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Haynes And Washington Into Memphis Final, The Young One Knocked Out

Friday, February 29, 2008

Americans Angela Haynes and Mashona Washington have teamed together to play good game at the Regions Morgan Keegen Tennis Championships in Memphis, Tennessee. The doubles team defeated American Varvara Lepchenko and Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-1.

Haynes and Washington have their work cut out for them tomorrow. Their opponents are none other than fellow Americans Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond. Get some rest tonight ladies, you're gonna need it!

On the men's side of the same tournament, the Young one made it to the quarterfinal round, but did not pack enough punch to finish off Swede Jonas Bjorkman. Bjorkman defeated American Donald Young 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(6).

Young had match point on Bjorkman at 5-6 in the tiebreaker, but the veteran played very smart on the next few big points, and it was Young who would finish himself off by hitting a backhand into the net. Of course Young took the cause of the error out on the usual culprit, his racket.

When asked about the possibility of being in the semifinal and whether that was on his mind, Young said "I was definitely thinking about it ...... how could you not? .... But I still had to play and win the point. He wasn't going to give it to me. He took it."

That's okay Donald, you dramatically improved your match play in this tournament. Keep it going!

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The Young One, Haynes and Washington Match Happy

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thank you Spalding, or whatever is the name of the tennis God. Earlier today at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tennessee, American Donald Young defeated Columbian Alejandro Falla 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Way to go Donald!

The Young one hasn't been having much success moving deep into tournaments as of late, I'm sure that he must be encouraged by this second round win, I know am.

Donald Young was originally set to play American James Blake in the first round of this tournament, however Blake had to withdraw because of a knee injury and was replaced with American Sam Warburg. When asked if he was disappointed that Blake had to withdraw, Young said, "I don't think I was disappointed at all," after his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Warburg. "James is one of the best players in the world. He's in the Top 10."

"Winning at this time is really exciting to me," said Young, who hadn't won an ATP match since the U.S. Open last August. "I'm happy I played well."




At the same tournament on the ladies side, Americans Angela Haynes and Mashona Washington defeated the doubles team of American Bethanie Mattek and Renata Voracova 6-3, 6-2.



















Much further away at the Barclay's Dubai Tennis Championships, Vladimira Uhlirova of the Czech Republic and Russian Galina Volkoboeva defeated the doubles team of Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz and Selima Sfar of Tunisia 6-3, 2-6, 11-9.

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Ahsha Rolle Goes The Way Of Venus Williams

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Man! I was so thrilled to see so many female Black tennis pros back in action at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis Tennessee, but it's been a hard days night for the ladies. Venus Williams, Mashona Washington, Ahsha Rolle and Milagros Sequera all out in the first round!

Ahsha Rolle was defeated by Israeli Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-1, OUCH! However, Ahsha is just returning from being injured, she'll need a bit of time to get up to speed. Glad to see her back in play.

Milaros Sequera was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki 6-0, 6-2 OUCH again!

Of her match Venus said, "She had a good serve and she was left-handed,'' Williams said. "She mixed it up really well. I'm not happy about the result of the match, but she played well. "I just made some mistakes. I definitely had more errors than I wanted.''

Shenay Perry, Angela Haynes and Mashona Washington are still viable in doubles. Let's hope they have a better go of it.

Get it together ladies!

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WW: "Tennis Fashion Blast From The Past"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Venus Knocked Out, Donald Young Gets A Win

Today at the Regions Morgan Keegan Tennis Championships, American and defending champion Venus Williams was knocked out of round one by Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

American Donald Young prevailed in his first round match against fellow American Sam Warburg. Young defeated Warburg 6-4, 6-4.

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Dustin Brown Rockin' The Fashion of Sir Benni Miles

Our resident tennis player/fashion model Dustin Brown of Jamaica is shown here, alongside other models, in a new photo shoot rockin' the fashion of Sir Benni Miles New York. We never get tired of checking Dustin out!

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WTA Tour Tennis Action This Week


Round 1 - Singles

Venus Williams (Defending Champ), USA vs. Petra Kvitova, CZE

Ahsha Rolle, USA vs. Shahar Peer, ISR

Mashona Washington, USA vs. Olga Govortsova BLR*
*(Washington was defeated 6-4, 6-2)

Angela Haynes attempted to enter the singles main draw through the qualifying rounds but was defeated by Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-3, 6-4.


