Playing Smarter Doubles is a Process

Federer and Wawrinka had to play as a team to win this match despite both being vastly (VASTLY) superior at moving, striking the ball, and playing singles  For most of my tennis life, I have preferred singles by a wide margin to doubles.  That gap is closing as I have gotten older and coached 9…

Can My Tennis Game be Upgraded? A Sequel

Reanimating the Bones of My Tennis Game is Done, but Can I Climb Higher? On October 20, 2017, I wrote Can My Tennis Game be Salvaged?  Due to some medical issues that arose with my now nine-year-old child, I stopped playing tennis for roughly 3-years.  This hiatus was not something I consciously chose.  It just…

Pickleball: Friend or Foe?

Prelude I first encountered pickleball when playing tennis nearly 10-years ago at a public park.  There were two courts on an upper terrace and one on a lower terrace at this particular park.  My opponent and I took the first available court and were on the upper terrace.  When the lower court cleared, a man…

The Extremely Interesting 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Congratulations on your @TennisHalloFame induction, @KYevgeni! 👏🎉 — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) July 21, 2019 My Memories of Mary Pierce, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Li Na The 2019 class of the International Tennis Hall of Fame admitted three qualified players this year. My Most Vivid Memory of Each: It’s official! I’m so grateful for this honor from…

A Mechanical Man? Reviewing Love Means Zero

How does on reach the biggest stages in tennis?  What are the costs? Not, if you have one in the extreme, you become very unscientific; if you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man, no longer a human being. – Bruce Lee I don’t know Nick Bollettieri.  I…

Studies Show that Playing Tennis Helps You Live Longer

One doesn’t have to be as good as David Ferrer to reap health benefits from playing tennis Given that the US has various negative health indicators as a population (I would check some of these boxes myself), I think the USTA and public health groups should be pushing tennis hard.  Parents and grandparents who play…

Tennis Wisdom I have Heard and Read over the Years

Carlos Moya’s (pictured above at Roland Garros 2019) coaching has helped Rafael Nadal in his 4 most recent major titles.  I have not done anything like that, but I still think the quotes below are worth considering if one plays or follows tennis. “Great shots win points, but good shots win matches.”  – Don Isaacs,…

Wimbledon 2019 and Why I Started Writing about Tennis

I remember watching this and wondering, “How is this guy with the physique of a pencil beating a clay court monster like Muster?” even though I loved his shot-making. I have always liked tennis and on different occasions discussed the impact my father as well as Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon triumph had on my interest…

Wimbledon 2019: Djokovic vs. Federer Prediction

Federer vs Djokovic – a match-up that has provided so much entertainment in the past… Tomorrow, they go head-to-head once more 🍿#Wimbledon | @rogerfederer | @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/47dY1F42of — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019   Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer A 4-time defending champion and #1 player in the world facing an 8-time former champion and…