Pete Sampras is a Legend

14 majors, 6-years finished at #1, 7 Wimbledon titles & 5 US Open titles add up to one important legend of the game.  The crowd appreciated his exhibition doubles outing a great deal. The show must go on! Pete Sampras & Novak Djokovic vs. Tommy Haas & John McEnroe 😱#BNPPO19 pic.twitter.com/lHhjMavH3K — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour)…

Indian Wells 2019: Future Shock – Andreescu & Thiem Win Big

ANDREESCU DEFEATS KERBER 🏆 18-year-old wildcard @BAndreescu_ battles past Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to capture the title at @BNPParibasOpen.#BNPPO19 #BibiRising 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/0wo83MGPR5 — Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 17, 2019 Indian Wells helped propel players in 2018.  It might do the same in 2019.  Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem notched the biggest wins of their careers…

A Soundtrack for Theim v Federer by Queen

If Queen could do soundtracks for Highlander and Flash Gordon, I think they could provide a fitting song for each of the men’s finalists.  Here goes: Dominic Thiem – I Want it All Queen 1989 Adventure seeker on an empty street Just an alley creeper, light on his feet A young fighter screaming, with no time…

Australian Open 2019: Twitter Reacts to the Youth Movement

Stefanos Tsitsipas, 13 years old: “Favorite idol?” – Roger Federer “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” – I don’t know, but I will do my best to be in the top. pic.twitter.com/Ho4xmuBHYl — Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) January 20, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “Be the Example.” – @FTiafoe LEGEND. 🎥: @AustralianOpen pic.twitter.com/NIskSNrq45 — Cracked Racquets (@CrackedRacquets)…

Tennis Twitter Highlights 10/27/2018

Down 6-0, 2-0, @SloaneStephens battles back to defeat Pliskova, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1! Will face Svitolina in @WTAFinalsSG championship! pic.twitter.com/ULwFJqGIV7 — WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Milestones All Over the Place Federer extends his own record for most finals at a single tournament on the @ATPWorldTour Federer: 14(Basel)Nadal: 12( Monte Carlo)Federer: 12 ( Halle)Federer: 11(…

My Last Male GOAT Column for at Least 5 Years

I admit it.  I am bored with speculating about who is the greatest of all time (GOAT).  Has any topic gotten more ink or pixels in the tennis universe over the past 20 years? It started with Pete Sampras closing in on Roy Emmerson’s then record 12 major titles.  Then Andre Agassi won the career…

Strokes of Genius Documentary Airs on July 1st

While I consider Novak Djokovic’s 5 set 2012 Australian Open final victory over Rafael Nadal to be the greatest match ever played (to this point?), this should be an interesting documentary.

Roger Federer is Back to #1 with his 97th Career Title

Roger Federer is #1 again.  He is the oldest #1 in history supplanted Andre Agassi in that category.  Given that he defends 2000 combined points at Indian Wells and Miami, I am not sure that it will be a long reign.  Still, it is fairly unbelievable.  If Rafa wins Acapulco, where the Spaniard is defending…

My History of Favorable Treatment from Tournaments toward Stars

Roger Federer’s frequent night play on Rod Laver Arena sparked some controversy at this year’s Australian Open. I will start with 1991 because I recall the write-up of Jimmy Connors 1991 US Open run mentioning him asking for and receiving extra night matches. Could Connors have run like this during the day and recovered as…