Round 1 - Doubles

Angela Haynes, USA and Mashona Washington, USA*
vs.
Stephanie Dubois, CAN and Lilia Osterloh, USA
*(Haynes and Washington won 2-6, 6-2, 10/6)

Shenay Perry, USA and Carly Gullickson, USA*
vs.
Sophie LeFevre, FRA and Sunitha Rao, IND
*(Perry and Gullickson won 6-0, 6-4)



Round 1 - Doubles

Stephanie Foretz, FRA and Selima Sfar, TUN
vs.
Vladimira Uhlirova, CZE and Galina Voskoboeva, RUS

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ATP Tour Tennis Action This Week


Round 1 - Singles*

Donald Young, USA vs. Sam Warburg, USA

*James Blake withdrew with a knee injury. "Lucky loser" Sam Warburg, USA received Blake's slot in the main draw.


Round 1 - Doubles

Donald Young, USA and John Isner, USA
vs.
Mark Knowles, BAH and Mahesh Bhupathi, IND

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Mag My Pic Tag

Monday, February 25, 2008

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Lisa at Lisa C Writes has tagged me AGAIN! This time with MagMyPic. I'm up late working so I decided to follow through since I'm pretty non-responsive with tags. Plus it only took a second to complete. It's really easy to do, just plug in a pic of yourself and choose a magazine cover you want grace.

The rules are simple. 1)Link back to the person who tagged you. 2)Tag as little or as many friends as you like, just make sure and tag somebody!

Alright, let's see, I think I'll hit up the brothers at Highbrid Nation, Queeny, and Shae-Shae.

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Manic Monday: Explosive

Sunday, February 24, 2008


It's A Blog Eat Blog World - Home Of Manic Monday



The post below is my EXPLOSIVE rant on the very irritable Hillary Clinton.





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The Delicacy Of Hillary Clinton's Strength

It's a slow tennis news day today, so I'm going to take off my tennis shoes and put on my political hat.

Hillary Clinton is getting on my nerves.

When this campaign began I thought wow, this is incredible. We have two brilliant people in the persons of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I was so very proud just to be able to see that the potential to hold the highest office in the land is truely available to two people who look like me, an African-American and a woman, awesome. The beauty in this vision is that it's real. Not only are they candidates, but one of them will become the leader of the free world, because Democrats far and wide are going to ensure that we do not have to endure the political incarceration that another Republican president will surely bring.

I also felt so awful that here is an incredible African-American man who, if elected, will probably bring unparalleled heights of dignity to the presidency, and God knows we need it. Unfortunately, I was not going to be able to vote for him because I supported Hillary Clinton. But thanks to Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama too, I will now be voting for the latter.

I am so sick of Senator Clinton's "strength" and "day one readiness." What does that mean? It means how ordinary she is in a time that we need an extraordinary person in the Oval Office. Why ordinary? What does Hillary continue to allude to as her "test of strength or great trial? Bill Clinton cheating on her! Yes it happened, yes it happened in front of the world and right under her nose. It was indeed a bigger and more humiliating cheat than most women who are cheated on suffer, but it still boils down to marital infidelity. Well, I've been cheated on, I'm still standing and life is better now than ever, should I declare my candidacy?

"Ready on day one," what the hell does that mean? From Fortune 500 CEO's to the cashiers at McDonalds, based upon their resumes they are hired. On day one of their job they get up, shower, dress and hit the new job, ready on day one. What the world will bring their way on day one is unbeknownst to them, but they are there and ready. This too could describe the very ordinary Hillary. For all of her legal expertise, first lady expertise, and genuine other accomplishments, unless Dionne Warwick has told her something different, she knows no more about day one as the leader of the free world than I do. Being married to a former president does not transfer any special abilities to her.

Lastly, Senator Clinton's "kindergarten teacher" routine this weekend was a major turn off. "Shame on you.......every Democrat should be outraged" she yells in reponse to a mailing by Senator Obama's office. Doesn't it just bring to mind your kindergarten teacher telling one of the bad kids, "shame on you, now you have cost the rest of the class their play time." Trying to drag the rest of the class to her side so that they'll be angry at the bad kid and perhaps that will make him straighten up and fly right in the future. Good Lord, give me a break.

