Wimbledon Retrospectives: Thoughts on the Borg-McEnroe Trailer

Borg-McEnroe: The 1980 Wimbledon Final My first distinct tennis memory from the professional levels of the game was the 1982 Wimbledon final in which Jimmy Connors upended John McEnroe in 5 sets. ¬†I did not start following tennis until Boris Becker won Wimbledon 1985. ¬†So the 1980 Wimbledon final has always held a bit of…

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…

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…

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

I would not blame you if you want to watch the entire match with Spanish commentary 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…

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….

Thomas Muster Retires Again

Thomas “Coach” Muster? A lot of good can be said about how hard Thomas Muster worked on and off of the tennis court. ¬†Muster is best know for his perseverance to overcome a freak knee injury and his amazing clay court play in 1995. ¬†Muster played a sort of visceral tennis that often looked like…