Video Tennis boy wonder Connor Stroud plays with passion & heart!

Connor Stroud is amazing! He is a 12 year old boy who plays tennis without hips, femurs or knees.

Conner Stroud hits balls as part of The Adaptive Teen Association of North Carolina during the second round of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 21, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He suffered from Bilateral Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), a birth defect that caused him to be born without hips, ankles, femurs or knees. Essentially he only had his tibia and feet from the waist down. Of the few affected by this rare condition, only 15% have both legs affected like Conner.

He shares the crazy passion for tennis we all do and is ranked # 101 in boys 12 and under in his home state of North Carolina.   In this video he is hitting with @andyroddick & Jim Courier.

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This video is from the USTA North Carolina celebration where you can see him play some more

I am so proud of Connor and his love for tennis.  I will think of him next time I play tennis and remember how much love he has for the game and how much we both gain from the best sport in the world! Connor you are amazing and the best!!

Lets all follow him on twitter here ! Send him a shout out!

 

 

Federer speaks about injury & ranking drop

Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during a break in the Swiss Open second round tennis match against Germany’s Daniel Brands in Gstaad yesterday. – Reuters pic, July 25, 2013.

Its been a long and dry summer for Federer fans who watch on as Roger struggles with back injury and uncharacteristic losses.  Just one year ago Roger Federer raised his game to defy critics who called for his retirement and end throughout 2009 & 2010.  First the back issues:

“I’ve had serious problems with the back, I had to get some anti-inflammatories last week in Hamburg due to the pain,” he said after yesterday’s loss, his third of the summer against an opponent ranked outside the top 50.

“I will have to do a lot of exercises and see how it all feels. My main priority now is to fix my back. I would love to be able to train at 100%,” said the former world number one.

“I’ll have to see if the rehab is enough to let me play in Montreal. If it is, I’ll go; if not, then it gives me another week.”

Second his drop in ranking and desire to win?

“I don’t think my ego would suffer if one day I was no longer in the top 10,” Federer told Le Matin. “There’s a moment when the rankings aren’t that important anymore. Honestly, I don’t even know what my current ranking is.  Today, my ranking isn’t that important to me anymore.”

“I don’t think my ego would suffer if one day I was no longer in the top 10,” Federer told Le Matin. “There’s a moment when the rankings aren’t that important anymore. Honestly, I don’t even know what my current ranking is.  Today, my ranking isn’t that important to me anymore.”

“In terms of rankings at least. Lleyton Hewitt is a great example in my mind. Whether he’s 170th, 20th or fifth, his ranking isn’t important to him. He just takes a lot of pleasure in playing.”

“I don’t have any problem with critics,” Federer said. “But I expect people to be honest. This situation is not new for me. In 2009 and 2010, people were already saying, ‘He’s won everything, now he’s done.’ The more people comment, the greater the probability that someone will say something stupid.”

I admire the positive attitude Roger Federer has about the sport.  Though he has played more matches than almost everyone current on the ATP tour, his love for playing Tennis still shines through.  Tennis is a tough sport on the body.  He has done a masterful job managing the pain and balance it takes to continue to play and continue to win.  I believe we are far from over for Federer. Even though the reality of wear and tear is hard to deny we are still talking about the most talented and majestic tennis player who ever picked up a racquet.  As long as Roger Federer is content to play, I am very content to watch and learn.

 

Federer not to play in Gstaad for back problems?

The internet is going crazy over a rumour that has spread in the last few minutes.

The twitter account @letstalktennis1, a Swiss tennis blog, reported:

According to “Berner Zeitung” there were rumors yesterday that Roger won’t be able to play today because of his back.

All we can do is just wait and see what happens, knowing that Roger would play even on one leg, today. (He withdrew before a match only TWICE in his career -and NEVER during a match- and I don’t think he will do it again in Switzerland for his highly anticipated first round match).
But it’s not what happens today that worries me.
What worries me is Roger’s health and his serenity. I don’t think all this tension around his conditions helps him.

Let’s hope for the best,
Allez!

LoveSetMatch BioFreeze giveaway!

Here is our first Giveaway and I am excited to make 5 people a winner!

Our prize is a sample pack of the wonderful pain relief gel BIOFREEZE plus a coupon for $2.00 through Dec 2013 .

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This stuff is really great.  I got introduced to it when Amy from BioFreeze sent me samples to giveaway at my Walk to Africa charity event.  I tried a couple of the samples myself and found that the cooling “burn” sensation of the menthol felt amazing and seemed to help reduce inflammation or at least reduce the pain from it.  I like the fact that it has no NSAIDs, Ibuprofen or Aspirin in it too.  I love applying it right after playing tennis to reduce some of the aches and pains of the match.  I wish i could take a bath in this stuff!

