Federer Wins His 103rd Title

BASEL 😭 🏆 pic.twitter.com/n8kYXYTtBr — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 28, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Roger Federer picked up his 4th title of 2019 by taking Basel with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex de Minaur.  He is now 6-titles away from tying Jimmy Connors’ all-time men’s record of 109 singles titles.  Federer can likely catch Connors if…

Twitter and Tennis Abides

I think Murray’s 2015 Davis Cup run was on the level of @TheBorisBecker‘s 1988 and 1989 Davis Cup runs — Dan Martin (@DanMartinTennis) November 29, 2015  Boris Becker retweeted this – I asked my parents to put me in a tennis clinic right after Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 so this is a major thrill…

US Open 2015: August 31st Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD in a Big First Day of Action Serena enters the #USOpen at the top of her game, ready to make history. It’s hers to lose: http://t.co/fsXlmN01Sz pic.twitter.com/yDuycVt0rI — SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) August 27, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [7] – I am going to open things up by picking…

Catholicism and Jimmy Connors: Blood on the Court

What am I supposed to do?  I could only give my blood.  Was I a fool because I was happy to give it to them? – Jimmy Connors, 30 for 30 This is What They Want When I heard that quote from Jimmy Connors while watching his 30 for 30 documentary, I thought, “That sounds…

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…

Thanksgiving for a Tweet from Jimmy Connors

On the lighter side of things, I was very happy that Jimmy Connors read and enjoyed my reflection on his career. @DanMartinTennis thanks for that and happy you have a memory of some great times. Hope you are still loving the game — Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) June 15, 2013

Krickstein’s Own 30 for 30

Prologue: Jimmy Connors as Scarface The recent This is What They Want ESPN 30 for 30 documentary focusing on Jimmy Connors certainly portrayed Connors as a guy who is comfortable with who he is.  It reminded me of the “I’m the bad guy” speech from Scarface (a wildly overrated film in my view): So… what…

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…