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Dear John, Show Me a Little Respect

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Last year John McEnroe got himself in a heap of trouble by making what many perceived to be a very controversial statement about Serena Williams in an interview with NPR. Here is an excerpt from that interview with Lulu Garcia-Navarro: Garcia-Navarro: We're talking about male players but there is of course wonderful female players. Let's talk ...
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Roger Federer Triumphant at Australian Open

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Global Tennis Network would like to congratulate Roger Federer on winning the 2018 Australian Open Men's title. No. 2 in the world, Roger Federer defeated No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to secure  his sixth Melbourne title  and an astounding  20th Grand Slam of his illustrious career.  After going four years witho...
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Federer vs. Nadal: The Rivalry & Battle for G.O.A.T. Title

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​Spanning an ongoing 14 year rivalry Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have battled one another a delightful 38 times. The objective of this article is to ask the question, 'Who is better than who?' Who has more victories over the other guy? Is it Advantage Federer or Advantage Nadal?  The numbers may surprise you. To begin the debate l...
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Federer is greater than Nadal. He's better overall across the different court surfaces and he has such a long streak of at least r... Read More
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What is the Fastest Serve in Tennis Ever Recorded?

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 Who:  Samuel Groth What: 263 kilometers per hour (163.4 mph) When:  09 May 2012 Where:  South Korea (Busan) On 9 May 2012, Samuel Groth (Australia) served an ace recorded at 263 km/h (163.4 mph) during an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea. The serve came during Groth's second-round match against Uladzimir Ignatik (Bela...
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The Awe-Inspiring Jimmy Connors

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As the 2017 U.S. Open draws closer to championship weekend, the time feels ripe to dig up a story from the archives of one of tennis's legendary performances.  The year is 1991 and Boris Becker is the #1 ranked player in the world. He is joined by Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the top 1...
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I argue that Jimmy Connors showed us the greatest fist pump tennis has ever seen. If you disagree tell us who you think has a bett... Read More
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What is Indian Wells?

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Indian Wells is a magical desert oasis vacation destination located just outside of Palm Springs, California. Home to 350 days of sunshine, world-class, luxurious accommodations, full-service spa facilities, elegant dining, award wining golf course, and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It is a fun and revitalizing getaway. These are all ...
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TENNIS – US Open preview

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City becomes a gladiator coliseum from 25th of August to September 8th this year, as the biggest names of tennis will compete for glory in the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships!

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The competition, one of the oldest in world, has seen the rise of young superstars and the creation of tennis legends. The likes of Molla Mallory, Billie Jean King, Steffi Graf, Ivan Lendl, and Roger Federer have made tennis a top-class and respected sport due to their excellent and amazing performances in the US Open.

It started in 1881 as the US National Championship and since then it has been a great ground for champions and world top contenders to play.

This year will be the 134th edition of this prestigious tournament. However, nearing it’s opening, there was bad news for Rafael Nadal fans as the Spanish World number 2 announced he would not be competing because of a wrist injury. It’s an awful shame not to be seeing him defend his second US Open title, but that means someone else has the opportunity to be crowned US Open champion.

Without Nadal, it would be likely that the top bet to reach and win the final of the mens tournament would be Novak Djokovic (2.30). Any player that beats him will be a deserved winner of the tournament. The World Number 1 has won titles on all surfaces, and he also swept the hard-court American Masters this year in Miami and Indian Wells. Watch out for a one man show this August!

Djokovic might look to be winning the prize money as we look into our crystal ball, but you should not count out Roger Federer (3.65) and Andy Murray (8.50). Federer, the World No. 3 just recently won titles in Halle and Dubai. Murray is just as hungry. He has not won anything this year and is looking to get his first this year. The Scot is very healthy, finding his form and very eager to cause an upset.

