A Mechanical Man? Reviewing Love Means Zero

How does on reach the biggest stages in tennis?  What are the costs? Not, if you have one in the extreme, you become very unscientific; if you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man, no longer a human being. – Bruce Lee I don’t know Nick Bollettieri.  I…

Tennis Memories: Queen’s Club 1990

Wimbledon 1989 The Wimbledon 1989 semifinals featured Boris Becker fending off Ivan Lendl over two-days and five sets 6-4, 6-7 (2), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.  Stefan Edberg returned to the final by ousting a resurgent John McEnroe 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).  Becker then avenged his 1988 Wimbledon loss to Edberg by taking the title 6-0,…

Opinion: Djokovic’s Union and Becker’s Trophies

Novak is not facing Pinkerton Strike Breakers Novak Djokovic’s move to discuss forming a new union prior to the Australian Open commencing was an interesting move.  I don’t think it was a bad one either.  Many people lept at the idea that Djokovic had made enough money and did not need more.  Many stories exist…

Another Becker Classic – Sampras v Becker ATP World Championship 1996

I will get my WTA awards out before New Year’s Eve, but I thought posting anything not Dick Enberg related would have been poor form.  Life has gotten busier since then. This match was an example that huge serving and power tennis could be wildly entertaining.  Becker was coming back from a wrist injury earlier in…

Forgotten Classic – Becker v Leconte 1993

I loved seeing the sort of shots they could generate given that the strings were not nearly as advanced as they are today.  Also, the serve and volley positioning is nice to see.

US Open 2016: My 5 Favorite Men’s US Opens

Tournaments can take on a personality of their own based on the draw and actual matches that unfold.  5 US Opens stand out for me.  I vaguely remember Connors v. McEnroe in the 1984 US Open semifinal, but I don’t remember an impression of an entire tournament prior to the 1986 US Open (Mecir beating…