Yearly Archives: 2009

CHRISSIE EVERT TURNS 55

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Christine Marie Evert turns 55 on December 21, 2009. Upon turning 18 years old in 1972, she officially turned professional, saying “I’ll miss the senior prom, but it will be worth it. I think I am ready to play tennis for money….I’m eager not only to become a pro, but to get out of school.” …

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THE BARCELONA BUMBLEBEE’S BIRTHDAY

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The Barcelona Bumblebee – Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain – turns 38 years old on December 18, 2009. Does it not seem just yesterday that she was an effervescent 17-year-old who shocked Steffi Graf to win the 1989 French Open? Arantxa’s career is outlined below in this excerpt from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY …

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LET’S SALUTE HENRI COCHET AND STAN SMITH!

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December 14 marks the birthday of two of the greatest tennis player of all time Henri Cochet and Stan Smith. The biographies of both Wimbledon champions and members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are documented below from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). Enjoy!   Henri …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRACY AUSTIN

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December 12, 2009 marks the 47th birthday of two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin. The following is her profile as seen in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). TRACY AUSTIN United States (1962—) Hall of Fame—1992 One of the game’s prodigies, Tracy Ann Austin was meteoric, an iron-willed girl whose …

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ANDY MURRAY LOSES MATCH AND #2 RANKING

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NEW YORK – The Great Bright Hope of Great Britain came, saw and was conquered, and will have to wait another year to maybe break the Curse of Fred Perry. No Brit has won the tennis championship of the United States (or Wimbledon) since the dashing Limey, Perry, took both those prized majors in 1936. …

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QUEEN OF QUEENS, MELANIE OUDIN REIGNS!

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NEW YORK – This little kid is still running around a meadow in Flushing making her elders look bad.  Isn’t anybody going to discipline Melanie Oudin, teach her some manners, spank her with a tennis racket? Hasn’t happened yet.  And maybe it won’t.  As the female field in the US Open slims to the last …

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ANOTHER GEORGIAN ON THE MOVE, ISNER WINS BIG

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NEW YORK – Joe College was up to his old campus pranks.  Sort of.  But instead of chug-a-lugging steins of beer John Isner was mugging his pal, Andy Roddick, at an outdoor party called the US Open. A gathering of 23,763 filled Arthur Ashe Stadium as John and Andy provided the floor show with an unexpected closing …

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SCARLET LETTER “A” FOR ATROCIOUS

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NEW YORK – If she were wearing a Scarlet Letter on the back of her singlet – say an A for Atrocious – would Dinara Safina feel a little better about herself? As it is, the sturdy Russian out of Moscow must be wondering why she’s still a resident of the US Open, despite her …

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MAMA IS BACK, LOOKING FOR MORE TITLES

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NEW YORK – A cool gray sky greeted 35-or-so thousand parishioners as another US Open arrived yesterday. But Jada Ellie Lynch’s old lady – a sunny-plus personality — was out there sweeping her favorite court and making people feel good in the gloom. Sweeping not with a broom, which she does as a housewife – but …

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HEADING INTO THE 2009 US OPEN

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NEW YORK – Two hands for beginners? Absolutely, says a Swiss gentleman named Roger Federer, who has dropped by Flushing Meadows intending to renew his long-term lease on the US tennis title. Both hands on the backhand?  No.  Roger is a slick purist whose thunderbolts  flow from either side with merely the right hand involved. …

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GRAND SLAM: THE CORRECT TERMINOLOGY

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Call me Bud C.  That’s Bud the Curmudgeon. You can also call me grouchy, grumpy and cantankerous, too. That’s OK because it’s the way I feel when running up against the confusing, careless corruption of tennis language. What I have in mind is the game’s most precious and rarest accomplishment:  the Grand Slam.  It’s the …

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BALLOONING IN SWITZERLAND FOR SIX DAYS!!

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Bud and I took part in a marvelous six day adventure, ballooning in Switzerland in mid June 2009. We were fortunate to join Sibby and Bob Brasler in an auction item to benefit the Arthur Ashe Junior Tennis Program in Philadelphia. We celebrated Sibby’s birthday on the 16th of June and Bud’s 80th on the …

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