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 #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
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
Musician and friend of Federer, Gavin Rossdale was at the outdoor area of the U.S. Open player’s lounge this year on a sunny afternoon and he was kind enough to sit down and discusses his love of tennis…
“I grew up playing tennis and just loving it. I used to get a kick out of watching [...]
Status: All-American singles and doubles tennis player at Stanford University. 2011 NCAA doubles champion with partner Mallory Burdette.
DOB: November 17, 1988 In: California
First Memory Of Tennis: “Oooh. Probably getting really angry after missing a shot (age 6).
Tennis Inspirations: “All the small players that have done well, Justine Henin.”
Last Book Read: [...]
Status: ATP #1 player in the world. Won Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year.
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 176
DOB: May 22, 1987 In: Belgrade, Serbia
Tennis Heroes: “Well, Pete Sampras, he was always my idol. I always liked his game even if I don’t have the same game as he does. I liked [...]
Status: ATP Tennis player defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals and will meet Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.
Tennis Inspirations: “A lot of guys. I try to take something from every player – Agassi, Sampras, Rafter.”
Hobbies/Interests: “I have lots of hobbies. I like life so, maybe my best hobby is fishing. I like music, [...]
Status: British television presenter for BBC Sport since 1992. From 1984-1992 worked for BBC Radio Sport. Has also worked for EuroSport.
DOB: April 1950 In: Swansea, Wales
First memory of tennis: Watching on television the 1956 Wimbledon final between Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall.
Last book read: “Our Kind of Traitor” by John Le Carre.
Tennis inspirations: My father, [...]
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