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[23] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) has been away from the game since July due to left knee injury, which may require surgery. His multi-dimensional and unconventional game will be missed.  We hope to see him back on court soon. [28] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) underwent left foot surgery at the end of June.  We wish him a speedy…

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No title defense

Moselle Open, France [11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) was knocked out of contention for his title defense by [45] David Goffin (BEL), 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. Tsonga looked in control of the match, taking the first set easily.  Goffin was not deterred and has become an unexpected obstacle for many players recently.  He is a fighter who moves very freely…

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Leaving on her own terms

I applaud Li Na and although I cannot comprehend the degree of emotion behind her decision, I recognize how difficult it was to make that decision to walk away from her career as a professional tennis player. She is absolutely correct in stating that “all good things must come to an end.” Change is the one…

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Hoping to defend his Moselle Open Title

Moselle Open, France [CR11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) began his campaign to retain his Moselle Open title and his opponent was [CR66] Gilles Muller (LUX). On paper it should have been an easy victory for Tsonga; however, Muller has the game that can give opponents trouble when he is on.  He has a good serve, which is aided…

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It was supposed to be an easy win for Venus

Coupe Banque Nationale, Canada Women’s Final: [CR19] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [CR80] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) Venus has had her way with Lucic-Baroni in their two previous matches and she hoped that the trend would continue today. Unfortunately, that was not the case.  Despite getting a break in both sets, Venus could not hold on to her…

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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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