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,…

What if Muster was Never Injured? A Roland Garros 1989 Counterfactual

Could we have seen this in 1989? Michael Chang’s improbable 1989 French Open title is one of the great underdog stories in the history of tennis.  The 17-year-old Chang rallied from two sets down to beat the #1 seed, world #1, and three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl.  He followed that up with 4-set wins…

Tennis Head-to-Head Winning Streaks

This tweet came up ahead of the Monfils-Djokovic match.  I don’t imagine Ivan Lendl is being invited to a ton of events at the Mayotte or Gilbert households.   #AusOpen Thursday preview: Gael Monfils aims for his 1st Tour-level win against Novak Djokovic on his 15th attempt. pic.twitter.com/99AhcfjmKv — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) January 17, 2018…

Grand Slam Winning Points

My series looking into the origins of the tennis we see and love today has helped me to come across many videos of former greats claiming major titles.  I thought I would share a few of these with you here. Borg’s 11 McEnroe’s 7 Lendl’s 8 Edberg’s 6 I have a feeling I will post…

On The Origin of Contemporary Tennis – Part 1

First, my post-US Open sabbatical is over, and I am glad to be writing about tennis once more.   Second, I am not departing on the HMS Beagle, but tennis has its own historical record nicely preserved on sites such as youtube.  In my Tim Mayotte interview, I posted a video in which Mayotte described…

My 5 Favorite Memories of Louis Armstrong Stadium – Part 1*

* I’ve written a fair amount about Jimmy Connors as well as his 1991 US Open run so I won’t use any Jimmy Connors matches. Honorable Mention:  1987 John McEnroe d. Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 McEnroe went bonkers during the match.  “Bobo” was a player I liked to watch due to his crushing…

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…

Ivan Lendl Working with Andy Murray Again

.@andy_murray will reunite with Ivan Lendl at Queen’s Club in London this week.#bbcsportscot pic.twitter.com/6fAOhGlUef — BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) June 12, 2016  

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions

The Top 10 Male French Open Champions Rafael Nadal – This is no surprise as Rafa has played Roland Garros 11 times and won the event 9 times!  Rafa’s athleticism, competitive nature, and massive generation of top spin allow him to play clay court tennis with brutal efficiency.  Rafa has dominated this event as no…