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Awful Day

Seven years falling in love with someone who never thought of me as anything but a kook, a worthless piece of shit. Someone who had no chance to ever meet someone like her. Because I liked her. More than someone like me should have. More than I had a right to I guess. That’s a pretty awful thing to realize.

Pretty much explains it all. Now I get it.

I think I really hate tennis.

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The October Zone

There is a place I like to call the October Zone. With apologies to Drake, that’s not very original, but it fits.

It is a land of dreams, and I feel safe there. For as radiant as she is, she sprang from from the chill breezes of October. She was born there. I can see her there. Talk to her there. Be with her there.

But ironically, whenever we meet it is January again in the October Zone, and she is standing as close to me as before. The last time. Only this time, breathlessly, heart pounding, I reach over and gently touch her hand, and she touches back, each of us staring ahead, not daring eye contact. Cautiously, one finger wraps around another. Before you know it, holding hands.

Smiles.

The warmth of her touch is a wonderfully joyful contrast to such a bitter winter day.

This is the October Zone. The tenderness and genuiness of a moment like this, intimately shared with her.

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Marion!

So happy to see that Marion Bartoli has announced her comeback to professional tennis.

I know, I know. She’s 33, nearly 34, almost four and a half years removed from the game, with very questionable fitness as of the last time she stepped on a court at a grand slam, yada yada yada. Who cares, really? That isn’t the point. I don’t think anybody with even a modicum of intelligence would suggest that she’ll ever be a threat to win another Major. She had her Clint Eastwood moment, walking off into the sunset a Slam Champion, like Flavia Pennetta. This is really about finding fulfilment, something that gives her joy and pleasure, and makes her happy. And you know what, if she plays a match, three matches, or five, or plays ten more years and never wins a single title, as long as she is happy and doing what she loves, that’s all that matters.

It was frightening beyond words seeing Marion in the physical state she was in a year or so ago, a skeletal ghost of herself. And so we should celebrate her desire to want to be part of tennis again, regardless of how we might think she’ll fare. She is always a great story, always an entertainer, always somepone it is a privilege to cheer, and I, for one, wish her every success. Even if that does not come, I hope she will find pure joy each day she steps foot on the court.

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Preliminary Entry List for 2018 $25,000 USTA National Campus Pro Tennis Classic in Orlando, Florida

$25,000 USTA National Campus Pro Tennis Classic – January 14-21 2018.

Venue: USTA National Campus, 110000 USTA Boulevard, Orlando , Florida, USA
Surface: Clay – Outdoor (Har Tru)

MAIN DRAW

1 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 157
2 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 162
3 Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) 178
4 Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) 183
5 Irina Maria BARA (ROU) 185
6 Maria-Teresa TORRO-FLOR (ESP) 213
7 Fanni STOLLAR (HUN) 215
8 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 218
9 Anna ZAJA (GER) 224
10 Jessica PIERI (ITA) 226
11 Ayla AKSU (TUR) 229
12 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 231
13 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 232
14 Georgina GARCIA-PEREZ (ESP) 238
15 Elena Gabriela RUSE (ROU) 241
16 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 244
17 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 247
18 Petra KREJSOVA (CZE) 252

QUALIFYING

1 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 253 1
2 Grace MIN (USA) 255
3 Claire LIU (USA) 256
4 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 258
5 Nina STOJANOVIC (SRB) 260
6 Emina BEKTAS (USA) 261
7 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 262
8 Dejana RADANOVIC (SRB) 263
9 Julia GRABHER (AUT) 265
10 Melanie STOKKE (NOR) 267
11 Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 272
12 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 274
13 Ankita RAINA (IND) 276
14 Katy DUNNE (GBR) 278
15 Victoria RODRIGUEZ (MEX) 284
16 Cristiana FERRANDO (ITA) 285
17 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 286
18 Ksenia LYKINA (RUS) 291
19 Mai MINOKOSHI (JPN) 292
20 Catalina PELLA (ARG) 299
21 Katie SWAN (GBR) 300
22 Hanyu GUO (CHN) 301
23 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 303
24 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 304
25 Sophie CHANG (USA) 305
26 Harriet DART (GBR) 306
27 Mari OSAKA (JPN) 310
28 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 311
29 Nigina ABDURAIMOVA (UZB) 317
30 Olga DANILOVIC (SRB) 326
31 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 332
32 Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN) 335
33 Anastasiya KOMARDINA (RUS) 338
34 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 341
35 Sofia SHAPATAVA (GEO) 347
36 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 360
37 Alisa KLEYBANOVA (RUS) 365
38 Naiktha BAINS (AUS) 368
39 Shiho AKITA (JPN) 370
40 Akgul AMANMURADOVA (UZB) 375
41 Harmony TAN (FRA) 379
42 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 381
43 Anastasiya VASYLYEVA (UKR) 382
44 Kyoka OKAMURA (JPN) 387
45 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 392
46 Katharina GERLACH (GER) 394
47 Shilin XU (CHN) 398
48 Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) 399
49 Chihiro MURAMATSU (JPN) 408
50 Yuuki TANAKA (JPN) 409
51 Marcela ZACARIAS (MEX) 413
52 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 416
53 Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) 418
54 Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) 423
55 Maria MATEAS (USA) 424
56 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 428

