Craig Cignarelli’s Court News
When I was younger, my grandfather and I would don dark fedoras, throw suspenders over our white t-shirts and head down to the racetrack.
I saw Baryshnikov a few decades back, the light landing of his shoes upon the boards, the way his fourth finger always pointed down such that his entire being intimated relaxation, the position of his head always held straight - as though balancing a glass of water upon it, - the inhuman amount of time he spent in the mid-jump air, as if he and gravity had an agreement.
Southern California tennis has a certain aggression to it. Played mostly upon hard cement, the ball moves quickly through the surface into the opponent’s backcourt.
We humans love our relics - the Roman Colosseum, the Greek Acropolis, the Egyptian Pyramids, Peru’s Machu Picchu. These monuments represent the triumphant architecture of once-great civilizations.
The 7 train coming out of Penn Station has an absence this year. Normally, I’d sit in the blue seat next to the door where I could smell the urine and get a good view of the subway rats as we spent an hour passing through the dark tunnels on our way into Queens.
Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American five-star general. Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s, he played a pivotal role in World War Two’s Pacific theater..
Around the water cooler, there’s been a lot of talk about the meaning of Olympic tennis. Some say it is not the pinnacle of the sport, that the four majors offer significantly more value to the players, and the world’s best professionals handle an Olympic loss far better than a slam loss.
With Rafa and Roger out, Novak’s path to the French Open title and the career grand slam just became the the Red Sea. That is not to say the conclusion is foregone, but rather, that some fairly large obstacles have just parted in front of the guy who was likely to win anyway.
The world’s four most important tennis events - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon. U.S.Open - are known as the majors.
Manolo Santana’s tennis career included wins at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French.
Over the course of his career, twenty-eight year old Portuguese professional tennis player Joao Sousa has made $2.7 million.
Roberto Bautista Agut is twenty-eight years old and ranked 17th in the world of professional tennis. Breaking from the Armada mold, he’s a flat hitter from Spain who happened to draw the world’s number one, Novak Djokovic in today’s round of 16 at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Yesterday I discussed Thiem versus Del Potro and some of the intricacies going on in professional tennis. Today, the world #1 Djokovic squared off against an extremely talented nineteen year-old, Borna Coric...
Caja Magica “The Magic Box” sits in the Southeast Corner of Madrid, Spain. 3.1 million Spaniards surround the place, along with a melting pot of non-Spanish Europeans who secretly want Rafa to lose.
Before he sold the tournament to Larry Ellison, I had the opportunity to sit with owner Charlie Pasarell at Indian Wells.
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