Masters Miami 2015: April 1st ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Dominic Thiem (AUT) – Anywhere other than a slam or at Miami, I might pick Thiem.  That is how much I think of this young talent.  Thiem has a lot of variety and a bright future ahead of him.  The Austrian also has a lot of momentum from some…

Miami 2015: April 1st WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [27] Sabine Lisicki (GER) H2H – Lisicki did post a big win versus Serena at Wimbledon 2013. The German matches up reasonably well with Serena because her serve is strong enough to counterbalance some of Serena’s general serving edge.  Lisicki has played quite well in Miami as…

Evaluating DDP Yoga for Tennis – Phase 1

I dabbled with DDPYoga during cold weather months, will committing to it improve my tennis? I have gained more weight than I would like over the past several years.  Despite eating a pretty healthy diet by US standards, I have through inaction, stress, and lack of sleep managed to not be particularly well conditioned.  This…

Masters Miami 2015: March 31st ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs [17] Gael Monfils (FRA) H2H – I think the Big Czech wins riding some momentum from his comeback versus Tomic. [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [15] Kevin Anderson (RSA) – Murray’s return will likely neutralize Anderson’s best weapon. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) H2H – This should be an entertaining…

Miami 2015: March 31st WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [9] Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs [14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – I have been a bit slow to join the bandwagon.  Still, Pliskova has a world class serve and is a talent to watch.  I think her serve and overall talent are headed toward big things.  Petkovic certainly can win and in some…

Rafa’s Early 2015 Results

I grabbed Rafael Nadal’s 2015 results from Yahoo Sports and pasted them below (for some reason Yahoo lists Rio twice). World #3 Nadal does have one title in 2015. Winning Buenos Aires after reaching the semifinal round at Rio gives Nadal a 7-1 record on clay.  Rafa certainly will welcome a return to his favored surface…

Masters Miami 2015: March 30th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD If only I had tickets to today’s matches, this looks like a day of tennis heaven for a fan [5] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [31] Jérémy Chardy (FRA) H2H –  Chardy has had a few moments in his career, but I think Raonic’s resolve and serve push him through to a straight sets…

Miami 2015: March 30 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a great slate of matches [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs [16] Venus Williams (USA) – I like Wozniacki to win a close match. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [24] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – Kuznetsova is just unpredictable enough to pull an upset, but I think Serena wins pretty easily.  It is odd…

Masters Miami 2015: March 29th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [27] Santiago Giraldo (COL) H2H – Murray loves Miami as it is home away from home. [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [29] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) H2H – Not enough Hot Sauce exists to pull off this upset [23] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Juan Monaco (ARG) H2H – Monaco is having a…

Miami 2015: March 29th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [15] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – Flavia is in form, but I like VIka in this match. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [WC] Catherine Bellis (USA) – I think Serena is a safe pick to advance. [5] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) vs [27] Sabine Lisicki (GER) – This could go…

A Modest Proposal: Masters 1000 Events and Solar Panels

NetJets is making strides to go carbon neutral – perhaps they could sponsor this effort The professional tennis tours are fairly carbon intensive.  The miles of airline flights and driving (in the case of Murray’s 2009 road trip from Montreal to Cincinnati) add up to a lot of internal combustion engines being used by players and fans…

Masters Miami 2015: March 28th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD A Big Slate of Matches Today [11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Tim Smyczek (USA) – Jo’s comeback gets a boost. [9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) – Dimitrov seems to be struggling to me where Pospisil has momentum in singles and doubles. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)…