Well, I'll give Senator Clinton kudos for one thing, she has concocted the cure for my and a lot of other African-Americans attachment to that family. It was nice while it lasted, but I'm over it.

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"Spread The Love Award"

I am so pleased today. One of my favorite bloggers, Vanessa at Vanessa: Unplugged! passed along a little love to me. I, along with Invisible Woman, MarvalusOne, Karoli, Paula Neal Mooney and Linda, are receiving the "Spread The Love Award."

Vanessa said, "All of these ladies are shining examples of bloggers who uplift and inform. I am pleased to have them as blogging sisters and wish them many more blog posts to come."

I feel the love in that statement, I thank her for such a generous compliment, and in the same spirit I pass this award on to some bloggers who I feel the very same way about. They are, BlogPassion, Rhonda, FeFe, and Unit6109 (Unit6109 work this out with the hubby). Each of these people support, share and provide friendship that is very inspiring to me. I sincerely appreciate your presence. Stay wonderful!

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Blake and Ginepri Swap Victories

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Americans James Blake and Robby Ginepri went head to head in the quarterfinals at the SAP Open in San Jose, California on Friday. Ginepri defeated Blake 6-2, 6-2.

Last Week in Delray Beach, Florida the long-time friends were opponents in the semifinals, Blake defeated Ginepri in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

"That was probably one of the best matches I've ever played in my career," Ginepri said. "From start to finish the whole night was just explosive. I attacked the whole entire match. ... When you feel that good out there it's a lot easier to go for your shots and take some chances and risks. The whole night I felt comfortable out there. You wait for matches like this."

Ginepri played a great game, but Blake helped him out throughout the match with his error filled game. In addition to consistently over hitting, Blake had a hard time holding serve and was broken in his first three service games.

"He looked a little off," Ginepri said. "I kept putting so much pressure on him. I don't think he had an answer for it. It's extremely frustrating out there when you don't feel you can do anything."

"I don't really enjoy matches like that when I just can't seem to find anything," Blake said. "Usually I'm able to find some sort of saving grace, either I'm serving well or I'm putting a lot of returns in the court or playing defence well or something. I couldn't find anything that was working for me tonight."

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Blake Into Quarterfinals At SAP Open

Friday, February 22, 2008

American James Blake is doing what he needs to do to win and he's also sharing a lot of photo time with his fans.

Blake, the No. 2 seed, defeated wildcard Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4 in the first of the evening matches.

Blake is scheduled to play good buddy Robby Ginepri in the next round.

"I have the benefit of knowing just how good Robby is," Blake said. "Some people might look at his ranking or his results in the last year or so and think that it might not be a tough match. But I know how tough it's going to be. I know how well he's playing again. I've practiced with him a ton of times. He's a very dangerous player, a guy who can play at a top-five level."

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Venus Williams Upset At Windy Qatar Open On Thursday

Sixth-seeded Venus Williams lost to Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday in the third round of the Qatar Open. In their first meeting, Cibulkova defeated Venus 6-3, 6-3.

"This is the best win of my career," the 18-year-old said. "Today I played my game and beat my favourite player. I admired her as a child."

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Conversations: Dustin Brown

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Black Tennis Pro's has the pleasure of an exclusive interview with professional tennis player Dustin Brown.

I caused a little bit of a stir among some of my female readers a couple of months ago when I created a post entitled "Jamaica's Dustin Brown Has The Look." The post consisted only of photo's of Dustin, because at that point I had no firsthand information to accompany "the look."

Fortunately, Dustin uses the internet. He came upon the post and left a comment, when I saw it I contacted him immediately. He was on the road playing tournaments at the time, but was kind enough to work with me through email to provide an interview, for which I am very grateful. I would love to have followed up on some of his responses, perhaps next time.

Shelia: Dustin, I'm very happy that you consented to an interview for Black Tennis Pro's. I just became aware of you a couple of months ago, so I don't know very much about you. Tell me a bit about yourself and growing up in Jamaica.
Dustin: Well, I am 23 Years of age, I was born in Germany on the 8th of December 1984. In 1996 I moved to Jamaica, which was a lot different to the life in Germany but also very important for my progress in life and tennis.

