July 27, 2010 |
Mark Woodforde isn't stalking Bob and Mike Bryan. It just seems that way. Woodforde is modest and his face reddens a little as he speaks of his record-setting doubles play, of the 61 titles he and his fellow Australian Todd Woodbridge won during 10 years of playing together until they retired in 2000. Woodforde is in L.A. to do some work for the Tennis Channel but mostly to be around if the Bryan twins from Camarillo win the doubles title Sunday at the Farmers Classic tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
July 25, 2010 |
James Blake is enthusiastic about tennis. He is full of plans on how to move his ranking up from 115 so that he won't have to rely on tournament directors to give him a wild card into the main draw. Blake, who once reached No. 4 in the world, needed that wild card to get into the Farmers Classic tournament that begins Monday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. And if being enthusiastic about the game doesn't seem news bulletin material, it is a big change from when most tennis fans last noticed Blake.
May 16, 2010 |
Bob and Mike Bryan, the music-making, arm-punching, chest-bumping doubles team from Camarillo, won their 61st career doubles title Sunday in Madrid, beating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-3, 6-4. With the victory, the 31-year-old Bryans are tied with Australians Paul Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most career doubles titles. "It's something we've been kind of focusing on for the last couple of years," Mike Bryan said from Spain on Sunday night. "As we were getting close to the record, it was kind of a nervous feeling.
September 19, 1997 |
It began as an odd blend of sports and politics. The Davis Cup teams of the United States and Australia assembled here Thursday on the steps of the Capitol with a U.S. senator acting as master of ceremonies, cracking stale jokes. Not long into the draw ceremony for today's Davis Cup semifinal, Todd Martin upstaged Sen. John Breaux (D.-La.), fainting dead away during the politician's opening remarks.
August 30, 1997 |
Andre Agassi, needing all the luck he can find at this precarious stage of his career, stumbled upon two huge breaks Friday in the U.S. Open. The first came when No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov was swept out of his path by Australian Mark Woodforde in a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) upset before Agassi stepped on court. The second arrived in the form of a gift from Romanian Adrian Voinea, who patted balls like a practice partner and served like a hacker to hand Agassi a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory in 80 minutes.
August 7, 1994 |
Mark Woodforde survived Richard Krajicek's 120-m.p.h. serves and a three-set battle in 110-degree heat Saturday, advancing to the Los Angeles Open final with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory. Woodforde reached his first final of the year and will play either No. 2 Boris Becker or No. 6 Jason Stoltenberg in today's championship on the UCLA campus. "Reaching a final is fantastic," said Woodforde, an Australian ranked 53rd in the world in singles, but known primarily for his doubles success.