Gardnar Mulloy: The Tennis Player Who Did Not Age

Gardnar Mulloy, who died less than a month ago, at the age of 103 years, became a model for all those who aim at a long career in tennis. He competed in tournaments for 35 years, reaching the greatest success of his career at the age of 38 years. Until today, the largest American tennis player who has won Davis Cup match.

It is common knowledge that sports is a solution for those chasing longevity. In particular the courts, which apart from the fact that one of the most demanding sports for the body, has "given birth" and many champions centenarians.


One of them was the Gardnar Mulloy, who died a few days ago, on 14 November. He died eight days before closing 103 years of life!

Gardnar Mulloy was a great tennis player in doubles, winning 4 times the US Open together with Billy Talbert (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950) and a Wimbledon, along with Burge Patty (1957). A model not only for those chasing longevity, but also for those who want to have a long career in tennis.

He began playing professionally in 1934 when he was 21 years old, and added 35 years to stop his career in 1969 at the age of 56 years! He also won the Davis Cup 3 times with the US team (1946, 1948, 1949), and was recognized as the leading American tennis player in 1947, the same year that ranked at no. 6 of the world, the Harry Hopman.

He had a remarkable career and single, scoring 567 wins in 35 years of his career. The most important achievement succeeded when she was 38 years old at the 1952 US Open, when he was a finalist (lost the final by Frank Sedgman 1-6, 2-6, 3-6).

Probably the best first round match in Wimbledon history, o Ted Schroeder, champion that year the British major, needed a "marathon" match up to bend the resistance Mulloy, 3-6, 9-11, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5.

On December 6, 1957, Mulloy made history as he became the oldest player to win a match Davis Cup. He was 44 years and 14 days when he won in the double Filipinos Felicisimo Ampon and Raymundo Deyro, along with his teammate, Vic Seixas.

Three years after the end of his professional career in 1972, Mulloy was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He had an intense activity and away from tennis. During World War II he fought for the allied forces, Running the warship LST 32 Mediterranean.

He married twice and made two daughters. The second time married, was 95 years old! He married Jacqueline Mayer, in 2008. Until 2006, ie until the 93 years, participated in a tournament for veteran players and won several races.

He died on November 14, 2016, from complications after stroke. Besides a rich life with enviable experience and much tennis, Mulloy the chance to see two wives, two daughters, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren!

Becker: "O Djokovic did not have as much training"

One day after the official end of the partnership, Boris Becker spoke to Novak Djokovic, in a televised appearance in SkyNews. O German technician, holds 6 Grand Slam titles, claimed that the past six months the Nole did many trainings were and commented and the rumors about the affair Serbian.



"Our hands were tied in some way. We could not do the job we wanted, because we spent so much time in court over the last six months, as expected. Success is not so is simple, at the touch of a button. There is simply by your appearance in a tournament. We have to work hard, because your opponents do the same " , Becker said in a televised interview on SkyNews.

The German technician confirmed that the "divorce" was a joint decision by both of them, and commented on a rumor that went round the world through the media in recent weeks and attributed the racing fall of Serbian in a personal adventure with a another woman.

"I do not know whether he had some personal problems. He is married and happy. It also has a beautiful son. The profession of tennis, however, is probably the most selfish in world sports, because they have to devote themselves to yourself. I can tell you however that is familly .

H wife and the rest of the family is still in the stands, but this can not be the case forever and I think what he meant. I do not think there were other problems. I talked to his wife and is very supportive. But they do not spend as much time together as old. I had gone and what I 20 years ago. It's just the nature of a professional tennis player. "

Finally, Becker expressed his belief that the second half of 2016, it was just a short break for Djokovic, who will return stronger in 2017 and will recover. No. 1 world ranking.

"I am convinced that it will return to the no. 1 in the world and will become the dominant player in the sport again. You just have to return to work. He needs to train as before and focus again on what brought him to the top."

Rafter: "O Kyrgios can win Wimbledon"

After Rafael Nadal and Pat Rafter did praise the talent of Nick Kirgiou. The two-time champion of the US Open, believes the Kyrgios can conquer Wimbledon, but will have to work very hard.

At 21 years, Nick Kyrgios has already created very high expectations for tennis fans. It is no coincidence that after Rafael Nadal, and Pat Rafter said the young Greek-Australian has the talent to win Grand Slams titles and climbed to no. 1 in the world ranking.



"I know he has the talent. It can become no. 1 in my mind" he told CNN o Rafter, who then considered the possibility Kyrgios win a Grand Slam title.

"The Australian Open; probably not. The Roland Garros; Certainly not. To US Open; I do not think. But the Wimbledon can definitely win."

