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….

Lendl vs. Becker vs. Edberg (?) vs. Uncle Toni

The Coaching Arms Race is On Andy Murray has been working with Ivan Lendl for 2 years.  This partnership has yielded 1 Wimbledon title, 1 US Open title, 1 Gold Medal, 1 Wimbledon runner-up finish, and 1 Australian Open runner-up finish. Becker is Back Murray’s successes with Lendl plus Nadal’s improbable dominance after knee injuries…

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 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…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #7 – #5

7.  1998 Pete Sampras d. Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 If only breaking Sampras were always that easy Pete won due to shots like these Goran also lost the 1994 Wimbledon Final to Sampras, but this was a much better match.  Both men served exceptionally well.  Pete survived a scare in the second…

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…

Who Needs a 5th Major?

Four or Five or? The Indian Wells-Miami section of the tour is a great stretch for tennis fans.  Most of the top players on the ATP and WTA play both events and great matches abound.  It also leads to talk of a “Fifth Major” status for one or the other event.  This talk is not…

Tennis Impersonations: A History

Alpha? Omega? The recent controversy about Caroline Wozniacki’s impersonation of Serena Williams got me thinking about the history of impersonating a player’s ticks or idiosyncrasies.  My mind initially thought that  Jonas Bjorkman was the progenitor of this fad.  His rain delay US Open fodder of lighthearted imitations did indeed pave the way to Djokovic’s 2007 US Open impersonation tour….

Olympic Tennis Review: 1992 The Women Delivered & The Men Did Not

The 1988 Olympic Games brought tennis back as a medal sport.  Steffi Graf completed a “Golden Slam” in 1988, and the overall success of the tennis events brought about a great deal of excitement for the 1992 games.  These games were held in Barcelona, Spain so Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario looked to be a major factor.  The…