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A Look Back At The Tennis Career of Li Na

“Li Na has been a fun, powerful, and wonderful player on the WTA tour and, along with her fans, I am sad to hear that she has retired,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster on the announcement of the retirement of Li Na, the Chinese tennis trailblazer, winner of the 2014 Australian Open and the 2011 French Open. ”In addition to her amazing tennis abilities and her warm...
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The Best Moments of the 2014 US Open

  The 2014 US Open was known for many surprises. While Serena Williams lived up to her reputation and claimed yet another Grand Slam title, over on the men’s side, Marin Cilic surprised us all by going all the way to the top. At just 25 years old, he managed to beat some of the world’s best recognised tennis stars including Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, and has now cemented...
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Roger Federer Keeps On Keeping On

by Thaddeus McCarthy   Turning 33 earlier this month, Roger Federer passed a milestone. That milestone is that no player has won a Grand Slam at 33 or older since Ken Rosewall won the Australian at 37 in 1972. Andre Agassi won the Australian in 2003 a few months before his 33rd birthday, but other than that there is not a single player who has come within a whisker of emulating...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

McEnroe, Courier To Compete At Casa de Campo Resort In The Dominican Republic

John McEnroe and Jim Courier, two of the greatest American tennis champions over the last 40 years, will compete in a special exhibition match on November 7, 2014 at the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic to showcase the resort’s tennis offerings. In addition to their exhibition match, McEnroe and Courier will also participate in special clinics and hitting sessions...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Novak’s “Djok-hold” on the U.S. Open

By David Cui   Following his thrilling Wimbledon victory over Roger Federer to clinch his seventh major singles title and return to the No. 1 ATP World Tour ranking, Novak Djokovic undoubtedly has great momentum going into the upcoming U.S. Open. Since 2007, Djokovic has been a consistent powerhouse in the U.S. Open, qualifying for the finals in five of the past seven years and...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro Tennis Right Now Is Boring – Bring On The U.S. Hard Court Season

By Thaddeus McCarthy   The tennis world at this time seems to be quite boring. Some articles are still coming out concerning Novak Djokovic’s epic win over Federer in the Wimbledon final, which is quite surprising seeing that it was over two weeks ago, an article that recently came out discussed how Boris Becker called Federer the Greatest of All Time (yawn). Another article was...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Still Lead The Pack For The US Open

With Wimbledon now complete, the tennis season is now focused in the United States and towards Flushing Meadow with the US Open just several weeks away. The men’s competition is looking likely to be extremely competitive as all three of the dominant figures of men’s tennis have reason to believe that they have a good chance of victory in New York. Although he won the title five...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

“The Days of Roger Federer” Book Now Available For Sale

NEW YORK – “The Days of Roger Federer” – a book that documents matches, life events and facts on tennis legend Roger Federer with unique day-by-day summaries – is now available for sale in hard and electronic formats. The book is available for $19.95 where books are sold, including here on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937559378/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wimbledon’s Most Controversial Conclusion Explained In Book

Wimbledon’s most controversial conclusion from 1931 years ago – as well as fascinating tales featuring some of the greatest Hollywood stars and legends – are featured in the book THE WIMBLEDON FINAL THAT NEVER WAS…AND OTHER TENNIS TALES FROM A BYGONE ERA. The book, published by New Chapter Press, is the posthumously-published memoir of Sidney Wood, the Wimbledon champion...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Roger Federer Turn Back the Clock?

The 2014 Wimbledon Championship is underway and the betting market for the third Grand Slam of the season is proving extremely popular at bookmaker Betfair. Novak Djokovic is the current favourite for the men’s title and the Serb will be looking to go one place better than last year, after being beaten in straights sets by Andy Murray in the 2013 final. Andy Murray got his defence...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A Look Back At The Playing Career of Amelie Mauresmo

With much of the Wimbledon hype surrounding Amelie Mauresmo’s coaching role with Andy Murray, we look back at the playing career of the Frenchwoman, courtesy of tennis historian Bud Collins. The following is the bio of Mauresmo from his famous book “The Bud Collins History of Tennis” set for an updated re-release later this year.   The only French woman to win Wimbledon other...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

“On This Day In Tennis History” Mobile App Now Available On Kindle

NEW YORK – “On This Day In Tennis History,” the book and mobile app that documents daily anniversaries of historic and unusual events in tennis history, is now available as an electronic Kindle download. The new electronic version – and the mobile app – have been updated with recent tennis happenings into 2014. The Kindle edition of the compilation is available for $7.99...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Questions Surround Serena Williams Entering Wimbledon

How will Serena Williams bounce back? It’s an understandable question right now, as the 17-time Grand Slam champion prepares to to tackle the grass courts of Wimbledon following possibly the worst loss in her illustrious career at the French Open at the end of May. The straight sets loss to Garbiñe Muguruza at Roland Garros was just the latest development in a tumultuous year...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic Investor In New PlaySight Tennis Tracking Technology

