Australian 2020: My 1st Grumpy Old Man Post

It is strange for me to not have engaged the 1st major of the year until the middle of the first week.  I am now 44 and 2020 has me starting my year is a less than youthful joy.  Here are my reasons: A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched…

Australian Wildfires: Bigger than Tennis

Canberra Challenger officially moved to Bendigo. https://t.co/VNhinyLA8q — Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) January 2, 2020 A lot more than tennis is going on in terms of wildfires and heatwaves in Australia.  Tennis cannot solve the issues involved in these and other weather-related incidents around the world.  Yet, tennis is a global sport with an 11-month season. …

Wimbledon 2019: Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Tiebreaks

Earlier in the event, I noticed that Nick Kyrgios had won all 5 tiebreaks played against Rafael Nadal.  Rafa reversed this trend winning vs. Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).  Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested their 4th Wimbledon clash today.  While only one set today went to a tiebreak, Roger Federer added to…

Nick Kyrgios and Tennis Excellence

I am not a huge fan of The Color of Money as it is nowhere near as good as The Hustler.  Still, the film has a lot of good moments.  I especially like Eddie Felson’s line “pool excellence is not about excellent pool.”  Nick Kyrgios still lacks tennis excellence.  I am not sure how doggedly he…

China Open and Japan Open 2017: ATP Championship Predictions

Dear readers,  Sorry about not posting semifinal predictions for either event.  I was sick (2017 has not been great with my health).  Here are my takes on the two championship matches. China Open: Rafael Nadal vs. Nick Kyrgios Rafa has been pushed in this event.  He has also responded.  A win here puts Roger Federer…

China Open 2017: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [6] John Isner (USA) – I don’t think Rafa enjoys playing Isner much.  Rafa wins two ways: excellent play and grinding his opponent’s mental and physical game down.  Isner hits so many aces that this grinding style doesn’t impact him as much.  Isner led 2 sets…

China Open 2017: October 4th ATP Predictions

It’ll be @delpotrojuan against Dimitrov in Beijing R2 🍿💥#ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/lRlDUfg4OB — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 3, 2017   Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Mischa Zverev (GER) – This is a classic Kyrgios trap match.  If he plays with poise, he should win.  The older Zverev will attack often enough giving Kyrgios…

Masters Miami 2017: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA) H2H – I have been bullish on Fognini this entire event.  I think Rafa has enough defensive skills as well as shot-making ability of his own to diffuse a red hot Fognini.  Fognini has claimed some big wins over Nadal, but the odds are…