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…

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…

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…

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….