According to 43chrono Australian, champion at the US Open in 1997 and 1998 and former no. 1 in the world ranking, the Kyrgios need to work very hard to be able to become the top of the world, which, however, for which it has the makings to succeed.

"It has the potential, we all know that. But we train hard enough? It makes all the right things? They are spiritually prepared? I can not answer these questions. I do not know how he will do. I do not know, how are you physically, you have to be a great athlete also nowadays. it can be at his best in 7 matches? "

Why Roger Federer has got the last laugh on Bernard Tomic

ROGER Federer honestly analysed Bernard Tomic and found him wanting.

Eleven months ago, the 17-time grand slam champion uncharacteristically went out on a ledge to shoot down Tomic’s top 10 ranking aspirations — and he’s been completely validated for providing his forthright opinion.

At the time, Tomic had reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 on the ATP World Tour and had made an impressive run through to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on the eve of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer laugh on Bernard Tomic


Federer was not fooled when seemingly everyone else was so ready and desperate to accept Tomic’s declaration of intent to crack a single-digit ranking.

Here we are a year down the track and Tomic has slid to No. 26 on the ATP rankings and still many are ready to eat up the same words. The same vanilla rhetoric without any supporting evidence or action. The same white noise.

Tomic on Wednesday declared he has a new mindset that will keep him out of trouble and into the top 10 in 2017.

“I would like to reach the top 10 mark,” he said. “I’m not the best. I’m not the brightest, but we all have our problems. I think the main thing is I’m doing what I love and I really respect the sport.

“No one can help myself more than I can — that’s up to me. Mentality is the key. It’s why the top five, top 10 are so good — it’s something I lack.”

It’s the same promise he made 12 months ago before running through to the fourth round of the Australian Open and then inevitably falling off the rails in new, inventive and unprofessional ways throughout the 2016 ATP World Tour.

In March, Tomic said Nick Kyrgios had “lost a little of my respect” when the younger tennis brat made himself unavailable for Davis Cup selection.

He then joined forces with Kyrgios to make himself unavailable for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing a busy schedule.

Then Bernard really dropped the ball when he was fined $13,000 for telling a courtside heckler at the US Open he would “put my balls in your mouth”.

As Federer would now be able to remind him, there is a big difference between sitting at the front of the peloton and being in the thick of the breakaway group.

“Many seasons now in a row we have seen or heard that top 10 is the goal, and he’s missed out on it by a long shot,” said Federer, before the 2016 Australian Open.

“I think before speaking so highly, maybe it’s good to take it to the next level, whatever that is. We shall see.”

We have now seen.

Tomic may be 24-years-old and had to deal with a troublesome abdominal injury throughout 2016, but the time of potential is over. That ship has sailed. There is no natural improvement left in his game. It’s time to deliver — and he has shown nothing to suggest that will change in the coming 12 months.

Dominic Thiem (23), Kyrgios (21) and Lucas Pouille (22) are all younger than Tomic — and all are ranked higher.

Tomic is stalled. He is the cautionary tail Kyrgios can look at with fear and desperately try to avoid. It’s impossible not to think of Tomic when reading the advice Federer gave to Kyrgios earlier this year.

“The advice I would give him, just that he’s aware of the fact how important the next couple of years are,” Federer said about Kyrgios in January.

“Otherwise the train leaves the station and you’re maybe not on it. It would be a pity to waste talent and all that even more so in this day and age because I feel talent brought you further back in the day.

“Just talking about a guy who has talent and potential, I can’t hear it anymore.

“Too many guys have talent. Too many guys are working hard. I don’t believe in that very much anymore.

“I think he’s a great player. He’s got sick power, and it’s going to take him a long way.

“I just think the next couple years are going to be so crucial for him, and I just hope he’s aware of that fact.”

If only Tomic had heard this when he was the same age as Kyrgios. Since first breaking into the ATP’s rankings top 50 in October, 2011, Tomic has bounced around the rankings list with a career high point of No. 17, but his current rank of No. 26 boils down his progress in the past five years to a modest climb from a No. 49 ranked future star to a No. 26 ranked player at the crossroads.

Tomic has wasted those crucial years and — despite his annual declaration of intent — he is most certainly not on that train.

Djokovic confirms split with Becker


Novak Djokovic has confirmed rumours that he and coach Boris Becker have parted ways.

The pair mutually agreed to end their three year partnership after a late-season dip in form.

Djokovic's win at the French Open saw him complete his career Grand Slam, but early exits from Wimbledon and the US Open and faltering form over the last two months allowed Andy Murray to snatch the world No. 1 ranking.



The 29-year-old explained the decision on his website.

"After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation.

"The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment.

