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A new racket store in Williamsville sells pickleball paddles, fitness apparel and more than 30 kinds of athletic shoes. It plans to add racquetball, badminton and squash gear to its inventory later this year. Still, a lot of what you’ll see for sale at Courtside Outfitters will look familiar to those who flocked to the same spot for the last quarter century, when it was…

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In the many years that I have seen the best tennis teaching pros in Western New York, Marcus Fugate stands at the head of the class. Fugate came to Miller Tennis Center in August 2016 after nine years teaching at the Tennis Club of Rochester, and he has continued his success in producing high-quality players at multiple levels. He also remains active on the court, wi…

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Nearly three dozen elementary school students of modest means have a brighter athletic and academic future, in part because a Buffalo native wasn’t quite sure what career path to take after she graduated a decade ago with a sociology degree from Vassar College. “I thought perhaps a lawyer or maybe a teacher. I wasn't really familiar with the idea of having a career in t…

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Here are some questions that I have recently been asked about tennis and my answers: Question: In 1974, more than 132 players entered in the men’s open singles division in the MUNY Tennis Tournament. This was only part of the overall number that included more than 200 players across several divisions. This year’s MUNY open singles division had about eight players and a …

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Collin Mika, Oliver Zinaja, and twin sisters Mya and Rya Johnson are 8 years old. They are coached by Nate Palmer with help from Todd Miller and Debbie Miller, director of the highly successful under-10 program at Miller Tennis Center. Todd and Debbie are the co-owners of Miller Tennis Center. Like some players who got their start in the Miller Tennis Center under-10 pr…

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As a youngster, Russ Tringali took tennis lessons from the legendary Rauno Suominen. Suominen had played second singles for the Finland Davis Cup team and competed all over the world before moving to Buffalo to teach tennis. Tringali gives him much of the credit for the success he has attained as a player and coach. After 38 years of teaching, including nearly 30 …

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Upsets happen. Whether you are an outstanding tennis player who wins most of your matches or an  amateur trying to continue to get better, the right game plan can lead you to victory. Try to watch a match your future opponent is playing and start by writing down your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Then do the same for your overall game. Have a friend or coac…

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Jessie Pegula lost Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open to France's Alize Cornet, 6-2, 6-3. Pegula, the Buffalo-born daughter of Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, was playing in the main draw for the first time since 2016. Cornet, ranked No. 68 in the WTA rankings, was playing in her 13th consecutive U.S. Open and had been eliminated in the first r…

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News Staff and Wire Reports Jessie Pegula has reached the main draw of the U.S. Open twice in her career, having taken the long path through qualifying in 2015 and 2016. Four other times, she attempted to qualify but did not make the field of 128. This year, she has no such worries. Pegula’s strong season has moved her to No. 58 in the rankings and a spot in the f…

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Jessica Pegula defeated Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-2 on Sunday to win the Citi Open, her first Women's Tennis Association Tour title, in Washington, D.C. Pegula, the daughter of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, entered the tournament unseeded and ranked No. 79 in the world. She saved the only break point she faced in the match, taking just 59 minutes to ca…

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WIMBLEDON, England –Novak Djokovic may not have been the better player from first ball to last in Sunday’s Wimbledon final. But he produced nerves of steel when it mattered most, blasting the shots, avoiding the costly errors and saving the two match points required to defeat 37-year-old Roger Federer, who had both artistry and the Centre Court crowd on his side in purs…

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Asad Khan is the new squash professional at Nardin Academy Athletic Center. He will be teaching squash to all levels of play and be in charge of all venues that include private lessons, camps, group clinics and tournaments. Before joining Nardin Academy, Khan was the Director of Squash at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He coached the high school’s squa…

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Jessie Pegula, the daughter of Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, has advanced to the Round of 16 in women's doubles at the French Open. Jessie, 25, and partner Desirae Krawczyk beat Raquel Atawo and Katarina Srebotnik, 7-5, 6-3, on Friday at Roland Garros in the second round.  They will face Su-Wei Hsieh and Mónica Puig in the next round. Jessie is…

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When Pickleball Island opened in Grand Island in October 2017, the facility had three courts. Six months later, it had seven. More than 18 months later, Pickleball Island's seven courts are in constant use and four more courts could be added in the near future. The reason? The continued expansion of the game in Western New York. “The growth of pickleball has been …