Chess and Tennis: Chess Can Be Good for Your Tennis Game

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest spends a few pages describing tennis as a hybrid of chess and boxing. Reading this led me to thinking about Ivan Ljubicic being a strong chess player and Boris Becker complimenting world #1 Novak Djokovic’s chess acumen. This might deserve more investigation. Uniquely Qualified? I’ve been playing tennis since 1985…

Interviewing the University of Louisville’s Alex Westbrooks

1) How did winning a state title before college impact your transition to Division 1 college tennis? Winning a state title before I went to college was a huge confidence boost for me. The two years leading up to my state title were rough years for me tennis wise, I didn’t feel like I was…

Tennis and Father’s Day: My Reflection

My dad and I after a 90+ degree day of tennis on green clay 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…

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…

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…

Catholicism and Jimmy Connors: Blood on the Court

What am I supposed to do?  I could only give my blood.  Was I a fool because I was happy to give it to them? – Jimmy Connors, 30 for 30 This is What They Want When I heard that quote from Jimmy Connors while watching his 30 for 30 documentary, I thought, “That sounds…