September 11, 2014

Marin Cilic - 2008 US Open Footage

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In much leaner Cilic in 2008.

February 13, 2013

Sijsling def Tsonga, ROTTERDAM

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ESPN Tennis article, Click here to read more about the upset and tournament.

April 19, 2012

Pancho at Punahou

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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows a clip of Poncho Gonzales playing at Punahou in 1969.


Very much his own man, a loner and an acerbic competitor, Richard Alonzo "Pancho" Gonzalez was probably as good as anyone who ever played the game, if not better. Most of his great tennis was played beyond wide public attention, on the nearly secret pro tour amid a small band of gypsies of whom he was the ticket-selling mainstay. His rages against opponents, officials, photographers, newsmen and even spectators were frequently spectacular - but they only served to intensify his own play, and didn't disturb his concentration, as fits of temper do most others. Pancho got mad and played better. "We hoped he wouldn't get upset; it just made him tougher," said Rod Laver. "Later when he got older, he would get into arguments to stall for time and rest, and we had to be careful that it didn't put us off our games." Gonzalez, a right-hander, born May 9, 1928, in Los Angeles, was always out of the tennis mainstream, a fact that seemed to goad him to play harder. Because he came from a Chicano family, he was never acceptable in the supposedly proper upper circles of his city's tennis establishment. And because he was a truant he wasn't permitted to play in Southern California junior tournaments. Once he got out of the Navy in 1946 there was no preventing him from mixing in the game, and beating everyone. He had a marvellously pure and effortless service action that delivered thunderbolts, and he grew up as an attacker on fast West Coast concrete. Although not regarded as anything more than promising on his second trip East in 1948, he was at age 20 ready to win the big one, the U.S. Championship at Forest Hills. Ranked 17th nationally at the time, and seeded eighth, he served and volleyed his way to the final, where he beat South African Eric Sturgess with ease, 6-2, 6-3, 14-12. The following year Gonzalez met the favourite, a Southern California antagonist, top-seeded Ted Schroeder. It was one of the most gripping finals. Schroeder won the first two sets as expected, but they were demanding and exhausting, 18-16, 6-2, and after that Gonzalez rolled up the next three, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, for the title. In 1949 Pancho also helped the U.S. hold the Davis Cup against Australia, then went for the money, turning pro to tour against the monarch, Jack Kramer. Gonzalez was too green for Kramer, losing, 96-27, and he faded from view for several agonizing years. When Kramer retired, Gonzalez won a tour over Don Budge, Pancho Segura and Frank Sedgman in 1954 to determine Jack's successor, and stood himself as Emperor Pancho, proud and imperious, for a long while, through the challenges of Tony Trabert, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Ashley Cooper, Mal Anderson, Alex Olmedo and Segura. For a decade Gonzalez and pro tennis were synonymous. A promoter couldn't hope to rally crowds unless Pancho was on the bill. During his reign Pancho won the U.S. Pro singles a record eight times of 11 finals between 1951 and 1964, and Wembley in London, considered the world pro championship, 4 times of 5 finals between 1950 and 1956. By the time Rosewall and Laver were reaching their zeniths during the mid- and late-1960s, the aging Gonzalez hung on as a dangerous foe, still capable of defeating all. In 1964, his last serious bid for his ninth U.S. Pro title, he lost the final to Laver in four hard sets on grass in a rainstorm. Yet there was still much more glory ahead. In 1968, at 40, he beat the defending champion, 31-year-old Roy Emerson, to attain the semis of the first major open, the French, to be beaten by Laver. Three months later, at the initial U.S. Open, he toppled second-seeded Tony Roche (the 23-year-old Wimbledon finalist) to make the quarters, where he defeated Tom Okker. A year later, this grandfather (literally) electrified Wimbledon by overcoming Charlie Pasarell in the tournament's longest match, 112 games, a first-rounder that consumed five hours, 12 minutes, a major tourney record that stood until 1992, eclipsed by 14 minutes by Stefan Edberg over Michael Chang at the U.S. Open. The marathon with Pasarell began one afternoon and concluded on the next after darkness intervened. In winning, 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9, Gonzalez saved seven match points in the 5th set. Later that year, he beat John Newcombe, Rosewall, Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe in succession to win $12,500, second-highest prize of the year, and the title at a rich tournament at Las Vegas. Early in 1970, in the opener of a series of $10,000 winner-take-all challenge matches leading to a grand final, he toppled Laver. The Aussie, just off his second Grand Slam year (and the eventual winner of this tournament), was clearly No. 1in the world, but Pancho warmed a crowd of 14,761 at New York's Madison Square Garden with a 7-5, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. Three months before his 44th birthday, in 1972, he was the oldest to record a tournament title in the opener, winning Des Moines (Iowa) over 24-year-old French Davis Cupper Georges Goven. That year he was No. 9 in the U.S., the oldest to rank so high, and equalled Vic Seixas; Top Ten longevity span of 24 years. As for the World Top Ten, he is alone in that he was a member in 1948-49 and again in 1968-69, ranking No. 1 in 1949, No. 6 in 1969. In 1968, though still active, he was named to the Hall of Fame and he was a consistent winner on the Grand Masters tour for the over-45 champs beginning in 1973. Although his high-speed serve, so effortlessly delivered, was a trademark, Gonzalez, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, was a splendid athlete and tactician who excelled at defence, too. "My legs, retrieving, lobs and change-of-pace service returns meant as much or more to me than my power," he said. "But people overlooked that because of the reputation of my serve." He won $911,078 between 1950 and 1972, and crossed the million mark as a Grand Master. Altogether as amateur and pro he won 74 singles titles. He was married six times, the last to a good player, Rita Agassi, sister of another all-timer, Andre Agassi, by whom he had a son. Not a bad tennis bloodline for the young man, Skylar Gonzalez. Gonzalez died July 3, 1995, of cancer in Las Vegas, where he had been a teaching pro for some time.

