Reviewing the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series

In the coming months, I am going to review the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series.  I am doing this in part because as a Kentucky High School tennis coach 2 of the 5 matches in a dual are doubles matches.  Therefore, 2/3rds of a team victory can come from sweeping doubles.  I will also note…

Playing Smarter Doubles is a Process

Federer and Wawrinka had to play as a team to win this match despite both being vastly (VASTLY) superior at moving, striking the ball, and playing singles  For most of my tennis life, I have preferred singles by a wide margin to doubles.  That gap is closing as I have gotten older and coached 9…

US Open 2015: Vinci’s Doubles Accumen Deserves Some Credit

Bethany Mattek-Sands won her first set versus Serena Williams and was competitive in the second set due to using some unorthodox shots for a singles match.  Mattek-Sands used a lot of doubles skills to steal a few points from Serena Williams. Mattek-Sands hit a few scoop shots, made ventures to the net, and took pace…

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…

Could a Tennis Player Win 8 Gold Medals in 1 Olympic Games?

With the addition of mixed doubles, a tennis player can certainly win 3 gold medals in one Olympic games.  However, we found out in 2008 that 8 gold medals is the apex of Olympic achievements.  Of course, I will ignore that swimming gives multiple medals for covering the same distance with different techniques and has…

Olympic Tennis Review: 2004 Chile Came to Play

2004 saw the the Olympic games once again fall between Wimbledon and the US Open.  Much like the Atlanta games these games were held on a similar hard court surface to that of the US Open.  This was more desirable than the red clay of the 1992 games, but the games being in Athens meant…

Olympic Tennis Review: 1996 Better than It had a Right to Be

1992 Fallout  Tennis in 1996 suffered despite being a logical tune-up for the US Open as the tennis events were held on hard courts in Atlanta, Georgia.  Still, 7 of the top 10 men did not play the event.  Andre Agassi was the #1 seed, but he was fresh off of a Wimbledon loss to…