Shelia: Where do you currently live?
Dustin: I currently live in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Shelia: What began your interest in tennis?
Dustin: In Germany at the age of 5, we lived beside a tennis club, and the coach there was also Jamaican and a friend of my parents.

Shelia: I understand that Jamaica does not have a tennis federation, where do you do your training, get equipment, coaches?
Dustin: Jamaica has a tennis federation, but they aren’t doing anything for professional tennis, so basically you are right, there is no federation. They don’t sponsor me and evenso I am the best tennis player Jamaica had over the last 16 years, they don’t even report my results in the media. With some financial support I could be much further than I am right now. I am training in Germany right now, and my equipment is sponsored by Babolat (Rackets), Pacific (Strings) & Topspin (Clothing). This is only equipment sponsoring, no money.

Shelia: Do you receive sponsorship from Jamaican sources?
Dustin: No, I dont receive any sponsorship from Jamaican sources.

Shelia: Have you traveled to the United States yet?
Dustin: I have been to the states many times for tournaments and for practise in Academys mostly at the Every Tennis Academy.

Shelia: Which tournaments will you be participating in soon?
Dustin: My plan right now is to play 3 Futures in Switzerland, and one in the UK and then get ready for the clay court season.

Shelia: I notice that you've done some modeling, do you enjoy it? Is it something that you are serious about?
Dustin:Yes, I enjoy modeling. Well, serious yes, but tennis still comes first. I had a shooting for the clothing firm Sir Benni Miles last week.

Shelia: You caught the eye of some of my readers so I created a post from some of the photos on your website. It went over very well.
Dustin: I am happy to hear that readers were very interested to get information about me.

Shelia: What do you do for fun? Or do you have much time for fun?
Dustin: Well basically when I am not doing anything related to my sport tennis I am doing a lot which has to do with my laptop i.e. music, internet, watch dvd's. I also like to go out with friends and have a good time, going to the movies, a bar, a disco, or just spend time with my girlfriend.

Shelia:
Okay, let's get some 'fun facts' about you, what's your favorite food?
Dustin: Ackee & Saltfish (Jamaican National Dish).

Shelia: Favorite book?
Dustin: Illuminati & Sakrileg by Dan Brown

Shelia: Favorite Movie?
Dustin:
Cool Runnings.

Shelia: Favorite type of music?
Dustin: Hip Hop, R&B & Dancehall.

Shelia: Favorite vacation spot?
Dustin:
Jamaica (Visit my Dad).

Shelia: Favorite grand slam tournament?
Dustin: Wimbledon.

Shelia: Favorite ATP Tour player?
Dustin: Marat Safin.

Shelia: Favorite WTA Tour player?
Dustin: Serena Williams.

Dustin's official player site is here and his modeling site is here.

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James Moves On, Donald Moves Out At SAP Open

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

American James Blake made easy work of fellow American Sam Warburg at the SAP Open on Tuesday. Blake defeated Warburg 6-3, 6-1, in as little as 55 minutes.

Blake will meet another American, Jesse Levine, in the next round.



Nice photo of Blake and little tennis fan.










American Donald Young, playing in the same event, was defeated in the first round by fellow American Wayne Odesnik 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

Young was originally scheduled to play Korean Hyung-Taik Lee. Lee withdrew from the event prior to the match with a back injury.

Wayne Odesnik slid in as a "lucky loser."

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Venus Williams Into Third Round At Qatar Total Open

Venus Williams defeated Karin Knapp of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in windy conditions due to a sandstorm that hit Doha early Wednesday.

"It was good to win in the desert," Williams said. "It was interesting to win like this. She is a pretty strong girl who hits deep shots, but I am happy I won."

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New D.C. Tennis Team Nabs Serena Williams

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will play for the new Washington Kastles during the 2008 World Team Tennis Pro League season.

According to the Kastles, the D.C. franchise of the league co-founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, Williams will play one home match and three away matches. She is expected to play both singles and doubles.

Williams is one of the most well-known female tennis players in the world. Both Williams and her older sister, Venus Williams, are former No. 1 ranked players.

The Kastles will play their home matches at a location in D.C. soon to be announced. The league's 2008 regular season runs from July 3 to July 23, with the World TeamTennis' championship weekend set for July 24-27 in Roseville, Calif.

