Goodbye to James Blake

The first time attending i was fortunate enough to attend a tennis tournament with press credentials was in 2008 at the Indianapolis Hard Court Championships.  I covered the semifinal and final rounds.  My first match was Gilles Simon d. Sam Querrey 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.  This was a great match to start my press career with…

Interview with Venus Williams

It is a little bit later than I had hoped, but here is the link to my time in a press conference with Venus Williams on August 12, 2013.  I have been in press conferences with multiple top 10 players and players who have won slams, but asking questions of a 5 time Wimbledon champion…

US Open 2013: Day 6 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Third RoundTommy Robredo (19) vs. Daniel Evans – Robredo’s return has been a feel good story in 2013. David Ferrer (4) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin – Ferrer came into the event in poor form, but his draw might be the cure for the blues.   Janko Tipsarevic (18) vs. Jack Sock – I am taking Sock in a 50-50(ish) match.  …

US Open 2013: Day 6 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Third Round Caroline Wozniacki (6) vs. Camila Giorgi – The Dane is seeded 6th but seems a great distance from her days as the #1 seed. Petra Kvitova (7) vs. Alison Riske – Kvitova had a great chance to win WImbledon for a second time this past July.  I love what her game could be, but she…

US Open 2013: Day 5 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Second Round Marcel Granollers vs. Rajeev Ram – Ram’s Samprasesque game has a chance here, but he is not the favorite.  I hope I am wrong about the pride of Indianapolis. Tobias Kamke vs. Denis Istomin – This should be a good match. Kevin Anderson (17) vs. Marcos Baghdatis – I’ll take the big man in 4 sets. Juan Martin…

US Open 2013: Day 4 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Second Round Roger Federer (7) vs. Carlos Berlocq – Federer should win, but we can all hope for an entertaining match. Berlocq has delivered memories in New York Dmitry Tursunov (32) vs. Guillaume Rufin – I like Tursunov a lot, but I don’t think he’s going deep for some reason. Milos Raonic (10) vs. Pablo Andujar – The semifinalist from…

U.S. Open R2 preview and pick: Isner vs. Monfils

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
John Isner, unquestionably the United States’ biggest hope in New York, will be back in action on Thursday. Standing in Isner’s way of the third round is Gael Monfils. John Isner and Gael Monfils will be meeting for the seventh time in their careers when they do battle in round…

US Open 2013: Day 3 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD First Round David Goffin vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov – I am taking Goffin in an extremely interesting match.  This match should have a lot of fun rallies. Benoit Paire (24) vs. Alex Bogomolov Jr. – Paire is playing quite well in 2013. Tim Smyczek vs. James Duckworth Kevin Anderson (17) vs. Daniel Brands – This will come down to who can impose his…

US Open 2013: Day 2 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Isner should win today, but his return game will dictate how far he advances First Round Jiri Vesely vs. Denis Kudla – This is a good chance for Kudla to get a valuable win. Rogerio Dutra da Silva vs. Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 4-0 suspended – Sticking with yesterday’s pick, but who knows with this…

US Open 2013: Day 1 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD First Round Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Ryan Harrison – Harrison has had some tough draws. Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Guillaume Rufin Rhyne Williams vs. Nikolay Davydenko – Davydenko has been playing better recently. David Ferrer (4) vs. Nuick Kyrgios – I would not say upset alert, but Ferrer has not seemed like himself as of…

Jimmy Connors’ Coaching Prospects

On Better Terms than I Would Guess they are Today The tandem of Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors did seem a bit unlikely from the outset.  I am not sure what led to their hasty dissolution, but I am also not convinced that Connors cannot coach effectively on either the ATP or WTA tours.  Also,…

The Top 5 Tiers of Tennis Champions

In any career comparisons or GOAT discussions it becomes clear that there are constellations of players with similar levels of achievement.  Running through various players in my head, I have arrived at 5 levels of achievement.  For the sake of simplicity I am going to move from Jimmy Connors forward as he strikes me as…