Review of Aceing Depression: A Tennis Champion’s Toghest Match Part 1

Former professional tennis player Cliff Richey and his daughter Hillaire Richey Kallendorf, Ph.D. wrote a book exploring both Cliff’s tennis career and lifelong battle with depression. I am writing this review in two parts because it is a topic that deserves full focus. There are aspects of this book that while fascinating or unique do…

Novak Djokovic will Finish a Record Tying 6th Year Ranked #1*

Tennis records have been equalled and falling quite a bit since Pete Sampras won his the record tying 12th major at Wimbledon 1999. Novak Djokovic just equaled Pete Sampras’ record of finishing 6 years ranked #1. Jimmy Connors finished 5 consecutive years at #1, and Pete Sampras bested that by finishing 6 consecutive years ranked…

French Open 2020: Tennis History on the Line in Djokovic vs. Nadal Final

5 Historical Achievements Novak Djokovic Will Have with a Win Djokovic is likely to tie Pete Sampras’ 6-years finished at #1, but a win here more than cements that Djokovic would complete his second Career Grand Slam Djokovic would be the only man to beat Rafael Nadal twice at Roland Garros Djokovic would claim an…

A Star is Born: Iga Swiatek Posts a Comprehensive French Open Victory

Early in today’s final it became apparent that Sofia Kenin would need to counter-punch and scramble as Iga Swiatek’s forehand was controlling play. After falling behind 0-3, Kenin did what I expected and elicited some errors and drew even at 3-3. From that point forward, Kenin only won 2 more games. Swiatek didn’t just hit…

Venus Williams has Earned the Right to End Her Career on Her Terms

Former world #1 Venus Williams has won Wimbledon 5 times, the US Open twice, and holds 4 Gold Medals and One Silver Medal along with a slew of majors in doubles. She has been runner-up or better at every slam at least once. Her 1997 US Open runner-up finish took place early in Bill Clinton’s…

A Tour of Court/Real/Royal Tennis

My strange obsession with our beloved Lawn Tennis’ forerunner continues. Maybe I can ask my athletic director to build one of these courts on our campus. Here is a longer look at the sport.

Memories of the 1988 Men’s US Open

A new emphasis on videos for Tennis Abides.  We all miss tennis, but maybe some memories will make tennis seem not as far away. This court and color scheme were not in existence in 1988,  but it is a US Open photo.