Australian Open 2020: All Hail King Novak VIII and Queen Sofia I

Five. Straight. Points! Kenin blasts three consecutive winners on break point and escapes her way out from 0-40 to hold for 3-2.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gVsNdr6sjO — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 1, 2020 NOTE from the Tennis Abides Legal Team*: Whatever fond memories I have of watching Sofia the First with my children when they were younger,…

Australian Open 2020: Thiem vs. Djokovic is Set as the Main Event

Backhand Blitz Thiem seizes the moment to break and erases a Zverev chance to claim the 3-1 edge in the third set.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/vfrr9Rtib8 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 31, 2020 Does Thiem have a Chance? Yes!  Dominic Thiem will pose the toughest match Novak Djokovic will face in his 7 matches in Melbourne.  Thiem…

Australian Open 2020: Djokovic Eyes a 17th Major

The Australian Open has made one big and one small surface change since 1987.  In 1988, the Australian Open left grass behind and debuted a highly rubberized hard court called Rebound Ace.  This type of hard court was used from 1988-2007 but its tendency to “grab” the soles of players’ shoes and ruin ankles on…

Final Power Ranking of 2019: King Rafa the Fifth Reigns

Rafael Nadal’s extraordinary 2019… 🇦🇺 Australian Open: F 🇫🇷 French Open: 🏆 🇬🇧 Wimbledon: SF 🇺🇸 US Open: 🏆 🇪🇸 Davis Cup: 🏆 🌎 World No.1: 🍾 pic.twitter.com/Re2Ljn3XhZ — Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) November 24, 2019  Rafael Nadal ended 2019 with wins.  He picked up two wins at the World Tour Final despite not making it…

Djokovic winning Tokyo Kicks off a Non-Chase for #1

This is an opinion piece.  It is my opinion that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would be happy to finish 2019 #1, but that neither of them is overly worried about it. Their current 2019 points stand at: Rafal Nadal – 9225 Novak Djokovic – 7765 This would seemingly be a nearly impregnable lead…

Novak Djokovic is an Executive Producer for a Documentary

I have not seen this documentary, but Novak Djokovic is a vegan and an executive producer for The Game Changers (trailer and interviews below).  Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams both eat plant-based diets so this may be something that is picked up by other tennis players. As a matter of full disclosure, I have been a…

US Open 2019: Key Day 1 Match Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Women’s Match of the Day – Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova Serena has won the US Open 6-times.  Maria Sharapova won the US Open in 2006.  Serena has dominated their head-to-head matches 19-3, but any match pitting two former champions and former #1s in the first round has to be the match…

Wimbledon 2019 and Why I Started Writing about Tennis

I remember watching this and wondering, “How is this guy with the physique of a pencil beating a clay court monster like Muster?” even though I loved his shot-making. I have always liked tennis and on different occasions discussed the impact my father as well as Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon triumph had on my interest…

Wimbledon 2019: Djokovic vs. Federer Prediction

Federer vs Djokovic – a match-up that has provided so much entertainment in the past… Tomorrow, they go head-to-head once more 🍿#Wimbledon | @rogerfederer | @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/47dY1F42of — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019   Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer A 4-time defending champion and #1 player in the world facing an 8-time former champion and…