Chess and Tennis: Chess Can Be Good for Your Tennis Game

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest spends a few pages describing tennis as a hybrid of chess and boxing. Reading this led me to thinking about Ivan Ljubicic being a strong chess player and Boris Becker complimenting world #1 Novak Djokovic’s chess acumen. This might deserve more investigation. Uniquely Qualified? I’ve been playing tennis since 1985…

Australian Open 2021: Day 9 Men’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Grigor Dimitrov (18) vs Aslan Karatsev – Dimitrov has a good path to another major semifinal. I am not sure he can go further than that at this event, but he is probably the 5th most likely player to win the event among the 8 remaining. 3 of the bigger obstacles…

Australian Open 2021: Day 7 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena   [3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [18] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – This should be an outstanding match. I think Thiem is younger, moves better, and has the better forehand of the two.  I expect a 3 to 4 set win for Thiem, but Dimitrov has a shot at the upset. [1] Novak Djokovic…

Australian Open 2021: Day 5 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) [6] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [32] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) – This probably won’t happen, but my gut feeling says upset.[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [27] Taylor Fritz (USA) – Fritz has had a nice event. Novak will advance. Margaret Court Arena [15] Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) vs. [18] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – PCB would benefit…