My 5 Favorite Memories of Louis Armstrong Stadium – Part 1*

* I’ve written a fair amount about Jimmy Connors as well as his 1991 US Open run so I won’t use any Jimmy Connors matches. Honorable Mention:  1987 John McEnroe d. Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 McEnroe went bonkers during the match.  “Bobo” was a player I liked to watch due to his crushing…

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions Rafael Nadal – This is no surprise as Rafa has played Roland Garros 11 times and won the event 9 times!  Rafa’s athleticism, competitive nature, and massive generation of top spin allow him to play clay court tennis with brutal efficiency.  Rafa has dominated this event as no…

The Top 10 Male Australian Open Champions

This is the first installment in a series looking at the best performers at each Grand Slam event.  I will look at the 10 best champions on the male and female sides of Open Era tennis and explain why they are ranked where they are in my eyes.  Since this focuses on the Open Era,…

DC Memories 1996

I have attended the following tennis tournaments at least once: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Newport, the US Open, and Washington, DC.  I also attended the USTA 18 and Under National Clay Court Championships when it was hosted in Louisville, KY as well as an exhibition match between two former top ranked players in Lexington, KY.  I enjoy…

Counterpunch – This is Not the Golden Era

As a fan, I have never enjoyed a period of tennis as much as I have from 2004-present. 2003 was a generational shifting year in which the New Balls players won 3 of the 4 majors.  In 2004, Roger Federer gave a dominating and aesthetically pleasing game to this new era.  2005 saw Marat Safin…

2013 US Open: Men’s Championship Prediction Djokovic vs. Nadal

2013 US Open Men’s Championship 1 Novak Djokovic vs. 2 Rafael Nadal The top two seeds meet in the final of the US Open just as happened in the 2013 Wimbledon championship match.  Novak Djokovic has won 24 matches in Grand Slam play in 2013, and Rafa has won 13.  Yet, they each have 1…

Goodbye to James Blake

The first time attending i was fortunate enough to attend a tennis tournament with press credentials was in 2008 at the Indianapolis Hard Court Championships.  I covered the semifinal and final rounds.  My first match was Gilles Simon d. Sam Querrey 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.  This was a great match to start my press career with…

The Top 5 Tiers of Tennis Champions

In any career comparisons or GOAT discussions it becomes clear that there are constellations of players with similar levels of achievement.  Running through various players in my head, I have arrived at 5 levels of achievement.  For the sake of simplicity I am going to move from Jimmy Connors forward as he strikes me as…

3 Phases of the GOAT Discussion

GOATs on our Mind Tennis GOAT discussions and debates have been good for fans and the press because we’ve always got something to contemplate.  Here is my breakdown of events that amped up GOAT debates: Career slams and Pete chasing Emerson get the credit or blame Andre Agassi completing the career Grand Slam in 1999…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #10-#8

This Top 10 List is Based on Matches I have actually seen.  I was four years old and did not see McEnroe vs. Borg in 1980 therefore I can’t rate it.  This is also purely subjective as each of these matches have their merit. 10.  2000 Pete Sampras d. Patrick Rafter 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2…