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…

Australian Open 1992 – My Favorite Final of the 1990s

I have been pressed for time quite a bit in recent weeks, but with the Australian Open starting next week I thankfully do again have more time to devote to tennis.  My favorite Australian Open final ever was the 2012 marathon between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.  This match also stands out to me because…

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…

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…

The Top 10 Male Australian Open Champions

This is the first installment in a series looking at the best performers at each Grand Slam event.  I will look at the 10 best champions on the male and female sides of Open Era tennis and explain why they are ranked where they are in my eyes.  Since this focuses on the Open Era,…

French Open Memories: Agassi vs. Courier 1989-1992

I will be sharing some of my favorite French Open memories between now and the start of the 2013 French Open. My first subject is Andre Agassi versus Jim Courier.  Once upon a time it was rare to see the same players match-up year after year at slams in men’s events.  Jim Courier and Andre…

Youtube Tennis for March 20 – March 24

1. Steffi Graf’s 1988 Golden Slam 2.  Jim Courier vs. Andre Agassi at the 1991 French Open 3.  Guga Kuerten vs. Pete Sampras at Miami 2000 4.  Guga vs. Agassi – 2000 Year End Championships

Youtube Tennis for the Week of 3-12-2012 through 3-18-2012

With Indian Wells Underway this Week will be all Vintage Highlights – The video quality is not great, but two legends in a stakes match is worth a view.   – 1994 Australian Open quarterfinal – Edberg puts on a paralyzing display of serve and volley tennis  – 1995 Australian Open quarterfinal – Safin and…

Jim Courier Gets a Signature Win

Courier’s Moment It is hard to say if Jim Courier will ever win a Davis Cup title as a captain.  I also don’t think Davis Cup is nearly as important as it could be if reconfigured.  Still, Courier coaching the US to an unlikely 5-0 victory at Switzerland including Roger Federer losing in singles and…