A Passion For The Game

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The first major (aka: the Australian Open) gets underway on television in the USA on Sunday, January 13th. As I get prepared for another tennis season, the qualifying rounds of a major remind me that “most tennis players play tennis because they are passionate about the sport”. That would seem intuitive; however, take a look…

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Davis And Fratangelo Passed Their Tests

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [112] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs. [42] Bernard Tomic (AUS) To say this was another half-hearted effort from the talented Australian would be stating the obvious.  It is so frustrating to watch him play when you are unsure if he is giving a hundred percent. It is even more frustrating because he is so talented.  Why…

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Davis Rallies To Beat Petkovic

BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg [57] Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. [85] Lauren Davis (USA) Petkovic was once ranked in the top 10, then a slew of injuries led to some unexpected losses and she began to struggle with her confidence during matches.  When one of your weapons is your mobility, it’s understandable that she…

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Overpowered

Family Circle Cup, Charleston [CR20] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [CR66] Lauren Davis (USA) The pressure of playing someone ranked higher is always present, add to that the fact that you are playing someone who hits a heavier ball with much more pace and it can be overwhelming.  That’s what Davis faced today and after starting…

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Confident Venus

ASB Classic, Auckland Women’s Semifinal: [CR19] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [CR54] Lauren Davis (USA) No disrespect to Davis, but she had no weapons to counter Williams powerful strokes and attacking game.  Therefore, she had to hope that Williams would have one of her streak of errors and then capitalize on it. Williams is a confident player at…

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