Youtube Tennis 10-30-2011 through 11-05-2011

3 Good Tennis Videos *** Final Highlights *** Plus the 3 videos below 1.  Day 5 Highlights from the WTA Championships (I will add Day 6 Highlights when the WTA Posts Them). 2.  Rafael Nadal Highlights Rafa playing some great visceral points. 3.  Stefan Edberg vs. Boris Becker The Masters 1989 Old school serve and…

Tsonga and Cilic Win

A Quick Post  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga improves his chances of playing the Year End Championships/Masters Cup/ATP World Championships/Masters (could they stick with one name?).  He defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in Vienna.  I was pulling for Delpo, but Tsonga has had a really strong year since his Queen’s Club runner-up finish.  Delpo has…

Thomas Muster Retires Again

Thomas “Coach” Muster? A lot of good can be said about how hard Thomas Muster worked on and off of the tennis court.  Muster is best know for his perseverance to overcome a freak knee injury and his amazing clay court play in 1995.  Muster played a sort of visceral tennis that often looked like…

Youtube Tennis for 10-24-2011 through 10-30-2011

Three Good Tennis Videos 1.  Pan-Slavic Tennis: An All-Serbian Final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Jannko Tipsarevic continues his climb in the rankings with a win over Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2.  2.  Gael Monfils won in Stockholm: Here is a US Open Highlight Monfils, much like Murray, has seen his career hampered by playing…

Favorite Racquet Sport other than Lawn Tennis (Poll)

I have watched Royal Tennis once and I have to say the scoring system is the most complex of any sport of which I can think. Table Tennis is a lot of fun. Badminton and Speedminton are cool too. I have never played Squash, but I would like to some day. Racquetball is not my…

Youtube Tennis 10-17-2011 through 10-22-2011

3 Good Youtube Videos on Tennis 1.  Andy Murray Winning  an Asian Triple Crown Great court coverage 2.  Marat Safin vs. Pete Sampras 2000 US Open The comments about Safin learning to serve and volley seem dated.  Maybe this match was the tactical turning point. 3. Henri Leconte vs. Boris Becker 1988 French Open Good…

Creating Frankenstein’s Monsters of Tennis

The Inspiration Every October James Rolfe reviews one monster movie per day in his Monster Madness feature.  This year he started off with Frankenstein.  I thought it would be fun to stitch together the best shots in tennis and imagine animating these amalgamation players. The Rules Four tennis monsters will be created.  Only one stroke/aspect can…

2011 Was a Good Year for the WTA

The Sky is Falling? Those who follow tennis have often made complaining about the admittedly convoluted leadership structures in professional tennis into an art from.  Beyond that, the ATP Tour has enjoyed a lot of continuity among top contenders since 2004.  This continuity has allowed for  Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to be…

Which US Player is Playing Best? (Poll)

US Tennis has enjoyed some success as of late.  Mardy Fish has had a good year.  John Isner and Andy Roddick reached the quarters in New York. Donald Young reached his first ever tour final after 8 weeks of good play. Who is playing best right now?

Youtube Tennis for 10-9-2011 through 10-15-2011

1.  Andy Murray d. Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Some highlights from their final encounter in Tokyo.  A good sign for Murray who looks poised to rise to #3 in the world.  Still, 3 Grand Slam semifinal losses to Nadal keep the edge in Rafa’s corner in big matches until Murray proves otherwise. Andy Murray…

Best One-Handed Backhand Ever (Poll)

Some Backhand Videos: Stefan Edberg – A series of great backhands from Edberg against Lendl Roger Federer – Saving match point at Wimbledon 2008 Petr Korda – Korda passing Sampras at the 1997 US Open Rod Laver – Laver vs. Bjorn Borg in 1976 Ivan Lendl – Nice backhands by Lendl vs. Becker Gustavo “Guga”…