What I Would Do With International Competitions in Tennis

My Simple Plan Tennis is one of the most international sports on the planet.  Players from multiple countries contend for tournaments held all over the world.  Competitions such as Davis Cup are older than the World Cup and Ryder Cup.  Still, times change and perhaps some tweaking of the tennis system for these competitions is…

Tennis Abides 2017 Men’s Awards

  Having laid out that I am not a huge fan of bestowing honors not won or lost on the court, I will throw out my ATP awards for the 2017 season. Players of the Year: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer  Rafa put up the better computer numbers, but Roger dominated their head-to-head matches.  Rafa…

Davis Cup 2017: France and Belgium Reach the Championship Round

What. A. Win! @David__Goffin completes a stunning 67(4) 64 64 64 win over Nick Kyrgios to force a live 5th! #DavisCup pic.twitter.com/DUHWunvHLw — Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 17, 2017 The match-up between France and Belgium in November should be fun because I think both countries are invested in the outcome of this tie.  Of course,…

Davis Cup 2017: Day 3 Predictions Australia vs. Belgium

Predicted Winners in BOLD Australia vs. Belgium: Australia Leads 2-1 All Matches in Belgium on Clay David Goffin (Bel) vs. Nick Kyrgios (Aus) Australia needed to win the doubles point as it is likely the underdog in each of these matches.  I think Goffin on clay can weather the power Kyrgios will throw at him….

Davis Cup 2016: Day 3 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marin CILIC vs. Juan Martin DEL POTRO – At the 2010 Australian Open, Cilic won a 5 set match over Delpo that seemed to draw battlelines for a coming decade of big man tennis. These are the two best practitioners of Big Man tennis in my view.  When healthy, each can…

Davis Cup 2016: Day 2 Doubles Prediction

Ivan DODIG & Franko SKUGOR VS Leonardo MAYER & Guido PELLA This match is likely to decide the winner.  I could see Croatia sweeping the Day 3 singles matches, but Argentina almost certainly needs this point.  I rarely predict doubles matches due to not knowing enough to say X is more likely than Y with…

Davis Cup 2016: Day 1 Predictions

Davis Cup Day 1 Predictions Predicted Winners in BOLD Marin CILIC vs.  Federico DELBONIS – I think Cilic wins this match and should set the crowd up for a lot of excitement.  How will that momentum carry into the second match is going to be an interesting question. Ivo KARLOVIC vs. Juan Martin DEL POTRO…

Tennis Needs to Rework International Competitions

There was a time when a case could be made that tennis should not be an olympic sport, but it is not 1988 any longer.  With the summer games having taken on a great deal of importance, is it time for Davis Cup and Federation Cup to loosen their scheduling demands? A Modest Proposal –…