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The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2017

The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau

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Each year the Australian Open seems to produce some excellent tennis in the form of a dramatic match, a surprising winner, or some other wonder. It is the first of the Grand Slam events of the year and as such has a significance for anyone even slightly interested in tennis.


Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2015

Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau

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Nearly every year the U.S. Open Tennis Championships seem to offer some remarkable match, a stunning upset, or tennis at an extremely high level. This year it showcased all three.


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2013

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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It has been some time since I have watched an entire tennis match. In point of fact my interest has drifted away from the sport. Somehow Wimbledon calls me back. The setting and tradition play a role, as does the fact that it is the only grand slam tournament I have ever seen in person.


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2012

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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The term “historic” is often used in describing any number of sporting events. It is sometimes used to exaggerate the significance of an event, often in order to promote it. There are times, though, when the term is not only appropriate, but indeed, required. The Gentleman’s Final at Wimbledon today was historic in a number of ways.


Fabulous Finals At Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2009

Fabulous Finals At Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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It’s been a week now since the finals were played at Wimbledon. On the women’s side the Williams sisters once again demonstrated to their opponents just how difficult it will be to win a tournament during which both of them are playing their normal game. On the men’s side Roger Federer entered the history books by winning his 15th Grand Slam event. As always Wimbledon offered a level of play that was memorable, and laid down new bench marks for high quality play and then reset the argumentative territory for the title “best Wimbledon match of all-time ...


Williams Vs. Williams, Federer Vs. Nadal, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2008

Williams Vs. Williams, Federer Vs. Nadal, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was a magnificent tennis match. Two evenly matched players, who admired each other’s game, competed as they had done many times before. It turned out to be the best tennis match that each had ever played against the other, and it was on the Centre Court of the All England Club for the Championship at Wimbledon.


Williams, Federer, And Nadal At Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2007

Williams, Federer, And Nadal At Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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At the beginning of play in the Gentleman's Final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Sunday, I believed that at the end of day Rafael Nadal would be crowned new champion and heir to the mantle of Roger Federer.


The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2005

The Australian Open, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is the week before the week before the Super Bowl. The beauty of the week is that there is no football, a relief after the emotional roller coaster of the three weeks of playoff football, ten games played at an intensity level worthy of brain surgery. It is a perfect time for a change of pace; the perfect time for a little tennis. Thus the Australian Open, the first grand slam event of the year, this year celebrating its 100th Anniversary.


Heavy Drama At The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2003

Heavy Drama At The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Richard C. Crepeau

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The opening of the football seasons, both college and professional, can mean only one thing. It's time for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.


The Williams Sisters Dominate And Redefine Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2002

The Williams Sisters Dominate And Redefine Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau

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Last weekend at Wimbledon the traditional fortnight at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club ended with a victory by Serena Williams in yet another all Williams Ladies Final. This was the third Williams sister meeting in a Grand Slam final, and the second win in a row for Serena who defeated her older sister just a few weeks earlier in the French Open final. Venus won the first of Grand Slam sister events at the U.S. Open in 2001.


Capriati's Comeback Capped At The Australian Open - Ty Tryon's Meltdown, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2002

Capriati's Comeback Capped At The Australian Open - Ty Tryon's Meltdown, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was just a year ago that Jennifer Capriati completed her remarkable and inspiring comeback with a victory in the Australian Open. She went on to win the French Open last year, her second grand slam victory, in what was certainly her best year of tennis since the early days before she hit the wall and her career disintegrated.


Us Open Tennis: A Little Bit Of Everything Including Racism, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2001

Us Open Tennis: A Little Bit Of Everything Including Racism, Richard C. Crepeau

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This was a U.S. Open Tennis championship with something for everyone. Great matches, poor matches, a reclamation of tennis from the masses, prime time for the women’s game, and a host of other goodies.


One Of The Great Wimbledon Fortnights, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 2001

One Of The Great Wimbledon Fortnights, Richard C. Crepeau

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To paraphrase Joaquin Andujar, sport can be summarized in just one word, "You never know."


Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1999

Wimbledon, Richard C. Crepeau

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Every now and again there are sports weekends during which one can see the very best qualities of sport on display in multiple venues. When this happens it is a clear reminder why we still watch the games despite all the other nonsense surrounding sport these days.


Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 1999

Tennis, Richard C. Crepeau

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What ever happened to tennis, "The Sport of the Seventies?" It was all the rage. The names of the great players were known universally: King, Court, Evert, McEnroe, Borg, Ashe and Connors. After every big television tennis weekend you couldn't get a court in a public park without a two-hour wait. If you played in the big private venues, well you might be able to get a court at 2 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday, but you couldn't expect much else.


Ruminating On The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1997

Ruminating On The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Richard C. Crepeau

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Looking back to the first radio commentary I did six years ago, the subject was the U.S. Open Tennis Championships where the stellar performance that year by Jimmy Connors, especially in his late night match against Patrick McEnroe, was such a contrast with the sorry performance by the over hyped Andre Agassi. Connors has since moved on to the seniors tour while Agassi's career remains largely the story of the failure to live up to the hype and the potential.


Tennis In Decline In The 90'S, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1994

Tennis In Decline In The 90'S, Richard C. Crepeau

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships began its two-week run in New York on Monday. Most of the big names of the past two decades are gone. On the women's side Martina Navratolova is in semi-retirement, Monica Seles has never come back from the knifing of a year and a half ago, and earlier stars like Chris Everet and Billie Jean King are long since departed. On the men's side Jimmy Connors, the long-time mainstay of New York bad-manners-tennis has packed it in, while the great McEnroe-Connors, and McEnroe-Borg rivalries are history while Johnny Mac is now doing ...