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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 …

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For the past few months, tennis players of all levels have been fortunate to have been playing indoors. No sun, no wind, no other distractions. It's time to move outside. Tennis nets are in place at public parks, most high schools and some colleges. The courts have stayed in very good shape, despite the rough periods of winter snow. Here are some tips as you transiti…

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Kristen Ortman Maines has been the head women’s tennis coach at the University at Buffalo for the past seven years. The results in her first five years at UB were very good. The past two years, the team's accomplishments have bordered on the miraculous. The Bulls have won the Mid-American Conference tournament in consecutive seasons and earned the automatic berths to…

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A Western New York team has become only the second from the region to win the Sectional Tri-Level Tennis Championships in the last 20 years. Affectionately known as the WNY Dream Breakers, the team defeated the highly favored New Jersey team and finished 1-1 against the Long Island and New York City teams in White Plains, N.Y., to earn its spot at the Tri-Level National…

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I have been getting a lot of questions about tennis in general and tennis etiquette. Here are seven of the most common situations and questions that people ask about: Q: A local player was winning his singles match easily 6-4, 4-2. Suddenly his opponent starts playing well and ties the match at one set a piece. What happened? A: It was evident that the losing player …

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Could 8-year-old Michael Antonius be the next great tennis player from the Buffalo area? He won the “Little Mo” International 8 and Under Boys Tennis Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y. In September, he won the national boys 8 and under ”Little Mo” Tennis Championships in Austin, Texas. Other players who have won these prestigious events founded by tennis legend Maur…