Looking at the Women’s tournament, we are seeing a strong defending champion in Serena Williams (2.45). However, she has not yet won a Grand Slam this year. She hasn’t even reached a quarter final yet. We should also not ignore Sharapova(7.00) and Azarenka (29.00), both deserving to be favorites in this tournament, and perhaps even look to an outsider, and previous winner, Samantha Stosur (51.00) to cause an upset.

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Secret Serving Patterns of the Pros

I recently teamed up with Kevin Garlington to make a new serving lesson video. Learning how to serve is hard enough, but then implementing the serve into match play is another challenge in itself. 

In this brand new video your going to learn little knows serving strategies for righty and lefties that the pros use to win matches and that you can use by the time you finish watching this video. The reason why serving strategies are so important is because having one, allows you to relax and focus on hitting your shots and not where to place them. Watch this video so you can have an unfair advantage on your opponent and win games easier and leave a comment about what you learned.

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Top Ten Tennis Matches with the Most Aces

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113 - John Isner (Wimbledon 2010) 5 sets, defeated Nicolas Mahut
103 - Nicolas Mahut (Wimbledon 2010) 5 sets, lost to John Isner
78 - Ivo Karlovic (Davis Cup 2009) 5 sets, lost to Radek Stepanek
55 - Ivo Karlovic (Roland Garros 2009) 5 sets, lost to Lleyton Hewitt
54 - Gary Muller (Wimbledon 1993, qualifying match) 3 sets, defeated Peter Lundgren

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HEAD player, Andy Murray Takes It To The Streets!

Whether on clay, grass or hard courts, HEAD player Andy Murray has consistently served up some impressive wins throughout his career. This time, Andy showcases his impressive skills off the court in a freestyle street-tennis video.

With help from HEAD’s Radical Pro Tennis Racquet, watch the 4th ranked player in the world maneuver tennis balls through alleyways, against buildings and other unlikely spaces demonstrating that his superb touch with the HEAD YOUTEK Radical Pro is not just limited to the tennis court.


Click to watch Andy Murray and HEAD’s Radical Pro take tennis to the streets!!!!

http://www.head.com/murraystreetmagiclondon/index.php

 

 

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Who is Raphael Nadal

One of the top tennis players since August 18, 2008 is Raphael Nadal; born in Manacor (Majorca), Spain in 1986. At 6ft 1inch, and 187lbs, this tennis player turned professional in 2001. He is left handed and has a two-handed backhand. His career earnings have been over US$ 23,000,000, and he is the 6th all time tennis leader in earnings.

During the Olympic Games of 2008 he won a Gold Medal for his country and has 33 career titles to his name. He has won the “Grand Slam” in the French Open in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Australian Open in 2009, Wimbledon in 2008, and the US Open in 2008. His nicknames are: Rafa, Gladiator and The King of Clay.

During a game Raphael has an unusual strategic approach and mental resiliency; he is not discouraged and can adapt to any weather or court condition. He is sponsored by Nike. In 2009 Nike encouraged Nadal to wear a more traditional on-court look to reflect his new number one status. His girlfriend of three years, 20 year old Francesca “Xisca” Perello is also a long time friend of one of Raphael’s sisters.
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Roger Federer Destroys His Racquet

Roger Federer has done a good job containing his well know temper over the years. That all changed at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open.

After a terrible match of unforced errors, his frustration finally exploded after hitting an easy approach shot into the net. What followed was shocking.

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Top Tennis Pro Money Makers in '08

Have you ever wondered how much the top tennis pros make?

The majority of a top tennis pro's prize money only accounts for only 23% of their total income. The rest is made from endorsement deals, exhibition and appearance fees and sponsor bonuses.

Top total career prize money makers as of December 2008 :

Roger Federer  ($41.8 million)
Maria Sharapova  ($26 million)
Rafael Nada l ($18 million)

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Maria Kirilenko in S.I.

Maria Kirilenko was just featured in the Swimsuit 2009 at SI.com. Here are a few of the pics and video clip.

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