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By Sports Digest | December 8, 2009
Pam Shriver 's 24th annual Charity Tennis Challenge that benefits children's charities will begin its fundraising festivities tonight at the Let it Rip Reception & Auction at the Tremont Grand hotel at 6:30 p.m. The evening is to be highlighted by a live performance by the Bryan Bros. Band, featuring the World No. 1 doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan . The dress is business casual, and tickets are available to the general public. For information, call the event's ticket office at 410-296-2929.
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The Washington Post | August 4, 2013
Having not played John Isner in two years, it took Juan Martin del Potro a while to adjust to the hair-raising speed and peculiar trajectory of the 6-foot-10 American's serve. But once del Potro figured it out, abandoning his initial strategy of fielding the blasts from the baseline and retreating to nearly the spectator seats at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, the Argentine steamrolled to his third Citi Open championship, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Washington's hard-court classic was del Potro's first tournament since a gutting five-set semifinal defeat at Wimbledon last month.
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The Washington Post | August 4, 2013
Having not played John Isner in two years, it took Juan Martin del Potro a while to adjust to the hair-raising speed and peculiar trajectory of the 6-foot-10 American's serve. But once del Potro figured it out, abandoning his initial strategy of fielding the blasts from the baseline and retreating to nearly the spectator seats at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, the Argentine steamrolled to his third Citi Open championship, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Washington's hard-court classic was del Potro's first tournament since a gutting five-set semifinal defeat at Wimbledon last month.
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Sports Digest | August 1, 2013
Swimming UMBC's Mohamed Hussein breaks Egyptian record UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein broke the Egyptian record in the 200-meter individual medley at the FINA World Championships on Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain. His time of 2 minutes, 2.29 seconds broke his record of 2:03.11, set in Olympics qualifications last year. However, his 29th-place finish out of 50 swimmers was not enough to advance him to the semifinals. He still has swims in the 50 backstroke, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay remaining.
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By The Washington Post | June 26, 2011
American Mardy Fish shouldn't find Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic quite as lonesome as Wimbledon's second week is apt to be. The sole American man to advance to Wimbledon's round of 16, Fish will lead a strong contingent of countrymen into Washington's annual hard-court classic July 30-Aug. 7 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Northwest Washington. Tournament officials on Saturday unveiled the full list of commitments for the tournament — 38 players in all — leaving 10 spots in the 48-player field to be awarded through wild-card entries (four)
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By Liz Clarke, The Washington Post | August 7, 2010
— David Nalbandian's ranking plunged so dramatically while he was sidelined 10 months out of the past 15 — first to recover from hip surgery, then a hamstring injury — that he needed a wild card to enter Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Even though he was once No. 3 in the world, little was expected in his first tournament since April. He was, after all, ranked a lowly 117th. But in a dazzling display of precision and tenacity, the Argentine returned to form Saturday night, eviscerating 13th ranked Marin Cilic of Croatia, 6-2, 6-2, in 73 minutes to earn a spot in today's final.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 26, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — One day removed from the spellbinding match on Court 18 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut that lasted a record 11 hours and 5 minutes and was twice suspended, Victor Hanescu muddied up the Wimbledon grounds Friday. Hanescu, a Romanian seeded 31st and playing on Court 18, was charged with a code violation after spitting at the crowd amid boos and catcalls toward the end of his match with Daniel Brands of Germany. Minutes earlier, Hanescu had asked that play be halted because of darkness and when it wasn't, he began playing without purpose.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 3, 2010
NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is out of the U.S. Open, and lately when Roddick is eliminated from a major tournament, it's the end of American men in the draw. But there was 19th-seeded Mardy Fish on Thursday, gliding around the Louis Armstrong Stadium court, using his sweet touch, able to time his volleys, willing to change the pace on his groundstrokes. Combined with a late-career decision to become supremely fit, the 28-year-old Fish looks rejuvenated, especially after his 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas in his second-round match.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 4, 2010
NEW YORK — Ryan Harrison, an 18-year-old from Louisiana with a well-developed all-court game that includes a willingness to play volleys after his serve, played his first-ever fifth set Friday on the Grandstand Court at the U.S. Open. As the crowd roared, Harrison tried to win one of the three match points he earned himself in an end-game tiebreak. He couldn't. Harrison's 36th-ranked opponent, Sergiy Stakhovsky, caught up to his inexperienced opponent and pulled out the match 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | September 6, 2010
NEW YORK — Sam Querrey has six titles in his four-year career, including four this season. Problem is, all those victories have come at smaller events. Behind his back, Querrey sometimes is called "King of the 250s," meaning the 22-year-old hasn't made a mark at any of the Grand Slams or the major ATP events such as Indian Wells or Key Biscayne that offer more rankings points and have stronger fields. But Querrey, seeded 20th at this U.S. Open, is acting as if he belongs on the biggest stage.
