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Tennis superstar Venus Williams reveals how she's overcome personal and physical challenges to stay at the top of …

Tennis superstar Venus Williams reveals how she's overcome personal and physical challenges to stay at the top of …

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.Tennis superstar and entrepreneur Venus Williams.APVenus Williams started playing tennis with her sister Serena when she was 4 1/2 years old.Their father coached them and had great aspirations. He had a 78-page plan to turn them into tennis champions — which he wrote before they were born.The plan, paired with Williams' extreme natural talent and drive, worked. Venus Williams is one of the most dominant tennis players in history, with seven Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals.On top of defending her No. 5 world ranking, she runs two businesses, EleVen, an athletic-clothing line, and V*Starr, and interior-design company.[embedded content] Venus Williams is one of the most dominant players in women’s tennis, and has been for over t
John Isner a high-profile visitor at Christopher Morley Tennis

John Isner a high-profile visitor at Christopher Morley Tennis

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An eager crowd of parents and their children looked up in awe as the man of the hour walked through the door.“He’s here!” the impressionable kids, many with tennis rackets and Sharpies, shouted as they stared at the 6-10 figure they aspire to play like.Professional tennis player John Isner visited Christopher Morley Tennis in Roslyn on Thursday to promote the first New York Open. The tournament, formerly the Memphis Open for the last 40 years, will be held at Nassau Coliseum in February. “The new, renovated Coliseum, I hear it’s amazing,” Isner said. “I’ve seen pictures. Of course I’ve never been in it yet, so I’m looking forward to playing in the Coliseum.”“I know it’s got a lot of history, so it’s going to be very cool,” he added. “It’s the first-ever tennis event here, so for me, per
Princess Charlotte Is 'Quite the Natural' at Tennis

Princess Charlotte Is 'Quite the Natural' at Tennis

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Britain’s tiniest heir is getting into the swing of things. At just 2-years-old, Princess Charlotte is already receiving tennis lessons, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw airport ahead of their Royal Tour of Poland and Germany on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.Karwai Tang/WireImage Prince George’s Baby Album: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Firstborn Son Since the start of the summer, Duchess Kate — who recently showed off her racket skills during an October 31 visit to London’s National Tennis Centre — and Prince William have taken their youngest for sessions at private London spot The Hurlingham Club. Says the source, “Mum or Dad always stays close by to support her, but she’s quite the natu
Eugenie Bouchard fan tweets picture of them cuddling up on the sofa after winning second date with tennis star

Eugenie Bouchard fan tweets picture of them cuddling up on the sofa after winning second date with tennis star

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PHWOAR-TY LOVEJohn Goehrke won a bet against her on last year's Super Bowl and they went on a date to a basketball game in AprilTENNIS star Eugenie Bouchard has had a second date with a fan who won a bet.The Canadian, 23, met up again with student John Goehrke, 20. Contour - Getty Eugenie posed for Sports Illustrated in the Caribbean in 2017 Eugenie tweeted a selfie of them on a sofa and wrote: “Look who came to visit me!”They first met in February and went to a basketball match after John won a bet against her on the Super Bowl.New England Patriots’ stunning comeback to beat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime initially left Eugenie red-faced but she stayed true to her word.John gave her a pair of Tiffany earrings before the game, and he seems to have been a hit on their first dat
Stanford policy change means no more pro tennis at Taube

Stanford policy change means no more pro tennis at Taube

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Inside Tennis reported that the Bank of the West Classic will be leaving Stanford after the University made it known it doesn't want to host a tournament with a commercial sponsor. The tournament, which began in Oakland in 1971, has been played at the Taube Family Tennis Center the past 22 years and has helped advance the careers of several of the sports' stars. Serena Williams used the tournament as a first step in her comeback several years ago, winning it and then rising to the top of the rankings again. Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs and Atherton resident C.C. Bellis used the tournament as a jumping point. Inside Tennis reported Stanford tripled the rent on the event and Bank of the West still agreed to sponsor it. Despite support from the Stanford tennis programs and the athletic depar...

The USTA is taking tennis to outer space

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[embedded content]Tennis is going to outer space. Seriously. On March 9, 2018 the USTA and NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel will play a match in space, fueled by Net Generation.We're exciting the next generation of tennis greatest about space exploration! Nothing is impossible ????????????. #USTASocial#TminusNetGenerationhttps://t.co/yM6ZLD9MaZ — Qianna Smith (@Qianna_Smith) December 8, 2017Feustel will be in space as a member of NASA's Expedition 55, along with another NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and crew mate Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.Feustel also happens to be a tennis player and fan.“Tennis is one of my loves, actually tennis is because of my love,” Feustel said in a press conference on Thursday. “Tennis came into my life later, after I met my wife.
Women's tennis changes focus to upcoming spring season

Women's tennis changes focus to upcoming spring season

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Netters have 16 home matches in 2018@MTAthletics12/7/2017 9:30:00 AMMURFREESBORO, Tenn. – After six fall events and four netters getting in the win column nine times this fall, Middle Tennessee's women's tennis team has turned its focus to the spring 2018 schedule. "I think that we were better as a team this fall than we ever have been across the board," MT head coach Charlie Ramsay said. "We didn't have any big let-downs, and everybody on the team had a highlight this fall." As a team, the Blue Raiders were 50-41 in singles play and 21-19 in doubles. Kim Kermet owned a 9-6 singles mark in her first fall as a Blue Raider, and Marta Peris Herrero was also 9-6. Costanza Magazzini and Luisa Zirilli boasted a record of 9-7 in the fall season. In doubles action this fall, Maga
AO Tennis Announced, Arrives in 2018

AO Tennis Announced, Arrives in 2018

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Licensed tennis game being served up by the developers of Ashes Cricket. By Luke ReillyTennis Australia and Melbourne-based sports game developer Big Ant Studios have today confirmed their new tennis game: AO Tennis. AO Tennis will be the first tennis game officially licensed to the Australian Open.Built in collaboration with Tennis Australia, Big Ant claims AO Tennis will be the first game of its kind to be developed using statistical match play data for each of the dozens of licensed players it will feature. According to the announcement, Big Ant has used data showing which shots the included players have historically opted to use in specific circumstances throughout their matches and has applied that data to their AI ve...
Hall of Fame President Stan Smith is one of tennis' great ambassadors

Hall of Fame President Stan Smith is one of tennis' great ambassadors

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A veteran of the U.S. Army, Smith also left his mark on fashion with the popular white-and-green Adidas Stan Smith sneaker. (International Tennis Hall of Fame)Stan Smith is tennis’ ultimate Renaissance man—and living proof that tennis is the sport of a lifetime.A former world No. 1, Wimbledon champion and US Open champion, Smith was enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2011, he became its president.Smith’s love for the game started early, even if he didn’t make the cut to become a ball boy for Davis Cup. He persevered, and when he got on the court, he went on to excel in college, becoming a three-time All-American at the University of Southern California.Smith turned pro in 1969 and, more than 30 years after his final pro match in 1985, he remains one of