Federer Wins His 103rd Title

BASEL 😭 🏆 pic.twitter.com/n8kYXYTtBr — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 28, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Roger Federer picked up his 4th title of 2019 by taking Basel with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex de Minaur.  He is now 6-titles away from tying Jimmy Connors’ all-time men’s record of 109 singles titles.  Federer can likely catch Connors if…

Predictions for 10-20-2019’s 250 Finals

There are actually only 3 finals being contested, but each is worth 250 ranking points to the winner Predicted Winner in Bold Kremlin Cup Final in Moscow Andrey Rublev vs. Adrian Mannarino Outside of Russia, I’d probably be picking Mannarino who had a nice run at both Montreal and Cincinnati.  Still, on home soil, I…

Implications of Daniil Medvedev’s Rise

The new World #3 has reached six-consecutive tournament finals.  4 of which were either Masters 1000 events or Grand Slam events.  Medvedev has won 3 of those 6 finals.  He staged a wonderful US Open final vs. Rafael Nadal in which he had Rafa wobbling in the early stages of the 5th set but failed…

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…

Stepping Outside of Tennis: The NCAA and Shamateurism

I have no idea if the recent California law will fix the NCAA’s corrupt system of amateurism in which scholarship athletes in (US-style) football and men’s basketball generate billions of dollars in revenue that make coaches and athletic directors rich while also paying for scholarships for athletes in non-revenue generating sports.  The athletes in the…

International Tennis Hall of Fame Fan Voting – It is an Idea

Multipliers or Matches I would not call it a good idea.  Four candidates were put out there and the top 3 each get a boost toward enshrinement.  Goran Ivanisevic will get the largest boost with Conchita Martinez getting 2/3rds of Goran’s boost, and Jonas Bjorkman getting 1/3 of the boost. Poor Sergi Bruguera gets no…

Reviewing the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series

In the coming months, I am going to review the Bryan Brothers 4-Part Doubles Series.  I am doing this in part because as a Kentucky High School tennis coach 2 of the 5 matches in a dual are doubles matches.  Therefore, 2/3rds of a team victory can come from sweeping doubles.  I will also note…