Rare Species: 90’s Style Tennis

Endangered Species While I do not feel as rare as the East African Bongo (pictured above), I was watching some top junior players in my region hitting.  They all hit with extreme grips, generated a lot of topspin and hit two-handed backhands that were slightly different from the form I observed as a kid (I…

The Psychology of Defending Points

Historical Difficulty with Repeating Rafael Nadal won nearly everything of importance from the onset of the clay court season of 2010 through the conclusion of the US Open 2010.  Nadal’s 2011 did not feature the same level of success.  The same could be said for Nadal’s 2008 French Open, Wimbledon, and Olympic Gold trifecta was…

Best Two Time Australian Open Champion (Poll)

Tennis has produced a lot of two time Australian Open champions.  All of the solo winners plus Andre Agassi (4), Roger Federer (4) and Mats Wilander (3) are not eligible, but who was the best player to win the crown twice?

How Roger Federer avoided the Eddie Felson Trap

The Huslter chronicles a pool player named “Fast” Eddie Felson who seeks to play pool at a level never before reached, but whose personal failings and poor judgment in terms of associations contributed to his banishment from the game he plays like no one ever has.  This scene and abbreviated quote below demonstrate Fast Eddie’s…

Lendl and Sampras’ Impact on Federer’s 6 Year End Championships

A Major Accomplishment Winning 6 Masters/ATP World Championships/Masters Cups/World Tour Finals (Year End Championships hereafter)* is not an accomplishment on the same level as winning 16 Grand Slams.  It is however no small task.  To win a tournament that is only comprised of elite players is difficult.  To win a tournament in which one has…

Youtube Tennis 11-27-2011 through 12-3-2011

3 Good Tennis Videos 1.  Highlights from the ATP World Tour Finals Roger Federer d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7, 6-3  2.  Highlights of Petra Kvitova’s Wimbledon Title Call me old fashioned,but I find it reassuring having a Wimbledon champion who is Czech and a lefty. 3.  Boris Becker diving volley vs. Ivan Lendl in the…

Youtube Tennis 10-30-2011 through 11-05-2011

3 Good Tennis Videos *** Final Highlights *** Plus the 3 videos below 1.  Day 5 Highlights from the WTA Championships (I will add Day 6 Highlights when the WTA Posts Them). 2.  Rafael Nadal Highlights Rafa playing some great visceral points. 3.  Stefan Edberg vs. Boris Becker The Masters 1989 Old school serve and…