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How McEnroe Solved The Lendl Puzzle

From 1981 Roland Garros to 1982 Masters, John McEnroe lost seven matches in a row to Ivan Lendl.

Then in early 1983 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia McEnroe turned the tables and beat Lend in the final in four sets 46 75 64 63. That win sparked McEnroe to win three in a row vs Lendl and seven of their next eight matches.

In his book “You Cannot Be Serious” McEnroe revealed the tactical change came from a most unexpected source…a phone call from Don Budge. The last American to win the Grand Slam in 1938, Budge phoned McEnroe to instruct him how to play and beat his nemesis.

“You’ve got to attack him right up the middle,” said Budge. “Stop giving him the angles. He’s killing you on those angles.”

McEnroe was honored and privileged to obtain these strategic ideas from Budge and immediately implemented them. “It was simple advice but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Lendl loved to run. He could go all day. And his groundstrokes were tremendous. He liked being stretched out in the corners. If I approached up the middle, he’d be forced to lob or to hit to my volley – my strengths. I’d be taking back the angles. Suddenly, I had a gameplan against Lendl that I hadn’t had before. And it worked. I won the final in four sets. Putting Don’s counsel to work in that tournament gave me back my confidence that, despite Ivan’s tremendous power and conditioning, my game – going quickly from defense to offense, using my speed to get to net, and using the angles – could ultimately beat his game. I would win my next eight matches against him.”

Actually, McEnroe won seven of eight, he lost the San Francisco final 36 76 64 in 1983.

But then Lendl would finally figure out McEnroe and Lendl’s secret tactics at the finals of Roland Garros in 1984. McEnroe won the first two sets vs Lendl 63 62 but a rain delay contributed to changing the match dynamic and McEnroe’s bid to win his first and only Roland Garros title was thwarted as Lendl stormed back to win the final three sets 64 75 75.

McEnroe did win their next clash at US Open final 63 64 61.

Lendl won the overall head to head series vs McEnroe 21-15 including 11 of their last 12 duels – but seven of McEnroe’s wins were created – or at least generously aided – by a phone call from Don Budge.

(John McEnroe acrylic painting by Sarasota, Florida artist Karin Billings.)

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131 comments

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Overall, I know there are exceptions, I don’t think it’s a good idea for parents to get involved in coaching, not past an early age. At some point they have to take a step back. I know of situations where everything has ended in tears because of course the dynamics can be terribly confused. How can you sack your own father eg ?

    Seems to me Tennis Canada and Bianca’s parents (not to mention Coco) are doing the right thing with Bianca.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Draw out for WTA Japan and seems Kerber has plenty of reasons to feel aggrieved. Looks like she plays Riske again in her first match. If I were Angie I’d twist my ankle and withdraw.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Development coaches make a difference. The best can clean up the core shots of many very good young players and veterans alike. A player needs a few voices out there.

    And no, I put zero faith in Osaka’s dad as a tennis genius. There is some part of me that says, look, Osaka’s dad, or everyone’s dad, got someone else to pay for their kids tennis development. For an expensive sport, good for them.

    The other part of me is like, no. They are now incredibly wealthy. If you want to invest in the future of other kids that need the help with their tennis, then go ahead and do that.

    I don’t know how places such as the Nadal academy handle this. His academy cost $62,000 per year. I already know what they do there, because it’s the same as other places and they aren’t going to have anyone at Nadal’s level, now or ever. But there you have it – one of the wealthiest players in tennis history has an academy that charges $62K a year. This is your latest and greatest version of giving back.

    Meanwhile somewhere there’s a kid hitting on a backboard somewhere that can’t get enough of it. And that kid is your next champion.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Tennis Canada seems enlightened.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Kerber dodging a Riske match? Wow Catherine, you are very down on the Kerber. Is her game really in shambles?

    Top players like Kerber should be getting through her first matches playing around seventy percent capacity.

  • Jeff · September 14, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Osaka has a cushy opening draw in Osaka. Let’s see if she can handle the home pressure and win this event.

    Here is Jenkins castigating her for giggling.

    https://twitter.com/benrothenberg/status/1161741154355990528

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Andrew – you clearly haven’t kept up with Kerber/Riske. Alison has beaten her 2/0, last week in Zhengzhou in 3 sets and now she comes to Japan and here’s Alison again. Unfortunately Angie is playing 70% capacity ( she hasn’t won a match since R1 W’don) but at least she has Dirk Dier with her now and he’s a familiar figure in her box. Angie’s big weakness is her serve – a number of coaches have not solved this problem and it’s leaving her at a disadvantage against a player like Riske.

