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2017 CITI OPEN: THE TOUR OF CHAMPIONS
It says something when the returning champion of the 2017 Citi Open is neither at the very top or the very bottom of the draw. If Gael Monfils was expecting to have it easy retaining his title, that #6 next to his name should disabuse him of that notion. Th...
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TIM MAYOTTE AND TECHNIQUE...ALWAYS TECHNIQUE
I came across a clip of Tim Mayotte speaking this year at The Tennis Congress, about the fundamentals of technique in tennis.  As I watched it, I honestly felt a flutter of emotion at the realization that I am not alone in the notion that the game of tennis...
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2016 CITI OPEN: WRAP UP AND TENNISFILES PODCAST
So long, 2016 Citi Open:  you came and went too soon, but it was well worth the wait.  Here's episode 26 of TennisFiles podcast, by Mehrbad Iranshad.  It's always a pleasure talking tennis, and I hope you enjoy it. Tennis Files by Mehrban Iranshad If you ha...
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2016 CITI OPEN FINAL: THE AIR UP THERE
Let's be honest - that might have been the worst final I've ever seen.  Not just at the Citi Open, mind you.  Even Newport had some agonizing misses, friendly/ruthless netcords, and what passes for moments of intrigue in any match featuring the long arm of ...
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2016 FINAL THOUGHTS: A GAEL FORCE WIND AT HIS BACK...AND IN HIS FACE
History hates nothing more than a crown unworn, a throne unseated, a title unearned.  The history of Gael Monfils is no different.  In 2004, he shocked the French tennisocracy by winning first 3 of the 4 junior majors, and stood on the precipice of doing so...
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2016 CITI OPEN FINAL THOUGHTS: IVO KARLOVIC
3 years Ivo Karlovic nearly died.   He woke up one morning with numbness in his arm, that began to spread throughout his body.  A professional athlete, aged 34, he was accustomed to waking up with the creaky quality of a locomotive that takes a few strokes ...
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2016 CITI OPEN DAY 6: OVER THERE, OVER THERE...
"... Send
the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming The Yanks are coming The drums rum-tumming Everywhere." Maybe it was the chronological proximity to the Olympic games this year, or
the Davis Cup weekend, or the Rogers Cup .  For whatev...
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CITI OPEN PLUS: TENNIS FILES
I met the author of the Tennis Files, Mehrban Iranshad, last year at the Citi Open.  For both of us, this was our first year as members of the media, and we hit it off, culminating with me paying a visit to Episode 25 of his podcast  after the summer storm ...
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CITI OPEN DAY 4: THE QUIET AMERICAN
Last year I generously extolled the virtues of the Mesomorph , Sam Groth - a man with a rocket launcher of a serve and the physique of a man meant to protect a king.  His tournament came to an end yesterday against the best player in his quarter, when he fe...
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