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: Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Tiebreaks

Earlier in the event, I noticed that Nick Kyrgios had won all 5 tiebreaks played against Rafael Nadal.  Rafa reversed this trend winning vs. Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).  Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested their 4th Wimbledon clash today.  While only one set today went to a tiebreak, Roger Federer added to…

Ragnarok for Tennis History this Weekend?

My son is interested in the Avengers in general and Thor in particular.  The rewriting of tennis history that could happen this weekend is massive. Serena Williams can tie Margaret Court for the most singles majors ever (24) while also collecting an 8th Wimbledon crown.  While Serena’s 23 majors all come in the Open Era,…

Tennis Memories: Queen’s Club 1990

Wimbledon 1989 The Wimbledon 1989 semifinals featured Boris Becker fending off Ivan Lendl over two-days and five sets 6-4, 6-7 (2), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.  Stefan Edberg returned to the final by ousting a resurgent John McEnroe 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).  Becker then avenged his 1988 Wimbledon loss to Edberg by taking the title 6-0,…

Factors Contributing to the Rise of the Big 3

  In 2007, Novak Djokovic entered the top 3 in the world.  The current top 3 are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.  This is not normal (or was not normal).  So how did we get here?  I’ll take my best shot at answering.  Transcendent Talents – While Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have a…

Comparing Rafael Nadal’s 12 French Open Titles Across Sports

John Wooden coached UCLA to 10 NCAA basketball titles in 12 seasons.  This is indeed impressive. Advantage Rafa – Rafa played while Wooden coached.  Perhaps, Wooden should be compared to uncle Toni Nadal.  Similar points can be made in terms of compairing Rafa to Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach.  Playing and coaching are different. Tom Brady…

Roland Garros: Crazy 9s? Another Historic Result? If so, Which One?

1989 – To Be 17: Chang and Sanchez-Vicario Pull UPSETS to Grab Singles’ Titles Chang rallied to beat Lendl in the round of 16 and then toppled Edberg in 5 for an improbable title Sanchez-Vicario defeated a seemingly invulnerable Graf in 3 sets to take the title 1999 – Graf Caps 22 Slams While Agassi…

Rafa and Federer Post Gaudy Numbers

Making his 14th R4 appearance at Roland Garros! 👏 🇪🇸 @RafaelNadal serves up a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Goffin. | #RG19 pic.twitter.com/0DIq5H9UpD — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) May 31, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Rafael Nadal is 89-2 at Roland Garros!  89-2!  One could be 18-2 and have a 90 percent winning percentage.  Just add an extra…

Court/Real/Royal Tennis National Open Footage

I saw Court/Real/Royal Tennis for the first time when I visited the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI in 1999.  It gave me some context for things like the Tennis Court Oath from the French Revolution.  Still, even watching it played for 10 minutes or so the notion of chases and galleries were…