International Tennis Hall of Fame: Justine Henin and Marat Safin

Henin and Safin: Backhands To Remember Justine Henin Most Vivid Memory – I vividly recall an incredible match versus Jennifer Capriati at the 2003 US Open.  Their semifinal clash seemed to be a match of power versus variety and movement. Both players were excellent in this match.  As was expected, Capriati hit the ball hard, but…

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…

3 Phases of the GOAT Discussion

GOATs on our Mind Tennis GOAT discussions and debates have been good for fans and the press because we’ve always got something to contemplate.  Here is my breakdown of events that amped up GOAT debates: Career slams and Pete chasing Emerson get the credit or blame Andre Agassi completing the career Grand Slam in 1999…

Turn Back the Clock: Federer vs. Ferrero 2004

Roger Federer’s 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win over Juan Carlos Ferrero got me thinking about an earlier match between the two in which far more was at stake 2004 Federer vs. Ferrero in Melbourne It is easy to forget how well Juan Carlos Ferrero played in 2003.  At the end of the 2003 season, a split…

Youtube Tennis for the Week of 3-12-2012 through 3-18-2012

With Indian Wells Underway this Week will be all Vintage Highlights – The video quality is not great, but two legends in a stakes match is worth a view.   – 1994 Australian Open quarterfinal – Edberg puts on a paralyzing display of serve and volley tennis  – 1995 Australian Open quarterfinal – Safin and…

Federer since 2008

2004-2007 Roger Federer’s results from 2004-2007 are the most remarkable 4 year period any male player has compiled.   The accomplishments for these 4 years are too numerous to name in a single column, but 3 top highlights are Federer winning 11 Grand Slam titles, 3 Year End Championships and 41 total tournament titles.  This…

Youtube Tennis 10-17-2011 through 10-22-2011

3 Good Youtube Videos on Tennis 1.  Andy Murray Winning  an Asian Triple Crown Great court coverage 2.  Marat Safin vs. Pete Sampras 2000 US Open The comments about Safin learning to serve and volley seem dated.  Maybe this match was the tactical turning point. 3. Henri Leconte vs. Boris Becker 1988 French Open Good…

Creating Frankenstein’s Monsters of Tennis

The Inspiration Every October James Rolfe reviews one monster movie per day in his Monster Madness feature.  This year he started off with Frankenstein.  I thought it would be fun to stitch together the best shots in tennis and imagine animating these amalgamation players. The Rules Four tennis monsters will be created.  Only one stroke/aspect can…