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…

Brisbane 2016: Federer vs. Raonic Championship Prediction

Groundhog Day? Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic This match has a few subplots.  The biggest subplot is Ivan Ljubicic now working with Roger Federer after guiding Milos Raonic into the top 10 in the world.  The split seemed amicable, and Raonic has added Carlos Moya to his team.  Still, Raonic will be facing a man…

Quick Thoughts on Federer-Ljubicic

Get Used to Seeing this on the Practice Courts Like many people who follow tennis, I was not expecting the departure of Stefan Edberg or the addition of Ivan Ljubicic to Team Federer.  The news coming out indicates that Edberg was only likely to work with Federer in 2014, but that this agreement was extended…

Requiem for Gonzo and Ljubicic

Tennis, being an individual sport, tends to quickly cycle through generations.  Time is an opponent that a few can fend off, but is an opponent that no one defeats.  Fernando Gonzalez and Ivan Ljubicic are both hanging up their racquets this spring.  Both players brought an interesting dimension to the tour, and both will be…