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10-22-2012 11:25 PM
John McEnroe says America’s best athletes are playing basketball, football

How does America groom the next U.S. grand slam champion?

“That’s the million dollar question,” said John McEnroe, speaking at the PowerShares Series event in Chicago before dispatching both his former rival Ivan Lendl in the semi-finals and Pete Sampras in the final.

McEnroe, whose namesake is attached to three tennis academies in the New York City area, thinks we must make the game more “accessible, sexy and affordable to play” so that it appeals to kids who may be choosing to play other sports like basketball or football.

“The bottom line is that, in other countries, their best athletes are playing tennis. I think Djokovic and Nadal would be great at whatever they chose to do, and they chose to play tennis.”

But in terms of individual player development, McEnroe says it depends on the person.

“All kids should be treated somewhat differently depending on what you feel would be best for them. I don’t feel I would’ve succeeded had I been sent away from home at 12 years of age and made to live down in Florida. I would’ve quit. My academy believes in something different where that, god forbid, you could be a well-rounded person and, god forbid, maybe play other sports as a kid for a while and maybe go to college and that might actually help you as opposed to hurting you.”

He pointed to examples like top-ranked American John Isner, who graduated from the University of Georgia, and South African Kevin Anderson, who attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Still, McEnroe concedes that the prodigies play by different rules.

“Some people are exceptional. Murray’s one of them, Djokovic, Nadal. Nadal won the French when he was 18. They’re saying that people are maturing later; to some extent that’s true. But if you look at the top guys, they were very good at a young age.”

The legend says that modern nutritional knowledge and physical training probably allows players to last a bit longer on tour but cautions that, even with these advances, very few players will be as good at 30 years old as 25. Although there is that one outlier, Roger Federer, who remains atop the rankings at age 31.

Asked if he thought Murray, Djokovic or Nadal would be competing for that No. 1 ranking at Federer’s age, McEnroe said anything’s possible.

“I think they could be. Obviously there are some unknowns. Federer is arguably the greatest player that ever lived. I don’t think he’s as good as he was, but 90 percent is still better than almost anyone.”
10-02-2012 02:25 AM
Australian Open wildcard playoff

From zootennis:

After the success of the USTA's newly implemented method of determining slam wild cards by points accumulated during designated Pro Circuit events, I wasn't sure how the 2013 Australian Open reciprocal wild card would be decided. But perhaps due to the time of year, when the pro tours take their very brief break, it wasn't feasible to employ the system used this year for the French wild card and one of the US wild cards, so there will be a tournament for it, as there has been for several years. It will again be held at what was formerly known as the Racquet Club of the South, now known as Life Time Fitness, in Norcross, Georgia, December 14-16. For more information, see the tournament website.
09-09-2012 12:28 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants/General Discussions

I guess it's football season; will probably be even more quiet tomorrow .
09-05-2012 01:14 AM
USO continues

Third Round
(25)Mardy Fish (USA) d. (16)Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-1 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3
(11)Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d. (WC)Jack Sock (USA) 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-1
(6)Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. (27)Sam Querrey (USA) 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3 6-2
(15)Milos Raonic (CAN) d. (WC)James Blake (USA) 6-3 6-0 7-6(3)
(19)Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. (9)John Isner (USA) 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4
(13)Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. (WC)Steve Johnson (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2 6-3
(20)Andy Roddick (USA) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 7-5 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4

Fourth Round

(1)Roger Federer (SUI) d. (25)Mardy Fish (USA) w/o
(7)Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) d. (20)Andy Roddick (USA) 6-7(1) 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4

09-01-2012 02:44 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants/General Discussions

