The Top 5 Tiers of Tennis Champions

In any career comparisons or GOAT discussions it becomes clear that there are constellations of players with similar levels of achievement.  Running through various players in my head, I have arrived at 5 levels of achievement.  For the sake of simplicity I am going to move from Jimmy Connors forward as he strikes me as…

French Open Memories: Guga

South American Renaissance Gustavo Kuerten was not expected to win the 1997 French Open, but he went through accomplished champions and clay court powers in the process.  Kuerten beat fifth seeded and 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster in the round of 32.  He beat Andrei Medvedev in the round of 16.  He beat defending…

Olympic Tennis Review: 2000 Venus and YK Reign in Y2K

Like the Seoul Olympics of 1988, Sydney fell after the US Open.  The easier schedule along with a somewhat solid 1996 for tennis led to another successful games. Venus’ 2000 Dominance Venus Williams won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2000.  She posted a 35 match winning streak that spanned Wimbledon through the US Open…