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…

French Open Memories: 1991

I already wrote about the 4-year Courier-Agassi Wars of 1989-1992.  There was another memorable clash of US players in 1991.  Jimmy Connors took on 1989 Roland Garros champion Michael Chang.  On paper, this didn’t look like much of a match.  Jimmy Connors did win the 1976 US Open on Har-Tru/green clay, but it was 1991…

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…

US Open 2014: Men’s Coaches Grand Slam Head-to-Head Records

For the first time ever (I would imagine), four Grand Slam semifinalists are coached by 4 former Grand Slam Champions.  Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker each hold 6 Grand Slam singles titles.  Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic each won a single Grand Slam title and had 3 other Grand Slam runner-up finishes.  Goran and Michael…

Tough Stretch for Andy Roddick

Puncher’s Chance Andy Roddick has normally always had a puncher’s chance in an individual match against anyone on surfaces other than clay.  The odds may not have been great for him to beat Federer or Nadal, but he was good to hold serve 3-6 times per set.  This would give him a shot to win…