Will this be the year Nadal gets his tenth title at Monte Carlo? His draw is favorable; he did not have to contend with any top seeds, notably, Djokovic, Murray or Wawrinka. Tournaments This Week: Biyuan Cup Zhenghou Women’s Tennis Open (China/Hard-court) Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Monaco/Clay) Fed … Continue reading Top 5 Moments in Tennis This Week 4-23
Players no doubt are preparing to bring their best to the French Open. Some, like Federer have taken to resting and others are determined to get as much match play as they can in the eleven ATP and nine WTA lead-up tournaments. Americans reportedly love … Continue reading Top 5 Moments in Tennis This Week 4-16
There is nothing like the atmosphere at a Davis or Fed Cup Rubber! It is fandom and nationalism at its peak. The venue is packed. The music is loud. The fans cheer, boo, chant and dance with flags, signs and in their country’s gear. This … Continue reading Will Haggerty’s Proposal Improve Our Davis Cup Experience?
From the desert (Indian Wells) to the beach (Miami) the players go… Tempered by rain delays, the tournament’s lack of roofs prompted it to ask Mutua Madrid Open, “Can we borrow your roof for a sec? Thanks in advance.” To which Mutua Madrid replied, No problem … Continue reading Top Moments from Miami Open
Day 7 of Miami Open the most anticipated match is Townsend vs. Kutnetsova. Sure, Venus Williams is always atop my tennis viewing list as is Verdasco and Nadal. But I have seen them play countless times and their matches don’t promise to be particularly entralling. … Continue reading First Meeting: Townsend vs Kutnetsova
Americans finally have some dogs in the fight: Sock, Fritz, Tiafoe, Donaldson, Mmoh, Rubin… However, at just nineteen years old and Ranked 101, it is Tiafoe who has my undivided attention. His serve, forehand and court speed are his weapons, indeed the trifecta. His forehand … Continue reading First Meeting: Tiafoe vs. Federer
As the AO17 came to a close on the dawn of a new day in America, I realized that though tennis got the matches its fans and commentators yearned, the redux has cost us all. No where is this more evident than the lack of poignant writing about this slam. I may yet dub this slam the white noise; we all hear it but it doesn’t resonate in a multitude of ways. Serena vs. Venus and Federer vs. Nadal was comfortable and enjoyable like a summer reunion. It is the experience that reminds us of where we are from and who we wanted to be but come the end of the weekend we leave it knowing that it is a cradle from which we have to emerge to grow. Tennis is stunted by comfort. It needs the discomfort of Kyrios, Vandewege, Zverev, Osaka, etal… These disruptors need to step-up to the challenge by taking on their s/heros. (more…)