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  1. Tournament 4 - Summer Training

    I had another good tournament last weekend. I played another 3.5 in Vancouver, WA. My arm felt a lot better this time. I think I will be able to serve normally very soon. It's SO exciting.

    My first match was really low quality. I was exhausted after last weekend, and hadn't hit a ball in five days. I used the first match as a warm up, basically, and was owned 2 and 1. My serve was all over the place. The guy I played said after the match that my groundstrokes were really impressive, ...
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  2. The Dutch Open 2008 - Part 2

    Part 1 of this blog can be found HERE!

    The matches


    First up on centre court were Albert Montanes and Jose Acasuso. For Acasuso, ranked as high as 20 in 2006, it was thought to be a chance for revenge as Montanes had beaten him in straight sets just a week ago.

    No sooner had the announcer introduced both players than light drizzle started to fall. Montanes, regularly spurred on by his trainer (the guy was sitting next to me) looked sharp and ready to play. ...
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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