Australian 2020: My 1st Grumpy Old Man Post

It is strange for me to not have engaged the 1st major of the year until the middle of the first week.  I am now 44 and 2020 has me starting my year is a less than youthful joy.  Here are my reasons: A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched…

Australian Wildfires: Bigger than Tennis

Canberra Challenger officially moved to Bendigo. https://t.co/VNhinyLA8q — Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) January 2, 2020 A lot more than tennis is going on in terms of wildfires and heatwaves in Australia.  Tennis cannot solve the issues involved in these and other weather-related incidents around the world.  Yet, tennis is a global sport with an 11-month season. …

Atlanta 2016: Nick Kyrgios vs. John Isner Championship Prediction

Nick Kyrgios vs. John Isner This match is interesting on several levels.  Isner skipped the olympic games to in part seek his 4th Atlanta title.  Nick Kyrgios’ troubles with Tennis Australia left him out of the 2016 olympic games.  Each man has a massive service game.  Isner’s consistency has never been questioned, but his game…

Atlanta 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Yoshihito Nishioka VS (2) Nick Kyrgios – Kyrgios being left out of the olympic games more than likely put him into the Atlanta draw.  Kyrgios has a great chance to reach an ATP final and purge some of the negativity that came from his Wimbledon and Toronto exits. John Isner VS (WC) Reilly Opelka – 2.09…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Reigns in Spain?

The Fifth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 He is the man Novak Djokovic – Novak bounced back from his loss at Monte Carlo with a strong showing in Madrid.  He lost only one set en route to his record 29th Masters 1000 Shield. Rafael Nadal – Rafa did lose to Andy Murray so staying second…

Power Ranking 2016: Monte Carlo and Barcelona have Rafa Rising

Our Long International Nightmare is Over: Tennis Abides is Back Sorry this is a bit later than usual.  Putting the finishing touches on my dissertation put my tennis writing on the back burner.  Still, the 3rd Masters 1000 event of 2016 along with a 500 level event in Spain deserve some attention prior to the…

Is Oligopoly Better than Monopoly for Top Players?

Catch me if you can When a player is dominating to the degree that Novak Djokovic has been since the start of 2015, questions about how long the dominance will last emerge.  February featured Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem making strides on the tour as well as Stan Wawrinka reaffirming his quality.  We know on…

Marseille, Rio, and Delray Beach Championship Predictions

Marseille 2016 Championship Match: [4] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) H2H This is the premiere match of the day as it pits the 2014 US Open champion against a player tabbed by many to have a big future in tennis.  Both men possess massive serves and powerful groundstrokes.  As well as Cilic moves, Kyrgios is the…