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 [...]
Not one single other reporter besides myself attended #4 seed Tomas Berdych’s post match press conference after beating Daniel Gimeno Traver in three sets, so it was an excellent opportunity to ask the Czech star about Roger Federer for my Federer book and also to update his Biofile.
Wearing a white James Dean t-shirt, Berdych shared [...]
Status: ATP #19. Winner of two ATP singles titles including 2012 Rakuten Japen Open – the first Japanese player in history to win the historic event.
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 155
DOB: December 29, 1989 In: Shimane, Japan
Tennis Inspirations: “Roger Federer. (Why?) He was #1 and I had chance to hit with him in 2007. He’s so nice [...]
Status: ATP #283. Qualified for U.S. Open. His first round opponent will be former champion Andy Roddick.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 177
DOB: March 21, 1991 In: Knoxville, TN
First Tennis Memory: “My grandfather (Mike DePalmer Sr.) and my mother (Michelle DePalmer Williams)
feeding me balls down in Bollettieri in Bradenton, Florida. Both were coaches, they taught me tennis, they
WBO/IBF/WBA/Ring Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, in Moscow, Russia at this moment for the “Klitschko” movie premiere, discusses his latest performance vs. American lefty Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, his next title defense, and the big grudge match showdown of Haye-Chisora…
BoxingInsider: How do you feel about your performance vs. Tony Thompson? Were you satisfied with this victory? [...]
For a recent Biofile, the auto racing legend Mario Andretti mentioned he played tennis. “Just about every day. I play quite a bit outdoors. We have a beautiful court (at home in Nazareth, PA). I’ve been playing since fairly late, started at around age 32. A lot of the Formula I racers were tennis players. [...]
My Interview with Sebastian Carrizo of La Tercera which was published in one of Chile’s most respected daily newspapers La Tercera on Dec. 5…
Here is the actual two-page layout…
Sebastian Carrizo: When your interest in Marcelo Ríos was born? Why?
Scoop Malinowski: “1995 U.S. Open first-round match vs. Thomas Enqvist. Though he lost in the fifth [...]
Status: University of Virginia freshman. Winner of two national titles this fall — USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., and the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Also was a finalist this summer at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
DOB: October 16, 1992 In: Annandale, Virginia
Early Tennis Memory: “That [...]
I asked some recognizable tennis pros the simple question: Why do you love playing tennis?
Novak Djokovic: “The feeling of winning a match or winning a tournament. The feeling of winning a tennis match is irreplaceable.”
Roger Federer: “I guess, you know, it’s myself to blame if I win or lose, which I kind of like. And [...]
Status: 2011 U.S Open women’s singles champion.
Ht: 5-7 3/4 Wt: 143
DOB: March 30, 1984 In: Brisbane, Australia
Nicknames: Sammy, Samoid.
Tennis Inspirations: “Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.”
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “I like trying to surf – I’m not very good but I enjoy it. I like just hanging out with friends.”
Favorite Movie: “Oh god, probably Love Actually.”
Musical Tastes: “Just [...]
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