First Round
(1)Roger Federer (SUI) d. Donald Young (USA) 6-2 6-3 6-4
Albert Ramos (ESP) d. (WC)Robby Ginepri (USA) 6-7(3) 7-5 6-4 6-0
(25)Mardy Fish (USA) d. Go Soeda (JPN) 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 6-3
(16)Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Michael Russell (USA) 7-6(4) 3-6 5-7 6-4 6-1
(WC)Jack Sock (USA) d. (22)Florian Mayer (GER) 6-3 6-2 3-2 ret.
(27)Sam Querrey (USA) d. Yen Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 7-5
(24)Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. (WC)Denis Kudla (USA) 6-3 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)
(WC)James Blake (USA) d. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 7-5 6-2 3-6 6-3
(q)Tim Smyczek (USA) d. (q)Bobby Reynolds (USA) 1-6 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-4
Brian Baker (USA) d. Jan Hajek (CZE) 6-3 6-4 6-2
(9)John Isner (USA) d. Xavier Malisse (BEL) 6-3 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(9)
(q)Bradley Klahn (USA) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 4-6 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-4
(WC)Steve Johnson (USA) d. Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3
Ryan Harrison (USA) d. Benjamin Becker (GER) 7-5 6-4 6-2
(20)Andy Roddick (USA) d. (q)Rhyne Williams (USA) 6-3 6-4 6-4
(14)Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Jesse Levine (USA) 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-2
(WC)Dennis Novikov (USA) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-2 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3

Second Round
(25)Mardy Fish (USA) d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 4-6 6-7(4) 6-2 6-1 6-2
(WC)Jack Sock (USA) d. Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-2 6-2 6-4
(27)Sam Querrey (USA) d. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 6-3 6-4 6-3
(WC)James Blake (USA) d. (24)Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-1 6-4 6-2
(17)Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. (q)Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-2 6-2 6-4
(8)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) d. Brian Baker (USA) 6-4 6-3 6-4
(9)John Isner (USA) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3
(13)Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. (q)Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-3 6-3 6-1
(WC)Steve Johnson (USA) d. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-4
(7)Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) d. Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-2 6-3 2-6 6-2
(20)Andy Roddick (USA) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-3 6-4 6-0
(31)Julien Benneteau (FRA) d. (WC)Dennis Novikov (USA) 3-6 6-4 7-6(1) 7-5
09-01-2012 02:21 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants/General Discussions

Great results at a slam in a while. Isner, Roddick, Fish, Blake, Sock, Johnson, Querrey into the third round. Plus a lot of promising young players to watch in the future .
09-01-2012 02:18 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants/General Discussions

Same here
09-01-2012 02:04 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants/General Discussions

Novikov is soooooo much better than I thought.
08-25-2012 03:04 AM
USO Qualifying

Q-First Round
(WC)Daniel Kosakowski (USA) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 6-4 6-2
(20)Wayne Odesnik (USA) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 6-1 6-4
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 6-2 7-6(3)
(WC)Tennys Sandgren (USA) d. Franco Skugor (CRO) 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5
(31)Guido Pella (ARG) d. Michael Yani (USA) 6-3 7-6(5)
Brydan Klein (AUS) d. (WC)Alexios Halebian (USA) 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5
(24)Karol Beck (SVK) d. Alex Kuznetsov (USA) 5-7 6-3 6-4
(6)Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. (WC)Christian Harrison (USA) 6-3 6-4
(WC)Rhyne Williams (USA) d. (7)Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3 6-4
(WC)Bradley Klahn (USA) d. Diego Junqueira (ARG) 6-3 6-2
James Duckworth (AUS) d. (WC)Chase Buchanan (USA) 7-5 7-5
(30)Bobby Reynolds (USA) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 6-2 7-5
(WC)Mitchell Krueger (USA) d. (23)Martin Alund (ARG) 6-3 6-3

Q-Second Round
(WC)Daniel Kosakowski (USA) d. (2)Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-3 3-6 7-6(7)
Hiroki Moriya (JPN) d. (20)Wayne Odesnik (USA) 3-6 6-1 7-5
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. (21)Dustin Brown (GER) 6-4 6-4
(31)Guido Pella (ARG) d. (WC)Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-4 6-2
(WC)Rhyne Williams (USA) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 7-6(5) 6-2
(WC)Bradley Klahn (USA) d. Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 6-4 7-6(2)
(30)Bobby Reynolds (USA) d. James Duckworth (AUS) 6-4 3-6 7-5
Rik De Voest (RSA) d. (WC)Mitchell Krueger (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-4

Q-Final Round
Hiroki Moriya (JPN) d. (WC)Daniel Kosakowski (USA) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3
Tim Smyczek (USA) d. (3)Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4
(WC)Rhyne Williams (USA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-3 6-2
(WC)Bradley Klahn (USA) d. (9)Florent Serra (FRA) 6-4 6-4
(30)Bobby Reynolds (USA) d. Sergio Gutierrez Ferrol (ESP) 7-6(5) 6-3

Tim Smyczek (USA) vs Bobby Reynolds (USA)
Bradley Klahn (USA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Rhyne Williams USA vs Andy Roddick USA (20)

Overall, good qualifying tournament for the Americans (especially the wildcards). I'm surprised that more guys made it out of the qualifying round than the girls (only Sam Crawford qualified).

