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GREAT PLAYERS AND THEIR CHOICE OF COACHES

By Allen Fox, Ph.D.  c  2014, all rights reserved There has been much talk recently about Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer hiring former champions to be their coaches. There are several reasons why this is probably a good idea, most obvious is the credibility and respect former champions bring to the relationship. Their […]

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ANDY MURRAY VS FRED PERRY: WHO WOULD WIN:?

By Allen Fox, Ph.D.  c  2013, all rights reserved Of course we can never actually see what would happen if the two greatest British players of all time faced off on court, but we can compare the attributes and weaknesses of each and hypothesize as to the outcome. HOW GOOD WERE THE OLDER PLAYERS: First, […]

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Richard (Pancho) Gonzales, Possibly the Greatest of Them All

By Allen Fox, Ph.D.  c   2013, all rights reserved What can we learn from the career of Pancho Gonzales? Possibly that athleticism, fiery desire and iron will can overcome technical stroke deficiencies. Pancho Gonzales was, if not the best player of all time, certainly one of the best. His career at the top lasted an […]

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Arthur Ashe Personified Talent and Class

Arthur Ashe was a fantastic physical talent. He also had the strength of character to overcome emotional difficulties with logic and willpower and make a champion of himself. In his early years Arthur had a tendency to become discouraged when he got behind, and this caused him to lose matches that he might have won. […]

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Pancho (Francisco) Segura, His Game and Personality

This sketch is for those of you who are interested in what some of the legendary players of the 1950’s and 1960’s were like, both as players and people. I played against them and knew them as well as someone who was not one of them could. Pancho Segura, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was deceptive […]

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