The Value of Andy Roddick as a Talking Head

In 1990, Jimmy Connors was hired by NBC to comment on the French Open and Wimbledon.  Connors floated the idea of commenting on NBA games as NBC had broadcast rights with the NBA at that time.  This never happened, and Connors had his magical 1991 US Open run.  It would have been good for tennis…

The fading of the ‘Big Four’

Originally posted on Talking Tennis Points:
Men’s tennis has been dominated by four players in particular over the past five years but this season the gap is closing with the fringe players looking to pounce on those at the top. Already, Stanislas Wawrinka has claimed the first major of the season and now there are…

Dimitrov and Nishikori Take Titles

Dimitrov Rises to #14 w/ 3rd Career Title Grigor Dimitrov won a 250 level event in Bucharest.  His 2014 season has been hot and cold, but perhaps he is hot again after taking his second title of the year.  His ranking has risen to a career high of #14.  Dimitrov has the variety and young…

The Djok’s in Greece

Originally posted on Jadde-ye-Kabir:
That said….meaning, I wasn’t gonna write for a while: news too cool to not report.  Djoković is in Greece, fiancée Jelena Ristić is pregnant, and though he lost his Monte Carlo Crown, he made it to semi-finals, and at least it was to Federer and not to the Catalan or anybody.  All…

What’s wrong with Rafael Nadal?

Originally posted on For The Win:
Sound the alarm. For the second time in a week, Rafael Nadal lost a clay-court match. This loss, to fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, came at Nadal’s home tournament in Barcelona, where he hadn’t been beaten since 2003, when he was 15 years old. It was Nadal’s first loss in…

What if Rafa Got Bored?

Down Goes Nadal?!?!   Rafael Nadal is an absurd 277-12 on clay since 2005.  2 of those 12 losses have come over the past two weeks.  Unlike, Rafa’s 2011 Madrid and Rome losses to Novak Djokovic neither of these losses came against men with Grand Slam titles or in the championship match.  Make no mistake…

Stan’s Rise Resembles?

Tennis champions have typically broken through in their late teens or early twenties.  A lot has been made of the lack of teenagers in the top 50 and the success of players over thirty in recent years.  The explanation, and it seems to be a sound one, is that tennis has become so physically demanding…

Wawrinka new king of the court in Monte-Carlo

Originally posted on Monaco Reporter:
“Stan is the man” defeating compatriot Federer to win his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Third seed and Swiss no. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka proved he was the best man on the court yesterday by winning his first Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo by overpowering countryman Roger Federer ranked World no. 4 and…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Monte Carlo – Wawrinka is All In

2014 Power Ranking #5 – Monte Carlo Crowns a New Number One Stanislas Wawrinka – Good to Great … sounds about right.  The 2014 points totals are competitive, but Stan has wins over Rafa, Nole and Federer along with a Slam and Masters 1000 title.  As strange as it sounds to me, Stan is my #1…