Playing in the heat

Playing in the heat

The majority of the tennis season is played outdoors, forcing players to contend with extremes in weather.  While the wind and cool temperatures may adversely affect play, nothing impacts players more than hot and humid weather.  Matches can take more than ninety minutes, and in hot conditions at such intense levels of activity the body’s ability to…

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2014 US Open Men’s Final

US OPEN Men’s Final: [CR8] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [CR9] Marin Cilic (CRO) The finalists were not what the public expected when the draw came out, certainly not what they expected when [CR3]Roger Federer (SUI) and [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) made it to the semi-finals. It was not a final filled with drama or captivating play simply…

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Friendship or the title?

US OPEN Preview The 2014 US Open Women’s Final will be contested by best friends.  Serena struggles when playing family and friends; however, will that change tomorrow? Does her desire for a Major title in 2014 and her 18th Major title overall, outweigh her unease at playing her best friend on tour? We want a competitive…

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Federer could not rise to the occasion

US OPEN Men’s Semifinal: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR16] Marin Cilic (CRO) In a match that everyone expected Federer to win, Cilic had other ideas. Cilic was focused and believed that he should win this encounter.  He came out firing on all cylinders; he got maximal benefit from his serve, his groundstrokes flew by too…

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Battling the weather as well as Djokovic

US OPEN Men’s Semifinal: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR11] Kei Nishikori (JPN) Nishikori defeated both with his laser-like forehands, focused play on serve, and lethal returns. Can Nishikori continue his stellar play to win his first Major? He has the talent, the fitness and is being coached by Michael Chang, a player who redefined…

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