What if Muster was Never Injured? A Roland Garros 1989 Counterfactual

Could we have seen this in 1989? Michael Chang’s improbable 1989 French Open title is one of the great underdog stories in the history of tennis.  The 17-year-old Chang rallied from two sets down to beat the #1 seed, world #1, and three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl.  He followed that up with 4-set wins…

Thomas Muster: What Was and What Might Have Been

I am not sure anyone can overstate what Muster did to come back from his injuries in early 1989.  An automobile accident in Miami nearly cost Muster his life.  In 1989, Muster reached the Australian Open semifinal round losing to Ivan Lendl and had reached the championship round at Masters Miami hours before being injured…

Goodbye to James Blake

The first time attending i was fortunate enough to attend a tennis tournament with press credentials was in 2008 at the Indianapolis Hard Court Championships.  I covered the semifinal and final rounds.  My first match was Gilles Simon d. Sam Querrey 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.  This was a great match to start my press career with…

Rare Species: 90’s Style Tennis

Endangered Species While I do not feel as rare as the East African Bongo (pictured above), I was watching some top junior players in my region hitting.  They all hit with extreme grips, generated a lot of topspin and hit two-handed backhands that were slightly different from the form I observed as a kid (I…

Thomas Muster Retires Again

Thomas “Coach” Muster? A lot of good can be said about how hard Thomas Muster worked on and off of the tennis court.  Muster is best know for his perseverance to overcome a freak knee injury and his amazing clay court play in 1995.  Muster played a sort of visceral tennis that often looked like…