"On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions."

The Tennis Lover’s Ultimate 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide

Looking for a nice Christmas gift for your tennis-loving friend or a treat for yourself? Marija Zivlak of Women's Tennis Blog will help you pick the best presents.

If you wish to surprise someone with a kit worn by a top WTA player, look no further than adidas' range launched at the US Open. 



Angelique Kerber lifted the champion's trophy wearing the adidas Fall Pro Tank, featuring adjustable shelf bra and contrast racer-back with mesh insert, and adidas Fall Pro Skirt, whose famous geometric print draws inspiration from New York City's famous skyscrapers. Both the items are equipped with Climacool moisture management.



There's also this Ana Ivanovic adidas Fall Pro Dress, one of the most beautiful designs of the season, while if you're not into skirts, there are Simona Halep stunning adidas Fall Pro Shorts, whose built-in printed compression shorts peek through a woven mesh layer.



Even though other models were promoted far more on the courts, the adidas Barricade Classic Bounce remains the cutest shoe I've seen this year. Whether you like it in green or red, it promises high levels of cushioning, stability and comfort. Since the shoes were introduced even before the Australian Open, their discounted price makes them extra attractive.

If you're looking for more affordable presents and stocking stuffers, there's no shortage of options to surprise your tennis friends.


You can't go wrong whether you choose this 2-pack Nike hairband in pink and deep garnet, the black and white option with a stylish split section, or adidas' 3-pack in purple and slime. All the hairbands have silicone/gel that keeps them in place.

Everyone needs a white visor, even if they have several already. Stella McCartney offers the most beautiful one, with lovely mesh lining on body and subtle adidas and designer logo.

Wristbands also make a great affordable gift. You can pick these purple ones from Nike's new collection, these discounted red adidas ones, or these classic white Fila ones.


One can never have enough socks and these adidas Climalite striped ones are adorable!



Narrowing down a selection of bras, I've come down to these three: this light blue EleVen bra with crossed spaghetti straps, this secure and compressive Nike bra that offers multidirectional medium support, and this purple Under Armour bra with stylish straps for lightweight support.



If you'd like something that is extravagant, yet not expensive, pick these pink Nike arm sleeves, that Serena Williams sported at the US Open. They offer a UPF 40+ protection.

Finally, it's time for some luxury. If you want a tennis bag that provides a stylish transition from a stroll in the city or a business meeting to a tennis practice, Court Couture Karisa Black Pebble Bag is your perfect splurge. The racquet department of this embossed faux leather bag fits two racquets. There are inner and outer accessory pockets, as well as a separate cosmetics case to carry your essentials.

If you're still unsure whether any of these items are the best picks for you, don't risk and give your friend a Tennis Warehouse gift card. There are tons of things to choose from and a lot of them are discounted now!

James Blake was approached by the USTA - Building a Foundation

James Blake was approached by the United States Tennis Association to be the chairman of the USTA Foundation, the association’s charitable organization.

The former world No. 4 didn’t need to consider the offer for very long. The job description was right up his alley.

Born in Yonkers, NY, but raised in Fairfield, CT, the 36-year-old is a big proponent of education and giving back to those in need, both of which are key components of the USTA Foundation’s overall mission.

James Blake USTA - Building a Foundation


James Blake said, “My goal is to keep being helpful and using my voice any way I can, and any way it’s effective,” who helped the U.S. win the 2007 Davis Cup. “I hope to be doing this for a long time.”

He wanted to do for the USTA Foundation what the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program had done for him all those years ago.  

As the chairman of the association, Blake is responsible for raising funds to promote and create programs like the HJTEP. He organizes events, makes appearances to support the USTA Foundation and assists in making existing programs even stronger and more impactful.

His commitment to the cause, passion for humanitarianism, knowledge of tennis and charitable initiatives, and star power have made an immediate impact on the organization. 

“He has been instrumental in helping us raise funds,” says David Slade, USTA National Manager, Development and Gifts. “We had a pledge of raising $15 million over three years, and we’re well on our way to that in our second year.”

One of Blake’s goals is to improve the facilities that host USTA Foundation programs. That costs money, and much of his job consists of handling accounts and reports and hopping on conference calls. When Blake plans events and coordinates programs, he says, it’s rewarding to know that he’s making a difference.

But there’s nothing quite like seeing his work come to life, and seeing his projects come to fruition.

“If I see where the money goes, those are, for me, the most rewarding [moments,]” Blake says. “I think it’s human nature. You don’t stop and think and appreciate that every single day when you’re doing it—when you’re going about the business of raising the funds—until you see it in action.”

