Shapovalov Outlasts Sinner in Thriller – The Kids Are Alright

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While much of the sports world focused on 43-year-old Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, a few hours later two kids played the best match of the day at Day 1 of the Australian Open. 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov outlasted 19-year-old Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 to advance to the second round […] READ MORE


Pablo Carreno Busta, Grigor Dimitrov, and the Luck of the Draw

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#16 seed Pablo Carreno Busta and #19 seed Grigor Dimitrov likely could not help but sigh after seeing the draw for the 2021 Australian Open. Finally, travel, quarantine, practice, and lodging rules are at least settled and the time has come for play. After all the hurdles to get to Day 1 with the protection of […] READ MORE


Unfamiliar Foes in Round 4 at Roland Garros

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Haven’t I seen you here before?   Monday, in three of the four men’s round of 16 Roland Garros matches, the answer is “no.”  The slot on the calendar for Roland Garros is not familiar, the weather is not familiar, and for three of the four matches on Day 14, the opponents are not familiar.    Despite […] READ MORE


Trouble for Seeds in the US Open Doubles

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Imagine if exactly half of the 32 seeds lost in the first round of a Grand Slam. Half. That would be historic, an event noteworthy enough to draw attention from around the sporting world. It also just happened at the US Open in the men’s doubles, as four of the eight seeded pairs crashed out […] READ MORE


Five Set Survivors Advance to Second Round at the US Open

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Well, that was quick. Discussions of bubbles continue, but now at least some talk shifts to Grand Slam play. After over five months of no competitive tennis, best of five sets competition returned at the US Open. And on day one in New York seven matches went the distance. Now, seven players head into Wednesday’s play […] READ MORE


2021 Dreaming: The Australian Open

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Author’s Note: This article is pure fiction. An imaginary glimpse into the future, for distraction and entertainment during the current crisis. Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Some old things are new again; others are just new.  After fits and starts around the world, a major international sporting event ended successfully. “Back to the Fun in ‘21” […] READ MORE


American Youngsters Go 2-for-3 on Day 2

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Among the 12 American men entered into the 2020 Australian Open main draw, three are under 25 years old and were yet to win their first singles match in a Grand Slam event.  All were in action on Day 2. A pair of 22-year-olds, Tommy Paul and Michale Mmoh nabbed their first-ever Slam level victories. […] READ MORE


Christopher Eubanks’ Golden Opportunity

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Maybe we could call this the opportunity of a lifetime for Christopher Eubanks…no, that’s too much. As the Australian Open begins, Eubanks engages one of the best opportunities of his young career. The 23-year-old American carries both an 0-3 record in Grand Slam main draw matches and a 3-0 2020 record into the first round […] READ MORE


Ash Barty On Top of the World: 2019 in Review

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Before January was two weeks old, Ash Barty knocked off world #1 Simona Halep to begin her rise in the world rankings. Before the year reached the halfway mark, Barty took hold of the world #1 ranking for the first time in her career. As 2019 moves toward its final month, Barty has amassed four […] READ MORE


Time for Tommy Paul to Show He Can Play with Anybody

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Late in the afternoon on August 21, 2019 Tommy Paul missed a forehand to end his second round US Open Qualifying match against Spain’s Pedro Martinez. Dejected, Paul violently slammed his racket into the ground. Paul destroyed the racket, then he somberly exited the grounds at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before the […] READ MORE