Tennis Abides Community: Help Launch a Hit for Puerto Rico

@MonicaAce93 @rogerfederer @andyroddick – The Hit for Haiti was such a success. I hope tennis acts when and how it can for Puerto Rico! — Dan Martin (@DanMartinTennis) September 28, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I’d be down to help !! https://t.co/9bckeDHhWR — andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 28, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Andy Roddick said he’d be down to help if…

Andy Roddick Tweets Up Some Controversy on Monfils

Nothing pisses me off more when watching someone giving a horrible effort. Showboats when winning and rolls over when down #hatethat — andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 4, 2014 The thing about Andy Roddick being in the press I like most is that he will be bluntly honest when it comes to tennis.  Even if I disagree…

The Value of Andy Roddick as a Talking Head

In 1990, Jimmy Connors was hired by NBC to comment on the French Open and Wimbledon.  Connors floated the idea of commenting on NBA games as NBC had broadcast rights with the NBA at that time.  This never happened, and Connors had his magical 1991 US Open run.  It would have been good for tennis…

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…

The Lighter Side of Tennis 2013

Dimitrov: He’s Got the Kavorka  One might say that Grigor Dimitrov has the lure of the animal based on both his recent relationship with Serena Williams and his current relationship with Maria Sharapova.  I would not be shocked to see a Bulgarian Orthodox priest helping Dimitov shed this problem to help his tennis ranking rise….

US Open 2013 Weekend Quick Hits

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have met at every slam except for the US Open.  That seems apt to change as both men are in good to frightening form. Sloane Stephens has a lot going for her in terms of mobility, power etc.  I like her chances to make big strides over then next 18…

2 out of 3 in Men’s Slam Play?

I have seen a number of columns pop up discussing the possibility of switching Grand Slam play to 2 out of 3 sets for men.  Here are two of them: Billie Jean King’s take and Drew Franklin’s take First, I Disagree Having  tournament of 2 out of 3 sets matches with a day off between matches…

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…