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James LaRosa is a writer for Tennis Magazine who got his start at tennischannel.com in 2007. He brings the pain in his daily Slam blogs as well as his own weekly tennischannel.com column, LaRosa's Sweet Spot, an irreverent, humorous and sometimes libelous take on the world of tennis. Check back every Wednesday for your all-new dose of the Spot.


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    1. Jules (6/13/2009 6:54:15 PM) 

      Hey ACtennisfan---- Hi, where ya been? Would you please post the link for that Roger article? I would love to read it. Here are 3 excellent ones for you to read. Two on Rafa and one on Serena that are a definite read. The 1st one is right after Rafa's press conferance at F.O.---- I really think Rafa is an old soul for his 23 years. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/matthew_syed/article6418996.ece ----- The 2nd one is from today's London Times on Rafa- great! ------http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6455384.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=1871939 ------- The 3rd one gives a powerful opinion & inspiring food for thought on Serena after the F.O. ----- http://tennis.fanhouse.com/2009/06/03/serena-double-faulting-on-legacy/ ----- Enjoy.

    2. Jules (6/12/2009 9:48:58 PM) 

      James- Thanks, great stuff. Martina is Mega! I love her commentating too, but her & Johnny Mac do tend to ramble after the play has started. Hope they are both around for many years to come, but it would be nice if they kept the talking to mostly in between plays. I also love Cliff D., Mary Jo F., Killer, Brad, Mary C. And Pam S. Did I forget anyone? Yep, the two guys Aussie/British I think, can't rembember their names but very good, that commentate the beginning of the season matches. Am I rambling?

    3. ACtennisfan (6/12/2009 6:55:40 AM) 

      James, I very much appreciate this interview with Martina. I raced home from work Monday to watch her Signature Series episode. I think the most poignant moment (for me, anyway) was when she spoke about the standing ovation she received after losing in the US Open final. That she felt for the first time she was being applauded for the person she was, not the player. Beautiful stuff. On a different note, have you read Peter Bodo's most recent article on Roger? It's superb. I think the only other article I've read on TMF that compares was David Foster Wallace's a couple years ago (Roger Federer as a Religious Experience).

    4. JAMES (6/10/2009 6:32:16 PM) 

      TennisDiva, you're timing couldn't be any better! Not sure how objective I'm going to be perceived on this one, but I like her commentary. She's never going to be simply a play by play announcer, she has too much experience on the court. While I disagree with the argument that screeching needs to be or even can be policed, in general the more blunt Martina gets, the better I like it. It's why I love Pam Shriver too. They should think about pairing up sometime...

    5. TennisDiva (6/4/2009 7:28:30 PM) 

      Hi everyone, my comments surround not a tennis player tonight, but a commentator. Martina talks entirely too much, and her comments are so politically incorrect. I love Tennis and have watched it for years. TTC is wonderful, but I must say, I've read comments on the message board from viewers who say the same thing. Martina needs to be quiet so that we can watch the match without hearing her. She talks as if she were sitting in her LR watching the match alone on her sofa. It's too much. We'd like to have our opiinion without Martina interjecting her own in the mix - besides they're too personal and not for the world to hear. ....Furthermore, her comment today about the noise in Tennis is ridiculous. Tennis has evolved over the years. Players motivate themselves differently. There is noise in every other sport, except Golf, so why not Tennis. Even the sport of Golf has changed since the emergence of Tiger Woods. The players now pump their fists and the crowds go wild on the greens. Tennis should be no different. If it weren't for the fans and the players we love to watch and hear, Tennis would not be where it is today. ....So Martina, please keep your comments to a minimum. Trust us, as viewers, you really do talk too much, and with all due respect, your "noise" disrupts the game of Tennis.



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