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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. mamajana (10/30/2009 12:08:19 AM) 

      Wow, James, what a post! And I agree wholehartedly. Whenever I see on-court coaching it reminds me of a boxing match where the trainer is rubbing down the boxer, wiping his bloody nose and yelling, "He's got you on the ropes!" I always think, OK you're slugging away out there. Why do you need someone on the outside looking in telling you what's going on and what to do? ....I can remember playing in a state championship and my coach taking aside the coach for the opposing team and telling him, "Let them play the game" because he was coaching his players. Tennis is an individual sport, always has been, always should be. When a commentator asked Venus Williams if she would use on-court coaching. Her reply? "I might if my opponent does." She hasn't.

    2. kefuoe (10/29/2009 7:08:43 PM) 

      What a fantastic rabble rousing post you've got there. On court coaching is rarely entertaining or insightful, and when it is, it's for all the wrong reasons. Your involvement in Spring Break Shark Attack is completely forgiven.

    3. ACtennisfan (10/23/2009 10:16:51 AM) 

      mamajana, I completely agree with you on the possibility of a Serena suspension. Do I think she went a little too far? Yes. But, I think the fine and the loss of the match was enough. And, I think she was pretty justified in her outrage. There have been FAR worse things to happen on court, like your stated Jimmy Connors incident.

    4. mamajana (10/22/2009 4:22:32 PM) 

      Hey, I never thought about making it a drinking game, like quarters! Boy, these finals are a crapxxx. It's any body's game. Kutzie's just as good a guess as anyone else.....Just read they're thinking of suspending Serena for the Aussie Open. How unfair, just when I thought we would have Justine and Serena in the same event! What more do these fools want? she lost the match and was fined $10,000. I was watching one of those Best of 5 programs where Jimmy Connors goes to his opponents side and erases his ball mark with his foot. If you can't get suspended for that...

    5. ACtennisfan (10/22/2009 2:23:25 PM) 

      James, I love this posting! You put into words what I try to argue with my co-workers on at least a weekly basis. Black eyes, clay-stained socks, dirty mouths and all. THAT is MY tennis. And I love the "talk to the hand. Oh no you didn't" bit in there. I'm actually PROUD of Roger for that hissy. But, I'm also proud of Serena for hers. Dokic's father? I'll just say he's where he belongs.



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