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March 2, 2017

I watched a highly ranked student compete in a national tournament the other day and behave emotionally, talking to herself, throwing her arms up in the air and displaying anger at her performance. 

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February 7, 2017

This last weekend inspired me to remember that the heart of a champion refuses to quit with the adamant belief they will succeed. Now I'm no fan of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, but I cannot help to respect fighting to the end to achieve team and individual glory which leads me to a small, personal story about finding a way and refusing to quit.

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January 30, 2017

Venus versus Serena, Roger versus Rafa in a Grand Slam finals. It happened this weekend after a nine-year hiatus and it was well worth the wait.

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January 9, 2017

The new shiny USTA Center in Lake Nona, Fla. looks amazing, but looks aren't everything when it comes to building champions. This beautiful facility is 64 acres on a $63 million dollar (at least) campus with more than 100 tennis courts.

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December 5, 2016

A new study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine using data from 11 health surveys for England and Scotland between 1994 and 2008 suggests that tennis reduces mortality rates 47 percent, the highest rate of any sport studied.

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November 23, 2016

Andy Murray is the world's number one for 2016, and no one is arguing … not even Novak Djokovic who said after losing the Tour Finals in London, "Andy is definitely number one in the world." 

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October 25, 2016

Should I play high school tennis? It's a question that every highly-ranked player confronts (along with should I attend school or should I be home-schooled?). It wasn't always this way …

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October 17, 2016

WTA CEO Steve Simon has proposed that professional tennis singles match scoring be modified to include no-ad scoring and third set "super tie-breakers similar to the changes made in doubles so that match length will be shorter and more predictable.

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September 19, 2016

Really like the ultra-modern, spacious look. It's almost hard to recognize the new steel, glass and tension fabric facility from its former "concrete jungle" motif. It's what I always envisioned the U.S. Open of the future would look like.