Tennis and Father’s Day: My Reflection

My dad is one of the biggest reasons I started playing tennis.  First, I saw him come home on Saturdays or Sundays from weekend hacking and thought he looked like he had had a good time.  Second, my siblings and I often got my dad cans of tennis balls for his birthday or for Christmas. …

Factors Contributing to the Rise of the Big 3

  In 2007, Novak Djokovic entered the top 3 in the world.  The current top 3 are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.  This is not normal (or was not normal).  So how did we get here?  I’ll take my best shot at answering.  Transcendent Talents – While Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have a…

Interviewing Dartmouth’s Dan Martin

1) So Dan, I became aware of your junior play in Canada once when seeing where my site was on Google’s traffic.  I was thrilled to see someone named “Dan Martin” playing tennis at a high level.  What were your biggest results in junior tennis? My tennis “career” started very early and I’m proud of…

Interviewing Butler University’s Preston Cameron

[Note: I was a teacher and assistant tennis coach at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville during the 2018 season in which Preston was a 12th-grade student] 1. As a high school player, you won 3 consecutive state doubles titles with three different partners. What are your thoughts on that unique accomplishment? It was really…

Imperfectly Perfect – Part 4: Unexpected Champions

We entered our eighth match facing a school that had a lot of good athletes as well as 4 really strong players.  If we were playing them 1-14, I would have felt good, but we were playing our top 7 versus their top 7.  This was going to be a coin flip of a dual…

Madie Cook Interview: 4 Year NCAA Division 1 Player

I will hopefully be doing more interviews as part of this site.  Madie Cook was kind enough to answer some questions about tennis. 1.  You won a Kentucky High School state title in singles in 12th grade.  What was that like?  Did it help you entering college tennis? It was one of the best memories…