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Top Five Moments in Tennis This Week 9/24

This week proved to be a difficult one. Like Puig, Tennis is having a difficult time bouncing back from a major tournament with a new #1 who has won two slams! The Asian swing is off to a slow start with Serena’s absence and a difficult draw for Kerber in Wuhan. In Tokyo, Wozniacki will play Osaka in the final of what will be a big tournament for the winner, either a stamp of return or arrival. In St. Petersburg a soaring Wawrinka will play Zverev in the final and at the Mosell Open Thiem will battle with Poulle in the final. Read on for five major moments in tennis this week:


Should Consistency be Tennis’ Holy Grail?

consistencyroutineAs a child I detested desserts. Cakes. Pies. Pastries. Even ice cream did not make my wish list. Yes, I was an odd child who could be bribed with wait for it …roasted sunflower seeds. A mature adult now, I have taken to baking. My repertoire includes: pound cake, carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, banana nut bread, pumpkin pie and cheesecake. When I first began I was fastidious. Testing recipes, tweaking, perfecting until my creations achieved just the right denseness and sweetness. I dislike overly sweet concoctions. Sometimes the final products were beautiful and delectable treats perfect for gifting. Sometimes, they were simply lessons I had to learn.

My consistency was not particularly important when I began baking. The experience, the process was my goal. This is a lesson tennis has not embraced. It may never move beyond consistency as the hallmark of success. The obsession with consistency is really a need for perfection. This  mars the sport.  (more…)

Top Five Tennis Moments This Week (9-7-15)

5.  With his 4+ hours win over Murray, Kevin Anderson has arrived and put the top 4 on notice!

4.  Donald Young has had a very successful Slam. He pulled a two sets down win in the first round against Simon and the third against Troiki. Unfortunately, he fell to Wawrinka in the fourth round. He also played doubles  and mixed doubles. He’ll be joining the Davis Cup.

3.  Venus Williams is into the second week and will play Serena Williams on Tuesday in the quarter finals. Though her first (Puig) and second round (Falconi) wins were not clean and required three sets, she won her third round with clean and beautiful  tennis, especially in the first set over Bencic  6-3 6-4.

2.  Mid-match Interviews.  Coco Vandeweghe was the first player to give a mid match interview. While she won the match over Stephens in straight sets, she did go out the next round to Bethany Mattek Sands 6-2, 6-1. The interview, at the end of the first set was jarring and added nothing of value.

1.  US Open Week 1 retirements and injuries were many! No fewer than 14 ATP and 2 WTA players have retired, most notable Jack Sock who all but collapsed on the court and Vitalia Diatchenko, Serena’s first round opponent, who took the court with what appeared to be an ankle injury before retiring 6-2 2-0. As the last slam of the year, no doubt players are weary and many may need the funds that this slam would provide, but the number of ATP retirements highlights the lack of  a Heat Ruling and the Five Set Slam. More than anything, this has shown how untenable the tennis calendar is.          .


What was your top tennis moment this week?