Emotions in Sports – Bjorn Borg as an Outlier?

I ate out tonight and a soccer recap show was on the big screen.  The celebrations and the displays of anger over poor plays were quite volatile to the point of being a bit comical.  I know basketball far better than soccer, but again it is easy to think of players celebrating big dunks, making…

Wimbledon Retrospectives: Thoughts on the Borg-McEnroe Trailer

Borg-McEnroe: The 1980 Wimbledon Final My first distinct tennis memory from the professional levels of the game was the 1982 Wimbledon final in which Jimmy Connors upended John McEnroe in 5 sets.  I did not start following tennis until Boris Becker won Wimbledon 1985.  So the 1980 Wimbledon final has always held a bit of…

Grand Slam Winning Points

My series looking into the origins of the tennis we see and love today has helped me to come across many videos of former greats claiming major titles.  I thought I would share a few of these with you here. Borg’s 11 McEnroe’s 7 Lendl’s 8 Edberg’s 6 I have a feeling I will post…

On The Origin of Contemporary Tennis – Part 1

First, my post-US Open sabbatical is over, and I am glad to be writing about tennis once more.   Second, I am not departing on the HMS Beagle, but tennis has its own historical record nicely preserved on sites such as youtube.  In my Tim Mayotte interview, I posted a video in which Mayotte described…

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions Rafael Nadal – This is no surprise as Rafa has played Roland Garros 11 times and won the event 9 times!  Rafa’s athleticism, competitive nature, and massive generation of top spin allow him to play clay court tennis with brutal efficiency.  Rafa has dominated this event as no…

Who is the Greatest Male Grass Court Player of the Open Era? (POLL)

Martina Navratilova seems to have locked up the female honor here.  Consider the following cases before voting and of course comment below. Bjorn Borg – 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles, 1 Wimbledon runner-up finish, 6 consecutive Wimbledon final rounds reached, 2 Wimbledon quarterfinal finishes Pete Sampras – 7 Wimbledon titles, 7-0 in Wimbledon finals, 1 Wimbledon…