Olympics 2016: Guga Enters the Olympic Stadium with the Torch!

Any debate about tennis’ place in the olympic games is settled by this.  What a great honor for Gustavo Kuerten! Emocionado fica @gugakuerten ao participar da abertura da Olimpíada do Rio de Janeiro. pic.twitter.com/AEgv0F81ny — DC Esportes (@esportesdc) August 6, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js .@gugakuerten twirled, laughed & waved with joy to steal the show at the…

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions Rafael Nadal – This is no surprise as Rafa has played Roland Garros 11 times and won the event 9 times!  Rafa’s athleticism, competitive nature, and massive generation of top spin allow him to play clay court tennis with brutal efficiency.  Rafa has dominated this event as no…

French Open Memories: Guga

South American Renaissance Gustavo Kuerten was not expected to win the 1997 French Open, but he went through accomplished champions and clay court powers in the process.  Kuerten beat fifth seeded and 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster in the round of 32.  He beat Andrei Medvedev in the round of 16.  He beat defending…

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….

Tennis Impersonations – How Much is Too Much? (Poll)

Nole’s recent hilarious send-up of Guga reminded us of how good these can be (remember US Open 2007).  Nole’s recent take on Serena was tedious.  Is this like tennis’ version of the comic book movie genre?

Cilic Wins while Nalbandian Makes News; Haas Defeats Federer

Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas win the two most important Wimbledon tune-up events.  Marin Cilic won his 8th career title and is moving toward a return to the top 10.  Tommy Haas beat an all time great grass court champion to win his 2nd title at Halle while capping an inspiring return from injuries.  Roger…

Youtube Tennis for March 20 – March 24

1. Steffi Graf’s 1988 Golden Slam 2.  Jim Courier vs. Andre Agassi at the 1991 French Open 3.  Guga Kuerten vs. Pete Sampras at Miami 2000 4.  Guga vs. Agassi – 2000 Year End Championships

Federer since 2008

2004-2007 Roger Federer’s results from 2004-2007 are the most remarkable 4 year period any male player has compiled.   The accomplishments for these 4 years are too numerous to name in a single column, but 3 top highlights are Federer winning 11 Grand Slam titles, 3 Year End Championships and 41 total tournament titles.  This…

Creating Frankenstein’s Monsters of Tennis

The Inspiration Every October James Rolfe reviews one monster movie per day in his Monster Madness feature.  This year he started off with Frankenstein.  I thought it would be fun to stitch together the best shots in tennis and imagine animating these amalgamation players. The Rules Four tennis monsters will be created.  Only one stroke/aspect can…