Wimbledon 2019: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I can’t help it, my initial interest in tennis was born watching Wimbledon and to me this is it if there is an it in the tennis world I have a different view of each major.  Wimbledon to me is the most exciting time for a tennis fan.  I wanted to learn tennis in 1985…

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,…

Comparing Rafael Nadal’s 12 French Open Titles Across Sports

John Wooden coached UCLA to 10 NCAA basketball titles in 12 seasons.  This is indeed impressive. Advantage Rafa – Rafa played while Wooden coached.  Perhaps, Wooden should be compared to uncle Toni Nadal.  Similar points can be made in terms of compairing Rafa to Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach.  Playing and coaching are different. Tom Brady…

Roland Garros: Crazy 9s? Another Historic Result? If so, Which One?

1989 – To Be 17: Chang and Sanchez-Vicario Pull UPSETS to Grab Singles’ Titles Chang rallied to beat Lendl in the round of 16 and then toppled Edberg in 5 for an improbable title Sanchez-Vicario defeated a seemingly invulnerable Graf in 3 sets to take the title 1999 – Graf Caps 22 Slams While Agassi…

Rafa and Federer Post Gaudy Numbers

Making his 14th R4 appearance at Roland Garros! 👏 🇪🇸 @RafaelNadal serves up a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Goffin. | #RG19 pic.twitter.com/0DIq5H9UpD — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) May 31, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Rafael Nadal is 89-2 at Roland Garros!  89-2!  One could be 18-2 and have a 90 percent winning percentage.  Just add an extra…

The Self-Similar Nature of Tennis

Tennis can be thought about at a number of levels, but each level is of a similar complexity to the level above or below it.  I will look at 3 of these levels. The Level Most People Talk About: Individual Skills One’s technique when hitting the ball, one’s movement on the court, and one’s conditioning…

John Isner and Intentionally Slower Surfaces

Wimbledon decided to look into slowing its courts down and increasing the length of points after the 1998 men’s final.  The rest of the tour tended to follow Wimbledon’s lead as outdoor and indoor hard courts were slowed down, indoor carpet events went away, and tennis balls were slowed down too.  It may not be…

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.