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Hingis Plays First WTA Match, Federer Plays First Match in Japan, Koubek DQed – On This Day in Tennis History

From the October 4 chapter of the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY ($19.95, New Chapter Press, www.TennisHistoryBook.com)

1994 – Future world No. 1 Martina Hingis of Switzerland, two weeks past her 14th birthday, makes her professional debut with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Patty Fendick in the first round of the Zurich Indoors. The Hingis debut comes after a celebrated junior career where she becomes the youngest player to win a major junior title at age 12 at the 1993 French Open and earning the world No. 1 junior ranking the next year with wins at the junior French and Wimbledon. Says Hingis of her debut match, “The first time is always difficult. But I didn’t have anything to lose, and I enjoyed it toward the end especially.” Hingis goes on to lose to Mary Pierce of France 6-4, 6-0 in the next round.

2007 – Austrian Stefan Koubek is disqualified from his second-round match with Sebastien Grosjean at the Metz Open in France when he uses inappropriate language in an argument with tournament referee Thomas Karlberg. With Koubek leading 5-7, 7-6, 4-2, the Australian left-hander argues with Karlberg over the ruling to replay a point due to a linesperson being unsighted and missing a call. Says Karlberg, “On the first point of the seventh game, on Grosjean’s serve, a Koubek forehand close to the baseline gave a 0-15 advantage to Koubek, but the umpire realized Grosjean was in the way of the line judge, who was therefore unable to judge the point. In this case, the rule is to replay the point. Koubek disagreed and asked for the supervisor’s intervention. He did not want to accept the rules and used strong language. I told him the match was over and asked the umpire to announce it.”

2007 – Roger Federer plays his first ever match in Japan, defeating Serbia’s Victor Troicki 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the AIG Japan Open in Tokyo.

1986 – Pat Cash wins 16 of 20 games played and defeats Tim Mayotte 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the completion of a rain-postponed match to give Australia a 2-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals in Brisbane, Australia. Mayotte begins play leading Cash 6-4, 1-2. Cash the pairs with John Fitzgerald in the doubles match, and nearly puts away the Americans by an insurmountable 3-0 margin, but darkness postpones their match with the ad-hoc U.S. doubles team of Ken Flach and Paul Annacone, with the Aussies leading 10-8, 6-1, 5-7. Annacone, in his Davis Cup debut and what ultimately becomes his only Davis Cup playing experience, substitutes for an injured Robert Seguso.

Alex Bogomolov Named Touring Professional in Residence for Napeague Tennis Club

NEW YORK, May 20 – Alex Bogomolov, the former top 100 touring professional and bronze medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games, was announced today as the Touring Professional in Residence for the Napeague Tennis Club located in the Hamptons area of Long Island. The Napeague Tennis Club, located in a beautiful, serene setting adjacent to Hither Hills State Park in Amagansett, N.Y., opened for the season earlier this month.

 “I am excited to share the elite training and coaching secrets and techniques that I have learned through the years this summer in the Hamptons with Gotham Tennis,” said Bogomolov. “I am very motivated and eager to work with players of all levels. I will give each player a candid, professional assessment of his/her current game and a personalized plan to achieve his or her maximum potential. ”

 Bogomolov, who was ranked as high as No. 97 in 2003, will serve as the club’s resident ATP Touring Pro and will be available to Napeague Tennis Club members for private lessons, clinics and other club events throughout the summer. Bogomolov will provide Napeague club members with the same advanced training and teaching techniques that have been integrated into Gotham Tennis Academy’s Manhattan-based adult and junior programs. Bogomolov brings methods he has learned and utilized throughout his junior and professional tennis career. He has registered wins over Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Tommy Haas, among others in his pro and junior career. In 2003, he won a bronze medal in doubles for the United States at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At Napeague, he will work alongside Tennis Director Brian Helm to offer a unique blend of engaging tennis programming, lessons and camps this summer.

 The Napeague Tennis Club features four immaculately-maintained clay courts and one multi-purpose grass court. Summer memberships start as low as $950. Napeague club members receive personalized attention from Napeague’s professional staff, unlimited free court usage and savings of ten to thirty percent for private lessons and group clinics. In addition, Napeague offers adult and children’s clinics, day camps, private lessons, and the option of at-home tennis instruction.

 “Napeague Tennis Club is the preferred destination for tennis in the Hamptons because of our outstanding tennis professionals and programs, relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, beautiful clay courts, and close proximity to the beach. Our Club is also very reasonably-priced,” said Brian Helm, a Director of Tennis for Gotham Tennis Academy in New York City and the new Director of Tennis at Napeague. “The Napeague Tennis Club is a very special place. It’s an oasis of calm with world-class tennis programming and great facilities.”

 The Napeague Tennis Club, located at 2145 Montauk Highway in Amagansett, is entering its second season under the management of Gotham Tennis.

 The mission of Gotham Tennis Academy is to provide friendly, personalized, high-performance tennis instruction in convenient facilities for Manhattan and Hamptons clients. In addition to operating the Napeague Tennis Club in the Hamptons, Gotham Tennis Academy has established a reputation for excellent tennis programming at three Manhattan locations — the Harlem Armory Tennis Center, the Midtown Tennis Club and the Riverside Clay Tennis Association. Gotham Tennis Academy offers tennis programs year-round to players of all ages and skill levels. Gotham Tennis Academy’s goal is to help each player improve all aspects of his or her tennis game. More information on Gotham Tennis Academy can be found at http://www.gothamtennis.com/.