Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Have you ever run out of places to go on the Internet to read about tennis? When you put that last monthly tennis publication down, that is really 2 months old, do you wish you had something else to peruse to feed your starving tennis appetite? I do. Well I can't help myself, but, I certainly can try and help you. This summer I'll be at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and The US Open. You might hear from me when summer tennis heats up in Cincinnati, Atlanta or Washington. If you don't have a ticket for Davis Cup, well I'll be there. Why am I Tennis24/7? Cause I don't just stop by where the Big Boys and Girls make their Millions. Last year I was at Kalamazoo, could I be there again? You never know where and when I'll pop up. And I don't just watch the game, I play it and I still play it pretty well. I have the famous forehand I learned from the Master himself at the Academy that bears his name in Bradenton. Playing with a Babolat Pure Drive helps my cause considerably. If I had a Babolat stick in 1987 and no one else in the World had one, I might not have just played in the Junior US Open, I might have stuck around for the real deal. I owe the Babolat switch to The Tennis Equipment Guru at PTW, Jeff Miller. Playing with a stiff racket with a W on it wasn't making my arm feel any younger. Three deductibles later, when they finally kicked me out of the Cleveland Clinic and said I had no real damage, I picked up the Wonder Stick. I needed Dr. Jeff, not the Orthopedic Guy that looked at me like I was a paranoid 38 year old who was trying to hold on to my youth. Now, I'll tip you off to the next Babolat Game Changer coming to the Shop off State Road 84. May 1st at PTW might be like the line I saw at the Apple Store in New York City when they launched the Ipad 2. BABOLAT TENNIS BALLS. Yes, you did read that correctly and yes Tennis 24/7 has hit with them. The weight is perfect, they don't fluff up and the can is souvenir style. It bears the Roland Garros Logo. When you tune into Tennis Channel at 5 am et on May 22 for the start of the French Open, Phillipe Chatrier, Suzzane Lenglen, the Bull Ring and all the courts in between will be bouncing with Babolat Balls, the new official ball of Roland Garros. It doesn't stop there though, if you liked the Anniversary French gear Babolat sold you last year, you are going to love this. The King of Clay will be swinging a special frame that I am hearing is hotter than his Shakira video. You might want to stop reading this and go to PTW and ask Jeff or one of the girls to save you one. I have a Donnay Borg Pro in my house strung with VS gut, you getting the hint. This will be something you will look back on 25 years from now and it will stir up the memories of a magical time in your life as a tennis fan. On my shelf I have the outfit Roger wore to win the French and the one he had on when he broke Andy's heart in that epic final on Centre Court. Keepsakes I am glad I bought. I will end with what was a great week for Broward County Tennis Fans. First Congrats to Ft.Lauderdale's Ryan Sweeting for Winning his first ATP Title in Houston. I was there when Ryan won the US Open Juniors over Jeremy Chardy when he embraced his mom with tears in their eyes. I can only guess, that Sunday was even more emotional and Sweet! Here's Hoping he keeps it going!!! Second every tennis fan in Broward should be thanking the Tennis Gods for the Gift of the Orange Bowl moving to Plantation's Central Park. Everyone who hits a ball, boys, girls, men and women MUST come out and see the best Junior Tennis Players in the World in our own backyard. There should be 1000s of you come out to support this event. Two weeks ago, I had a ticket to see Roger and Rafa play on Stadium Court at Key Biscayne, packed house, no tickets, big money, you get where I am going. Well guess what, I saw Roger Federer play for free on that same court back in 1998, when he won the title. Me and about 100 people knew who the greatest tennis player who ever lived was before anyone in this entire country did. Same Guy! Same Game! I walked away thinking how does this kid have so many shots and hit them so well, that one hander was ridiculous. I went back again to watch an American boy with a huge serve and forehand win the title, going by the name of Andrew Roddick. Who knew? Me! You will go to watch and know them too. I played the Orange Bowl when it was at Flamingo Park, it was special then, but, those days have come and gone. We as a Tennis Community can create our own legacy. We were given a gift and bestowed an honor by the USTA that we should not take lightly. Thank you PMac for this gift to Plantation and all of Broward County. My life has been Tennis24/7 for the better parts of 30 years. I have passed the love on to my kids and check in with me from time to time and if you are ever in doubt, I'll pass it right on over to you! It is going to be a great summer. Tennis Channel has every Clay Event in Europe on right now leading up LIVE coverage from Paris. Will Djokovic stay unbeaten on Clay, doubt it. I know I'll have TC on when he gets his first test on the slow stuff. It's Always a Great Day For Tennis24/7

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