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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Andy Ram, The King of Mixed Doubles

Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy etched their names into the Roland Garros history book on Thursday with a straight-set win over Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Slovenia’s Katerina Srebotnik in the Mixed Doubles final at the French Open.

Zimonjic and Srebotnik, who were the reigning French Open Champions, came out strong breaking both both Ram and Dechy to take a 4-2 lead, but the momentum quickly shifted back when Srebotnik was broken on the decisive 3-3 point. In fact, in each of Srebotnik's five service games the 3-3 point was played out and each time Dechy won the point on her return. In the end French/Israeli pairing delighted the partisan crowd, and triumphed 7-5, 6-3, in 1 hour 12 minutes.

With his trademark smile, Ram dominated the court with a spectacular mix of serves and net volleys, and left his opponents struggling to find an effective strategy of play against him.

This is Ram’s third Mixed Doubles Grand Slam final, and his second Grand Slam trophy, having won the Mixed Championship at Wimbledon in 2006 with partner Vera Zvonareva. Zvonareva, who recently injured her wrist won the US Open Ladies Doubles with Dechy last year and suggested that in her absence Andy and Natalie get together. In a few weeks Ram and Dechy will pair up again to compete for the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles trophy.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Becker Q&A live this Sunday

Benni will be stopping by to interact with the community with a Q&A session this Sunday time to be determined. We hope to see you and all his fans show up whether it be just to say hi and show your support or to ask some in depth Zen questions about the game of tennis or anything in between.
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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tarik's all the Buzz

As the first week of the French Open draws to a close, one of the big stories was the emergence of the new team of Gael Monfils and Renaissance Tennis Management's Director of Tennis, Tarik Benhabiles, as his tennis coach. The two men have known each other for quite some time and have grown a great respect for each other. Tarik's reputation is for his players to compete at their highest of ability with full focus and determination. When you put someone so talented and athletic into the hands of Tarik, you have just created a proven winning combination.
Since their relationship began, Monfils has played three events and won nine matches. Clearly the new team is working well together and will continue to post strong results as the season moves to grass and hardcourt.