The USTA Foundation doesn’t just support youngsters. In addition to the National Junior Tennis and Learning network—which consists of more than 500 non-profit organizations that give more than 225,000 kids the chance to learn and play tennis for free or at a low cost—there are programs for military service members, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Grants and scholarships are offered—more than $22 million has been awarded—and fundraisers are held year-round. On August 25th and 26th, the USTA Foundation hosted the sixth annual Connecticut Pro-Am & Gala, held at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich. Three days later, the organization held the 16th annual Opening Night Gala at the U.S. Open. Coming into this year’s event in Flushing Meadows, the Opening Night Gala had raised over $6 million.

“For me, any time I get the opportunity to go to one of those facilities,” Blake says, “it’s really all the inspiration I need to get back on another conference call and get back out and make an appearance at another event.”

Blake understands as well as anyone the power of the USTA Foundation, and he also knows that the sky is the limit. More money can always be raised. More lives can always be changed. The possibilities are endless, and that inspires Blake to continue working as hard as he ever did on the court.

Toward the end of his career, the 10-time titlist returned to Connecticut, moving into a house in the coastal town of Westport. He resided there until 2015, when his wife, Emily Snider, convinced him to move to San Diego. (He admittedly wasn’t too upset when he lost that marital argument.)

Living in sunny Southern California, Blake has a lot on his plate. In addition to his work with the USTA and his full-time job as a father of two young daughters, the former tennis champion is involved in several other charitable endeavors. He doesn’t know what the future holds—ambitious people in the mold of Blake often don’t—but he knows that, for the foreseeable future, he wants to continue supporting education, growing tennis and giving chances to those who otherwise would not have them.

“Right now I’m doing the best I can with this situation,” Blake says, “and I hope to do it for as long as I can be effective.”

Know Roger Federer's schedule for 2017

The Swiss tennis legend is expected to make a comeback in the early stages of 2017

The recently ended season of 2016 has had a fair amount of drama and memorable moments, especially during the indoor session with Andy Murray as the rainmaker. Eventually, the Scotsman outstripped Djokovic in the race for the no. 1 spot on the ATP Tour. For some, it was not enough in terms of Tennis delight as Roger Federer's last appearance was in the mid-summer at Wimbledon. A knee injury caused him immense trouble forcing him to withdraw from the ATP Tour.

Roger Federer's schedule for 2017


For the upcoming season, there are some questions regarding his schedule, with some early events certainly on the table.

Hopman Cup a warm-up for Australian Open

Roger Federer is confirmed for the ITF event called The Hopman Cup, a tournament consisting of 8 nations' teams, which is set to be played in the first week of 2017. For Federer, it`ll be a change as in 2016 he went to Brisbane and made it to the final. The Hopman Cup has the benefit of being a tournament with no ranking points at stake, which means that there is no pressure to deal with. Although he will lose the points from Brisbane, Federer will have the chance to put the wheels in motion after such a long break. So, this event might be the winning warm-up choice for the Australian Open.

The first Grand Slam of 2017 will find Roger Federer floating around the 16-20 spot in the ranking which translates into a high level of difficulty regarding the main draw. More specifically, Federer might face Murray, Djokovic, Nadal or Wawrinka starting with the 4th round (if he gets there).

But, as many players already agreed, the Australian Open is the easiest Major to win as all competitors are not at their peak in the early stages of the season.

Federer's cautiousness is justified

With so many unknown elements in the equation such as age, the lack of playing and results, the knee recovery from surgery, Roger Federer's aiming range is rather restrained. His schedule may include the Australian Open, Dubai, and Indian Wells.

According to his previous statements, it`s not worth the risk to play more ATP events judging by his condition. Let`s not forget that the long inactivity period of 2016 was a careful approach as he intends to play for a few more seasons.

For now on, Federer might ignore the ranking pressure and just find a way to enjoy the rest of his professional career.
when is the us open tennis 2017

when is the us open tennis 2017

The 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament begins Aug 28 – Sep 10, 2017 | New York, NY.

In its second year airing exclusively on the ESPN family of networks, the U.S. Open has virtually the same television schedule as last year. During the first week of the tournament, coverage will air from 1 PM-11 AM ET on weekdays and from 11 AM-11 PM on Labor Day weekend. Most of the prime time coverage, and all of the Labor Day weekend action, will air on ESPN2.

The biggest change to the schedule is a later start for the women’s final, which has moved from 3 PM ET to 4 PM. The men’s final will remain in the same 4 PM slot it had last year. Another notable change is the move of Arthur Ashe Kids Day from ESPN2 to ABC. It will be the only U.S. Open telecast on a broadcast network.


2017 U.S. Open Schedule on ESPN Family of Networks Subject to change; all times ET

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