MAJOR TITLES (4) - US. singles, 1948, 1949; French doubles,1949; Wimbledon doubles, 1949.
OTHER U.S. TITLES (17) - Indoor singles, 1949; Clay Court singles, 1948, 1949; Indoor mixed 1949, with Gusty Moran; Pro singles, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961; Pro doubles, 1953, with Don Budge; 1954, 1958, with Pancho Segura;1957, with Ken Rosewall 1969, with Rod Laver. DAVIS CUP - 1949; record: 2-0 in singles.
SINGLES RECORD IN THE MAJORS - Australian (2-1), French (9-2), Wimbledon (10-5), US. (23-7). - Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Singles titles: 3, 1972--(1) Des Moines 1971--(1) Los Angeles
1970--(1) WCT Las Vegas
Won U.S. National Championships, 1948, 49. Won U.S. National Clay Court
Championships, 1948, 49. Won U.S. National Indoor championships in 1949.
Member of 1949 U.S. Davis Cup team. Won 1949 French Open and Wimbledon doubles titles (w/Parker).
Resident pro and Tennis Director at Caesar's Palace since 1970. Won the inaugural ATP Great Player of the Past Award in 1975.

Bio Courtesy: Bud Collins

January 28, 2012

Jack "Atomic" Sock

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Jack Sock at the 2012 Honolulu USTA $50,000 Challenger.

Jack Sock (born September 24, 1992) is an American tennis player. The men's junior US Open champion in 2010, he is best known for winning the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin.

Junior Career

Sock played his first ITF junior tournament in October 2008, aged 16, at the Pan American Championships.. In the 2009 US Open, his third junior tournament, he reached the semifinals of the junior doubles with Matthew Kandath, and the third round of the junior singles.

Sock played relatively infrequently on the junior circuit, however, entering just two further tournaments: the Dunlop Orange Bowl in 2009 and the junior singles at the 2010 U.S. Open.[2] At this tournament, he received a wildcard entry, but proceeded to the final. There, he defeated fellow American Denis Kudla, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to become the first American winner of the junior championships since Andy Roddick in 2000.[3] He won the Boy's Junior National Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011, earning a wildcard in both years for the main draw of the US Open.

Sock graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas on May 22, 2011. He was 80-0 in his Kansas 6A High School Tennis career, winning 4 consecutive state championships.

February 14, 2011

Alex Kuznetsov

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Alex Kuneztov in action at the 2011 Honolulu Challenger.

February 9, 2011

Michael Russell

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Michael Russell in action at the 2011 Honolulu Challenger.

February 5, 2011

Jesse Witten

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Jesse Witten in action at the 2011 Honolulu Challenger.

February 2, 2011

Ryan Harrison wins Honolulu Challenger

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WAIPAHU, Hawaii January 30, 2011 - No.6 seed Ryan Harrison defeated Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for the singles title of the 2011 Honolulu Challenger, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger event, at the Pasty T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, January 23 - 30.

"I was really happy with the way I was playing today, especially in the third set," said Harrison who lost his serve rhythm in the second set due to a two-hour rain delay, "I'm looking forward to continuing it throughout this season."
"He came out playing much better after the rain delays," said Harrison who was up 5-2 in the third, but gave away two games before closing it out and taking the title. "I had to settle back in, settle myself down and start to play a more positive, aggressive game style towards the end of the game."
Harrison earned his place by taking out No.1 seed Michael Russell in yesterday's semifinal match. Harrison who won this year's USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff and competed in the 2011 Australian Open last week The 18-year-old Harrison had a breakout season in 2010, establishing himself as one of the rising stars in men's tennis.

"He's one hell of a player," said Kuznetsov who has beat Harrison twice before. "He's young and has a bright future ahead."
Kuznetsov, who took out two seeds - No.8 Jesse Witten and No. 5 Bobby Reynolds, each in three sets, en route to the finals. This is Kuznetsov's third showing in Hawaii. In November 2004, he played both the Waikoloa Futures and Honolulu Futures and lost in the semifinals, both to Wayne Odesnik.

