Category Archives: Tournaments

ANDY RETIRES, KEEPS WINNING

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NEW YORK –   So you retire.   Goodbye, good luck. Somebody sent flowers. Old colleagues send cigars and J&B.  Speeches are made, lauding a loyal employee’s efforts on behalf of the old company for over a decade.   Farewell.   You will be remembered, but – what’s this? – you show up at the …

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LAURA ROBSON / GIANTKILLER AT US OPEN

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NEW YORK — If you’re a British reporter covering the U.S. Open, you don’t have much to do besides admiring the Autumnal landscape. Always nice to visit America in early September.  You might even bring a racket to swat a few balls in Central Park. But the tennis at Flushing Meadows, where the big boys …

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TENNIS FOR THE MATURE SET

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While the Republicans and Democrats were slinging lies and insults at each other in the name of freedom, another quaint American custom was getting under way in a New York Meadow called Flushing. This exercise features  men  and women swinging clubs at each other and hitting yellow balls at their feet.  It is called the …

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BUD COLLINS SET TO RETURN TO MAJORS

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Never mind Federer. Forget about Azarenka. The big news from the United States Open is that Bud Collins is coming back. Bud’s gaudy slacks have not been seen – and his gaudy prose has not been read or heard – since he ruptured a tendon in his left quad during the 2011 Open. It has …

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DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE!

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I fell on my face.   This is not very smart, so I advise you: don’t fall on your face.  My tumble was in a New York hotel, and I advise you not to that either.  The injury, a ruptured quad tendon, occurred during last year’s U.S. Open, and was followed by 10 months in …

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SISTER SERENA IN TOTAL CONTROL

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NEW YORK – Sister Serena is back. Bold, blasting and bell-ringing – a woman with a cause to turn the world upside down as her property once again. But how far back is she on arriving in the fourth round of the US Open, aiming at her fourth title, the first since 2008. Having chased …

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EVEN WITH RIP-ROARING STROKES, MONFILS LOSES

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NEW YORK – If a wild-looking carefree guy swinging a tennis racket leaps your fence and dives into the backyard, don’t be alarmed.  It’s probably the cool Frenchman from the  Caribbean isle of Guadeloupe displaying his do-or-die brand of big league tennis. Gael Monfils won’t give up on any ball within the ballpark, and some …

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NO LUCK FOR IRISH PAIR AT US OPEN

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NEW YORK – Were weeping and wailing heard throughout the streets of South Boston yesterday? Possibly. But maybe the word hadn’t gotten around yet about the gallant failure of two Irishmen trying to break into the US Open, and create some tennis history.  According to tournament officials, no Irishman had ever pushed beyond the first …

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VENUS OUT OF 2011 US OPEN

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In a surprise announcement, Venus Williams withdrew from the 2011 US Open due to a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes.  The exact cause of Sjogren’s Syndrome is not known, although there is a growing support for genetic factors. It is most commonly (90%) found in …

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FLUSHING MEADOWS – A LATTER DAY OK CORRAL

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NEW YORK –  Ever wonder how Billy the  Kid would have done with a tennis racket instead of a shotgun? The Kid, known as a withdrawal artist to the bankers of Lincoln County, New Mexico, showed his quick, greedy hands to advantage in practicing his craft in the neighborhood of the Tombstone’s infamous OK Corral. …

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DRAGON WINS, MURRAY FORCED TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR

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LONDON – The centuries old tale of St George and the Dragon is a popular item in this town. After all, the heroic George is the patron saint of England, and dragons keep their distance. Anyway, yesterday seemed perfect for an updated re-run. The local tennis Cathedral called Wimbledon was jammed with 14,979 parishioners, and …

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YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE BIRDIES AT WIMBLEDON

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LONDON – “Where are those Williams sisters?” a Wimbledon ticket-holder asked me yesterday. They lost in the fourth round, I replied. “So what?” the guy, an American, persisted. “They’re as much a part of this place as strawberries, ivy and the Pimm’s Cups.  It should be like our baseball with designated hitters.  Just insert them …

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TOO MUCH BOUNCING, BARTOLI RUNS OUT OF GAS

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LONDON – They should call her “The Bouncer.” No, she doesn’t throw unruly patrons out of saloons. Although she did eject a dangerous character – Sister Serena — from the big playroom called Centre Court.  That victory on Monday got her into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and startled the usual gatherings of 14, 979 with her …

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EVERY GIRL NEEDS A BASKETBALL PLAYER

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LONDON – Does every girl need a basketball player? Helps with the rebounds apparently, painting a ceiling or scoring on the old boardinghouse reach.  Anything needing a necessary stretch.  But get a good one. A professional. That’s what Maria Sharapova did, and it seems to be working well for the ex-champ, who glided into Wimbledon’s …

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