or a let down.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 122 Comments »

July 6th, 2008

Wimbledon Epic Set by Set: Nadal d Federer to Begin New Era

Nadal serving again loses a baseline rally with a backhand error and almost slams his racquet to the ground. Now Federer has the momentum, evening the tiebreak with a forehand error after drawing Nadal wide. A big serve puts Federer up 6-5, then a protracted rally ends with Federer driving an attempted forehand winner wide. Lot of tension as the players trade sides at 6-6 with the crowd going into “Roger!” and “Rafa!” football chants.

Posted by Richard Vach @ 4:21 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 14 Comments »

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