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Amid Chaos and Uncertainty Under Trump, America Totters on the Brink

I’m not super-hyped about casting my vote in the 2020 presidential elections.  I know I should be; all freedom-loving Americans should be.  Many of us, I’m sure, have been emotionally and spiritually dazed by the ongoing assault on the U.S. … Continue reading

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Brief Semblances of Serve-and-Volley Style Surface at Australian Open

PART 3 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and the USA’s Sofia Kenin continued the near 20-year dominance of the baseliner’s style of play by capturing the Australian Open’s men’s and women’s single titles in Melbourne over the weekend.  Djokovic, 32, already an … Continue reading

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Serve-And-Volley Sprouts and Thrives on the West Coast

Second of 3-Part Series In 1938, Don Budge piqued America’s interest in an attacking style of play among fans and fellow players when he became the first player to win the Grand Slam (four majors – Australian Open, French Open, … Continue reading

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Serve-And-Volley Game No Longer in Style or Demand

First of 3-Part Series Fifty years ago, several top-ranked tennis pros routinely followed their serve to the net, confident that their attacking style would give them an edge.  During the last 15 years, however, that serve-and-volley style, used by Rod … Continue reading

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