2 out of 3 in Men’s Slam Play?

I have seen a number of columns pop up discussing the possibility of switching Grand Slam play to 2 out of 3 sets for men.  Here are two of them: Billie Jean King’s take and Drew Franklin’s take First, I Disagree Having  tournament of 2 out of 3 sets matches with a day off between matches…

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…

Jimmy Connors has 2 Missions as Maria Sharapova’s Coach

Mission 1 – Serena Like most people who follow tennis, my first reaction to Maria Sharapova hiring Jimmy Connors was mild confusion.  The more I thought about it; the more I figured Connors’ unwillingness to concede anything to players who had favorable head-to-head records against Jimbo was the key to his hiring.  Connors promised something…

Tennis News: Mahut Doubles Up & Federer w/ 98 Square Inch Frame

Mahut on a Roll Carlos Berlocq and Fabio Fognini deserve a lot of credit for picking up titles last week.  Nicolas Mahut receives a big shout out for winning the final event of the 2013 grass court season in Newport, Rhode Island.  Mahut is a bit of a grass court specialist as he was runner-up…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #4 – #1

As I said, I am only ranking finals that I had a chance to watch.  I did not see the 1980 final.  I am sure it would rank highly if I had seen it. 4.  2007 Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 In 2006, Rafa and Roger traded 4 set wins…

Wimbledon Memories: 1982 John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors

Travel, TV and Breakfast at Wimbledon As a child, my family typically traveled on or around the July 4th holiday.  Like most vacations, outings and visiting family members factored into our schedule.  However, few outings other than going to church with relatives occur on Sunday mornings.  I was 6 years old at the time and…

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….

Roger and Serena Make History

Roger’s The One Roger Federer’s four set win today gives him sole possession of holding the most men’s Grand Slam singles match wins in the open era.  His first round match allowed Federer to tie Jimmy Connors for the honor.  I would not make too much of this record.  Many players routinely skipped the Australian…