Another Becker Classic – Sampras v Becker ATP World Championship 1996

I will get my WTA awards out before New Year’s Eve, but I thought posting anything not Dick Enberg related would have been poor form.  Life has gotten busier since then. This match was an example that huge serving and power tennis could be wildly entertaining.  Becker was coming back from a wrist injury earlier in…

Forgotten Classic – Becker v Leconte 1993

I loved seeing the sort of shots they could generate given that the strings were not nearly as advanced as they are today.  Also, the serve and volley positioning is nice to see.

Twitter and Tennis Abides

I think Murray’s 2015 Davis Cup run was on the level of @TheBorisBecker‘s 1988 and 1989 Davis Cup runs — Dan Martin (@DanMartinTennis) November 29, 2015  Boris Becker retweeted this – I asked my parents to put me in a tennis clinic right after Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 so this is a major thrill…

Quick Hits for 22 June 2015

“I’m playing better than [2013], I feel” – @andy_murray captures a 4th title at The Queen’s Club #AegonChampionships pic.twitter.com/KElEic9Zk8 — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 21, 2015 Quick Hits Roger Federer claiming his 15th career grass court title and 86th career title place him in a good spot heading into Wimbleon.  Also, Ivan Lendl’s 94 career titles…

US Open 2014: Men’s Coaches Grand Slam Head-to-Head Records

For the first time ever (I would imagine), four Grand Slam semifinalists are coached by 4 former Grand Slam Champions.  Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker each hold 6 Grand Slam singles titles.  Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic each won a single Grand Slam title and had 3 other Grand Slam runner-up finishes.  Goran and Michael…

Reflections on Using a One-Handed Backhand

Jon Wertheim has recently mentioned how rare it is to see juniors at Grand Slam events using one-handed backhands.  I started learning to play tennis in 1985 and put serious time on my tennis game starting in 1989. In 1985 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles were won by men with one-handed backhands.  In…

Kyrgios or In Some Ways it is Always 1985

The unexpected drew me to tennis in 1985 Rafael Nadal Forever Young? Rafael Nadal has always been a revolutionary figure in tennis.  Whether it is his method for hitting the ball with record RPMs, his ushering in a new level of athleticism, or his raging bull persona, Rafa has always seemed to be young.  He’s…

Boris Becker and Nole

Becker’s Big Match Play Novak Djokovic hiring Boris Becker is something that has mystified some observers.  Becker has never been a coach before and as a player was notorious for being hard to coach.  Novak ended 2013 on a massive winning streak including 2 straight set wins over the man who took his #1 ranking….