The Psychology of Defending Points

Historical Difficulty with Repeating Rafael Nadal won nearly everything of importance from the onset of the clay court season of 2010 through the conclusion of the US Open 2010.  Nadal’s 2011 did not feature the same level of success.  The same could be said for Nadal’s 2008 French Open, Wimbledon, and Olympic Gold trifecta was…

Johan Kriek Making a Difference: Past Australian Open Champions Part 1

Past Australian Open Champions Part 1 – Johan Kriek Note: Leading up to the 2012 Australian Open, I am going to take a look back and some of the Australian Open champions from previous eras and report anything interesting that I find.  South Africa’s Johan Kriek may be one of the most anonymous tennis players…

Thomas Muster Retires Again

Thomas “Coach” Muster? A lot of good can be said about how hard Thomas Muster worked on and off of the tennis court.  Muster is best know for his perseverance to overcome a freak knee injury and his amazing clay court play in 1995.  Muster played a sort of visceral tennis that often looked like…

Youtube Tennis for 10-24-2011 through 10-30-2011

Three Good Tennis Videos 1.  Pan-Slavic Tennis: An All-Serbian Final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Jannko Tipsarevic continues his climb in the rankings with a win over Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2.  2.  Gael Monfils won in Stockholm: Here is a US Open Highlight Monfils, much like Murray, has seen his career hampered by playing…

Jimmy Connors Part 2

Preface Novak Djokovic just completing a 2 sets to love comeback in the US Open semifinal makes writing this a bit surreal.  I think comebacks from 2 sets down are one of the most unique events in all of the sporting world. Jimmy Connors turned the momentum of one such comeback into an indelible memory…

Isner and Roddick Move Forward to Face Murray and Rafa

Does Isner Have a Chance? I thought Gilles Simon would get enough returns in play to dominate John Isner in rallies.  I figured Isner might win one set in a tie-break, but that Simon would be too much.  I was wrong.  Can he beat Andy Murray? The positive side of me thinks Isner has one…

Jimmy Connors Part 1

Jimmy Made an Early Impression My earliest tennis memories involve my father playing on Saturdays with a friend of his and Jimmy Connors winning the 1982 Wimbledon final over John McEnroe in 5 sets.  I was 6 years old when Connors won his second Wimbledon title and had no idea how big of a tournament…