Memories of the 1988 Men’s US Open

A new emphasis on videos for Tennis Abides.  We all miss tennis, but maybe some memories will make tennis seem not as far away. This court and color scheme were not in existence in 1988,  but it is a US Open photo.

Tennis Abides Vlog/Podcast #1

Last month, I dipped my toe into the world of podcasting.  Podbean has a great product, but it does not offer a lot of space in terms of its free services.  I liked the idea of a voice only podcast as I have a good speaking voice.  However, youtube allows me to upload to my…

Nishikori vs. Ferrer Should Be Something

Ferrer is Focused David Ferrer did not exactly back up his upset of Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo.  He lost to Wawrinka and then lost early in Barcelona.  Nevertheless, Ferrer is one of the top clay court players of the past decade.  He is fit and fights for everything.  His wins in Madrid have him…

Dimitrov and Nishikori Take Titles

Dimitrov Rises to #14 w/ 3rd Career Title Grigor Dimitrov won a 250 level event in Bucharest.  His 2014 season has been hot and cold, but perhaps he is hot again after taking his second title of the year.  His ranking has risen to a career high of #14.  Dimitrov has the variety and young…

What if Rafa Got Bored?

Down Goes Nadal?!?!   Rafael Nadal is an absurd 277-12 on clay since 2005.  2 of those 12 losses have come over the past two weeks.  Unlike, Rafa’s 2011 Madrid and Rome losses to Novak Djokovic neither of these losses came against men with Grand Slam titles or in the championship match.  Make no mistake…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Monte Carlo – Wawrinka is All In

2014 Power Ranking #5 – Monte Carlo Crowns a New Number One Stanislas Wawrinka – Good to Great … sounds about right.  The 2014 points totals are competitive, but Stan has wins over Rafa, Nole and Federer along with a Slam and Masters 1000 title.  As strange as it sounds to me, Stan is my #1…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Miami Crowns a New Number One

Fourth Tennis Power Ranking 2014 Miami Crowns a New Number One Novak Djokovic – Nole ended 2013 on a streak.  He’s back to his winning ways.  Winning back-to-back Masters 1000 events by beating Federer and then Nadal in each final has Novak back to my top spot. Change since last ranking +1 Rafael Nadal – He’s never…

NCAA 2014 Tennis Analog Bracket Elite 8

*** A Reminder – Since this NCAA Season Lacked a Super Dominant Team – No College was Given Rafa, Nole or Roger as an Analog  *** Florida/Andy Murray vs. Dayton/Jurgen Melzer – I have to stick with my original pick of Melzer for Dayton, but Dayton is a team with a lot of speed.  Florida looks…