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Time was, Wimbledon might as well have been in Tampa

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The world’s most famous tennis tournament began Monday, bringing in competitors and fans from all over the world. Ah, but there was a time when Wimbledon was reserved for Tampa Bay alone. It has been 22 years now since Pete Sampras and Jim Courier, both of whom lived here at the time, played in the Wimbledon Finals. Sampras won in four sets, although the first two were by tie-breaker, to win the first of his seven titles. At the time,…

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My latest crush, Nicole Vaidistova

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The German-born, Florida-based Czech Nicole Vaidistova has drawn comparisons to Maria Sharapova, who was 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004. Nicole Vaidistova pulled off her second successive shocker at Roland Garros, beating Williams 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3 to earn her first Grand Slam semifinal berth. I met Nicole last year at The Vinoy and I knew then that she would be my new favorite. What’s better than a six-foot, blonde Eastern European girl (just like my loves Sasha and…

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