Court/Real/Royal Tennis National Open Footage

I saw Court/Real/Royal Tennis for the first time when I visited the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI in 1999.  It gave me some context for things like the Tennis Court Oath from the French Revolution.  Still, even watching it played for 10 minutes or so the notion of chases and galleries were…

Newport, Bastad, & Umag 2017: July 21st Predictions

Newport [1] John Isner (USA) vs. Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H – Isner has to be favored, but his matches often involve tiebreaks.  If Novikov can play well in tie breaks, he can pull the upset. [4] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) H2H – Could Frantangelo become the first Bjorn since 1980 to win a grass court title?  Probably not. Bastad [7] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov  (RUS) H2H – I’ll…

The Big 3’s 46 & the Big 5’s 52 Majors and the Hall of Fame

Two different friends and Sports Illustrated raised the question of who the International Tennis Hall of Fame will enshrine aside from the Big 5 on the men’s side.  Consider that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have won 46 majors since July 2003. That amounts to 11.5 years worth of major crowns being claimed…

The Impact of 2016 on Hall of Fame Candidacies

Already In Entering 2016 Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova entered 2016 with the status that only something devastating could prevent their eventual enshrinement. Novak’s Nole Slam & Masters 1000 hauls, Serena’s 22nd major, Rafa’s gold medal in doubles, and Venus’ silver medal in mixed doubles all added…

International Tennis Hall of Fame: Justine Henin and Marat Safin

Henin and Safin: Backhands To Remember Justine Henin Most Vivid Memory – I vividly recall an incredible match versus Jennifer Capriati at the 2003 US Open.  Their semifinal clash seemed to be a match of power versus variety and movement. Both players were excellent in this match.  As was expected, Capriati hit the ball hard, but…

Nick Bollettieri Enters the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Thoughts on Nick Bollettieri Nick Bollettieri’s impact on tennis is manifold.  Tennis fans obviously know the linear story of Jimmy Arias and Aaron Krickstein emerging as the early stereotype of a Bollettieri player with a big topspin forehand and perhaps a more limited serve, backhand and net game. Krickstein’s injuries undercut his career as he…

Hall of Fame Talk as Roddick and Ferrero Retire

New Balls We Hardly Knew Ye The New Balls generation has for the most part been replaced by a few new cans.  Marat Safin and Gustavo Kuerten did not last as long as I would have liked.  Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Haas are still hanging around.  David Ferrer and of course Roger Federer are still…

The International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is hosting its annual 25o level event on the ATP tour.  It is the only grass court event held on US soil.  It is also the only grass court ATP tour event held after Wimbledon concludes.  I attended the tournament in 1999 and watched Chris Woodruff win the title. …