Tennis Memories: Queen’s Club 1990

Wimbledon 1989 The Wimbledon 1989 semifinals featured Boris Becker fending off Ivan Lendl over two-days and five sets 6-4, 6-7 (2), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.  Stefan Edberg returned to the final by ousting a resurgent John McEnroe 7-5, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).  Becker then avenged his 1988 Wimbledon loss to Edberg by taking the title 6-0,…

US Open 1992: The 25th Anniversary of an Epic Men’s Event (Part 2)

Part 1 Investigated the 1st through 4th rounds The Final 8: Edberg’s Marathon Run to the Title The Quarterfinal Round: 2 of the 4 Matches Went 5 sets The Highlight Match did not go 5 sets, but the 1992 Australian and French Open champion Jim Courier took on the 1992 Wimbledon champion and boyhood rival…

Australian Open 1992 – My Favorite Final of the 1990s

I have been pressed for time quite a bit in recent weeks, but with the Australian Open starting next week I thankfully do again have more time to devote to tennis.  My favorite Australian Open final ever was the 2012 marathon between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.  This match also stands out to me because…

Grand Slam Winning Points

My series looking into the origins of the tennis we see and love today has helped me to come across many videos of former greats claiming major titles.  I thought I would share a few of these with you here. Borg’s 11 McEnroe’s 7 Lendl’s 8 Edberg’s 6 I have a feeling I will post…

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…

Videos on Serve and Volley Tennis

Serve and volley may be a distant memory as a general strategy, but it still shows up as a tactic on specific points.  Here are some videos looking at this artful style of play.

Quick Thoughts on Federer-Ljubicic

Get Used to Seeing this on the Practice Courts Like many people who follow tennis, I was not expecting the departure of Stefan Edberg or the addition of Ivan Ljubicic to Team Federer.  The news coming out indicates that Edberg was only likely to work with Federer in 2014, but that this agreement was extended…

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,…