Australian Open Memories: Boris Becker defeats Chang to Claim 2nd Aussie Crown

Originally posted on Tennis Abides: Dan Martin on Tennis and Life:
Boris Becker Followed up a Big Finale to 1995 with his 6th and Final Grand Slam Title to Open 1996 Boris Becker was Wimbledon runner-up and a US Open semifinalist in 1995.  He capped those strong efforts with an ATP World Championships title by…

Mayotte and Gilbert Weigh in on Roland Garros 1989

I wrote about what might have happened if Thomas Muster had been healthy entering the 1989 French Open. What do I know, though? Tim Mayotte and Brad Gilbert were seeded 7th and 12th at Roland Garros in 1989.  Mayotte lost in the 2nd round while Gilbert ended up withdrawing from the event.  I asked their…

What if Muster was Never Injured? A Roland Garros 1989 Counterfactual

Could we have seen this in 1989? Michael Chang’s improbable 1989 French Open title is one of the great underdog stories in the history of tennis.  The 17-year-old Chang rallied from two sets down to beat the #1 seed, world #1, and three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl.  He followed that up with 4-set wins…