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Kendrick ousted in first round

Robert Kendrick was one-and-done Tuesday afternoon as defending champion of the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament.

Kendrick, seeded third and ranked No. 84 in the world, lost to 16-year-old Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 of Serbia in the first round at the University of Tennessee's Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Krajinovic, who lives and trains at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., won three qualifying matches over the weekend to reach the main draw.

Krajinovic earns paycheck

He's barely old enough to drive in this country, and he's already a pro.

Serbian-born Filip Krajinovic, 16, advanced to the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger by winning his second and third matches in the qualifying tournament Sunday at the University of Tennessee's Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Bollettieri academy celebrates 30 years

Like most great achievements, this one started with an idea. Whose? Nick Bollettieri points the finger at Mike DePalmer. DePalmer doesn’t want to take all the credit.

“Nick always says it was my idea, but I don’t know,” DePalmer said. “It was a conglomerate of all of us.”

All of us was Bollettieri, DePalmer, Julio Moros, Chip Brooks and Steve Owens, tennis pros who found themselves sitting around the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort after 12 hours of teaching backhands and forehands and asking each other the same questions night after night.

Tennis stars and big hitters in the business world gather to honor Bollettieri

They arrived from all parts of the globe. Japan, Belarus, Italy, Great Britain, and several points in between.

More than 300 strong, a horde of once-young tennis players who came here to take on the world returned to pay homage to the place where they honed their skills. And to honor the man who led them on their tennis quest.

They came to say hello again to Nick Bollettieri, the visionary whose dream paved the way to their success, whether it came on the tennis court or in life's other endeavors.

Project 45 No Longer a Secret

Kei Nishikori, the youngest player in the Top 100, is the face of tennis in Japan, a country of 127 million people. He is also poised to become one of the ATP's biggest stars.

Bollettieri Tennis Academy celebrates 30 years with reunion Nov. 7-9

They will come from all over the world, from all walks of life.

Tennis and Nick Bollettieri will be the common bond for a weekend of memories when the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy celebrates 30 years of tradition with a reunion Nov. 7-9.

"I honestly don't know who is coming. I know nothing. They have kept it from me," insists the coaching impresario who built the academy from scratch and molded it into a tennis facility like none other.

Levine in for Young at Advanta WTT Smash Hits

Jesse Levine, one of the rising young stars on the ATP Tour, will replace Donald Young in the lineup for Sunday's Advanta WTT Smash Hits at 1 p.m. at Kennesaw State University. Levine, who turns 21 next week and is currently ranked in the top 100 only one year after turning pro, will battle Andy Roddick in the featured men's singles match.

Japans Special Kei or Kei Mania

"I've never seen it to that extent," van Lindonk, Nishikori's agent at IMG, said from his office near Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Florida, where the 18-year-old has long been based. "Coming back to your home country and getting absolutely attacked from a publicity point of view is something that doesn't happen often, at this level."

Coinciding with his arrival, Nishikori signed a pact with Nissin Food Products Co., endorsing the company's instant noodles on a patch on his adidas sponsored shirt. He was already one of three global ambassadors for Sony Corporation.

The Net Post: Kei Nishikori the Big Story in Japan

 

There were 24 requests for one-on-one interviews, he was trailed by half a dozen camera crews from hotel lift and back again, each of his press conferences was standing room only and he carried off all that he was asked to do with a smile, good humor and oceans of patience. It looks as if any 18-year-old can handle the demands placed on a teenager who becomes Japan's No 1 male tennis player, that young man is Kei Nishikori.

My Day in the Sun; My Night on the Couch

In our May/June issue, we brought you a feature story by Diane Tauber Schultz called “Sharapova, Creamer, Manning & You — Train Like the Pros at IMG.” As many of you already know, IMG Academy is an amazing academic and sports training facility in West Bradenton where professional athletes go to sharpen their skills, where children from all over the world go who have aspirations of becoming pro athletes, and where many every day people who want top-notch training in the physical and mental aspects of sports can go to improve.

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