Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is the twenty-three year Australian the tennis community refuses to embrace. He is their step-child, relegated with harsh words and steely gazes. The warm embrace of acceptance and support his peers have enjoyed is not his tennis experience. He is often described … Continue reading Oh Kyrgios, Why Have They Forsaken Thee?
The often derided Richard Williams was prophetic when he declared that his daughters would be #1 and #2. Tennis media, players and even fans jeered and mocked him. Today it is clear that, though his character can be questioned and his childhood tales are a stretch to believe, his preparation and guidance of his daughters with the often unacknowledged assistance of his then wife, Oracene, is to be hailed.
James Blake, tennis commentator and Miami Open Tournament Director, was asked on Tennis Channel if Richard Williams should be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, his equivocation was astounding. No doubt, Blake would vote for Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena after she had achieved thirteen grand slams. For Blake, he is an active/proper coach and Williams was not. Richard and Oracene Williams are worthy of Hall of Fame induction whenever they are ready to accept.
Williams’ 2014 memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It, and the 78-page blueprint he prepared in 1980, describing how Venus and Serena would reach the top, too are part of his legacy. Serena and Venus are what we will all truly remember, and that is more than enough!
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- Serena Williams return, fitness, protected ranking vs. seeding.
- Post La Decima Nadal is favored to win.
- Federer’s Clay season absence.
- No on-court coaching; 5 Sets on-going debate.
- Toughest vs easiest draws for ATP (Nadal and WTA (Muguraza/Halep).
- Players to watch ATP (Thiem, Sasha, Wawrinka, Cilic); WTA (Halep, Serena, Svitolina, Kvitova).
- Most anticipated match: Serena/Sharapova
- Thiem’s scheduling. He played and won Lyon today.
- Doubles: Serena/Venus, Mike Bryan/Sam Querrey. Sock/Kyriogios.
- Lleyton Hewitt playing doubles challengers and expected to play with Nick kyrios at Queens, Wimbledon warm-up tournament.
- Growing on-court tantrums and misdeeds: Wozniacki, Pliskova…
- Thirty-seven year old Francesca Schiavone won a qualifier spot.
- Radek Stepanek and Nicole Vaidišová second marriage.
- Ilie Nastase two arrests involving alcohol.
- Another active tennis player will announce her pregnancy during the tournament.
- Who has the best outfit? I can’t wait to see them all…
The dirt has wiped-out top seed after top seed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome-WTA). The clay surface, red-green-blue, is the most demanding physically and mentally. Whether the clay is slower (red) or faster (green) it requires more sliding, running, technique and point construction. Americans notoriously … Continue reading The Dirt Strikes Again!
The media are rubbing their hands in anticipation of another Nadal/Djokovic clay showdown. If Nadal can get by Fognini and Djokovic, Nishikori in the quarterfinals, the media and many fans will be as giddy as pigs in shit or college students at happy hour. This would be their first match since last year’s Madrid Masters Semifinal, which Nadal won 6-2, 6-4.
Djokovic’s winning H2H 26/24 is no match for Nadal’s clay dominance. Also, his slow return from his elbow injury only support another clay win for Nadal.
The narratives for the French Open are being written! We can now forget about Nadal’s lost to Thiem in Madrid’s quarterfinal 5-7, 3-6.
Tennis is usually thought of in the media as singles, ATP play. Yet doubles, mixed-women or men, is the more popular sport played by non-professionals. Though not seen as often on TV, ESPN-Tennis Channel-BEING, it is by far the most entertaining tennis you can watch. … Continue reading What a Week for Doubles Tennis!