Novak Djokovic’s Coaching Situation: I Like Reuniting with Vajda and a Suggestion

Novak training with God Marian Vajda!!! ūüôĆūüŹľ pic.twitter.com/UtoTf1Donw ‚ÄĒ Ashish (@Ashish_1603) April 8, 2018 Marian Vajda working with Novak Djokovic is a good sign.¬† He is comfortable with Vajda’s approach.¬† Djokovic took a lot of criticism when he split with Todd Martin and worked with Vajda only in Spring 2010.¬† Djokovic then reached the US…

Another Becker Classic – Sampras v Becker ATP World Championship 1996

I will get my WTA awards out before New Year’s Eve, but I thought posting anything not Dick Enberg related would have been poor form.¬† Life has gotten busier¬†since then. This match was an example that huge serving and power tennis could be wildly entertaining.¬† Becker was coming back from a wrist injury earlier in…

My 5 Favorite Memories of Louis Armstrong Stadium – Part 1*

* I’ve written a fair amount about Jimmy Connors as well as his 1991 US Open run so I won’t use any Jimmy Connors matches. Honorable Mention:¬† 1987 John McEnroe d. Slobodan Zivojinovic¬†6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 McEnroe went bonkers during the match. ¬†“Bobo” was a player I liked to watch due to his crushing…

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…

Debating Tennis with the Tennis Insider Part 1

Preface There have been some recent developments at Tennis Abides about which I am excited. The second youtube video recently posted, and my interview with a former college tennis player was quite popular. ¬†Beyond that, new product reviews, interviews, and youtube takes are in the pipeline. ¬†This past weekend, Kelechi Agu asked me if I’d…

The Top 10 Male Australian Open Champions

This is the first installment in a series looking at the best performers at each Grand Slam event. ¬†I will look at the 10 best champions on the male and female sides of Open Era tennis and explain why they are ranked where they are in my eyes. ¬†Since this focuses on the Open Era,…

US Open Memories: Rafter vs. Sampras 1998

This was a great match and maybe one of the last great clashes between two guys making their way toward the net with great frequency. ¬†Before tennis conditions began to slow down and strings began to make passing shots easier to hit, some attacking players were serve and then volley if necessary players. ¬†Sampras and…

Rafa Gives a Lesson in Sportsmanship

It came to my attention today that Rafael Nadal cried with joy when Roger Federer won Roland Garros in 2009. ¬†Given that Nadal is tied for 2nd on the all-time list of male Grand Slam winners and that Roger Federer is 1st on that list, it seems like a generous outlook from Rafa. ¬†Competitors look…