The Kastles will play in the league's eastern conference, along with five other teams including the Delaware Smash and Boston Lobsters. The western conference has five teams such as the defending champions, Sacramento Capitals.

The league features several generations of tennis pros, both men and women, competing in communities throughout the United States each summer. The Washington Kastles represents the first D.C.-based team in the league's history.

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WW: "WTA Tour Ladies At Opening Ceremony In Qatari Capital"

Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Venus Williams At Qatar Opening Ceremony

Monday, February 18, 2008


American Venus Williams enters the tennis court in Doha in a traditional Qatari dress during the opening ceremony of the WTA Qatar Total Open on February 18, 2008. Venus is taking part in the 2.5 million dollar tournament in the Qatari capital.

Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

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WTA Tour Tennis Action This Week


Round 1 - Singles

Venus Williams, USA vs. BYE


Round 1 - Doubles


Venus Williams, USA (WC) and Caroline Wozniacki, DEN
vs.
Vera Dushevina, RUS and Elena Likhovtseva, RUS

*Stephanie Foretz, FRA and Selima Sfar, TUN
vs.
Ayumi Morita, JPN and Monica Niculescu, ROU

*Foretz and Sfar were defeated 6-4, 6-2.


Qualifying Rounds


American Stephanie Foretz was eliminated in round 1 of the singles by Tiantian Sun of China 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).



Qualifying Draw

American Raquel Kops-Jones was eliminated in round 1 of the singles by Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-3, 6-0.

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ATP Tour Tennis Action This Week


Round 1 - Singles


James Blake, USA vs. Sam Warburg, USA

Donald Young, USA vs. Hyunk-Taik Lee, KOR


Round 1 - Doubles

Donald Young, USA and John Isner, USA
vs.
Mardy Fish, USA and Jurgen Melzer, AUT


Qualifying Rounds

American Scoville Jenkins was eliminated in round 2 of the singles by American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-1.



Round 1 - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
vs.
Jonathan Erlich, ISR and Andy Ram, ISR

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Manic Monday: "Tennis For Two"




Tennis for Two was a game developed in 1958 on an oscilloscope which simulated a game of tennis or ping pong. Created by American physicist William Higinbotham, it was based on analog, rather than digital computing. The game is important in the history of video games as one of the first electronic games to use a graphical display.

Higinbotham created Tennis for Two to cure the boredom of visitors to Brookhaven National Laboratory, in which he worked. Tennis for Two was a predecessor of Pong, one of the most widely recognized video games as well as one of the first, though there was no direct correlation between the two. Tennis for Two was only brought out twice, on "Visitor's Day" at the Laboratory. As such, it remained virtually unheard of until the late 1970s and early 1980s when Higinbotham was called on to testify in court cases for defendants against Magnavox and Ralph Baer. Unlike Pong and similar early games, Tennis for Two shows a simplified tennis court from the side instead of a top-down perspective, with no representation of the player on the screen. The ball is affected by gravity and must be played over the net. The game was controlled by an analog computer and "consisted mostly of resistors, capacitors and relays, but where fast switching was needed – when the ball was in play – transistor switches were used.

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Nice Guy Nishikori Defeats Great Guy Blake

Sunday, February 17, 2008

If I had not seen the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships final, I would have been extremely disappointed that American James Blake lost what appeared to be "his" final. Blake was defeated by an 18-year old qualifier from Japan who is playing only his sixth ATP event.

However, after witnessing the brilliant flash of play from Kei Nishikori, I'm not the least bit disappointed in Blake, just happy for Nishikori. He played beautifully, and quite honestly I don't know what else Blake could have done to defend his game. Nishikori defeated Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. I think that Blake may have been just as surprised as Nishikoro was at his very sophisticated level of play.

Nishikoro was all over the court and hitting shots that would have zoomed by whomever was on the other side of that net. It was really something to see. And while Nishikori seemed completely at ease, he said "I was nervous in the first set." He obviously got those nerves in check in sets two and three.

On the final point, when Nishikori realized that he'd won the tournament, he was simply stunned. He was a bit apprehensive in receiving his trophy, as if it wasn't his, but he raised it in victory immediately.

