Category: Tennis

Tampa’s Jack Sock Is An Emerging Tennis Star

Nick Kyrgios, the Australian bad boy of tennis, recently lost what little control he has over being a human being in a poor display of sportsmanship and commitment to the game of tennis at the Shanghai Masters. Read about it here: Your text to link…

Kyrgios reminds tennis fans of the mercurial French player, Gael Monfils whose temperament has improved and helped him win over many tennis fans with his brilliance on the courts. But Australia has been waiting for another tennis champion in the form of a John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, or Rod Laver. Australia was once the dominant country in the world of tennis. It had the best players and coaches but lost the title to a series of American bad boys, notably Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Now great players come from every conceivable country in the world; even Britain has a champion at Wimbledon in Andy Murray.

But lately, there has been a paucity of great tennis players coming from the states, the two physical giants, Sam Querrey and John Isner, are good but not dominant, and both lack the charisma of a Connors or McEnroe. But in Tampa a new promising candidate is emerging, Jack Sock. He has a great all court game and a positive temperament, and Sock has charm and physical good looks that compliment his great name.

Sock is the type of tennis player needed in the United States of America. He is a winner holding a gold and a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics and is also a great sportsman, something Connors and McEnroe were not. In a match against Lleyton Hewitt, he corrected a call in Hewitt’s favor, a small step for a player, a great leap for the world of tennis.

Sock is climbing up the ATP standings, and hopefully, he’ll continue into the top ten by next year and even qualify for the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals. That event takes place in London and pits the top eight players in the ATP against one another. This event has become as important as one of the Grand Slam events.

 

Tampa’s Jack Sock Is An Emerging Tennis Star

Nick Kyrgios, the Australian bad boy of tennis, recently lost what little control he has over being a human being in a poor display of sportsmanship and commitment to the game of tennis at the Shanghai Masters. Read about it here:Your text to link…

Kyrgios reminds tennis fans of the mercurial French player, Gael Monfils whose temperament has improved and helped him win over many tennis fans with his brilliance on the courts. But Australia has been waiting for another tennis champion in the form of a John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall, or Rod Laver. Australia was once the dominant country in the world of tennis. It had the best players and coaches but lost the title to a series of American bad boys, notably Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Now great players come from every conceivable country in the world; even Britain has a champion at Wimbledon in Andy Murray.

But lately, there has been a paucity of great tennis players coming from the states, the two physical giants, Sam Querrey and John Isner, are good but not dominant, and both lack the charisma of a Connors or McEnroe. But in Tampa a new promising candidate is emerging, Jack Sock. He has a great all court game and a positive temperament, and Sock has charm and physical good looks that compliment his great name.

Sock is the type of tennis player needed in the United States of America. He is a winner holding a gold and a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics and is also a great sportsman, something Connors and McEnroe were not. In a match against Lleyton Hewitt, he corrected a call in Hewitt’s favor, a small step for a player, a great leap for the world of tennis.

Sock is climbing up the ATP standings, and hopefully, he’ll continue into the top ten by next year and even qualify for the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals. That event takes place in London and pits the top eight players in the ATP against one another. This event has become as important as one of the Grand Slam events.

St. Petersburg Native Wins Another NCAA Tennis Trophy

Danielle Collins, a senior tennis player with the Virginia Cavaliers, wrapped up her final collegiate season in style, claiming the NCAA singles championship for the second time of her career. She eased past North Carolina’s Haley Carter, 6-3, 6-2, in the title contest on Monday, wrapping up a grueling period of six matches in six days at the Michael Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

This was the fourth meeting of the season between the ACC rivals. They played in the regular season on March 4 in Charlottesville, Va., and Carter won that match-up in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. The teams then met in the ACC semifinals on April 23, but these players did not finish their singles match before the Tar Heels had clinched a team victory. That occurrence repeated itself on May 19 in the NCAA Tournament, but that time the Cavaliers were the ones to prevail as a team.

The win on Monday allowed Collins to become the seventh woman to claim multiple NCAA singles championships and the first not from Stanford or Florida.

Prior to her incredible college career, which included her first singles title in 2014 and helping lead her team to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals that season and this one, its best showings ever, she attended and played tennis at St. Petersburg’s Northeast High School. Collins then headed to Florida to play her freshman season before transferring to Virginia in 2013.

Nadal’s Wrist Injury Leaves Him Out of the French Champions

Rafael Nadal, the nine-time French Open champion has just pulled out of the Grand Slam Tournament, following injury to his left wrist. Nadal unveiled the news shortly after withdrawing from a scheduled play in the third round saying that today was the toughest day of his career.

According to Tampa Bay Times Nadal who appeared on a press conference while wearing a brace on his wrist, said that it was a mistake for him to think that he would compete in the tournament while with the injury. The 14 Grand Slam title holder had won his second round match in straight sets, after having injecting himself with painkillers to numb the pain in his wrist.

His reason for withdrawing the tournament was as a result of feeling more and more pain overnight to the extent that he couldn’t move his wrist this Friday morning. That meant that he would no longer practice and would not have made it through to the final.

He explained that the problem was with his tendon sheath and that there is no way he could rely on painkillers injections, one before the other if he were to make it to the final, that is actually in the next 10 days.

Nadal withdrawal drains the tournament of one more star after the 17-time champion, Roger Federer withdrew earlier in the pre-tournament following an injury setback reported to be back pain.

The tournament however proceed as planned with the winner expected to march to the final with ease of having to avoid the ‘big stars’ who have previously earned the trophy.