Novak Djokovic PlaySight Interactive, an innovative sports technology Company and creators of an affordable, tennis analytic system (the ‘SmartCourt’), today announced the completion of a $3.5 million investment round from high-profile private investors including Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King, Bill Ackman, Mark Ein, Dr. Jim Loehr and others.  The new capital will fund a...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick Macci On His First Meeting Richard, Venus and Serena Williams

Rick Macci has been dubbed “the coach of prodigies” by Hall of Fame journalist and personality Bud Collins. His reputation as such started when he worked with a pre-teen Jennifer Capriati in the 1980s, but it was burnished when he worked with Venus and Serena Williams when the future legends were only 9 and 10 years old. In his new book “Macci Magic: Extracting Greatness From...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

“Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story” A Fascinating And Revealing Biography

“Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story,” the new book documenting the life of Andy Murray and his history-making championship at Wimbledon in 2013, is now available in paperback in the United States. “Andy Murray: Wimbledon Champion,” written by veteran tennis journalist Mark Hodgkinson and available here on Amazon.com: http://m1e.net/c?96279190-0uRWdMinyv5kE...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Numbers don’t lie, or do they?

by Thaddeus McCarthy   When we talk about the greatest rivalry in tennis history (GROAT), men and women, experts are often unanimous in their verdict. Everyone points out that it is of course Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Surely with 80 clashes and yet an only slim 43-37 favour for Martina, then this rivalry has the numbers to back it up. Considering that the next largest...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Elina Svitolina A Rising Star In Women’s Tennis

Elina Svitolina is one of the bright young stars in women’s tennis today and has secured her position as the WTA’s highest ranked teenager in the world. Svitolina, 19, made her top 100 debut in February last year, and ranks No. 35 after the Family Circle Cup where she registered an upset of Sloane Stephens. Svitolina has also beaten Roberta Vinci at the Open GDF Suez in Paris...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bobby Riggs Back In Spotlight

By Connor Flynn Interesting news that broke recently from tennis and entertainment is that Will Ferrell has signed on to play Bobby Riggs in a new movie adaptation of the “Battle of the Sexes.” Besides his epic, society-changing match with Billie Jean King, Riggs is best known for famously betting on himself in win singles, doubles and mixed titles at Wimbledon in 1939. He was...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ivan Lendl Talks Star Coaches Coaching Star Players, Golf And Playing PowerShares Series Tennis

Fresh off helping Andy Murray get back to form after back surgery at the Australian Open, Ivan Lendl is getting his own game in shape. The 54-year-old winner of eight major singles titles is set to play five events on the PowerShares Series champions tennis circuit starting February 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. The following is the transcript of the telephone news conference Lendl...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Nadal’s Mental Toughness and Greatest Ever Passing Shots On Full Display In Gap-Widening Win Over Federer

Rafael Nadal’s 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3  win over Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Australian Open has shown that what was once considered the greatest rivalry in the history of men’s tennis is now a decidedly one-sided affair. Nadal now leads his rivalry over Federer 23-10, including a 9-2 record in matches at Grand Slams. “Even when Federer was right smack in his prime, Nadal...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Roddick Holds Court With Media Before PowerShares Series Tennis Circuit Debut

Prior to competing on the 2014 PowerShares Series “legends” tennis circuit, Andy Roddick held court with the media to discuss a wide array of topics including his competitiveness, the Australian Open, Bernard Tomic, the National Football League, a potential future role with the U.S. Davis Cup team, and playing alongside legends of the game at events in Birmingham, Denver and...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennis Musings From New Zealand

By Thaddeus McCarthy Dear Fans,                      The NZ Festival of Tennis came to an end with John Isner prevailing in the Heineken Open final, 7-6, 7-6, over first time ATP finalist Yen-Hsun Lu. The first week of course finished with Ana Ivanovic overcoming Venus Williams. The Festival is my personal favourite of the NZ Summer of Sporting events. The weather certainly...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors – Remembering A Fiery Confrontation From An Exhibition Match!

When one thinks of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis, John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors is near the top of the list. While many remember their epic duels at the US Open and Wimbledon, one of their most combative confrontations may have come in an exhibition match! As documented in the mobile app and book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY (www.TennisHistoryApp.com), this famous...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Sampras & Sports’ Life Lessons: “Nothing Is Given To You, You Have To Earn It”

Pete Sampras spoke of the life lessons of sports – saying “Nothing is given to you, you have to go out there and earn it” – this week in a radio interview with Grant Napear of KHTK Radio in Sacramento, Calif., where he will be competing in the PowerShares Series tennis circuit event February 26 at the Sleep Train Arena. “In life, in a lot of ways, you see a lot of people...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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