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The Championships…And The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), in SW19, London and the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club (AILTC) in Charles City, Iowa are 4,078 miles apart. During The Championships, 18 of the 38 grass courts at the facility are used for … continue reading

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The Championships…What Is, What Was

As the trail of COVID-19 devastation ran into more frequent dead-ends, the world, along with the game, teetered tediously, but anxiously waited for a time to return to what had been – Hoping. The resulting “new normal” is perplexing and … continue reading

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Kerber salutes in Bad Homburg debut

The inaugural Bad Homburg Open has finally taken place, after the pandemic prevented its debut last year. The tournament’s position in the tennis calendar is the week after the resurrected German Open in Berlin. Both these WTA 250 events give a … continue reading

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Noventi Open…From A Distance

For the two of us the 2021 Noventi Open, (formerly the Gerry Weber Open) was surreal. It was the first time in the tournament’s 28 year history, we were not in Halle, Westphalia, Germany covering the ATP 500 series grass … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Toujours Différent (Always Different)

Last year Roland Garros took place almost four months later than it usually does. Still following a newly found theme, in 2021 it began a week later than the tried-and-true last week of May, first week in June schedule. Of … continue reading

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Noventi Open…Federer’s Doorway To Wimbledon May Be Shut

Wednesday, Roger Federer made an unexpected exit from the tournament that he has promised to participate in for the remainder of his career. Of course, when he signed on, it was known as the Gerry Weber Open – now, things … continue reading

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Noventi Open…“Man On The Moon”

“…Let’s play Twister, let’s play Risk
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
See you in heaven if you make the list
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…”

In 1993, R.E.M., a rock band formed by four University of Georgia students, had a hit song … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Fashion Palette

The weather has been in the “mids” (mid-70s to mid-80s degrees) during the first week of Roland Garros, with the threat of rain approaching…after all it is Paris and it is June. The conditions have opened the virus limiting doors … continue reading

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Roland Garros…Will Zverev Be A Surprise Bag?

Alexander “Sascha” Zverev always comes into view all arms and legs. He’s lanky and seems not to have grown into his body quite yet. At 6”6’ and supposedly close to 200 pounds, he’s like an unfinished sculpture with some of … continue reading

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Roland Garros Is The Name…And It’s Never The Same

To begin at the beginning…the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) has, for some time, used Roland Garros, as the name of the second major of the year, instead of the French Open.

The distinction is much more than the French … continue reading