Chess and Tennis: Chess Can Be Good for Your Tennis Game

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest spends a few pages describing tennis as a hybrid of chess and boxing. Reading this led me to thinking about Ivan Ljubicic being a strong chess player and Boris Becker complimenting world #1 Novak Djokovic’s chess acumen. This might deserve more investigation. Uniquely Qualified? I’ve been playing tennis since 1985…

A Review of Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks

I am going to be doing some book reviews and wanted to start with something light. I recommend this book so long as a prospective reader likes at least one or two of the following: laughter, tennis, geopolotics, travel journals, cultural insights, and outrageous wagers. The sound quality is a little dodgy, but next time,…

Looking Ahead to 2020: 5 Big Questions

Will Serena Williams win a 24th (or more) major in 2020?  My guess is yes as I think she seems to be dialed in during this offseason.  The talent pool she is facing is deep and comparatively younger so 2020 represents her best chance at 24 and beyond, but 4 runner-up finishes over the past two…

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

I am grateful for bludgeoning groundstrokes among other things Many countries celebrate the act of giving thanks.  The dates do not line-up so my offering is not intended to be jingoistic as today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  Still, taking the time to give thanks and express gratitude is always worthwhile. As tennis…

Can My Tennis Game be Upgraded? A Sequel

Reanimating the Bones of My Tennis Game is Done, but Can I Climb Higher? On October 20, 2017, I wrote Can My Tennis Game be Salvaged?  Due to some medical issues that arose with my now nine-year-old child, I stopped playing tennis for roughly 3-years.  This hiatus was not something I consciously chose.  It just…

Pickleball: Friend or Foe?

Prelude I first encountered pickleball when playing tennis nearly 10-years ago at a public park.  There were two courts on an upper terrace and one on a lower terrace at this particular park.  My opponent and I took the first available court and were on the upper terrace.  When the lower court cleared, a man…

Studies Show that Playing Tennis Helps You Live Longer

One doesn’t have to be as good as David Ferrer to reap health benefits from playing tennis Given that the US has various negative health indicators as a population (I would check some of these boxes myself), I think the USTA and public health groups should be pushing tennis hard.  Parents and grandparents who play…

Why do I like Tennis and Basketball? Musing on Sports in General

The match that got me to want to really learn how to play tennis For as long as I can remember, my favorite sports have been tennis and basketball.  I suppose that could be explained away by being from Kentucky with roots in the Appalachian mountains and by my dad being the ultimate weekend hacker…

Can Tennis Save My Life? Part 2

An award to whoever picks me out in this picture first? Today, I start a second season at St. Xavier High School as the JV tennis coach.  Last year, I lost 17 lbs. and radically improved various aspects of my blood work during the high school tennis season.  I’d like to build on that foundation…