Newport, Stuttgart, Umag and Bastad Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Newport, RI Surface – Grass 1 John Isner vs. Lleyton Hewitt Defending champion John Isner has played well to reach the final.  Ivo Karlovic has troubled Lleyton Hewitt in the past.  Still, this grass court season has favored veteran players.  I think that trend continues and…

Newport Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD John Isner 1 vs. Ryan Harrison 6 John Isner has stopped some of his recent bleeding by winning some matches in Rhode Island, but I sense that the big man is just not playing very well.  He has accomplished one goal in terms of getting more match play on grass courts…

Review of Signature Series: Rod Laver by the Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel’s Signature Series: Rod Laver was an excellent episode for tennis fans.  A few things stood out to me. Tennis as a Blue Collar Sport in Australia The documentary explained that tennis was a blue collar sport in Australia.  Laver and his family built their own court, and Rod looked at tennis as a…

Federer’s Ability to Rebound

Olympic Years Most tennis fans can remember the result of Wimbledon 2008.  Remember 2008, the year of the last Summer Olympic Games?  Roger Federer had a tough June and July in 2008.  He was throttled by Rafael Nadal in Paris.  Going into a highly anticipated Wimbledon final due to the 5 set thriller of 2007,…

The International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is hosting its annual 25o level event on the ATP tour.  It is the only grass court event held on US soil.  It is also the only grass court ATP tour event held after Wimbledon concludes.  I attended the tournament in 1999 and watched Chris Woodruff win the title. …

Federer Facts

Earlier today I was running through some of Roger Federer’s records and standings in my mind.  I was trying to wrap my head around these gaudy numbers.  I figured it makes sense to post these records and then revise them as they change or a different record occurs to me or you.  Why should I…

Originally posted on Painting the Black:
Roger Federer won his 7th Wimbledon title in typical Federer fashion. Effortlessly. The debate of whether Roger Federer is indeed the best tennis player to ever pick up a racquet will inevitably resume, most likely in Roger’s favour, in the coming days. Comparing players across generations often leads to…

Who is the Greatest Male Grass Court Player of the Open Era? (POLL)

Martina Navratilova seems to have locked up the female honor here.  Consider the following cases before voting and of course comment below. Bjorn Borg – 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles, 1 Wimbledon runner-up finish, 6 consecutive Wimbledon final rounds reached, 2 Wimbledon quarterfinal finishes Pete Sampras – 7 Wimbledon titles, 7-0 in Wimbledon finals, 1 Wimbledon…