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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Koz Reviews Eddie Herr; New Florida Jr. Podcast; Winter Nationals 16s & 18s Review; Hewitt and Tomic Battles Rages On

We're going multi-media with today's links. Dave "The Koz" Kozlowski was at the Eddie Herr last month and has released his look at the tournament at indietennis.com. Kozlowski talks with tournament director Rick Workman, Jelena Jankovic, Caitlyn Williams, Mariya Shishkina, Jack Carpenter, Brian Gottfried, Stefan Kozlov and me. Which one claims she is going to be better than Maria Sharapova? Watch the program to find out.

Andy Gladstone's second junior tennis podcast was posted late last month. Gladstone's guests are 12-year-old Reilly Opelka, Junior Team Tennis leader Michelle Willis and USTA National coach Tom Gullikson, who talks about his responsibilities at the Carson Training Center, and what he looks for in assessing talent. To download directly, see the USTA Florida website. To listen in iTunes, click here.

The Tennis Recruiting Network completed its coverage of the Winter Nationals yesterday with Greg Jones's detailed account of the 16s and 18s finals.

There are currently five professional tournaments going on, (the Hopman Cup, which is actually an exhibition, has gotten plenty of coverage with the Laura Robson - Andy Murray pairing), but the feud between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic is still getting plenty of play in the Australian media. Tomic's father John has stoked the flames with a few digs at Hewitt and according to this story from Linda Pearce in The Age, continued his agitation with a "strongly worded email" to the newspaper. It's difficult to imagine say, Pat and Ryan Harrison bickering with Andy Roddick over a practice session or the merits of the younger player's Davis Cup selection, but then, they aren't the Tomics and Hewitt, and the United States isn't Australia.

For an interesting look at the candidates for Australia's Davis Cup and a concise breakdown of the nations with the most men in the Top 100, see this post at Grog's Gamut.