My 5 Favorite Memories of Louis Armstrong Stadium – Part 1*

* I’ve written a fair amount about Jimmy Connors as well as his 1991 US Open run so I won’t use any Jimmy Connors matches. Honorable Mention:  1987 John McEnroe d. Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 McEnroe went bonkers during the match.  “Bobo” was a player I liked to watch due to his crushing…

Ivan Lendl Working with Andy Murray Again

.@andy_murray will reunite with Ivan Lendl at Queen’s Club in London this week.#bbcsportscot pic.twitter.com/6fAOhGlUef — BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) June 12, 2016  

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…

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…

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…

Jimmy Connors’ Coaching Prospects

On Better Terms than I Would Guess they are Today The tandem of Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors did seem a bit unlikely from the outset.  I am not sure what led to their hasty dissolution, but I am also not convinced that Connors cannot coach effectively on either the ATP or WTA tours.  Also,…

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…

Andy Murray’s Mystery Tour

Andy Murray missed the French Open, but then won Queen’s Club.  Murray reached his second consecutive Wimbledon final and third consecutive final at events held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Murray then won a straight set victory of 2011 Wimbledon champion and world #1 Novak Djokovic.  Since then, Murray has not…