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  1. The Dutch Open 2008 - Part 1

    For a small country, the Netherlands has a very interesting and diverse set of tournaments on the ATP, WTA and ITF calendars. All surfaces are represented and in December itís of only three countries to host a Year End Championship: The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.

    Over the next year I hope to visit every single tournament we have Ė this includes Challengers and Futures. Iím not sure thatís a manageable goal, but itís definitely something worth trying. Each stop along the way ...
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  2. Days 17-whatever - Summer Training

    It's been awhile!

    Since my last blog, I've played in three tournaments.

    Tournament One:
    I'm serving underhand the whole time, which turns out to be WAY more of a detriment than I expected. I basically suck it up in my first match, and lose 2 and 3 to some old guy who likes to chip and come to the net, making my underhand serve perfect for him. Then I get to play a consolation match. This one went a lot better. I lose the first set 6-2, but then I wake up and ...
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  3. ATP 2004-2008 in numbers

    Since I love to play with tennis stat data here I something I want to share.
    Iím slowly filling my database with results. ATP part is filled from August 2004 till present Ė roughly 4 years. Already a period, when one can make some broad generalizations. Iíve looked at win-loss records and nice round number 100 (wins) caught my attention. There are only 39 men, who passed this mark during this period.
    Interesting to break it down by countries to see whoís in the lead:
    1) Not ...
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  4. Williams Day -- Wimbledon Women's Final

    Some thoughts from my day at Wimbledon. I won tickets through the public ballot that Wimby runs every year. I lucked out by getting finals tickets since you cannot specify which day you would like. The great thing about Wimbledon is that they prohibit the resale of tickets, so there are no brokers or scalpers. Every ticket sold should be sold at face value. The tickets to the final ran 86 pounds each. Not bad considering similar tickets at the US Open would be a few grand apiece. The tix ...
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  5. Queen's Club Day One

    Ok, ok, I know this is really late, but I'm lazy and never sat down to write it.

    Queen's Club Day 1 --

    You hear the name "Queen's Club" and you think, "this sounds like a place where nelsus would hang out," but it is in fact a fancy tennis club and not a den of iniquity.

    Queen's Club is really easy to get to, just a short two blocks from the Baron's Court tube stop with excellent signage directing you to the gate. My wife and I were taking ...
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