Implications of Daniil Medvedev’s Rise

The new World #3 has reached six-consecutive tournament finals.  4 of which were either Masters 1000 events or Grand Slam events.  Medvedev has won 3 of those 6 finals.  He staged a wonderful US Open final vs. Rafael Nadal in which he had Rafa wobbling in the early stages of the 5th set but failed…

Djokovic winning Tokyo Kicks off a Non-Chase for #1

This is an opinion piece.  It is my opinion that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would be happy to finish 2019 #1, but that neither of them is overly worried about it. Their current 2019 points stand at: Rafal Nadal – 9225 Novak Djokovic – 7765 This would seemingly be a nearly impregnable lead…

Stepping Outside of Tennis: The NCAA and Shamateurism

I have no idea if the recent California law will fix the NCAA’s corrupt system of amateurism in which scholarship athletes in (US-style) football and men’s basketball generate billions of dollars in revenue that make coaches and athletic directors rich while also paying for scholarships for athletes in non-revenue generating sports.  The athletes in the…

International Tennis Hall of Fame Fan Voting – It is an Idea

Multipliers or Matches I would not call it a good idea.  Four candidates were put out there and the top 3 each get a boost toward enshrinement.  Goran Ivanisevic will get the largest boost with Conchita Martinez getting 2/3rds of Goran’s boost, and Jonas Bjorkman getting 1/3 of the boost. Poor Sergi Bruguera gets no…

Reviewing the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series

In the coming months, I am going to review the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series.  I am doing this in part because as a Kentucky High School tennis coach 2 of the 5 matches in a dual are doubles matches.  Therefore, 2/3rds of a team victory can come from sweeping doubles.  I will also note…

Novak Djokovic is an Executive Producer for a Documentary

I have not seen this documentary, but Novak Djokovic is a vegan and an executive producer for The Game Changers (trailer and interviews below).  Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams both eat plant-based diets so this may be something that is picked up by other tennis players. As a matter of full disclosure, I have been a…

US Open 2019: New Power Ranking Lands Rafa at #1

Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Post-US Open Suffling Rafael Nadal – Rafa won his 4th US Open title and also took home the big trophy in Montreal.  Rafa is #1 here and will soon be #1 on the ATP computer. Novak Djokovic – Djokovic’s epic Wimbledon title gives him 1/2 of 2019’s major haul.  His shoulder is a…

US Open 2019: Can Medvedev Win?

Feeling like 2017 again? or 2010? or 2013? First, Daniil Medvedev has done something many tennis fans have been waiting on from younger players.  He has reached 4-consecutive finals.  He picked up 300 ranking points in Washington, DC, 600 in Montreal, 1000 in Cincinnati, and is going to take home either 1200 or 2000 from…

US Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu Wins the US Open

Bianca Andreescu d. Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 women’s US Open champion, won the title and completed a North American hard court triple crown by also claiming the 2019 Indian Wells and Toronto titles.  Andreescu has great power and a competitive streak, and that bodes well for her future.  It is also…