Though it was hard to lower the trophy, Japanese player Kei Nishikori finally responded when the announcer said "Okay, Kei, here. Your fans want to hear from you. With total glee and the sweetest smile, the young man from Japan said, "Ummmm, I still can't believe it, I won this tournament. And ahhh, still can't believe it, I beat James Blake, I just see him on the, on the TV." Nishikori was genuinely amazed at his accomplishment. As the crowd laughed, even Blake had to smile.

"Thank you, this city, Delray Beach and the, all the tournament directors,....the ball kids,.....this is my best tournament. Ever, in my life." The crowd gave Nishikori a big applause.

"Thank you all the fans, cheering me this week. I'm just so happy right now, thank you."

You can't help but love a guy who is that genuinely grateful and surprised at his own prowess.

Nishikori will make a huge jump in the rankings come Monday. He will rise from No. 244 to No. 131 in the ATP rankings.

After receiving his trophy Blake said, "Thanks everyone for coming out, First of all, I want to congratulate Kei, his first ATP title of many to come, I think. Ahhhh,very impressive performance today, all week,.....this kid's got a very bright future."

"I can't seem to get that winner's trophy, so I guess I'll have to keep coming back until I do."

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James Blake And Kei Nishikori?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Kei Nishikori? Yes, that is the name of American James Blake's basically unknown 18-year old opponent from Japan in tomorrow's Del Ray Beach, Florida's International Tennis Championships final.

In what I had no doubt would be a hard hitting speedy display of power semifinal today, good buds Blake and fellow American Robby Ginepri ran each other ragged to the finish. It was enjoyable to watch though. I like it when Americans go at it tooth and nail.

Blake started a bit rough, making unforced errors and serving poorly in the beginning of the first set allowing Ginepri to break his serve, but he slowly but surely turned things around to Ginepri's dismay. By the end of the first set, Blake had begun to display that self assured play that we have been seeing since that beautiful win in December's Davis Cup championship.

In the second set, Ginepri broke serve in the third game for a 2-1 lead. Ginepri held until losing serve again in the eighth game. Blake closed out the just over an hour match defeating Ginepri 6-4, 6-4.

Of his friendship with Ginepri Blake stated, "There is going to be no hard feelings no matter what happens on the court."

Of his opponent in tomorrow's final Blake said, "I have a lot of respect for him and to be in an ATP final at 18 years old and to beat Sam (Querry) here today is pretty impressive. At 18 I was trying to pass freshman econ"

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James Blake Into Semis In Delray Beach, Flordia

Top-seeded James Blake advanced to the semifinals in the International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach for the second straight year Friday night, beating Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-4.

Blake will face Robby Ginepri on Saturday, while third-seeded Sam Querrey will play 18-year-old qualifier Kei Nishikori, the first Japanese player to reach an ATP semifinal since Shuzo Matsuoka at Beijing in October 1995.

"I definitely feel each match I'm playing better and better," said Blake, who lost to Xavier Malisse in the final last year. "It will be an all-American battle tomorrow. I just hope the crowd a little bit favors me."

The 169th-ranked Ginepri, playing in his first ATP main draw of the year, beat eighth-seeded Mardy Fish 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Querrey reached his second career tour semifinal, beating fellow American Vince Spadea 6-2, 6-4. The 224-ranked Nishikori advanced to his first career semifinal with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Bobby Reynolds.

Blake, who has yet to lose a set all week, fell behind 2-0 in the opening set, but quickly picked up the pace to take control, Ginepri, a 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist and once ranked as high as No. 15, is struggling to find consistency to his game.

"When you're losing so much you get into a routine of losing out there," said Ginepri, last in a semifinal in Indianapolis in 2006. "I didn't remember how good it feels out there to win. It's addictive."

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Serena's On The Mend!

Serena Williams appears to be on the mend. She posted this message on her site:

"Hey guys!

I hope everyone out there is doing great! The flu has been going around. It has been completely insane how many of my friends were and are sick. I even have a friend in Germany who has the flu. It makes me wonder "is something being put into the air from pharmaceutical companies that make everyone get sick the same time of year?"

Well as u may have heard I had to have emergency gum surgery. I was super ill for a looooong time. The only good thing is I ended up losing a bit of weight. I am just now getting better. I am just beginning to train and get back in the flow of things. It really sucks that I have to miss a few tourneys, but I have never felt too bad in my life.
I would wake up (actually I could not even sleep the pain was so bad) and just cry because I was in so much pain. Being an athlete I have learned to build up my pain tolerance. And also in the past I have had a knee surgery so I know how some pain feels, but I have never experienced anything like this. It was crazy!! I have never cried for pain. I felt hopeless. My Mom came to the rescue. She was with me every second I needed her. What a great woman.

