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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

Comings and Goings from Auckland, New Zealand

By Thaddeus McCarthy Dear Fans, As I have just returned home from covering the ASB Classic, and the Heineken Open is already underway, I thought that now would be a good time to give you a summary of the Classic and an intro to the Open. The ASB Classic was a fantastic six day event played at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland. It was (pleasantly) sunny, even though the forecast had...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Anatomy of a Match: Vania King vs. Sara Errani on New Year’s Day From Shenzhen Open in China

by Terence Leong What happens when two top doubles players meet up against in other in singles? It happened in the second round of Shenzhen Open in China when Vania King, ranked No. 85 in singles and the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open doubles champion, faced Sara Errani, ranked No. 7 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, in a New Year’s Day confrontation. King prevailed in a grueling 2...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Running Commentary In A Moment In Time At The ASB Classic In Auckland

By Thaddeus McCarthy By Dear Fans, As I am sitting right now in the media box at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, I thought that now would be a good time to do some running commentary. Now obviously this article will come out after these matches have been completed, so this is out-of-date technically. But I feel that right at this moment this is a useful conversation to...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s In Store For ASB Classic In New Zealand

By Thaddeus McCarthy   Dear Fans, As I will be covering the ASB Classic in New Zealand for you all , I thought that now would be a good time to give you a rundown of what’s in store. The tournament will run from the 30th of December, and the final will be played on the 4th of January. Current world no. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska is the reigning champion, but unfortunately will not...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Vince Carter, Mo Vaughn and Dick Vitale With Strong Praise For New “Macci Magic” Book

“MACCI MAGIC: Extracting Greatness From Yourself and Others,” the new inspirational book by renowned tennis coach Rick Macci, is now available for sale and download, New Chapter Press announced today. “MACCI MAGIC,” available where books are sold, including here on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Macci-Magic-Extracting-Greatness-Yourself/dp/1937559254/ref=tmm_pap_title_0...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

The Indiana Jones of Tennis

By Randy Walker @TennisPublisher The life and times of former Wimbledon champion Sidney Wood is straight out of a Hollywood movie. Not only did the 1931 Wimbledon champion hob nob with such famous actors as Gary Cooper and Errol Flynn, but he seemed to be a character in one of their action movies – an Indiana Jones of the tennis world, so to speak. Many of his tennis tales and...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Forget The GOAT Debate! Let’s Talk About The GROAT!

By Thaddeus McCarthy As we are in the (short) off-season, I thought now would be a perfect time to look at some historical aspects of our great game. Rather than discussing my opinions on the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) debate (which is a boring and tedious one), I will instead talk about the GROAT (Greatest Record of All Time) debate. Whether it is Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slams...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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