Returning from Illness: 10 Quick Hits

I have been sick with assorted ailments throughout February.  My kids and spouse have also had a mixture of maladies (I love alliteration).  I am back to writing more regularly now. Stan Wawrinka winning Rotterdam and skipping Davis Cup makes me think he is tired of being on the outside of the Big 4.  I…

Australian Open 2015 – 10 Quick Hits

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic finished 2014 ranked #1.  They each have put an early claim on the #1 ranking for 2015.  Congratulations to the 6 time and 5 time champions. Andy Murray ended 2014 losing 6-0, 6-1 to Roger Federer.  Murray’s wins over Dimitrov and Bercyh along with his showing in the first two…

Quick Hits: Shanghai and Beyond

Roger Federer’s 4th title and 9th final of 2014 prove that 2013 is a thing of the past.  Roger did not win a Grand Slam in 2014, but his form, health and demeanor tell me he is someone to watch in 2015.  At the end of 2013, I thought 2015 might be his swan song….

US Open 2014: Quick Hits – Serena vs. Woz has Storylines

No Shortage of Storylines for Sunday Serena Williams’ 6 wins in NY, 2 titles and 1 semifinal finish on North American hard courts make her the top player of this season, but Caroline Wozniacki pushed Serena to 3 sets twice.  Therefore, Sunday’s result is anything but given, and if Wozniacki wins the US Open she…

US Open 2014: Quick Hits – French Toast

Gael Monfils outplayed Roger Federer for most of the first 4 sets of their US Open quarterfinal match.  The 5th set was not as close as the 6-2 scoreline would indicate. Whatever belief La Monf had in the first four sets, it was gone in the fifth. Marin Cilic keeps making believers out of people….

US Open 2014: Quick Hits – Murray is Back

2011 Champ vs. 2012 Champ Book It! Andy Murray looked to be playing a lot closer to his 2012-mid 2013 form than he has for most of 2014. Murray used his movement and return of serve to dig out from break deficits in the 2nd and 3rd set.  He applied pressure at the right times…

US Open 2014: Quick Hits Dimitrov and Goffin Serve Up Fun

I wish I could do more of this type of writing for Tennis Abides, but I am finishing a major project for graduate school so through the end of 2014 my writing has to be strategic in terms of how much time I can dedicate. Grigor Dimitrov and the youthful David Goffin put on a…

US Open 2014 Day 1 Quick Hits & The Outer Courts are Back

Quick Hits Nick Kyrgios won a spirited 4 set match with Mikhail Youzhny demonstrating that his health may be where it needs to be to make a splash in NY Andy Murray put in a survive and advance first day Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco won his 400th match in a 5 set thriller Simona Halep,…

Quick Hits from Cincinnati 2014 Semifinal Matches

I was fortunate enough to be able to see the evening session semifinal matches of Ana Ivanovic vs. Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic.  Here were some impressions and things I noticed. If Ana Ivanovic is 6’1″, Maria Sharapova is far taller than her listed height of 6’2″. Sharapova’s grunting gets louder on…

Quick Hits – Raonic, Serena, Kuznetsova & Goffin Take Titles

Milos Raonic won an all-Canadian final to take the ATP 500 level event in Washington, DC.  The Citi Open will always be the Legg Mason Classic to me, but two Canadians in the championship match should tell the USTA what it should already know.   Serena Williams fended off some game competition and began to…