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Oddities


"The Tennis Space" had it's "Oddities & Oddballs" Post today.  Here are a few things from it.  There is lots more - HERE.  Be sure to click on the embedded links for more.

For that special tennis players with a special birthday, here’s a Kei Nishikori, Special Edition Watch:

Air Kei

From the Australian Open – January 20, 2013


Is this Hard Courts or Clay? Two French tennis players (Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon play a point with a 71 ball rally).

Some Tweets from other Pro’s during the match:

@CaroWozniacki

Watching Monfils v Simon.One has a leg problem and can’t run much or serve and the other has a hand problem and can’t serve or play forehand

Ivan Ljubicic@theljubicic

Can somebody explain me what in the world is going on here???  

More Tweets at:

http://www.letsecondserve.com/2013/01/tennis-players-watch-monfils-simon.html?spref=tw


A Good article on 14 year old Sara Tomic (I think you can figure out who her brother is):

Eyeing the future: Sara Tomic wins her first-round juniors match on Saturday. Eyeing the future: Sara Tomic wins her first-round juniors match on Saturday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

IF SARA Tomic is less ambitious than her big brother, she doesn’t have much catching up to do. She has big ideas: to become the best player in the world, to win grand slam tournaments, to win more of them than Bernard does. Trouble is, she’s still only 14. ”That’s still the plan and I’ll get there,” she said. ”I want to get there so fast, but I have to slow down. It takes time, a lot of dedication, hard work.”

She’s off to a good start. Tomic made it to the quarter-finals of a tournament in Traralgon last week and yesterday won her first-round juniors match at the Open, dropping the first set but talking herself through it. She was pleased she found a way, that she had believed in herself, but soon afterwards her thoughts had turned to something else: getting up into Bernard’s box to watch him play Roger Federer.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/anything-bernard-can-do-i-can-do-8230-says-sara-20130119-2d085.html#ixzz2IUaxXOrZ


Kei Nishikori makes Sushi

.@keinishikori took time out to make some sushi yesterday #ausopen #atp #tennis pic.twitter.com/fCzJdy3S

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Judy Murray Tennis Cake
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My kind of tennis court. Made out of icing and chocolate. Sweet. pic.twitter.com/wA2lIw5D

Tsonga

Kei Nishikori: Let’s Get Physical


Form And Fitness Presented By COMPEED® 

by Matt Fitzgerald  |   30.12.2011

This article is from the ATP Tour Website

Kei Nishikori began the 2011 season ranked 98th but reasserted himself as one of the game’s future stars with an impressive year. The 21 year old posted a 36-22 record, reaching finals in Houston and Basel, and recording wins against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Top 10 players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.

He also became the highest Japanese ranked player in ATP World Tour history after advancing to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Nishikori finished the year ranked No. 25 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and will look to break further ground in 2012.

ATPWorldTour.com sat down with Nishikori at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida to discuss his off-season training for Form & Fitness presented by COMPEED.

 

How are you preparing for the 2012 season?
This off-season, I used two weeks for just training. I’ve played tennis as well, but my first goal is to get a strong body, so I’ve been working on becoming more physical. I also hope to have a healthy season next year with no big injuries.

Are there specific areas that you’ve been targeting in the off-season?
I’ve done a lot of core and balance exercises. I’ve done heavy weights too, but balance is something I’ve been working on a lot.

How much of an impact do you believe your level of endurance contributed to your rise in 2011?
It’s hard to say because I think it’s something I need to have. I’m not a big guy so I have to get as many balls back as possible to win the points. So having good endurance is important. It’s something I’ve been working on improving this off-season too.

What area of fitness do you think you need to work on most and how do you plan on addressing this?
I think I need to get my entire body bigger in terms of strength. But I also need to have better balance when players are moving me side-to-side as I’m often on the run.

What makes the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy a good training base?
A lot of things. I can concentrate on just tennis here. Also, a lot of top players come down, especially now during the off-season, which allows us to train with a number of guys. There are also tons of great coaches here. It’s nice to be able to play tennis and train, and sleep. It’s not a situation we get to be in often.

What are some exercises or stretches you’d recommend a tennis fan implement into their training program?
I’d recommend adding in a number of groin stretches. The adductors are used when changing directions and moving around the court, so players should remember not to forget about this area.

Which player on tour do you think…
Has the strongest core?
Roger Federer
Is the quickest? Rafael Nadal
Has the best footwork? David Ferrer
Is the most flexible? Novak Djokovic
Has the best balance? Gael Monfils
Has the greatest muscular endurance? Rafael Nadal

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– COMPEED is an official supplier of the ATP.

The 7 Best Players on the ATP Tour Under 23 Years Old


Bleacher Reports has done a slide show on the 7 best players on the tour who are under 23 years of age.  As usual, there are no real surprises.  The slideshow starts off with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe – German.  Stebe is currently ranked 81st in the world, from there the numbers get lower.  Next up, Ryan Harrison – from Louisiana.  A hard serving, quick tempered American.  Next is Grigor Dimitrov – a 20 year old Bulgarian who reached a high of 54th this year.  Donald Young was the next big thing when he ended the year ranked #1 in the world in the juniors at age 16 – quite a feat.  After a few years of not nearly living up to his hype, Donald Young had a breakout year, particularly at the U.S.Open and he is currently ranked 39th.  Bernard Tomic of Australia finished the year with a 7-4 record in Grand Slams.  He was only 18 at Wimbledon when he took out Robin Soderling.  He is ranked 41st.  What can we say about Milos Raonic that we haven’t already said.  The fifth fastest serve ever and at 20 he is already a force in tennis.  Rounding out the list – Kei Nishikori of Japan.  Ranked 25 in the world, he has wins David Ferrer and even beat Novak Djokovic this year.  Nishikori has also been written about previously on this blog.

CLICK HERE for the Slide Show

Related Posts from  the Adirondack Tennis Blog:

Potential Future Male Tennis Stars – Kei Nishikori

The Faceoff

Sampras Vs. Raonic – The Faceoff

What the Future Holds for Ryan Harrison

The Milos Raonic Story – Part 4

The Milos Raonic Story – Part 3

The Milos Raonic Story – Part 2

The Milos Raonic Story – Part 1

Tennis With The Harrisons

Dark Horse Candidates get Ready bfor the U.S.Open


From “sportsthenandnow.com”      Posted on July 25, 2011 by JA Allen

It stands to reason that the term “dark horse” originates from the world of horse racing.

For those betting on the outcome, it meant that setting odds became difficult when a horse was not known to gamblers.

Today, in the world of sports or politics, it signifies that a person who was not well known emerged as a winner––an unexpected winner.

So while Juan Martin del Potro may not be a “favorite” entering the 2011 U.S. Open, the Argentine cannot be regarded as a “dark horse” because he is well-known in Flushing Meadows.

Del Potro won the US Open title in 2009.

True “dark horses” are not widely known by the general viewing public because they are relatively new on the tennis scene.

These young players have not made much of a name for themselves––yet.

To date, there are six young guns ready to make their way to the top of the men’s game.

They will become the “dark horses” in the upcoming US Open, representing the future of tennis on the men’s side of the draw.

Find out who these Dark Horse Candidates are – CLICK HERE

 

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