Congrats to Rhyne on his first USO maindraw appearance! I'm probably the only one who is not surprised at his qualification wins . He may be a headcase, but he usually plays well against higher ranked opponents. I don't expect him to beat Andy though. The last time someone lighted him up with 20 aces, he lost 1&4 if my memory is correct.

Also, congrats to Bradley and Tim on their 2nd USO maindraw appearance. Bradley played in 2010 via a wildcard (NCAA Champion). And of course, congrats to Bobby on making the maindraw for the 6th time .
07-07-2012 01:18 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants

Might want to check your computers.

July 9: Doomsday for Your PC or Mac If It Has This Malware

07-06-2012 02:59 AM
2012 US Open wild card to be decided by results in USTA Pro Circuit events

2012 US Open wild card to be decided by results in USTA Pro Circuit events

I like this format, similar to the french open wildcard competition. I hope that they will do it for the AO wildcard as well.
07-04-2012 10:04 PM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants

3rd Round
Andy Roddick USA (30) lost to David Ferrer ESP (7) 62 67(8)46 36
Sam Querrey USA lost to Marin Cilic CRO (16) 67(8) 46 76(2) 76(3) 15-17
Mardy Fish USA (10) def. David Goffin BEL 63 76(6) 76(6)
Brian Baker USA def. Benoit Paire FRA 64 46 61 63

4th Round
Mardy Fish USA (10) lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA (5) 64 67(4) 64 64
Brian Baker USA lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber GER (27) 16 67(4) 36

Decent slam results, but hoping for better at USO.
06-29-2012 10:14 PM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants

With the current results, Jesse is back into the 100 since 2008. Michael Russell and Brian Baker is also projected to make it.

Not sure what the cutoff date for the US Open is, but it would be great if they make the cut directly saving the wildcards for the younger players .
06-28-2012 01:19 AM
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2nd Round

Ryan Harrison USA lost to Novak Djokovic SRB (1) 46 46 46
Michael Russell USA lost to Julien Benneteau FRA (29) 67(4) 62 46 57
Ryan Sweeting USA lost to Janko Tipsarevic SRB (8) 75 57 46 26
Andy Roddick USA (30) def. Bjorn Phau GER 63 76(1) 63
Sam Querrey USA def. Milos Raonic CAN (21) 67(3) 76(9) 76(10) 64
David Goffin BEL def. Jesse Levine USA 64 46 16 36
Mardy Fish USA (10) def. James Ward GBR 63 57 64 67(7) 63
Brian Baker USA def. Jarkko Nieminen FIN 60 62 64

4 left

06-28-2012 01:13 AM
Re: Team USA Tickers/Tweets/Rants

1st Round

Ryan Harrison USA def. Yen-Hsun Lu TPE 46 63 64 62
James Blake USA lost to Benjamin Becker GER 76(4) 57 06 46
Michael Russell USA def. Adrian Menendez-MacEiras ESP 63 61 76(7)
John Isner USA (11) lost to Alejandro Falla COL 46 76(9) 63 67(7) 57
Donald Young USA lost to Mikhail Youzhny RUS (26) 64 36 26 36
Ryan Sweeting USA def. Potito Starace ITA 62 20 ret
Wayne Odesnik USA lost to Bjorn Phau GER 36 63 76(3) 36 46
Andy Roddick USA (30) def. Jamie Baker GBR 76(1) 64 75
Sam Querrey USA def. Vasek Pospisil CAN 75 67(5) 63 64
Jesse Levine USA def. Karol Beck SVK 64 67(4) 63 62
Mardy Fish USA (10) def. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP 76(3) 75 76(1)
Brian Baker USA def. Rui Machado POR 76(2) 64 60

8/12 record
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