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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Tournament/ League Player
Neighborhood or other helpful location info:
Brooklyn, NY
Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
Hello. My name is Van and I've been a fan, player, what have you of tennis for a little over 20 years. I also publish a blog, Tennis Talk, Anyone?, where I talk about the pro game, my game, anything and everything tennis-related. I'm a magazine editor working in New York City and I live in Brooklyn.
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
My all-time favorite players are Mats Wilander, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier. I'm a fan of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, James Blake, David Nalbandian, Ana Ivanovic--I could go on forever, but I'll stop there!
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
Not bad., NTRP 4.0
On the court, I am a:
whaler, singles player, returner, two-hander, top-spinner, baseliner, gracious winner, gracious loser, tournament goer
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Can Someone Please Tell Me Why Tennis Doesn't Get More Respect?

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 11:02pm 1 Comment

So probably the greatest thing in the world to me besides my family and friends is tennis. It's been that way ever since I started playing seriously as a teen more than 20 years ago. I mean, really, I can find absolutely no fault (pun not intended) with it. From going out to hit with a buddy, playing a USTA tournament or watching a Wimbledon final, there's almost nothing like it.

If I'm obsessed with it and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are, too, then why, why, WHY… Continue

The Comeback Conundrum, Starring Del Potro, Tsonga and Sharapova

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:02pm 0 Comments

So a lot of our favorite players have lost in the past couple of days, huh, tennis fans?

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Maria Sharapova and Juan Martin del Potro have all been early-round casualties the past couple of days in Asia. For Tsonga, it's his first event in months, while del Potro is playing his second, both returning after injury-driven breaks. Sharapova's shoulder woes almost seem like an eon ago as she's been out there regularly competing. I'm lumping all three of them together,… Continue

Kimiko Date Krumm and the Irritation Inducers

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 3:22pm 0 Comments

How does she do it?

One of the craziest comeback stories in women's tennis keeps rolling along as Kimiko Date Krumm knocked off Maria Sharapova at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, mere hours before she hits the big 4-0.

Now looking at it on paper, you'd think Sharapova would be able to blast Date Krumm off the court, but obviously that's not the case because what Date Krumm lacks in power she makes up for with flat, penetrating groundies that can give a lot of players fits in… Continue

THAT'S What Davis Cup Is All About!

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 9:22pm 0 Comments

I love Davis Cup.

However, after last year's final, for the first time, <a href="">I started to have a little doubt about Davis Cup creep in</a>. The tie between Spain and the Czech Republic was so bereft of drama that I barely tuned into it.

But this weekend, my friends, wiped out any and all concerns I had about my favorite sporting event. From the World Group semis to the playoff… Continue

Rafael Nadal and the Greatest Men's Slam Year EVER

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 8:53am 1 Comment

There, I said it.

I've been pondering that since he clinched the U.S. Open title over Novak Djokovic, adding his name to the short list of players with a career Slam and the even-shorter list of players with a career Golden Slam. It's obvious Rafa had an awesome year at the Majors, but the best ever? You're probably thinking, "Dudes win three Slams a year all the time. How many times has Roger Federer done it? Heck, Mats Wilander even did it." Or you might be saying, "What about the… Continue

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At 12:34am on November 30, 2010, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
At 12:33am on November 30, 2010, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hi Van! Since you've been one of our most active members, I want to tell you about a fun new feature of the site: Leaderboard Rewards. Make your way to the top 5 for the month and win free tennis gear from Midnight Machete! Check out the Leaderboard Rewards contest, and then track your progress up the boards here:
leaders for the month
leaders for the week
leaders for the day

Good luck!
At 12:57am on August 30, 2010, Jazz Burks said…
Congrats on the article in Tennis View Magazine!
At 9:20am on February 8, 2010, Blake said…
Hey buddy... I look forward to following you on Tennisopolis.
At 11:38pm on October 15, 2009, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hey Van, Check out this helpful info about copyright - crazy story, but it is all true. Let me know if you need any help working the Flickr pics with Creative Commons. Apparently, it can be a sticky situation so be careful out there my man! Please take down any photos that you are uncertain about (and definitely leave the blogs up though - I love them.)
At 1:38am on September 28, 2009, Reibin Amin said…

I am just looking to find friends who like tennis!
Very nice blog man!
Check mine out too if u want.
At 6:37am on April 13, 2009, Dave said…
Hi Van,

I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and am a 10 minute walk to Fort Greene Park. I'm a teacher so this week, and all summer, I have lots of time. I used to be decent but am a little rusty. Let me know if you're interested.

At 5:55pm on March 13, 2009, Dean Wright said…
Read my blog on the Rafeal Nadal fans page on tennisopolis called Watch out Rog. let me know what you think. I'm new to blogging, but not new to tennis.
At 11:25pm on January 13, 2009, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hi Van,
We're running a fun Aussie 09 Bracket Challenge for tennis fans. Make your predictions and follow along. This is the link. Please share this link with any of your friends on Tennisopolis and beyond.

At 8:41pm on December 10, 2008, said…
We're looking forward to your next blog post Van, hope all is well and happy holidays!!

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