2 out of 3 in Men’s Slam Play?

I have seen a number of columns pop up discussing the possibility of switching Grand Slam play to 2 out of 3 sets for men.  Here are two of them: Billie Jean King’s take and Drew Franklin’s take First, I Disagree Having  tournament of 2 out of 3 sets matches with a day off between matches…

Quick Hits on Attending a Tennis Tournament

Be sure to spend a decent amount of time at the practice courts.  A lot of the best fan access and insights into how well ATP and WTA players hit the ball is to be had on the practice courts.  Not every practice session is as unique as Bartoli’s, but the practice courts are the…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Roland Garros Means Nadal Rises

Dan Martin’s 2013 Power Ranking #7 Roland Garros Rearranged the Rankings  This match flipped the top two 1.  Rafael Nadal – His 8th French Open title is a record.  He has won at least one Grand Slam title for 9 consecutive years.  This too is a record.  Nadal is flying high as he has no points…

Monte Carlo High Rolling – Nadal Wins 8th (!) Consecutive Shield

Rafael Nadal d. Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 This result was huge for a few reasons: Nadal cements his status as the favorite for the French Open in 2012* Nadal exercises some of his demons vs. Djokovic Nadal once again is the sole owner of the most Super 9/Masters Series/Masters 1000 titles Nadal most importantly wins…

2012 ATP Power Rankings

This is a new feature in which I will combine the overall flow of the ATP Tour for the past 52 weeks with recent trends to arrive at my own current rankings.  Tomorrow, I will have another Youtube Tennis entry up and my GOAT series will resume this week as well.  Much like college basketball…

2012 Australian Open Day 3: Nalbandian & the Challenge System

6 Quick Hits Caroline Wozniacki did not look sharp yesterday.  She was lucky to not go 3 sets. Rafael Nadal looks healthy; he also looked healthy in round 1 Donald Young is not as far along as some hoped Sam Querrey has to feel good about winning a round and taking a set off of…

Australian Open Day 1 Thoughts

Youngsters Dig Deep or Tomic is Houdini Bernard Tomic failed to convert 3 set points, including a forehand sitter, late in the 2nd set of his match vs. Fernando Verdasco.  Tomic looked exhausted and dumped the 2nd set tiebreak.  Darren Cahill was discussing Tomic’s need for more fitness and this being a lesson for the…

Milos Raonic Leads a New Wave

Historical Waves Tennis players tend to arrive in waves.  Pete Sampras was so dominant that his generation, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Sergi Bruguera, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Chang, and Richard Krajicek, more or less eclipsed the next group of promising players.  To be sure, Gustavo Kuerten, Patrick Rafter and Yevgeny Kafelnikov made marks…

Should Mixed Doubles be an Olympic Event?

I have not watched mixed doubles in years, but I did watch at the 2011 Wimbledon and saw Jurgen Melzer destroy the doubles specialist male player on the other side of the net.  What do you think about the 2012 Olympics having mixed doubles as a medal sport?