Australian Open Day 6 Men’s Picks

Quick Picks Predicted Winners in Bold Jo-Wilfried Tsonga already advanced so no need to pick here. Andy Murray should beat Michael Llodra in straight sets.  Llodra has enough talent to take one set, but I don’t expect Murray to be troubled. Novak Djokovic should win easily vs. Nicolas Mahut. David Ferrer should beat Juan Ignacio…

2012 Australian Open Day 5: Tomic d. Dolgopolov & US Washout

6 Quick Hits Roger Federer winning the 1st set vs. Ivo Karlovic made his match fairly simple.  Playing from behind against a huge server can cause some anxiety. Jelena Jankovic sets up a match against Caroline Wozniacki.  To hammer an obvious point, both players need some validation at majors. Juan Martin del Potro vs. Phillip…

2012 Australian Open Day 4: Lendl and Murray + Hewitt v. Roddick

6 Quick Hits Petra Kvitova lost a set and Chris Evert stated that she is not yet fully fit and will likely not win this Australian Open.  This is something to follow. Novak Djokovic looks solid, and a showdown with Milos Raonic seems like a great round of 16 match. Kei Nishikori could surprise people…

2012 Australian Open Day 3: Nalbandian & the Challenge System

6 Quick Hits Caroline Wozniacki did not look sharp yesterday.  She was lucky to not go 3 sets. Rafael Nadal looks healthy; he also looked healthy in round 1 Donald Young is not as far along as some hoped Sam Querrey has to feel good about winning a round and taking a set off of…

Best Two Time Australian Open Champion (Poll)

Tennis has produced a lot of two time Australian Open champions.  All of the solo winners plus Andre Agassi (4), Roger Federer (4) and Mats Wilander (3) are not eligible, but who was the best player to win the crown twice?

Jim Courier The Entrepreneur Former Australian Open Champions Part 2

Jim Courier: the Entrepreneur  The 1992 and 1993 Australian Open Men’s Champion Jim Courier has been a strong presence in tennis since retiring without  overshadowing active players.  Although Courier made his Grand Slam breakthrough in Paris on red clay, I think the Australian Open best meshed with Courier.  His off season preparation left Courier ideally…

We’re Not in Australia Anymore or Are We?

Rafael Nadal Nearly Forfeits? On the same day that news breaks that Rafael Nadal expressed disdain for Roger Federer’s approach to dealing with the ATP on scheduling issues, Nadal also maintains that he nearly forfeited his first round Australian Open match due to knee issues. Earlier this week Nadal said that he was finally healthy…

Australian Open Day 1 Thoughts

Youngsters Dig Deep or Tomic is Houdini Bernard Tomic failed to convert 3 set points, including a forehand sitter, late in the 2nd set of his match vs. Fernando Verdasco.  Tomic looked exhausted and dumped the 2nd set tiebreak.  Darren Cahill was discussing Tomic’s need for more fitness and this being a lesson for the…