I am finally feeling better and able to write blogs again. I hope to be in action soon on the tennis courts again. I can't really tell when I will be back but I am just training and playing it by ear. Stay tuned!!!

Serena"

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The ATP Wants You To 'Feel It'



The ATP unveiled its dramatic new advertising campaign - ‘FEEL IT’ - on the eve of the BNP Paribas Masters. The multi-million dollar campaign, featuring ATP stars including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and James Blake, showcases the sport’s core values as a one-on-one gladiatorial battle, full of intensity and passion. Developed following extensive consumer research, ‘FEEL IT’ pre-launched at the BNP Paribas Masters and will be rolled out globally throughout 2008.

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Wordless Wednesday: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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I Ducked, But Got Tagged Twice!

The hunk also known as "Mind of Marcus" hit me with this one.

Here are the simple rules: Tag five [5] other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. This is classic viral linking and the benefits of viral linking: a jump in your Technorati authorities and and an increase in your Google PageRank fast. So get that new traffic to your blog, build your community and make new blog friends!

It's Not Easy Being Queen On The Black Hand Side The Views of The All Seeing Eye A Fe Me Page Dis Iyah We Need To Stop 5th Times A Charm, All Tayo, Black Tennis Pro's, BlogXilla, Colored Girls Who Have....., Dark Brotha, 'Dat' Curious, Drewry Online, Fresh and Fab, IDKWhat2say, JV's Loop, Kreative Talk, Lisa C Writes, Mrs. Grapevine, My So-Called Fabulous Life, Necole Bitchie, O Hell Nawl, Opinionated Black Woman, Over Analyze It, Planet Saedel, Rag-Tag Believer, Real Stars Don't Struggle To Shyne, Sincere Thoughts, That's Not Hott, The Chocl8t Diaries, The Old Black Church, The Quick Catch Up, TrueDustLynn, Trying To Live Life Right, You Better Recognize.

For this tag I've added and am hitting:

It's Not Easy Being Queen
On The Black Hand Side
The Views Of The All Seeing Eye
A Fe Me Page Dis Iyah
We Need To Stop

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The beautiful Lisa at "Lisa C Writes" hit me with this one.

The rules for this one are pretty much the same. Simply tag 5 other bloggers to add to the list of already existing list. Do not replace the list, just keep adding to it.

The Strategist Notebook, Link Addiction, Ardour Of The Heart, When Life Becomes A Book, The Malaysian Life, Yogatta.com, What goes Under The Sun, Roshidan's Cyber Station, Sasha Says, Arts Of Physics, And The Legend Lives, My View, My Life, A Simple Life, What women REALLY Think, Not Much More Than This, Jayedee, Jenn, Beth,Christie, Marla, Cailin, Simone, Flip Flop Mom, Katrina, Gill's Jottings, Work Of A Poet, Wakela, Modern Day Goddess, Livin With Me, A Simple Life,Verb, Random Thoughts, I'm Running To Win Two, Regina's Family Seasons, Lifesong, The Laughs Will Go On, Military Mom, The Vasquez 3, Brik-See-Us, Five Dollar Shake, My Three Wisemans, You Betta Recognize, Miscellaneous Matters, Opinionated Black Woman, The Happy Go Lucky Bachelor, Slausin-Ass Slausin, Word On The Street, Invisible Woman, Dark Brotha, The Black Actor, The Happy Go Lucky Bachelor, The People Who Could Fly Project, The Luscious Librarian, Sincere Thoughts, That Hotness, Celeb Blitz, Lisa C Writes, Mind Of Marcus, Raw Dawg Buffalo, Kreative Talk, Real Stars Don't Struggle To Shine, Black Tennis Pro's, Ebony Mommy, Mrs. Grapevine, Over Analyze It, Our Happy Happenings

For this tag I've added and am hitting:

Wonderland Or Not
The Old Black Church
Strictly Fabulous Style
Duane Francis
Cook, Eat, Drink, Blog

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Serena Williams Attends Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party

Monday, February 11, 2008




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