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Tennis: International Access is a Blog by Susan DePalma bringing together insightful articles, interviews etc. from around the globe.

Waiting For Rafa

Waiting For Rafa

Everyone is speculating about when Rafael Nadal will return to competition after being sidelined with a right wrist injury, which caused him to miss all of the North American summer hard-court season, including the US Open. Here are some updates ...

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Muguruza Revealed; Del Potro Practices; Mayer on Nadal

Muguruza Revealed; Del Potro Practices; Mayer on Nadal

The latest from Spanish-language press What you didn’t know about Garbiñe Muguruza Muguruza is getting a lot of attention after her second-round upset over Serena Williams, so it’s a good time to dig a little deeper. Born in Caracas to ...

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Flavia Pennetta – “Straight to the Heart”

Flavia Pennetta – “Straight to the Heart”

Recent Indian Wells champion Flavia Pennetta has written about her trials and heartbreaks in the very honest and personal memoir “Dritto al Cuore” (“Straight to the Heart”), published last November by Mondadori. Asked why she wrote the book, Pennetta said, ...

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David, Rafa and Nole’s Excellent Adventure in South America

David, Rafa and Nole’s Excellent Adventure in South America

This part of the off-season is about sending off David Nalbandian, and to a lesser extent, Nicolas Massú. Nadal and Djokovic, the world’s numbers 1 and 2, have joined in for exhibition matches and festivities. Here’s some of the news ...

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Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf on the Mysteries of Success

Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf on the Mysteries of Success

“It is an illusion to think that setting goals and achieving them makes you happy.” By Stefan Wagner. Reprinted with permission from The Red Bulletin.  THE RED BULLETIN: Together you’ve won 30 Grand Slam tournaments, earned fortunes, achieved worldwide popularity and business success.  You raise ...

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War and Peace: Victoria Azarenka

War and Peace: Victoria Azarenka

By Stefan Wagner Photographs by Greg Funnell Reprinted with permission from The Red Bulletin.  The moment that reveals the most about Victoria Azarenka—over $20 million in prize money, the loudest scream in professional sports, girlfriend to the bizarre entertainer Redfoo—is this: Late ...

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On the Cherry Path — [An Up-and-Coming Player and His Unorthodox Coach]

On the Cherry Path — [An Up-and-Coming Player and His Unorthodox Coach]

Sepp Resnik turned 60 recently. Now the man with the most colorful reputation in Austria’s sport scene wants to prove that “world class” works differently than everybody thinks it does. He has tennis prodigy Dominic Thiem, recently turned 20, shower ...

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Del Potro: “I Dream More About Football than About Tennis” (From: La Nacion)

Del Potro: “I Dream More About Football than About Tennis” (From: La Nacion)

Juan Martin Del Potro in a feature interview from La Nacion Revista. He still believes that his destiny was to be a soccer player, not a tennis player.  Although he travels the world, he always comes back to Tandil, to ...

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Tommy Robredo Gets Back His Highest Ranking in 3 Years (From: Marca)

Tommy Robredo Gets Back His Highest Ranking in 3 Years (From: Marca)

 * David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal stay at 3rd and 4th, respectively Tommy Robredo, who won the Umag (Croatia) tournament this past Sunday, raised his ranking to 23, a position he has not held for 3 years. Robredo, who grabbed ...

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Two Spoilers (From: Neue Zurcher Zeitung)

Two Spoilers (From: Neue Zurcher Zeitung)

In Gstaad, Roger Federer falls victim to Daniel Brands – and his back. Ten days before the start of the US Hardcourt season. His participation in Montreal is at risk. The surprise about the commitment was big, the enthusiasm about ...

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