Wayne Odesnik has arrested my attention here in Sarasota.
I first noticed him late on Sunday afternoon when he ambled over to the outer court presumably to say hi to Jesse Levine who was hitting with his doubles partner Adrian Menendez Maceiras. As he walked away slowly, after a short greeting and conversation, carrying a [...]
Status: ATP tennis pro. Winner of three ATP singles titles. Member of Canada’s Davis Cup team.
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 185
Residence: Ontario, Canada
First Tennis Memory: “A lot of time with the ball machine. I think that’s how I started out, mostly. That’s where I started to get my level up. And my dad [...]
Status: ATP #25 ranked player. Winner of five career ATP singles and 14 doubles titles. Winner of 2012 Australian Open in doubles. Helped lead Czech Republic to Davis Cup final in 2009 (loss to Spain). Reached career high singles rank of #8 in 2006.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 167
DOB: November 27, 1978 In: Karvina Czech Republic
Status: Tennis historian, journalist, author, reporter, editor, member of USTA Eastern Hall of Fame.
First Tennis Memory: “Watching the Davis Cup final in 1964 in my father’s apartment, Fred Stolle and Dennis Ralston playing their five set match. I got the bug a little for tennis then. Then the real turning point came in June 1965 [...]
Status: International Tennis Hall of Famer. Wimbledon doubles champion.
DOB: November 22, 1913 In: Washington DC
First Tennis Memory: “When my father (Robin) and two uncles built a clay tennis court in our backyard and they made me take care of it. I was 10. I didn’t like tennis much at first because I had to work [...]
Status: ATP #15. Has career wins over Clement, Gonzalez, Tomic, Seppi, Lu, Youhzny and Soderling. Member of Ukraine’s Davis Cup team.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 192
DOB: November 7, 1988 In: Kiev, Ukraine
First Tennis Memory: “Probably traveling with (Andrei) Medvedev when my father (Oleksandr) coached him, being on court and having fun. We were friends. I was [...]
Status: 2001 Davis Cup winner for France; Winner of four ATP singles titles (Toulouse 1999, 2001 & 2002 Rotterdam, 2004 Doha); Career-high ATP rank #17 in 2000; Career wins over Federer, Agassi, Ferrero, Costa, Hewitt, Henman, Robredo, Grosjean, Ljubicic.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 155
DOB: April 3, 1976 In: Chartres, France
First Tennis Memory: “Me and my brother (Julien) [...]
Status: #7 seed has reached the finals of 2010 Roland Garros – will meet Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final. Has won five career ATP singles titles.
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 180 pounds.
DOB: August 14, 1984 in Tibro, Sweden.
Tennis Inspirations: “When I was younger I liked to watch a lot of tennis, I watch a lot of matches. But [...]
Status: Former ATP world #1, French Open, Australian Open, 2000 Olympic Champion. Led Russia to first Davis Cup victory in 2002.
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 185
DOB: February 18, 1974 In: Sochi, Russia
Tennis Inspirations: “There are a few people I loved to watch while (I) was young. (Who?) Well, obviously Borg was one of them. Johnny Mac was [...]
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Status: World #3 ATP ranked tennis player. Former #1 player has won four French Opens, Wimbledon, Australian Open, Davis Cup and a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 188
DOB: June 3, 1986 In: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain.
Tennis Inspiration: “When I was 10-12-years old I start playing well and [...]
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