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Padraic Kilcoyne

Padraic Kilcoyne
Padraic is a final year student of journalism in DCU. A keen sports writer and tennis fan. He is passionate about the game and has been playing and following the sport religiously for over 10 years.

Nadal struggling as French Open nears

With the 2014 Roland Garros Championships only a month away, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has yet to find his top form on the dirt. Last Wednesday Rafael Nadal won his first match at the ATP 500 event in Barcelona in a tight contest 7-6 6-4 against Albert Ramos. Nadal was clearly not as his best as just one year …

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Former Legend Fridays #5: Mats Wilander

This week Padraic Kilcoyne looks back on the career of seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander. Wilander was one of a number of great stars to come out of Sweden and many see him as one of the greatest overachievers in the game.  Wilander’s greatest weapon was his mind. He was one of the smartest players of his time. A counter-puncher at heart, his …

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Former Legend Fridays #4: Bjorn Borg

In this week’s edition of ‘Former Legend Fridays’ Padraic Kilcoyne looks back on the career of the “Ice Man”, Bjorn Borg. The Swedish tennis player was viewed as the rockstar of the tennis scene in the 1970s. He was an icon in the tennis world. Arthur Ashe once said of Borg that the historical challenge of winning Grand Slams meant …

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Former Legend Friday’s #3: Vince Spadea

Padraic Kilcoyne looks back on the career of tennis pro Vince Spadea. Spadea was described by the New York Times as the epitome of a tennis journeyman. He holds the record for longest losing streak in tennis history and yet has had wins over many of the greats. Spadea never got near the biggest achievements in the tennis world, but …

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Former Legend Fridays #2: Andy Roddick

Love him or hate him, Andy Roddick was one of the most charismatic personalities to ever play on the tour. Despite winning the US Open and 32 titles, Roddick won’t be remembered for his tournament wins. He will go down as a crowd favourite, one of the most honest and hard-working guys to play the sport and a guy who …

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Former Legend Fridays #1: Pete Sampras

In the first of a new series, Padraic Kilcoyne looks back on the career of American tennis player ‘Pistol’ Pete Sampras. Whilst he was not as charismatic as his rival Agassi or as popular as ‘the bad boy of tennis’ John McEnroe, he was a true competitor and one of the most respected champions of all time. Pete Sampras was …

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