"This match could have gone either way today," said Harrison. "He's obviously been a dominance on the tour for the U.S., especially on the Challenger Circuit for the last couple years. I look forward to having more battles with him in the years to come."
No.1 seed of Harrison and partner Travis Rettenmaier, claim the doubles title by walk over. Robert Kendrick -of the No.2 seeded team together with Kuznetsov - pulled out due to injury.

The 2011 Honolulu Challenger presented by American Saving Bank was held at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex, 94-801 Kamehameha Highway in Waipahu, and runs January 23 - 30, 2011.

January 31, 2011

Fastest Serve Down Under

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Sam Groth clocked the fastest serve at the 2009 Australian Open - 145 mph.

September 4, 2009

John Isner's Serve

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John Isner's serve filmed by Brent Hunter, USPTA Tennis Professional, USPTA, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii. First week action at the 2009 US Open.

January 21, 2009

Rosenberg vs Quigley

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HONOLULU - The No. 55 University of Hawaii men's tennis team kicked off its 2009 spring campaign with a three-day round-robin tournament with No. 36 Kentucky at the UH Tennis Complex, Jan. 8-10, 2009. This footage features a #1 Singles Round Robin match between Hawaiiʻs Leo Rosenberg and #37 ITA ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky.

University of Hawaiiʻs Menʻs Tennis Program. Click here to read more about the University of Hawaii Menʻs Tennis Program.

November 19, 2008

Yoo (KOR) vs Domijan (USA)

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November 15, 2008 USA F29 Honolulu Futures Semi-finals action between Daniel Yoo, Korea (ATP Ranking #605) and Alexander Domijan, USA (ATP Ranking #855). Yoo defeated Domijan 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

November 18, 2008

Kumantsov (RUS) vs Sijsling (NED)

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2008 USA F29 Honolulu Futures Semi-finals action between Andrey Kumantsov (Russia) and Igor Sijsling (The Netherlands).

November 17, 2008

Reid (AUS) vs Sijsling (NED)

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ITF Pro Circuits, USA F29 HONOLULU FUTURES. Quarterfinal action between Matt Reid, Australia and Igor Sijling, The Netherlands.

November 13, 2008

2008 Honolulu Futures

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ITF Pro Circuits. USA F29 2008 Honolulu Futures footage. Uladzimir Ignatik is the #1 seed at the Honolulu Futures tournament. He is the 2007 French Open Boys 18 and under champion and is currently ranked #451 in the world.

October 2, 2008

Robby Ginepri

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Video footage of Robby Ginepri from the 2008 US Open.

November 19, 2007

Honolulu Futures Finals

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November 18, 2007. Dennis Lajola, ATP Ranking #1461 defeats Shane La Porte, ATP Ranking #795 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the Finals of the Honolulu Futures Tournament.

November 18, 2007

Honolulu Futures QF

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Quarterfinal action at this years Honolulu Futures pro circuit. Shane La Porte, ATP ranking #795 vs Chris Wettengel, ATP ranking #706.

November 17, 2007

Honolulu Futures

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Lance Vodicka, ranked #912 and Chris Lam, ranked #633 in the world play a quarter final match at this years USTA Futures Pro Circuit in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Total prize money: $15,000

March 2, 2007

USTA National Open, Girls Finals

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USTA National Open Girls 18's Finals in Honolulu.

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February 28, 2007

USTA National Open, Boys Finals

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USTA National Open Boys 18's Finals, Honolulu. Steve Johnson, Orange CA vs Daniel Moss, Malibu, CA.

February 27, 2007

USTA National Open, Semi's

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USTA National Open Boys and Girls 18's in Honolulu, Highlights of the Semifinal matches.

February 26, 2007

USTA National Open, Rd of 16's & Quarters

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USTA National Open Boys and Girls 18's in Honolulu, Highlights of the Round of 16's and Quarter-final matches.

February 23, 2007

USTA National Open, Boys & Girls Highlights

More boys and girls highlights of early round action at this years 2007 USTA National Open 18's, February 17 -21, 2007 in Honolulu, HI.

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February 22, 2007

USTA National Open, Boys 18's

More early rounds from this year's USTA National Open Boys and Girls 18's Championships, February 17 - 21, 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii

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USTA National Open, Girls 18's Early Rounds

Early round action at this years USTA National Open Boys and Girls 18's Championships, February 17 - 21, 2007. Central Oahu Regional Park, Honolulu, Hawaii

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February 21, 2007

USTA National Open, Boys 18's Early Rounds

Early round boys action from this years USTA Boys and Girls 18's National Open at Central Oahu Regional Park in Honoulu, Hawaii, Feb 17 - 21, 2007.

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January 17, 2007

Agassi's Last Win

Andre Agassi's last win at the US Open 2006.

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October 25, 2006

Head Hunting

Brat Boy gets taken down.

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