Category Archives: Tournaments

FAREWELL INDIAN WELLS, ON THE WAY TO KEY BISCAYNE

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INDIAN WELLS, California – Hate to leave Indian Wells, but the Transcontinental Double of American tennis rolls on to Key Biscayne, Florida, the next stop.  They’re a tempting pair for the racket-flapping laborers on the men’s and women’s tours, moving from the western desert to the Atlantic shore, with the champs here – Caroline Wozniacki …

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READY OR NOT, HERE WE GO AGAIN — CAN ANYBODY BLOCK THE 1-2 PUNCHES OF MONOPOLISTS NADAL AND FEDERER?

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Can’t even fully digest 2010 as 2011 springs into view, the 44th year of open tennis –  or the 134th year since Wimbledon cranked up the original tournament. Everybody ready?  Probably not.  Not enough recuperation time during another ridiculously brief off-season as the years bump together like pigs in a pen. Life on the road …

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SIZZLING RALLIES AS NADAL WINS THE US OPEN

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NEW YORK – The reign’s in Spain now, falling mightily and mainly on the crowned head of Roundhouse Rafa. Spain, of course, has a king, Juan Carlos I, with a palace in Madrid.  A good fellow, we’re told.  But the real monarch today is young Rafa I, whose roundhouse knockout punches on a tennis court …

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BOB BRYAN AND PARTNERS KEEP WINNING MAJORS

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NEW YORK – Oldest game in the world? That’s easy – mixed doubles on a tennis court. I believe the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that Adam and Eve won the first Eden Open over a Hittite couple, using apples  as balls.  Apparently Eve ate some apples, causing Adam to scold her:  “How can we play …

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LAST YANK GETS YANKED BEFORE QUARTERS

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NEW YORK – Lunging desperately at the little yellow ball they were eyeball-to-eyeball at the net for their last swings of the day.  The witnesses, about 15,000 of them in Arthur Ashe Stadium , were screaming, urging — most of them in the corner of the young Californian, Sam Querrey. Make the shot and hang …

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NOTHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK!

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NEW YORK – Through one of his characters, Marcellus, a scribbler named Shakespeare said there was “something rotten in the state of Denmark.” But if the Bard had been among 20,000-or-so ticket-holders at an open-air theatre called Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, he might have reconsidered that line from his ancient soap, “Hamlet.” He would have …

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THE NEW KID IS BURIED IN BAGELS

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NEW YORK – Heavy winds coursed across the abyss called Ashe Stadium, but they didn’t blow Beatrice Capra away.  That job was left to Maria Sharapova, and she went at it devastatingly. A blonde gale wrapped in an aqua gown, screaming like a cyclone, she was miserly Maria, unwilling to part with a single game …

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