Australian Open 2020: All Hail King Novak VIII and Queen Sofia I

Five. Straight. Points! Kenin blasts three consecutive winners on break point and escapes her way out from 0-40 to hold for 3-2.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gVsNdr6sjO — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 1, 2020 NOTE from the Tennis Abides Legal Team*: Whatever fond memories I have of watching Sofia the First with my children when they were younger,…

Australian Open 2020: Thiem vs. Djokovic is Set as the Main Event

Backhand Blitz Thiem seizes the moment to break and erases a Zverev chance to claim the 3-1 edge in the third set.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/vfrr9Rtib8 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 31, 2020 Does Thiem have a Chance? Yes!  Dominic Thiem will pose the toughest match Novak Djokovic will face in his 7 matches in Melbourne.  Thiem…

Australian Open 2020: Djokovic Eyes a 17th Major

The Australian Open has made one big and one small surface change since 1987.  In 1988, the Australian Open left grass behind and debuted a highly rubberized hard court called Rebound Ace.  This type of hard court was used from 1988-2007 but its tendency to “grab” the soles of players’ shoes and ruin ankles on…

Djokovic winning Tokyo Kicks off a Non-Chase for #1

This is an opinion piece.  It is my opinion that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would be happy to finish 2019 #1, but that neither of them is overly worried about it. Their current 2019 points stand at: Rafal Nadal – 9225 Novak Djokovic – 7765 This would seemingly be a nearly impregnable lead…

Novak Djokovic is an Executive Producer for a Documentary

I have not seen this documentary, but Novak Djokovic is a vegan and an executive producer for The Game Changers (trailer and interviews below).  Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams both eat plant-based diets so this may be something that is picked up by other tennis players. As a matter of full disclosure, I have been a…

Wimbledon 2019 and Why I Started Writing about Tennis

I remember watching this and wondering, “How is this guy with the physique of a pencil beating a clay court monster like Muster?” even though I loved his shot-making. I have always liked tennis and on different occasions discussed the impact my father as well as Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon triumph had on my interest…

Wimbledon 2019: Djokovic vs. Federer Prediction

Federer vs Djokovic – a match-up that has provided so much entertainment in the past… Tomorrow, they go head-to-head once more 🍿#Wimbledon | @rogerfederer | @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/47dY1F42of — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019   Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer A 4-time defending champion and #1 player in the world facing an 8-time former champion and…

Impressions of Djokovic vs. Zverev

Novak Djokovic’s clinical victory tells a lot of its story via the score line of 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Zverev did do some damage with big backhand strikes up the line.  Djokovic countered Zverev’s strategy by hitting some sharply angled shots to the backhand side forcing Zverev to move a bit out of his striking comfort…

I am not Putting Much Stock in Djokovic’s Recent Tournaments

Until next time, @DjokerNole 👏#RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/tsmGNHACwT — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 19, 2019 Did Novak Djokovic win the 2018 World Tour Finals or his tune-up for the Australian Open? Djokovic’s drive toward Nole Slam 2.0 may or may not reach its destination, but I do not think he is worried about anything but his form…