Stan Lee – In Memoriam: Tennis Heroes

Tennis and comic books commanded much of my attention from 7th through 9th grade.  Comics faded in my life but tennis persisted.*  I was a Marvel fan collecting Silver Surfer and Thor comics for the most part with a few Dark Horse Godzilla comics thrown in for good measure.  Comic books stoked the imagination of…

Final Power Ranking for 2018

 Novak Djokovic – I am sure Nole would have loved to have grabbed the big trophies in Paris and London to end the year.  Still, his Wimbledon and US Open triumphs as well as solving the riddle of Cincinnati more than place him atop men’s tennis for 2018.   On the plus side, finishing the year with…

Emotions in Sports – Bjorn Borg as an Outlier?

I ate out tonight and a soccer recap show was on the big screen.  The celebrations and the displays of anger over poor plays were quite volatile to the point of being a bit comical.  I know basketball far better than soccer, but again it is easy to think of players celebrating big dunks, making…

Tennis Abides: Players of the Year

2018 WTA Player of the Year – Naomi Osaka The 2018 WTA Player of the Year is a topic that could be debated without any clear verdict.  Still, I think Naomi Osaka’s virtuoso performance at the US Open firmly established her as a player who can become the dominant force on the WTA Tour.  She…

Tennis Stories: The Sub

There are moments that stand out for the wrong reasons.  The strangest and most cringe-worthy moment of my 33-year tennis career happened when I was subbing.   Tennis can be an expensive sport.  Lessons cost money, court time can cost money, tennis equipment is not cheap, tournaments cost money, leagues are not free … Subbing is…

Tennis Twitter Highlights 10/27/2018

Down 6-0, 2-0, @SloaneStephens battles back to defeat Pliskova, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1! Will face Svitolina in @WTAFinalsSG championship! pic.twitter.com/ULwFJqGIV7 — WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Milestones All Over the Place Federer extends his own record for most finals at a single tournament on the @ATPWorldTour Federer: 14(Basel)Nadal: 12( Monte Carlo)Federer: 12 ( Halle)Federer: 11(…

What Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka Need to Do to Win

Serena Willams vs Naomi Osaka: This Could be a Classic Serena Williams has won 23 majors and played in hundreds of big matches because she does something better than nearly anyone else.  Serena’s transitions from offense to defense and from defense to offense trouble her opponents. Serena has the best serve on the WTA Tour…

Tennis Abides – 7th Anniversary: State of the Site Address

Changes as Tennis Abides Turns 7 Dear Readers, I started writing about tennis for various websites in part due to being taken with the high level of play I saw at Masters Cincinnati 2002.  I recall watching Carlos Moya up close on day 1 and thinking he would have a nice run.  Little did I…