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April 2012

April 30, 2012

Maria Sharapova Steamrolls Azarenka, Kvitova and Stosur for Title

Maria Shapapova capped a great birthday week by winning the Stuttgart title this morning, beating world number one Vika Azarenka, following victories over Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur. This was high-velocity no-subtlety tennis from two clones -- flat hitters that would rather go for winners from anywhere that suffer a long rally. 

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Ken Rosewall vs. Tony Roche in 1970 U.S. Open

YouTube video via Talk Tennis

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April 21, 2012

Tennis Court Dimensions

Since I have to keep looking up the dimensions of tennis courts, I might as well post them. 

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April 11, 2012

Economic Realities of Being an ATP Touring Pro

Outside of the top 4 ranked players, professional tennis is much less financially rewarding than other global sports. That's one reason you see so much turnover below the top 25, it's either up or out. 

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April 10, 2012

Roger Federer at Work

Here are a handful of photographs I've taken of Roger Federer over the last two-plus years. All ©jfawcette 

I embedded three, varied ones here, followed by a slideshow of 59 photos of The Fed. Hope you enjoy them.

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April 09, 2012

Don't Chip Service Returns in Doubles -- Unless You Can

Another dictum I've heard on paid-subscription tennis Web sites, is not to chip service returns in doubles.

The theory is that if the net person is any good, they'll pick it off. 

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April 07, 2012

Who Retires First Rafa or Fed?

I'm not being facetious, even though Fed will be 31 in August while Nadal is 25. Nadal's withdrawal at the Sony Ericsson aka Miami Open prompted me, but I've been thinking about this since reading three articles and a TV comment:

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Top Tennis Quotes

Here are some short quotes from tennis figures I found amusing or insightful. 

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April 06, 2012

Cover Down The Line -- Really?

Another tennis cliche' is to "cover the down-the-line shot" above all else, when approaching the net. It's common for TV announcers to drag that one out to criticize any player that gets passed down the line.

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April 04, 2012

Line Calls Even Out in the Long Run, the Really, Really Long Run

You've heard tennis players and announcers say "The calls even out in the long run." But do they?

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