Thanksgiving for a Tweet from Jimmy Connors

On the lighter side of things, I was very happy that Jimmy Connors read and enjoyed my reflection on his career. @DanMartinTennis thanks for that and happy you have a memory of some great times. Hope you are still loving the game — Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) June 15, 2013

Murray’s operation could shape his year

Originally posted on TPFTennis:
Another year and another Grand Slam from Andy Murray. A habit? Yes please! The Brit provided us with an historic moment to cherish at Wimbledon this year. A word or two on that first; it was a huge achievement of hard work. The watching public purveyed relief of 77 years of…

Late season glimmers show Fed has still got it

Originally posted on TPFTennis:
Roger Federer has experienced a somewhat turbulent year and one he’ll be looking to forget in a hurry. To illustrate that, it was the first time since 2002 that he finished outside the top 3. Tournament exits to lower-ranked players showed he was struggling. The US Open saw the 32-year-old defeated…

My Take on The Outer Courts

My fellow Kentuckians, Matt Jones and Drew Franklin, run the nation’s most successful independent college sports website.  Kentucky Sports Radio is a go to source for any University of Kentucky fan and is revolutionary in the same manner of the 1970s launch of The Cats’ Pause. Both of these innovations were born from and are directed…

Krickstein’s Own 30 for 30

Prologue: Jimmy Connors as Scarface The recent This is What They Want ESPN 30 for 30 documentary focusing on Jimmy Connors certainly portrayed Connors as a guy who is comfortable with who he is.  It reminded me of the “I’m the bad guy” speech from Scarface (a wildly overrated film in my view): So… what…

Nadal, Djokovic headline Abu Dhabi field

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
The field and draw for the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi was announced earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the marquee attractions. Nos. 1 and 2 on the ATP Tour will be joined by an impressive quartet consisting of David Ferrer, Andy…

Power Ranking 2013: Wrapping Up the Year

Power Ranking 2013 #15 1.  Novak Djokovic – I agree with the computer rankings.  They offer an accurate representation of points earned from the start to the finish of 2013.  A power ranking takes that into account as well as the current state of each player’s game.  Nole is riding a 22 match winning streak and…