BRUSSELS SPROUTS ADD SPICE TO WOMEN’S TOUR

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LONDON – If they had been shooting at each other in a Western, one of the antagonists might have threatened, “This country ain’t big enough for both of us.” The country in question is tiny Belgium.  Not much cactus, sagebrush or prairie there, but the firing was fierce as they tried to drive one another …

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A SURREAL DREAM, THE MATCH THAT WILL NOT END

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LONDON – Shall we call it “The Johnny and Nico Show”?  Two young guys skipping about on a grassy stage of an outdoor theatre called Wimbledon, and hoping “you’ll tune in again tomorrow because we ain’t finished yet.” So here are American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, a soap opera in short pants, playing …

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NOAH IS FIVE-OH!

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Yannick Noah, the charismatic Frenchmen whose win at the 1983 French Open will be replayed ad-nauseum over the next three weeks, is 50 years old. The dread-locked swash-buckler was born May 18, 1960 in Sedan, France. The following is his biography as it appears in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, …

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Good Gracious, Gaby is 40!

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Wasn’t it just yesterday when Gabriela Sabatini was 14 years old, playing in the nationally-televised Family Circle Cup final on NBC against Chris Evert in 1985. Well, she’s all grown up now and is 40 years old (Sunday, May 16, 2010). Here’s her bio as it appears in my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF …

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REMEMBERING PANCHO GONZALEZ

Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez would have been 82 years old on Sunday, May 9, if he was still with us. Here’s his biography as it appears in my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com) Very much his own man, a loner and an acerbic competi­tor, Richard “Pancho” Alonzo Gonzalez was …

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THOU SHALT VOLLEY AND DROP SHOT

ROME – Just when you thought it was against the rules of women’s tennis to serve and charge the net, a who-she? senorita with a boxcar length name landed amid the pines at Il Foro Italico to smack holes in the accepted wisdom. Apparently nobody told Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez out of Barcelona that the …

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ANDRE AGASSI TURNS 40

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Birthday huzzahs to Andre Agassi, who turns 40 on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Here’s my summary of his life and career in this excerpt from my book “THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS” ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com) A player of irresistible flair, appeal and shot-making ability since appearing on the professional landscape as a …

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EASTER ON KEY BISCAYNE

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KEY BISCAYNE, FL – Forget the Easter egg allusions.  Eggs had already been laid on the blueberry-toned tennis court by such embarrassed participants as Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Venus Williams.   If you had bought tickets for yesterday’s Sony Ericsson Open finals, you probably muttered, “Where’s Federer?  Where’s Nadal?  Aren’t they supposed to play …

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MAESA ELEPHANT CAMP – CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

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Established in 1976 by Choochart Kalmapijit, Maesa Elephant Camp is set amid a rushing stream is a tropical forest twenty minutes from downtown Chiang Mai. The founder understood the intelligence of elephants and set about creating a healthful, caring environment for the approximately 78 elephants who live there currently. The six tons of grass, sugar …

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