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Sports articles by Doug Smith

Gene Buwick: Tennis’ Unsung Shining Star of the Open Era

The Wimbledon fortnight began month with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams psyched to show why they’re shoo-ins for selection into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF).   Players gain entry into tennis’ hallowed home based on their on-court career achievements. … Continue reading

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A tribute to Bud Collins, Mr. Tennis

  When I became USA Today’s tennis correspondent in 1986, good fortune rolled through my life for the next 15 years, fulfilling dreams long deferred in my career as a journalist and as a tennis aficionado.  The new job afforded … Continue reading

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Serena Williams shaken, then stirred in a rousing U.S. Open second round win

After another early round shaky start, followed by a drama-filled recovery, Serena Williams moved another rung higher on tennis’ ladder of greatness at the U.S. Open. Trailing 5-3 in the first set, Williams rallied to beat Kiki Berkins, of the … Continue reading

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Williams Sisters Fulfill Dreams of Their Father

Richard Williams predicted in the mid 1990s that his younger daughters – Venus and Serena – would one day become superstars in the predominantly white world of tennis. Sports fans and media-types alike responded with variations of the phrase made … Continue reading

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Dustin Brown tosses Nadal in Throwback Style

Dustin Brown’s surprising 2nd round Wimbledon victory against Rafael Nadal Thursday shouldn’t have been the ‘shocker’  that the media’s tennis analysts made it out to be.  More shocking to me is that tennis no longer attracts or produces the John … Continue reading

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