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Today’s notable results:
- Eastbourne: Jamie Hampton d. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-3
- Eastbourne: Elena Vesnina d. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-0
- ‘s-Hertogenbosch: Nicolas Mahut d. Xavier Malisse, 6-3, 6-3
News and Links:
Christopher Clarey has a wonderful piece over at the New York Times about the decline of the one-handed backhand:
“Out of the current top juniors, we haven’t been able to find a boy or girl that plays the backhand with just one hand,” Isabelle Gemmel, administrator for junior and senior tennis at the International Tennis Federation, said in an e-mail message.
Brad Gilbert, a top American coach, frequently visits the Bollettieri Academy in Florida to work with promising junior players.
“Every once in a while, when you see a one-handed backhand, you stop and go ‘Whoa!”’ Gilbert said. “I could be generous and say it’s 20 to 1, but it’s more like 40 to 1. There are a few hundred kids down there playing and it’s just very few and far between. I think 10 to 15 to 20 years from now, you’ll be shocked to see one.”
Greg Garber recalls Roger Federer’s early beginnings in the sport, including this quote from a 19-year-old Federer after winning his first ATP title:
“I was very nervous,” Federer said in a phone conversation. “People were starting to compare me to [Anna] Kournikova. It felt really good to win; now I can say I won one more than her. I feel much better now.”
The ATP Tour board will meet during Wimbledon. Finding a new CEO is the top item on their agenda. USA Today has more on the two candidates.
Andy Murray likes watching Agnieszka Radwanska’s game.
Tennis on Twitter:
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) June 21, 2013
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 21, 2013
— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) June 21, 2013