Break Points: Bobby Reynolds Announces His Retirement

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News & Analysis

Bobby Reynolds, the superstar of the Washington Kastles, is retiring.

Reynolds’ ranking is down to No. 425 right now, but he has a career high of No. 63. Outside of 2008 and 2009, he spent most of his career outside the Top 100, but he really found a place to shine with the Washington Kastles. There’s a nice piece in The Washington Post about him:

“I’ve always heard about Centre Court at Wimbledon or in Australia or the U.S. Open,” Reynolds told the crowd at George Washington’s Smith Center. “But this is my center court.”

Reynolds’s career-high singles ranking is 63rd. He is a team player misplaced in a sport where me-first competitiveness thrives. Reynolds was WTT’s male rookie of the year in 2010, the league’s MVP in 2012, and the “heart and soul” of the Kastles, as owner Mark Ein put it, for the past five years.

Tim Casey has a great piece on Andy Roddick’s post-tennis career in Sports on Earth. Here’s the segment that’s the most intriguing:

“I thought he got better and better as the season went on,” said Austin coach Rick Leach, who won five Grand Slam doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles from 1988 to 2000. “I think it’s difficult in any sport to be out of the game for two years and then try to come back and play at the highest level. By the end of the season, I really thought he was playing great.”

Roddick and fellow retired American Mardy Fish are considering playing in this year’s U.S. Open doubles field, according to Leach. Still, Roddick hasn’t indicated he plans on returning to the ATP Tour, although he still follows the sport closely.

(It’s very, VERY unlikely to happen, but it is really fun to think about.) (Also, I’m pretty sure that Fish hasn’t officially announced his retirement, though I don’t doubt that it’s coming soon.)

Ben Rothenberg has more examples of Neil Harman’s plagiarism in the Wimbledon yearbook over Slate.

Today, The Guardian revealed that Harman has been suspended from The Times, pending investigation.

Only in WTT: Taylor Townsend had to play doubles…all by herself. She hit her partner Liezel Huber in the head, but the show had to go on. I assume that Billie Jean King will be addressing these bizarre rules. Or maybe not. Any publicity, right?

Andy Murray did a Q&A on Facebook, and, as expected, it was a classic. Thankfully Amy chronicled it for us.

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  1. Quick Hits | The Slice
    Quick Hits | The Slice July 29, 2014 at 9:57 am |

    […] American Bobby Reynolds announced his retirement. […]

  2. Joshua
    Joshua July 31, 2014 at 9:07 am |

    So, I read through the article about Townsend’s 1-on-2 doubles set and he spent a lot of time on the weird part where her opponents served to her non-existent partner, but it didn’t mention whether or not she was allowed to serve Huber’s service game, or if that game was magically defaulted somehow. Do you know?

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