Newport 2017: Championship Prediction Plus Powershares Bonus

[1] John Isner (USA) vs [Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) John Isner should win this match.  He has won 10 ATP titles and is in his 23rd ATP Tour final.  Isner has also won Newport 2 times in the past.  Ebden is playing in his 1st ever tour final.  That alone should give Isner a mental edge knowing how…

Newport, Umag, & Bastad 2017: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Newport Peter Gojowczyk (GER) vs. [Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) H2H – I think Ebden makes his qualifying run into a run to the final.   [1] John Isner (USA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) H2H – Isner should win this match and this event.  He does need to put some pressure on Frantangelo’s serve to simplify his path to the final. Umag [WC] Ivan…

Newport, Bastad, & Umag 2017: July 21st Predictions

Newport [1] John Isner (USA) vs. Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H – Isner has to be favored, but his matches often involve tiebreaks.  If Novikov can play well in tie breaks, he can pull the upset. [4] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) H2H – Could Frantangelo become the first Bjorn since 1980 to win a grass court title?  Probably not. Bastad [7] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov  (RUS) H2H – I’ll…

Newport 2016: Ivo Karlovic vs. Gilles Muller Championship Prediction

Ivo Karlovic vs. Gilles Muller Anyone thinking the 1990s are long gone hasn’t seen the tennis in Newport.  Since Newport falls after Wimbledon, pressure is minimal to make the grass play like that at the All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club (those courts slowed down in 2002).  Ivo Karlovic is 37 years old and is…

Newport 2016: Semifinal Prediction

Predicted Winners in BOLD (8) Donald Young VS (3) Gilles Muller – Muller has had a highly successful grass court season.  Young beat Muller in a one-sided manner earlier this year, but Muller is a 6’4″ left-handed player who is solid on grass. (4) Marcos Baghdatis VS (2) Ivo Karlovic – Baghdatis has had a nice 2016 in general and played well in…

My Encounter with Bud Collins in 1999

A lot can be said about Bud Collins and his contributions to tennis.  The best way I can put it is that Bud Collins promoted tennis with enthusiasm and joy in an authentic manner.  I was fortunate enough to meet Bud Collins at the Hall of Fame Classic in Newport, RI.  I was living in…

Quick Hits – Hewitt, Groth, and the Murrays Shine in Davis Cup while Ram Wins Newport Again

.@lleytonhewitt and @SamGrothTennis provide the heroics as Australia completes the comeback. http://t.co/ht4rAIHrCi pic.twitter.com/LQDqGaDnqC — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 19, 2015 Aussie Comeback Succeeds Davis Cup and Hall of Fame Thoughts The tennis scheule does not leave a lot of time for reflection.  One Sunday Novak Djokovic is vanquishing Roger Federer for his 3rd Wimbledon…

Can Hewitt exact some Revenge on Karlovic for 2003?

Karlovic has been a hard nut to crack for Hewitt Lleyton Hewitt entered Wimbledon 2003 as the defending champion and as the top player of the New Balls generation.  His peers were making inroads prior to Wimbledon 2003. Juan Carlos Ferrero was an Australian Open quarterfinalist and won Roland Garros.  Andy Roddick was an Australian…