Australian Open 2016: Day 4 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Sam Groth (AUS) – This could be somewhat tricky as Groth has firepower and crowd support.  Still, Murray would be in more peril if this were a 2 of 3 set match.  He should be able to weather any hot streaks from Groth in a 3…

Australian Open 2016: Day 2 Men’s Predictions

We’d be lucky to get a repeat performance Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [2] Andy Murray (GBR) – Murray is highly favored here. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – Stan should win, but Tursunov is always fun. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – Their 2009 clash…

My Memories of Lleyton Hewitt

I first heard of Lleyton Hewitt when reading sports capsules about Australian Open tune-up events in 1998.  A hometown kid named Lleyton Hewitt upset Andre Agassi who was launching his comeback from a poor 1997 campaign.  I thought either this kid is really good or Agassi has a lot of work in front of him…

Remembering Lleyton Hewitt – New York State of Mind

Hewitt waves goodbye pic.twitter.com/Be8q3ej0BA — Stroppa Del (@stroppadel) September 4, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsLleyton Hewitt still has several things to play for before his career ends in January 2016.  Australia is alive in the 2015 Davis Cup competition in no small part due to Hewitt and Sam Groth rescuing the Aussies in July.  Hewitt has his home…

US Open 2015: September 3rd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] – Murray, minus a 3rd set hiccup, played well in round 1. Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – I think Federer wins this match in straight sets, but Darcis can be tricky. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) – Stan is clearly capable of doing…

US Open 2015: September 1st Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – This match could be tricky for Federer, but a 3 of 5 set match favors the superior player. [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – I think the hype will out weigh the quality of this match as Nick doesn’t just…

Quick Hits – Hewitt, Groth, and the Murrays Shine in Davis Cup while Ram Wins Newport Again

.@lleytonhewitt and @SamGrothTennis provide the heroics as Australia completes the comeback. http://t.co/ht4rAIHrCi pic.twitter.com/LQDqGaDnqC — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 19, 2015 Aussie Comeback Succeeds Davis Cup and Hall of Fame Thoughts The tennis scheule does not leave a lot of time for reflection.  One Sunday Novak Djokovic is vanquishing Roger Federer for his 3rd Wimbledon…

Wimbledon 2015: Gentlemen’s Singles Draw Initial Impressions

My Predicted Semifinalists Top Half: Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem – One of these picks is a reach, but my pre-initial take was Raonic in the semifinal round.  Jon Wertheim had the same semifinal picks as I did so I decided not to copy Wertheim too much.  I think Wawrinka is likely to have a…