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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. JAMES (5/25/2009 7:02:13 PM) 

      Court Jester, could the last American standing be Alexa Glatch? And Jules, any friends of yours are friends of mine. Bring 'em over! Just make sure they wipe their feet. :)

    2. Jules (5/23/2009 7:24:41 PM) 

      Hi James- You have definitely wet our whistles. Can't wait for tomorrow to hurry up & get here. The suspense is killing me. I see you have met my tennis posting friends, Vlovetennis & Court Jester- Glad to see you guys have finally made it over here. I have been telling them about your blog for awhile. Now we have to get the rest of our buddies over here. Let the games begin!

    3. Court Jester (5/20/2009 9:10:55 PM) 

      James, you make some really good points about the upcoming FO, and I agree that these are the more interesting aspects to watch. I for one am glad to see the Fed vs. Rafa rivalry re-ignited again. I love both of them, but I think Rafa will come out on top. Rafa was just tired in Madrid because of his semi-final match with Djoker. He's just too good right now and he's in his prime, so all expectations will be on him to make it 5 for 5. This is a slam man, and it's Raging Bull's home turf, so Rafa's not gonna let Madrid happen again. I do think Fed will eventually beat Sampras' record, but it won't be here at the FO - it'll be possibly at Wimby or the USO. As for Dinara, I've got 2 words for you - Williams Sisters'! Serena wants to put this #1 ranking thing in perspective, and prove to the world that she is the true #1. Serena will be focused and driven, and that's scary. As for Maria, she's rusty and is currently playing a tournament that not very many top-ranked players are partixxxting in, so I don't see her winning the hardware, but she'll get to the quarters or possibly even the semi's if she's on and stays aggressive. Personally, I'd like to see Ana make a nice rebound after a sub-par year thus far. As for the last American left standing, I really hope that it's either Blake or Andy - they are our best offerings but are not what they used to be. Plus, clay is not their best surface, and James has never really done well at RG. So with all things considered, I think you're right about Fish. Either way, the antixxxtion is building and I'm looking forward to a great 2 weeks!

    4. JAMES (5/20/2009 2:18:32 PM) 

      You really are all psychic since I answer your Safina question in this week's column, again up in moments. Also v, I'm fairly certain I just inadvertently reported your post, so...welcome!

    5. vlovestennis (5/20/2009 12:16:39 PM) 

      Hey James.Wonderful writing.Intelligent and insightful.Gotta agree with Jules.The players need to unite and do something about this.That's the only way things will change.....Do you think Safina will claim her first major and win RG.



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