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3:03PM

Novak Djokovic Does Cockpit Check For "Wingtennis" Stunt

Novak Djokovic regresses to a 8 year old in this video and does a little pretend play in the cockpit of the plane that he is supposed to do his "Wingtennis" stunt.   He always looks like he is having a great time no matter what he is doing.

To learn more about this stunt, click here.

Do you think Nole is really going to play tennis on a plane?  We'll all find out on March 21st.

11:43AM

You Done Good Kid

Photo via Ryan Harrison's Facebook Page

Everyone, myself included, thought that Roger Federer was going to DESTROY newbie Ryan Harrison last night in the 4th round of the BNP Paribas Open.  I mean, COME ON, he was playing The Maestro, 11 years his elder, who was going to teach him a lesson or two about what it really takes to be on top of the game of tennis, and initially it was cringe-worthy as Ryan was easily broken in his first service game.

But then something amazing happened.  At the young age of 18, under the lights and in front of a huge crowd, he shook off the nerves, composed himself, and showed everyone that he's got game.  It was a gutsy performance, and even though the scoreline was 7-6, 6-3, I don't even feel like he lost, Federer just did what he does best, and elevated his game and won.  I still can't completely come to grips with the fact that Ryan is still a teenager in possession of such dangerous weapons as his forehand and return of serve.  I feel like it should be illegal.

What I do know, is that as long as he stays injury free, I think the sky's the limit for this kid.  Who says American Tennis is in trouble?

8:31AM

He's On A Whole Nole Level

This was the first tweet that I saw when I logged onto Twitter after Novak Djokovic delivered a bagel (6-0) and a breadstick (6-1) to his fellow countryman Viktor Troiki, advancing to the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals.  And words have never rung so true. 

The man is on FIYAH.

Since the beginning of 2011, Novak has been undefeated, and yesterday he extended his winning streak to an impressive 15-0. Even world number 1 Rafael Nadal admitted that Nole would be the one to beat in this tournament, and so far he has proved Rafa correct, losing only 6 games in his first 3 matches.

I have to be honest, I wasn't a Nole fan in the past, but in the past 2 years he has really matured and has been able to balance the off-court "Djoker" with the on-court "Falcon" without any "injuries" and/or "breathing problems" clouding the view. 

He's a good guy playing great tennis.  What more can you ask?  Adje!

6:25AM

BNP Paribas Open Results and Order Of Play

 

RESULTS - MARCH 16, 2011
Men's Singles - Fourth Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] S Devvarman (IND) 75 64
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 76(4) 63
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [16] V Troicki (SRB) 60 61
[12] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [7] T Berdych (CZE) 36 64 64
[18] R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] A Roddick (USA) 63 76(5)
[25] T Robredo (ESP) d [21] S Querrey (USA) 61 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [23] A Montanes (ESP) 76(7) 62
J Del Potro (ARG) d [32] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(3) 76(7)
 
Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 67(7) 63 10-8
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 61 76(5)
 
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
[23] Y Wickmayer (BEL) d [10] S Peer (ISR) 63 63
[15] M Bartoli (FRA) d [19] A Ivanovic (SRB) 64 76(4)
 
Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals
[8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) d [3] L Huber (USA) / N Petrova (RUS) 64 63
D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Radwanska (POL) d [4] V King (USA) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 61 60
 

ORDER OF PLAY - THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [8] V Azarenka (BLR) - WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
J Del Potro (ARG) vs [25] T Robredo (ESP) - ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[16] M Sharapova (RUS) vs S Peng (CHN) - WTA
M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) - ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO) - ATP
D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Radwanska (POL) vs S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) - WTA

STADIUM 2 start : Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] V Azarenka (BLR) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) - WTA - After Suitable Rest

Not Before 3:30 PM
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

10:08PM

Injury Update: Kim Clijsters

 

Kim Clijsters was forced to retire in her 4th round match against Marion Bartoli at the BNP Paribas Open due to a nagging shoulder injury that she has had since the Australian Open, and although the pain isn't constant, and she says she's not too worried about it, she also doesn't want to take unnecessary risks. 

At the end of the Australian Open I was already having some acupuncture from my trainer because I had some pain in that shoulder.  And especially I kept telling him even with the drive volleys that I was hitting, everything that was kind of a little bit higher up, I felt I was struggling with it a little bit . 

Obviously something is not the way it should be at the moment in this area, so I'm gonna have to figure out, gonna have some tests done, and then try to get to it and solve it.

I don't want to be in that position where I'm taking medication to cover the pain and not knowing if it's getting worse during my match.

She still intends to play at the Sony Ericsson Open begining March 21st, but wants to be completely healed for Fed Cup and the clay court season.

Obviously we have Miami, but then after Miami we have Fed Cup, which, you know, I'm taking very seriously.And also obviously the clay court season, which is, you know, a very tough part of the season for the shoulders.  And so, you know, I'm gonna have to make sure that I'm, you know, fully healed until I start playing on that surface.

8:22PM

Adidas Is All In

Heart over head. Inclusion over ego. United by passion, we go all in. Go all in.

This is the slogan for the new All Adidas Campaign which launced this week.

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7:16PM

Play with the All-Stars at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

The 2010 Sony Ericsson men’s and women’s winners return to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne for the second consecutive year in an unprecedented, intimate gathering of the world’s top tennis players the eve of the Sony Ericsson tennis tournament.  The March 22 gathering gives just 33 locals the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament in which the winners earn a chance to hit against the world’s top players and try to return Andy Roddick’s serve.  A radar gun will determine if Roddick is kind or unleashes his legendary 155mph rocket.

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