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Tennis Night in America – BNP Paribas Showdown

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Maria Sharapova (pictured above) will be one of the stars taking center court at Madison Square Garden this evening.

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

As a precursor to the start of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament from Indian Wells California, tennis fans will be treated to some exhibition tennis from the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden or “The Garden,” as it is sometimes called. Billed as “Tennis Night in America,” fans will get to see the likes of four former number one players, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick.

Both matches will feature a best of three format. First up will be Maria Sharapova vs. Caroline Wozniacki, which begins at 7pm on ESPN3.com.  This will be followed by Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick at 11:30pm on ESPN. Continue reading

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Food for Thought 1-10-2012

Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com. One of the greatest Cincinnati Reds of all time, Barry Larkin (pictured above), is heading to Cooperstown.

By Josh Kramer

Just because we have entered a new year does not mean that the sporting world is going on a break.  Actually, it feels like sports have really picked up the intensity if anything.  Often, especially during 2011, sports news has been heavily focused on the bad.  Many controversial things occurred that we all wish never would have never happened.  Today though, we focus predominantly on the good.  The state of Colorado has converted from “Mountain Time” to “Tebow Time” (thanks ESPN).  A Cincinnati Reds great has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.  And we are only just beginning the jam-packed week. Here are the items that have caught my attention.

Larkin heads to Cooperstown Continue reading

Isner: The “it” American tennis player

Photo courtesy of SI.com. John Isner (pictured above) is best known for an epic first round match at Wimbledon in 2010. Could he be the new American "it" player?

By Josh Kramer

It is not too difficult to get the attention of the American public regarding men’s tennis these days.  If an American goes deep into a major tournament, or dare I say wins one, they are the next American hope.  Expectations have never been lower as the American public waits for that next great American tennis prodigy.  Sadly, the future of American tennis does not look bright.

After being spoiled by the McEnroe/Connors era, and then the Sampras, Agassi, Chang, Courier era, no American has stepped up to the plate.  Different players have become the “it” guy of the moment.  The guy that many hoped could be the next great American Grand Slam Champion.  But none of the “it” guys have lasted the test of time. Continue reading

American hope for the future?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ryan Harrison (pictured above) appears to be the future of American Men's tennis.

By Josh Kramer

19-year-old American Ryan Harrison was the talk of the tennis world today.  People just seem to really love this fiery young American.  And let’s be honest, American tennis needs a male player to carry the torch for the next decade.

As I have said before, we were spoiled all through the 90s by Sampras and Agassi.  Even in the 70s/80s, we had Connors and then McEnroe. Those days are long gone sadly.  Roddick has done all in his power to carry the torch of American’s men’s tennis.  But he appears to be heading towards the twilight of his career as well.  And with the Williams’ sisters reign appearing to be over, American tennis is really lacking. Continue reading

Isner/Mahut Part 2

Photo courtesy of boomertime.wordpress.com. Isner (left) and Mahut (right) are the talk of the Championships already.

By Josh Kramer

The draw for the third tennis Grand Slam of the year has been released.  Wimbledon, the most prestigious and historic tennis tournament in the world is just a few days away.  And already, the excitement seems to be at an all time high.  Normally in Grand Slams, there are plenty of good first round matchups.  But I cannot remember a first round matchup that has caught the attention of the entire world like the one that has the entire tennis world talking.  The anticipation for this match has the feel of a championship battle.  You would think that Connors and McEnroe were going toe to toe on Center Court the way people are talking. Continue reading

Food for Thought 6-7-2011

Photo courtesy of bleedingeaglegreen.com. Plaxico Burress (pictured above) has been released from prison. How will his comeback end up?

By Josh Kramer

It has been a wild past 48 hours.  So many big time stories going on.  Plaxico, Tressel, French Open finale, playoffs, and more. The following are the main items that have caught my attention.

The second coming of Michael Vick?

If you are not living in a box, you have probably heard something about Plaxico Burress finally being released from prison.  After 21 months, the former Super Bowl champion, and one of the League’s most electric receivers will finally have an opportunity to finish his career off right.  Or it at least appears that way. Continue reading

Djokovic goes down in the semi-finals

Photo courtesy of newballs.wordpress.com.

By Josh Kramer

It’s an age-old saying, “All good things must come to an end.”  Well at the French Open today, that saying held true for world #2 Novak Djokovic.  Djokovic’s incredible 43-consecutive match winning streak ended in the semi-finals at Roland Garros.  It has been an incredible ride for the 24-year-old Serbian phenom.

Sadly for Novak, I think the pressure got to him a little bit leading to a sluggish start that ultimately was too much to overcome.  Not only was Djokovic playing in the semi-finals against arguably the “greatest player of all time,” but he was looking to take home his French Open title.  In addition, with a win today, he would secure the world #1 ranking for the first time in his career and tie John McEnroe for most consecutive victories to start a calenedar season.  Talk about a pressure cooker. Continue reading