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June 24th, 2011

Roddick Loses, Ripped by ESPN Crew at Wimbledon; Tennis-X Notes

“Some stuff” have been various injuries in 2010-011, but nonetheless ESPN commentator and former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and former Roddick coach Brad Gilbert absolutely ripped the American for playing passive tennis over the last few years and abandoning the grip-it-and-rip-it style that won his his lone Slam title at the US Open. ESPN commentator Pam Shriver chimed in that it could possibly be time for Roddick and coach Larry Stefanki to part ways.

Posted by Staff @ 10:51 pm in Tennis | 253 Comments »

June 24th, 2011

Woz Wins, R-up Zvonareva Upset Friday at Wimbledon

“I’ve been playing very well my two matches here and hopefully I can keep it up,” Wozniacki said. “I’m serving well, I’m moving well, and I’m moving the ball around well. I won the junior title here in 2006 and Eastbourne [WTA event] two years ago. Hardcourt is my best surface, but grass is good for me as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:01 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 22nd, 2011

Nadal Up to Gilles in Trouble; Mattek Unfashionable Exit at Wimbledon

“It was a long time ago, but he beat me,” Nadal said. “So that’s what happened. Gilles is a very dangerous player, especially on this surface. So it will be a very tough match for me. I don’t know what is my best form, I try my best every day. I need a few adjustments.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:58 pm in Tennis | 209 Comments »

June 21st, 2011

Venus Wears Cotton Bag, Wins; Minor Upsets Day 1 at Wimbledon

American Ryan Harrison loses in the final round of the Wimbledon qualifying as he did at the French, smashing his racquet in a fit and taking a chunk out of the grasscourt. But like at Roland Garros, he gets into the main draw as a lucky loser.

Posted by Staff @ 1:25 am in Tennis | 58 Comments »

June 17th, 2011

It’s a Williams Sister World: 2011 Wimbledon Preview

Did I mention world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is the No. 1 seed? Talk about under the radar.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:44 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 7 Comments »

July 3rd, 2010

Opinion: Serena Williams Walks to 13th Slam Title at Wimbledon

After the smoke clearer, world No. 1 Serena Williams showed that perhaps her only equal on tour is injury.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:00 pm in Tennis | 24 Comments »

June 25th, 2010

Serena Beats Ass, Bows to Queen at Wimbledon, Complains

“I have mixed feelings about that,” Williams said. “You know, I don’t think I should be out there. But in a way, I feel like, you know, with my popularity, it’s cool to see — when I was leaving, I stayed for a while, and I signed tons of autographs. A lot of these people can’t get into the Centre Court and stuff.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:08 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

June 21st, 2010

Venus Williams, Clijsters Advance in Opening Yawners at Wimbledon

“Tina Turner? I love her,” said Williams on the inspiration for her outfit. “I love Tina Turner. Obviously, she’s just an amazing, amazing artist, just a survivor. She reinvented herself. Plus she looks great. I’ve loved her forever. So the dress is really inspired by her.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:43 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 18th, 2010

Williams Sisters Look to Close Wide-Open Wimbledon Draw

World No. 1 Serena Williams actually has a difficult draw. She will start against the screamer Michelle Larcher de Brito, then probably meet former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze in the second round. No. 25 Lucie Safarova or Dominika Cibulkova await after that, then a fourth-round showdown with Sharapova. Pencil in No. 9 seed Na Li to be waiting for Serena in the quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in Tennis | 23 Comments »

July 8th, 2009

The Art of Excellence: 15 Grand Slam Titles

Aristotle said it best when he said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Posted by Dan Martin @ 3:10 pm in 2009 Season, American Women, Australian Open, Davis Cup, French Open, Tennis, US Open, US Open Series, Wimbledon | 367 Comments »

July 5th, 2009

Federer Beats Roddick in Marathon Wimbledon Final

Leading 6-5 in the second-set tiebreak, Roddick had a relatively-easy high volley put-away on an attempted Federer pass that he for an instant took his eye off of — an instant that changed the match from a potential 2-0 set lead to one-set all.

Posted by Staff @ 1:28 pm in Tennis | 534 Comments »

July 4th, 2009

Serena Tops Sister Venus Williams for Wimbledon Crown

“Today she was too good, she had an answer for everything. She played the best tennis today,” Venus said. “I’m still smiling though, I don’t think the loss has set in yet. I’ve had so many great times here. I love what I do and most of all I love playing these finals. I’ll see you all again next year, of course.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 pm in Tennis | 32 Comments »

July 3rd, 2009

Federer, Roddick to Contest 3rd Wimbledon Final

Roddick will face Roger Federer in their third meeting in the Wimbledon final. Federer was flawless in dismissing a determined former No. 2-ranked Tommy Haas 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-3. It was another solid performance from Haas who has shown he can play the former world No. 1 close, but perhaps doesn’t have the deep-down belief he can beat the Swiss. Last month Haas led Federer by two sets to love before losing in five at the French Open.

Posted by Staff @ 6:32 pm in Tennis | 110 Comments »

July 2nd, 2009

Wimbledon Notes: NBC Tape-fest, Safina Defends No. 1 Rank

Venus has won five of the last eight against Serena…

Posted by Staff @ 4:31 pm in Tennis | 43 Comments »

July 2nd, 2009

Safina Chokes Again as Williams Sisters Advance to Wimbledon Final

Venus steamrolled the No. 1-ranked Safina 6-1, 6-0, with the Russian exhibiting the throat-clutching tennis she usually saves for Grand Slam finals, where she is 0-3 career. It was the first appearance in a Wimbledon semifinal for Safina.

Posted by Staff @ 1:37 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »