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)…

Miami 2015: March 28th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs Kaia Kanepi (EST) – The Wizard of Woz may be in for a tough test today. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Monica Niculescu (ROU) – Serena’s town is Miami. [7] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs [31] Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – Aga and Navratilova need to show some…

Tennis and Heart Disease: Grow the Sport

The slow growth of tennis in the US has frustrated me for many years.  I have many thoughts on why tennis has not gained greater traction as a sport people play within the US.  I think one avenue for growing the number of tennis players is sadly the state of US health.  The rates of…

Masters Miami 2015: March 27th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD I can see having 32 seeds at a slam because such events involve 7 rounds, but this seems excessive [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Donald Young (USA) – These two have had their fair share of matches. [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP) – This could be interested, but…

Miami 2015: March 27th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [WC] Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) – If healthy, Halep will win. [17] Madison Keys (USA) vs Sloane Stephens (USA) – This is a 50-50 match and should be fun. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Monica Niculescu (ROU) – Serena’s knee is the only question. [20] Jelena Jankovic…

Masters Miami 2015: March 26th Prediction

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) – Baghdatis has shown a little life lately, but he has not been a good pick in almost a decade. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) – Big time match if JMDP is healthy.  I think Vasek beats a Rusty, but hopefully…

Miami 2015: March 26th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD A Lot of Chalk Advances Today [7] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) [16] Venus Williams (USA) vs [Q] Urszula Radwanska (POL) – A Williams vs. a Radwanska – Venus’ 7 slams and 4 gold medals make her historically more significant.  However, an upset here would not shock me. [2]…

2015 Power Ranking: Indian Wells – Nole Reigns and Milos Rises

Tennis Power Ranking 2015: #2 Given that I live so close to Cincinnati we can all hope these are used for seedings at Masters Cincinnati Novak Djokovic – Novak withstood some nerves in the second set to avenge his loss in Dubai and further strengthen his hold on the #1 ranking.  I think Djokovic is…

Indian Wells 2015: Federer vs. Djokovic Championship Prediction

Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic  World #2 Roger Federer defeated World #1 Novak Djokovic in Dubai to edge ahead 20-17 in their head-to-head series.  Each man has only lost 1 match in 2015.  This is the match that the tournament organizers were hoping for as it has a bit of everything.  Novak, in my view,…