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2017 TENNIS CONGRESS IS A GREAT SUCCESS BY MASTER COACH CRAIG CIGNARELLI

It is the final evening of the Congress. With the crowd now dressed for the closing banquet, blister tape peeks out from high heels and suntanned faces now light up the room.
10SBALLS SHARES A REPORT FROM THE TENNIS CONGRESS BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI thumbnail

10SBALLS SHARES A REPORT FROM THE TENNIS CONGRESS BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI

After an impassioned speech by Ollie Stephens, on Thursday evening, creator PJ Simmons banged the gavel and launched the 2017 US Tennis Congress. When the sun rose the following morning, two-hundred fifty participants began a four day journey into tennis’ hinterlands.
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CRAIG CIGNARELLI CHECKS IN FROM THE “U.S. TENNIS CONGRESS” STARTING IN ARIZONA FOR ITS 5th YEAR

Across the prairie they rumble, Nike-covered feet trampling the dusty earth to converge upon the El Conquistador Resort in the arid Arizona desert.
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Craig Cignarelli Eats His Way Across The Taste Of Tennis At The U.S.Open Kickoff Party

Tonight’s Taste of Tennis event at the "W" Hotel in midtown Manhattan brought out a doubles pairing of tennis stars and culinary whizzes.
TENNIS 10SBALLS SHARES CRAIG CIGNARELLI’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE 2017 U.S. OPEN thumbnail

TENNIS 10SBALLS SHARES CRAIG CIGNARELLI’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE 2017 U.S. OPEN

When I was young, the term “flushing” meant I was using the facilities properly. By college, it was a phrase from a card game. Today, it means the US Open Tennis Championships and I prefer this version to either other type of flush.
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CRAIG CIGNARELLI SHARES HIS WIMBLEDON 2017 THOUGHTS WITH TENNIS•10SBALLS ABOUT VENUS AND ROGER

They sat in Wimbledon’s plastic seats holding hands. He had grey hair and leathery skin and big blue eyes which whispered “photograph me.”
RAFAEL NADAL GOING FOR THE SILVER AT 2017 FRENCH OPEN BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI thumbnail

RAFAEL NADAL GOING FOR THE SILVER AT 2017 FRENCH OPEN BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI

First mined in 3000 B.C. in Anatolia (modern day Turkey), silver lodes were a valuable resource for ancient civilizations. Around 100 A.D., Spain became the capital of silver production and Spanish mines supplied the Roman Empire.
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TENNIS MASTER COACH CRAIG CIGNARELLI SHARES A TALE WITH 10SBALLS HONORING THE GREAT ROGER FEDERER

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.
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ROGER FEDERER REALLY IS BETTERER HE HAS 1,000 VICTORIES IN TODAY’S HIGH POWERED SUPER TENNIS WORLD

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.
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10SBALLS SHARES CRAIG CIGNARELLI’S THOUGHTS “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE NET”

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.
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ROGER FEDERER THRU THE EYES OF THE GREAT OBSERVER AND A MAESTRO HIMSELF – CRAIG CIGNARELLI FOR 10SBALLS

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.
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CRAIG CIGNARELLI SHARES HIS OPINIONS WITH 10SBALLS ABOUT THE 2016 U.S. OPEN TENNIS

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.
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BIG TIME MISSING ROGER FEDERER AT THE 2016 U.S. OPEN TENNIS BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI

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..
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MASTER TENNIS COACH CRAIG CIGNARELLI’S VIEW OF THE RIO OLYMPICS

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.
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WHY I HATE NOVAK DJOKOVIC!

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.

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