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By The Washington Post | June 26, 2011
American Mardy Fish shouldn't find Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic quite as lonesome as Wimbledon's second week is apt to be. The sole American man to advance to Wimbledon's round of 16, Fish will lead a strong contingent of countrymen into Washington's annual hard-court classic July 30-Aug. 7 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Northwest Washington. Tournament officials on Saturday unveiled the full list of commitments for the tournament — 38 players in all — leaving 10 spots in the 48-player field to be awarded through wild-card entries (four)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | September 6, 2010
NEW YORK — Sam Querrey has six titles in his four-year career, including four this season. Problem is, all those victories have come at smaller events. Behind his back, Querrey sometimes is called "King of the 250s," meaning the 22-year-old hasn't made a mark at any of the Grand Slams or the major ATP events such as Indian Wells or Key Biscayne that offer more rankings points and have stronger fields. But Querrey, seeded 20th at this U.S. Open, is acting as if he belongs on the biggest stage.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 4, 2010
NEW YORK — Ryan Harrison, an 18-year-old from Louisiana with a well-developed all-court game that includes a willingness to play volleys after his serve, played his first-ever fifth set Friday on the Grandstand Court at the U.S. Open. As the crowd roared, Harrison tried to win one of the three match points he earned himself in an end-game tiebreak. He couldn't. Harrison's 36th-ranked opponent, Sergiy Stakhovsky, caught up to his inexperienced opponent and pulled out the match 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 3, 2010
NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is out of the U.S. Open, and lately when Roddick is eliminated from a major tournament, it's the end of American men in the draw. But there was 19th-seeded Mardy Fish on Thursday, gliding around the Louis Armstrong Stadium court, using his sweet touch, able to time his volleys, willing to change the pace on his groundstrokes. Combined with a late-career decision to become supremely fit, the 28-year-old Fish looks rejuvenated, especially after his 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas in his second-round match.
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By Liz Clarke, The Washington Post | August 7, 2010
— David Nalbandian's ranking plunged so dramatically while he was sidelined 10 months out of the past 15 — first to recover from hip surgery, then a hamstring injury — that he needed a wild card to enter Washington's Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Even though he was once No. 3 in the world, little was expected in his first tournament since April. He was, after all, ranked a lowly 117th. But in a dazzling display of precision and tenacity, the Argentine returned to form Saturday night, eviscerating 13th ranked Marin Cilic of Croatia, 6-2, 6-2, in 73 minutes to earn a spot in today's final.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 26, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — One day removed from the spellbinding match on Court 18 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut that lasted a record 11 hours and 5 minutes and was twice suspended, Victor Hanescu muddied up the Wimbledon grounds Friday. Hanescu, a Romanian seeded 31st and playing on Court 18, was charged with a code violation after spitting at the crowd amid boos and catcalls toward the end of his match with Daniel Brands of Germany. Minutes earlier, Hanescu had asked that play be halted because of darkness and when it wasn't, he began playing without purpose.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 24, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — It became a tennis match unwilling to end. At 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, the slugfest still was not finished but had shattered history. Seven hours, 6 minutes and 118 games into the fifth set of a match that began a day earlier, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut would not give in. Isner, a lanky Georgian who loves college football, and Mahut, a Frenchman with the savoir faire to wear chunky jewelry around his neck, broke the record for longest match ever — a match that is already in the books with the most games (163)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 25, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — The final shot came off the racket of John Isner on Thursday, a backhand hit with a single purpose late in the afternoon on Court 18 of the All England Club. It was meant to be a winner. It was not hit daintily or with caution, even though Isner was playing the 491st minute of a final set in a first-round Wimbledon match that had carried on through three days. It found its spot, out of the reach of gallant Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who lunged for the ball knowing it was out of his reach.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 25, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — The final shot came off the racket of John Isner on Thursday, a backhand hit with a single purpose late in the afternoon on Court 18 of the All England Club. It was meant to be a winner. It was not hit daintily or with caution, even though Isner was playing the 491st minute of a final set in a first-round Wimbledon match that had carried on through three days. It found its spot, out of the reach of gallant Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who lunged for the ball knowing it was out of his reach.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 24, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — It became a tennis match unwilling to end. At 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, the slugfest still was not finished but had shattered history. Seven hours, 6 minutes and 118 games into the fifth set of a match that began a day earlier, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut would not give in. Isner, a lanky Georgian who loves college football, and Mahut, a Frenchman with the savoir faire to wear chunky jewelry around his neck, broke the record for longest match ever — a match that is already in the books with the most games (163)
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