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Friday, February 6, 2009

Harrisons, Bollettieri at Tennis.com; Oudin Gets Fed Cup Call; Sam Querrey Update

In December, Tennis Magazine's Peter Bodo was in Bradenton to research a feature on Nick Bollettieri, which is scheduled for print in the March issue (I don't have mine yet, although I guess it's out). An excerpt of the story appears today on tennis.com, and although I don't claim to really know Nick Bollettieri, it certainly rings true from what I've observed. I'm not really sure what Bodo's feature has to do with Ryan and Christian Harrison, other than the fact that they are now training at Bollettieri's, but there are three videos of their daily routines. Ryan Harrison and his physical therapist discuss his back injury, Christian Harrison is shown working on his forehand, and Bollettieri doesn't indulge in any outlandish predictions about their futures.

The news today out of Surprise, Arizona, is that Melanie Oudin is going to play singles on Saturday for the U.S. Fed Cup team. She will take on Argentina's top player, Gisela Dulko, in the second match Saturday. Jill Craybas will play Betina Jozami in the opening singles, according to this AP story. Peter Bodo isn't too impressed with the Fed Cup team the U.S. is fielding, according to this piece on espn.com.

Erwin Ong of the tennis fashion blog Tennis Served Fresh recently posted a slightly off-topic feature on Sam Querrey, which was written by Krystle Russin. It's a great read, and a reminder that one size of player development does not fit all.

1 comments:

AndrewD said...

Colette,

A bit late but thanks so much for alerting us to the 2009 Challenger of Dallas site. I've only been watching the archived matches but each and every one has been superb. Excellent coverage, great camera angles (at court level, just like you get from the Wimbledon feed) and the commentary has been first rate. I don't know who the South African is who has been in the booth but his work (not to mention great depth of knowledge) has been exemplary and I'd put him on a par with the best - Cahill, sometimes Courier, Barrett and a few of the Wimbledon crew.

Thanks again.