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Roger Federer: Second on a list of the world’s most respected people

The Guardian, London

In a study by the US-based Reputation Institute last year, Roger Federer was named second on a list of the world’s most respected people. Behind him was Bill Gates (third), ahead of him only Nelson Mandela. It is fair to say the Swiss tennis star has a reputation to…

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Added by Steven White on December 2, 2012 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

The Skinny on Internet Tennis Racquet Purchases

Buying a new racquet on the internet? Here’s a bit of news that may surprise you.

Fake sports products, including tennis racquets, shoes, apparel, strings and other accessories have invaded many sites on the world-wide-web. Unfortunately, this is an epidemic that we all try to believe does not exist. That is, until it happens to you.

Authorized dealers can never be sure how much money they may be losing to sales of fake products since it is only when a racquet is placed on a…

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Added by Steven White on November 25, 2012 at 5:19pm — 6 Comments

I Miss Rafa

I guess I’m speaking for everyone who has ever picked up a tennis racquet and for everyone who enjoys watching tennis live or on TV when I say, “I miss Rafa!”. Don’t we all.

Well, I’m sure his return is on the horizon. And like everyone, I’m wondering if his knees will allow him to mount a successful return competing for Grand Slams against the top guys – you know who they are.

There’s no doubt Nadal will have to work very hard to keep up with his peers. He knew that a couple…

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Added by Steven White on November 17, 2012 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Can you actually hit "through the ball" ?

The notion that we should hit “through” the ball has been around for decades, but what does it really mean? Can we really hit through the ball? How long is contact? With lighter racquets and faster racquet head speeds, is this instruction still relevant? If you’re curious to see if this instruction should be sent to your recycle bin, read on.

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Added by Steven White on October 18, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Andy Murray runs up a $1408 bar tab...despite just having a lemon soda

THE tennis champ was toasting his US Open victory in sober fashion while his pals enjoyed pricier options.

ANDY MURRAY sipped a $6 lemon soda to celebrate his US Open win … while mum Judy, girlfriend Kim Sears and other pals ran up a $1408 bar bill.

The Hakkasan Japanese restaurant in…

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Added by Steven White on September 15, 2012 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

Federer's reign shadowed by fresh doubts



Despite Andy Murray's  Gold Medal and victory at the US Open, Roger Federer will officially remain the world's best player. At least that is what the ATP rankings will…

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Added by Steven White on September 14, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Tennis forced to face moment of truth

DURING a flamboyant career, French star Yannick Noah raised eyebrows with his athleticism, dare and flair on court.



But it is his accusations in a French newspaper last year alleging widespread doping among Spanish tennis players that, while inflaming tempers across the border, have some…

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Added by Steven White on September 14, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Roger Federer: What 2012 Means for His Legacy

When Roger Federer lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, it was a massive shock to the tennis world. The fact the world was so surprised to see Roger go down to Berdychis a clear demonstration of exactly how well Federer has done this season in returning to form.

In 2012, Roger Federer has reached the quarterfinals in all four Grand Slams, played three…

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Added by Steven White on September 13, 2012 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

The Tennis Space Top Ten Drinking Stories

1) At the press conference which followed Andy Murray’s semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych at the US Open, he told his mother Judy: “Mum, you smell of wine.” Judy then pointed at Sir Alex Ferguson, who had stumbled into the room along with Sir Sean Connery: “He made me have wine. He’s just been telling me that Scotland invented the world.”

2) Sidney Wood, a Wimbledon champion, once found himself drunk on court at Roland Garros. “I found myself as…

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Added by Steven White on September 9, 2012 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

Jan Kodes: Will We See A New US Open Champion?

Posted by Steven White, Author and illustrator of "Bring Your Racquet" http://www.amazon.com/dp/1933794240

By Jan Kodes



Jan Kodes of the Czech Republic, the…

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Added by Steven White on September 8, 2012 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Sara Errani -- Not Working With Lance Armstrong's Doctor

Sara Errani is having the best year of her tennis career. And the Italian has now announced that she will not be working in the future with Luis Garcia del Moral, a former member of Lance Armstrong's medical staff.

Del Moral also worked with some tennis…

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Added by Steven White on September 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

With Sam Stosur, expect the unexpected

Don’t let that Aussie “aw shucks” demeanor fool you, or the placid body language hidden by her signature Oakleys as she goes about her business in a workmanlike manner around the court. She does not “Pojd” like Petra Kvitova, roar like Serena Williams, or throw in full-body fistpumps like Ana Ivanovic. She does not slam her racket a la Victoria Azarenka or negatively stalk the court like Agnieszka Radwanska or Angelique Kerber. Yes, Stosur may be the most even-keeled woman on the WTA Tour.…

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Added by Steven White on September 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Roger Federer: Raking it in!

Total prize money at this year’s U.S. Open will be a record $25.5 million with the men’s and women’s champions collecting $1.9 million apiece. But the real action is off the court, where elite tennis players jockey for multimillion dollar endorsement deals and lucrative exhibition fees.

Younger rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have challenged…

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Added by Steven White on August 28, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Novak Djokovic: Why the Reigning US Open Champion Will Win in Flushing Again

Perhaps he’s not yet forced Roger Federer to abdicate his throne as the king of the hard courts, but Novak Djokovic is certainly capable—and worthy—of wearing the crown. He will prove that once again when he wins his second major of the year—and second consecutive US Open.

It’s fair to point to Djokovic’s struggles in 2012—he lost in the semifinals at Wimbledon, he failed to…

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Added by Steven White on August 26, 2012 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Stosur Out to Prove U.S. Open Win Was No Fluke

Australian Samantha Stosur vowed on Saturday to prove her stunning victory over Serena Williams in last year's U.S. Open final was no fluke.…

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Added by Steven White on August 25, 2012 at 1:36pm — No Comments

What To Make of Andy Murray’s Olympic Gold?

Previously posted on Drop Shot Dispatch

Conventional wisdom has often suggested that Andy Murray’s game doesn’t translate well enough to best-of-five matches for him to win a Slam.

Indeed, Murray has won eight best-of-three Masters 1000 events with draws just as difficult as he faces at Slams, but has won just one paltry set in his four Grand Slam finals.

But at the…

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Added by Steven White on August 14, 2012 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Olympic Tennis Wrap Up: 10 Takeaways

Previously posted on TennisAbides

  1. Serena Williams adds to her sublime legacy with decisive gold medals in singles and doubles.  Serena has career Golden Slams in singles and doubles now.  Fodder for a GOAT debate?
  2. Speed Kills – Andy Murray took a huge step by winning 5 straight sets over Djokovic and Federer en route to a gold medal in singles.  Throw in a silver in mixed doubles and Murray…
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Added by Steven White on August 14, 2012 at 4:12pm — 3 Comments

Martina Navratilova Presented Official Hall of Fame Ring on Tennis Channel

A true legend of the sport, Navratilova was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2000. The one-of-a-kind rings are being presented to Hall of Famers at tennis events around the world, in honor of their great achievements in the sport and as an official commemoration of their Hall of Fame induction.…

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Added by Steven White on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sock Awarded Newport Wild Card

NEWPORT, R.I. — Jack Sock, one of America’s most exciting rising tennis stars, has been awarded a wild card to play in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, to be hosted July 9 - 15, 2012 on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. At just 19 years old and having competed in only four prior ATP World Tour events, Sock has already caught the attention of the tennis world, and has a major title to his name. In 2011, Sock partnered…

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Added by Steven White on June 18, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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