John Isner is Captain America and other Thoughts

Isner: 6/7, 6/7 “Don’t Cross Me in North Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, DC” Does any player have a greater change in his success rate when playing on home soil than John Isner does?  Isner on US Soil is a top 15 player and overseas he is a top 50 player.  Isner has won 7 titles…

Andy Aftermath: Wimbledon 2013

Originally posted on GregoryGregarious:
Two weeks ago at midday I was preparing myself for a mental challenge. 3 hours later, retching and tearful, it’s fair to say that the preparations did not work. I refer, of course, to Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon 2013. To most it was a special moment to watch or hear…

Jimmy Connors has 2 Missions as Maria Sharapova’s Coach

Mission 1 – Serena Like most people who follow tennis, my first reaction to Maria Sharapova hiring Jimmy Connors was mild confusion.  The more I thought about it; the more I figured Connors’ unwillingness to concede anything to players who had favorable head-to-head records against Jimbo was the key to his hiring.  Connors promised something…

Tennis News: Mahut Doubles Up & Federer w/ 98 Square Inch Frame

Mahut on a Roll Carlos Berlocq and Fabio Fognini deserve a lot of credit for picking up titles last week.  Nicolas Mahut receives a big shout out for winning the final event of the 2013 grass court season in Newport, Rhode Island.  Mahut is a bit of a grass court specialist as he was runner-up…

BBC vs. ESPN/ABC Wimbledon Coverage

I watched the Wimbledon final live via a feed provided by ESPN.com.  Oddly, this feed was not ESPN’s broadcast feed.  Instead ESPN’s website linked to a stream from the BBC broadcast.  Later in the day, ABC broadcast an edited match on free television in the USA.  Rebroadcasting the match in a format suited to time…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Wimbledon and Murray’s Ascent

Power Ranking 2013 #8 Wimbledon Shakes up the Power Rankings  #1 vs. #2 and Murray vs. History/Expectations 1.  Andy Murray – Murray broke a 77 year slump for men from the UK at All England.  Over the past 52 weeks, Murray has won 2 slams, produced 1 slam runner-up finish and won a gold medal….

Bryan Brothers acheive Golden Slam 1st time in History

Originally posted on LoveSetMatch:
The Golden Slam so named for the Olympic Gold Medal and ALL FOUR major Grand Slam wins was achieved at Wimbledon with their 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo.  This makes the 35 year old indentical twins from the sunshine state of California the 1st and only…

Wimbledon 2013: Djokovic vs. Murray Championship Prediction

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] Will it be this? or this? Novak Djokovic has reached his 11th major final and looks to claim his 7th major title.  Andy Murray has reached his 7th major final and looks to claim his 2nd major title.  For the 3rd time in the past 52 weeks, these two men…

The Djokurray Era in Full Swing

Prior to writing my preview and prediction of the championship match, I think it is important to note that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the two people leading the tour on a week-in and week-out basis.  Rafael Nadal still rules clay.  There is no disputing that.  Roger Federer has lost a lot of consistency,…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #4 – #1

As I said, I am only ranking finals that I had a chance to watch.  I did not see the 1980 final.  I am sure it would rank highly if I had seen it. 4.  2007 Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 In 2006, Rafa and Roger traded 4 set wins…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #7 – #5

7.  1998 Pete Sampras d. Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 If only breaking Sampras were always that easy Pete won due to shots like these Goran also lost the 1994 Wimbledon Final to Sampras, but this was a much better match.  Both men served exceptionally well.  Pete survived a scare in the second…