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…

Lendl vs. Becker vs. Edberg (?) vs. Uncle Toni

The Coaching Arms Race is On Andy Murray has been working with Ivan Lendl for 2 years.  This partnership has yielded 1 Wimbledon title, 1 US Open title, 1 Gold Medal, 1 Wimbledon runner-up finish, and 1 Australian Open runner-up finish. Becker is Back Murray’s successes with Lendl plus Nadal’s improbable dominance after knee injuries…

Thanksgiving for a Tweet from Jimmy Connors

On the lighter side of things, I was very happy that Jimmy Connors read and enjoyed my reflection on his career. @DanMartinTennis thanks for that and happy you have a memory of some great times. Hope you are still loving the game — Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) June 15, 2013

Krickstein’s Own 30 for 30

Prologue: Jimmy Connors as Scarface The recent This is What They Want ESPN 30 for 30 documentary focusing on Jimmy Connors certainly portrayed Connors as a guy who is comfortable with who he is.  It reminded me of the “I’m the bad guy” speech from Scarface (a wildly overrated film in my view): So… what…

Jimmy Connors’ Coaching Prospects

On Better Terms than I Would Guess they are Today The tandem of Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors did seem a bit unlikely from the outset.  I am not sure what led to their hasty dissolution, but I am also not convinced that Connors cannot coach effectively on either the ATP or WTA tours.  Also,…

Jimmy Connors has 2 Missions as Maria Sharapova’s Coach

Mission 1 – Serena Like most people who follow tennis, my first reaction to Maria Sharapova hiring Jimmy Connors was mild confusion.  The more I thought about it; the more I figured Connors’ unwillingness to concede anything to players who had favorable head-to-head records against Jimbo was the key to his hiring.  Connors promised something…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #4 – #1

As I said, I am only ranking finals that I had a chance to watch.  I did not see the 1980 final.  I am sure it would rank highly if I had seen it. 4.  2007 Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 In 2006, Rafa and Roger traded 4 set wins…

Wimbledon Memories: 1982 John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors

Travel, TV and Breakfast at Wimbledon As a child, my family typically traveled on or around the July 4th holiday.  Like most vacations, outings and visiting family members factored into our schedule.  However, few outings other than going to church with relatives occur on Sunday mornings.  I was 6 years old at the time and…

Tennis Impersonations: A History

Alpha? Omega? The recent controversy about Caroline Wozniacki’s impersonation of Serena Williams got me thinking about the history of impersonating a player’s ticks or idiosyncrasies.  My mind initially thought that  Jonas Bjorkman was the progenitor of this fad.  His rain delay US Open fodder of lighthearted imitations did indeed pave the way to Djokovic’s 2007 US Open impersonation tour….