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Preliminary Entry List for 2018 USTA Pro Circuit DME Sports Women’s Pro Tennis Championship in Daytona Beach

$25,000 DME Sports Women’s Pro Tennis Championship – January 7-14, 2018.

Venue: Florida Tennis Center, 1 Deuce Court Suite 200, Daytona Beach , USA

Surface: Clay – Outdoor (Har Tru)

MAIN DRAW

1 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 157
2 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 162
3 Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) 182
4 Maria-Teresa TORRO-FLOR (ESP) 213
5 Anna ZAJA (GER) 222
6 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 223
7 Jessica PIERI (ITA) 225
8 Ayla AKSU (TUR) 228
9 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 231
10 Elena Gabriela RUSE (ROU) 246
11 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 252
12 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 253
13 Grace MIN (USA) 254
14 Claire LIU (USA) 255
15 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 258
16 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 262
17 Julia GRABHER (AUT) 264
18 Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 270
19 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 273
20 Ankita RAINA (IND) 275

QUALIFYING

1 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 282
2 Cristiana FERRANDO (ITA) 286
3 Mai MINOKOSHI (JPN) 291
4 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 293
5 Nigina ABDURAIMOVA (UZB) 300
6 Katie SWAN (GBR) 301
7 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 305
8 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 306
9 Sophie CHANG (USA) 307
10 Harriet DART (GBR) 308
11 Mari OSAKA (JPN) 311
12 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 312
13 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 329
14 Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN) 332
15 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 340
16 Sofia SHAPATAVA (GEO) 345
17 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 358
18 Alisa KLEYBANOVA (RUS) 362
19 Shiho AKITA (JPN) 369
20 Anastasiya VASYLYEVA (UKR) 371
21 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 377
22 Harmony TAN (FRA) 379
23 Kyoka OKAMURA (JPN) 383
24 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 390
25 Katharina GERLACH (GER) 391
26 Shilin XU (CHN) 395
27 Chihiro MURAMATSU (JPN) 408
28 Yuuki TANAKA (JPN) 409
29 Tayisiya MORDERGER (GER) 413
30 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 416
31 Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) 418
32 Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) 421
33 Maria MATEAS (USA) 422
34 Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) 426
35 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 427
36 Katerina STEWART (USA) 447
37 Lisa MATVIYENKO (GER) 461
38 Quinn GLEASON (USA) 467
39 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 470
40 Helene SCHOLSEN (BEL) 471
41 Paula Cristina GONCALVES (BRA) 475
42 Hanna CHANG (USA) 479
43 Lidziya MAROZAVA (BLR) 487
44 Natalija KOSTIC (SRB) 489
45 Dia EVTIMOVA (BUL) 494
46 Marine PARTAUD (FRA) 499
47 Emiliana ARANGO (COL) 507
48 Anna TATISHVILI (USA) 519
49 Anastasia PIVOVAROVA (RUS) 520
50 Karin KENNEL (SUI) 525
51 Ronit YUROVSKY (USA) 549
52 Caitlin WHORISKEY (USA) 554
53 Tamaryn HENDLER (BEL) 556
54 Ching-Wen HSU (TPE) 559
55 Rutuja BHOSALE (IND) 571
56 Luisa STEFANI (BRA) 573

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