US Open 2019: New Power Ranking Lands Rafa at #1

Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Post-US Open Suffling Rafael Nadal – Rafa won his 4th US Open title and also took home the big trophy in Montreal.  Rafa is #1 here and will soon be #1 on the ATP computer. Novak Djokovic – Djokovic’s epic Wimbledon title gives him 1/2 of 2019’s major haul.  His shoulder is a…

US Open 2019: Can Medvedev Win?

Feeling like 2017 again? or 2010? or 2013? First, Daniil Medvedev has done something many tennis fans have been waiting on from younger players.  He has reached 4-consecutive finals.  He picked up 300 ranking points in Washington, DC, 600 in Montreal, 1000 in Cincinnati, and is going to take home either 1200 or 2000 from…

US Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu Wins the US Open

Bianca Andreescu d. Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 women’s US Open champion, won the title and completed a North American hard court triple crown by also claiming the 2019 Indian Wells and Toronto titles.  Andreescu has great power and a competitive streak, and that bodes well for her future.  It is also…

What Were We Doing in 1999?

I remember living in Providence, RI and being at work following Serena Williams’ scoreline vs. Martina Hingis.  I was happy with this result because Hingis struck a negative nerve with me as a fan for the past few seasons.  Serena Williams worked her way through a tough draw (Kim Clijsters in the 3rd round, Conchita Martinez…

A Tennis Lesson from Homer Hickam or What Makes a Great Shot in Tennis

Homer Hickam’s 1998 memoir Rocket Boys was the basis of the 1999 film October Sky.  I enjoyed both immensely, but as usually happens films leave out key events in the interests of runtime.  One such exchange between Homer Hickam and Quentin Wilson was left out of the film, but it made an impression on me…

US Open 2019: September 1st Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM  (Noon start) [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [15] David Goffin (BEL) – This could be a long match.  I think the 3 of 5 set format helps Federer.  Goffin played well in Cincinnati and Federer started slowly in his first two matches at the US Open.  If Federer cannot push Goffin backward, an…