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VIDEO Stan Wawrinka skydiving stunt!

Going for a single handed backhand down the line against Djokovic takes a lot of steely nerves and fearless confidence! Stan the Man proves he has that and some Sunday as he jumps out of a plan in the Bernese mountains of his home country Switzerland.

At a world ranking of No 10, Wawrinka has made leaps in his game and is playing better than ever. Maybe this fearless attitude is to blame! Wonder if his coach suggested this as Tennis training?  With only days before the CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD 2013 anything could happen in this life risking stunt.

“At the beginning of the flight we were talking quite a lot, but just before jumping you obviously have to focus and you stop talking.” said Wawrinka. “It was a great experience. Of course, you get very nervous just before jumping off the plane but once you are in the air it’s a great feeling.”

Reminded me of lines from the classic 70s comedy movie Airplane

[as the plane prepares to take off]

Hanging Lady: Nervous?

Ted Striker: Yes.

Hanging Lady: First time?

Ted Striker: No, I’ve been nervous lots of times.

Elaine Dickinson: There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

Know of any other tennis players that have made the jump? Jumped the shark? Have you jumped out of a plane?? leave your comments below

VIDEO Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Maria Xisca Perello: Julio Iglesias Concert

Rafa and his girlfriend Maria Xisca Perello were on hand for the Julio Iglesias Concert in Barcelona.  Our friends at Rafael Nadal Fans found these great pictures of the Spanish No#1 from the Daily Mail.

See more pics and and news here

Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Maria Xisca Perello: Julio Iglesias Concert.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2349522/Rafa-Nadal-girlfriend-watch-Julio-Iglesias-Wimbledon-exit.html

My experience at Wimbledon 2013

I’m studying in London at the moment, so I was really looking forward to getting a chance to watch wimbledon live. Having recently won the French Open, I thought there was a good chance I would get to watch my favourite player as well. But it wasn’t to be. Rafa crashed out in the 2nd round, much like the previous year. I was really upset to be honest.

But, wimbledon is still a great tournament and I didn’t want to miss it for anything. So last minute, I tried to get my hands on any tickets I could get. I was able to get a ticket for centre court – Ladies Quarterfinals. Li Na vs Aga Radwanska and Kvitova vs Flipkens. I must confess that I hadn’t followed much of the WTA except maybe finals of grand slams. But I think Aga is cute and a tactical player. It was a very close match and I was glad she won! The next match kept alternating between amazing forehand winners by both players and then just as many unforced errors. No matter which match you watch though, being at centre court, Wimbledon is a grand experience. The atmosphere is classy. It was an amazing feeling to be a part of this beautiful venue. Some pictures are attached:

Li Na vs Aga Radwanska

Li Na vs Aga Radwanska

Wimbledon Centre Court

I loved the experience. So much so that I returned the same night to join the queue at Wimbledon Park at 1 a.m in the morning for a chance to watch the Men’s quarterfinals. My queue card number was 1013. There would be 500 Centre court and 500 court no. 1 tickets on sale the next day so I was really depressed that I wouldn’t make it, but the people there reassured me that many get kicked out of the queue for not adhering to the rules (you cannot leave the queue for more than half an hour at any given point.) I should’ve known better and got myself a tent but I tried to be brave and instead got drenched as it started pouring that night. This meant that I ended up staying up all night, but it was all worth it. By the time we got access the grounds it was about 10 a.m. So I spent a total of 9 hours in the queue but eventually got my hands on tickets for court no. 1. As soon as we entered the grounds at exactly 10:30 (which is a ceremony in itself), I had the chance to watch the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic practice on one of the outside courts. He’s not my favourite player but it felt crazy to be able to watch the top tennis player in the world from up close. He was literally just a few feet away.

Practicing

Practicing

With the quarterfinals starting only at 1 p.m., I had to the chance to watch some other matches going on at the non-show courts. Of course, I got myself some strawberry and cream as is the tradition at wimbledon and it was delicious. I had amazing seats at Court No.1. I couldn’t believe that I was actually watching the mens quarterfinals from the third row. The match itself lived up to it’s hype, though I felt Berdych gave away the match to the world No. 1. The match was much closer than what the score seems to represent.

Nole vs Birdman

Nole vs Birdman

How high does the ball go?

 

 

Winner

Overall, the wimbledon experience is something I will never forget and I hope to return some day and watch the champions play.

Twitter: @HeardInTown