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Coco Vandeweghe Loss to Serena Williams Had Its Upside

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt Key Biscayne, Fla. — American Coco Vandeweghe didn’t become the second woman qualifier to reach the quarterfinals in Miami today, but she did get an invitation. After their rain-delayed match Serena Williams, the woman who sent Coco home 63 61, asked the big-serving Californian to play doubles. “Listen, you played so well. We’ve…

Sony Open Tennis stadium

Fans, Shoes, and the Colors of Sony Open Tennis

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

Key Biscayne, Fla. — Purple courts and umbrellas. Ball girls wearing electric orange-sicle dresses by FILA. Deep blue shorts for the ball boys, also from FILA. These are a few colors of Sony Open Tennis. They mirror the sun and sea that skirt Key Biscayne and perfectly reflect the atmosphere of the tournament.  A touch over 16,000…

Serena Williams in tennis court

Halep Wallops Williams in Singapore

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

By Jane Voigt October 22, 2014 — It’s hard to be number one. There’s always a target on your back. And Serena Williams has felt it all before.  Yet today she could not dodge Simona Halep’s mastery. Their match was dramatic for many reasons, the most important one being Williams lost, and lost badly — 6-0 6-2.  The…

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WTA Championships, Singapore

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

WTA Tour Finals Set to Start Monday in Singapore First Timers Debut at WTA Finals in Singapore The Thrill of Singapore Halep Wallops Williams in Singapore Serena Wins Spot in WTA Finals

Dasha Gavrilova

Volvo Car Open, 2017

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

Shelby Rogers … Hometown Girl, Hometown Hero Top Three Seeds Out in Charleston Volvo Car Open Relies on Partnerships for Success Kasatkina & Siegemund Into Semifinal in Charleston Teen Final Served Up in Charleston Daria Kasatkina Wins First Title in Charleston

Australian Open, TV Schedule

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of east coast time. DownTheTee recommends wearing two watches. One set to your local time, the other to Oz time. Once someone notices your two watches, conversations will sprout the way tennis balls bounce on a court. 2015 Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern Standard)  Sunday, Jan. 18  …

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Up The Coast

By DownTheTee | August 28, 2021

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, South Carolina — Gone are the palm trees of Key Biscayne and hard-court tennis. Welcome pink azaleas, trees dripping with Spanish moss, and the green clay courts of Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island.  Pink azaleas and Spanish moss of Charleston, South Carolina After a month of WTA Premier Mandatory and ATP…

tennis trophy

Newport’s Tennis World

By DownTheTee | August 28, 2021

By Jane Voigt Newport, RI, July 10, 2014 — Sixty years ago, The National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame was founded and built at the Newport Casino, a social club designed for and patronized by wealthy people that visited this historic community in the summer.  These socialites are long gone, as are the white pants and dresses…

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Tennis Hall of Fame

By DownTheTee | August 28, 2021

A Step Back in Time Newport’s Tennis World The Grass Is Greener and Softer The Highest Honor in Tennis Third Times a Charm for Hewitt Newport, Rhode Island, July, 2014 — The International Tennis Hall of Fame show court transports visitors to the early 20th Century in appeal and authenticity. On the left is a statue of…

Roger Federer playing

Federer Closes In at ATP World Tour Finals, 2014

By DownTheTee | August 28, 2021

By Jane Voigt For the love of tennis what the heck is going on at the ATP World Tour Finals? The first five round-robin matches have been straight set wins, with two yesterday earning breadstick awards, meaning two of these elite players could only muster one game per set.  Pathetic! This tournament isn’t for babies. Each player…

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