On The Origin of Contemporary Tennis – Part 1

First, my post-US Open sabbatical is over, and I am glad to be writing about tennis once more.   Second, I am not departing on the HMS Beagle, but tennis has its own historical record nicely preserved on sites such as youtube.  In my Tim Mayotte interview, I posted a video in which Mayotte described…

Debating Kel Round 2 – Is Wimbledon the Greatest Slam?

I have to admit Wimbledon is the tournament that captured my imagination most as a fan Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Which is the Greatest Grand Slam in Tennis? Kel – Hi Dan. I think this is a very good debate to have right now as the Wimbledon fever slowly arrests the tennis world.  For…

Tennis Abides Vlog/Podcast #1

Last month, I dipped my toe into the world of podcasting.  Podbean has a great product, but it does not offer a lot of space in terms of its free services.  I liked the idea of a voice only podcast as I have a good speaking voice.  However, youtube allows me to upload to my…

Dimitrov and Nishikori Take Titles

Dimitrov Rises to #14 w/ 3rd Career Title Grigor Dimitrov won a 250 level event in Bucharest.  His 2014 season has been hot and cold, but perhaps he is hot again after taking his second title of the year.  His ranking has risen to a career high of #14.  Dimitrov has the variety and young…

What if Rafa Got Bored?

Down Goes Nadal?!?!   Rafael Nadal is an absurd 277-12 on clay since 2005.  2 of those 12 losses have come over the past two weeks.  Unlike, Rafa’s 2011 Madrid and Rome losses to Novak Djokovic neither of these losses came against men with Grand Slam titles or in the championship match.  Make no mistake…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Miami Crowns a New Number One

Fourth Tennis Power Ranking 2014 Miami Crowns a New Number One Novak Djokovic – Nole ended 2013 on a streak.  He’s back to his winning ways.  Winning back-to-back Masters 1000 events by beating Federer and then Nadal in each final has Novak back to my top spot. Change since last ranking +1 Rafael Nadal – He’s never…

NCAA 2014 Tennis Analog Bracket Elite 8

*** A Reminder – Since this NCAA Season Lacked a Super Dominant Team – No College was Given Rafa, Nole or Roger as an Analog  *** Florida/Andy Murray vs. Dayton/Jurgen Melzer – I have to stick with my original pick of Melzer for Dayton, but Dayton is a team with a lot of speed.  Florida looks…

Tennis Analogs for NCAA Sweet 16 Teams

As a Kentucky native, I grew up loving basketball.  When my Skyhook was not matched with a 7’2″ frame, I began to drift toward other sports.  In 1985 at 9 years of age, I saw Boris Becker win Wimbledon.  I was hooked.  To be able to combine ATP Tennis with the NCAA Sweet 16 is…