    Other readers of this site will know that I’m far from being down on Kerber – I want to see her pick up her game. It’s not too late but she needs the right support. Doesn’t do well on her own.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Jeff – I stick with my feeling about Naomi giggling. Might not be how it seems.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Going back and forth on Bajin: speculation here, Scoop, there was a comment up on Twitter at that giggling Osaka thing. Is this true an Wimbledon or a rumor? Bajin says the right things in interviews but reporters keep trying to drag his personal life out. But what the rumor mill on that Twitter post suggests is that Bajin’s personal issues are the kind of thing that would disrupt an elite player’s frame of mind and if things had been bad for some time then of course Osaka would drop the axe.

    Bajin might have blown up his own coaching gig because of Bajin. Not just his book, but because he’s got issues himself. Fine coach. With issues.

    I’m still against her dad coaching because I think it’s bad form. And there are plenty of good “hitting partners” and ball machines for that matter out there.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Catherine, I’ll watch some Kerber Riske from past matches. With her lefty ways Kerber should be confounding opponents on serve. Riske is proof hard work pays off. I find her game a little hard to stomach, but she’s mentally tough and physically prepared.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 10:22 am

    With the complications that can come with parent involvement, Bianca is fortunate that her parents (and Coco) are supportive, but have no special interest in tennis.

    On the financial support question, I thought Shapovalov’s story is interesting. When he was as young as 8, his mother posted a video of Denis practicing. He was very impressive for such a young kid, his game style was pretty much the way it is now. I don’t know if the video did bring in any sponsors, though.

    A few years later Denis decided not to accept the Tennis Canada offer to join their training program in Montreal. Denis did not want to leave home, he was doing well with his current coach, and his mother wasn’t keen on the Tennis Canada approach of group training. But $ was a big issue. Fortunately, Andrzaj Kapinski, a wealthy businessman involved with organizing tennis events, agreed to sponsor the youngster. He did not want to be repaid, but asked Denis, if he became successful, to support a promising young player in turn.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Hartt, exceptional gestures here for Canadian players. In the States it seems like there are these odd arrangements and basically blind spots here and there. For example in Russia I don’t think the Spartak club is wealthy – but I may be wrong.

    This is a good thing for Dan or Scoop. Few have talked about Spartak for a while in Moscow, yet it’s been called by an ESPN writer the tennis equivalent of a run down place with one piano famous for elite composers.

    Unlike other national systems Spartak focuses a lot on form. And of course it works so so – no one from Russia is winning slams these days, and Medvedev got a lot of training in the land of ultra creativity on tour, vive la France.

    At it’s best Russian players hit as hard as humanly possible and are backboards. Medvedev is a bit like Safin, Kafelnikov, Kuznetsova (Spain trained too) here (and well beyond) in how he plays.

    Hartt I love the Canadian games. All technically sound and they are infused with flair. They are like an expression of (call me crazy) the potential game that Dancevic showed – that he did a lot of things other players couldn’t, and when superior players emerged they could do everything Dancevic could do and then more.

    I don’t have much faith in a few other Canadians like Peliwo, Bester etc. Their games had technical problems and they couldn’t compensate in other ways. Canada is very very well positioned now, even better than with Raonic, Pops, Bouchard – they have solid players top to bottom and they are guaranteed to have new players remember Andreescu and possibly have the desire that she does, if you can believe it.

    Basketball and tennis have really made Canada about more than hockey and winter sports. I’m just glad Montreal’s tennis facilities are being used more often! They were so nice when I saw them from a distance and I thought it must be special to play there in early summer.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Hartt, saw some Bouchard clip yesterday. She played such solid tennis in 2014, her form looked solid and believe it or not Bouchard looked stronger physically, more like a super athlete and less like a model etc. Her game was so grooved and her timing was ideal.

    I’m pretty hard on her tennis. I think I get now what she refers to when she talks about her game and how she’s feeling. Her game didn’t look all too bad. I wonder if the switch from Babolat to Yonex has worked well also. Her timing is thrown a little and sometimes players don’t make a great adjustment here also.

    Example, moving from a TF racquet to Dunlop seems easier than Babolat to Yonex. The first two have similar weights etc. Federer would go through an extreme amount of customization just to get an updated version of the racquet on the shelves – his racquet may be for sale, meaning someone can buy the racquet model, but the ones he uses are customized to the player and are not for sale!

    Long gone are the days when people could buy Jay Berger’s racquet at K-Mart. Berger is the only guy I’ve ever seen in my short tennis life who used what anyone else could get for fifty, sixty bucks.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    There was a time when Bouchard lost a lot of weight. She later acknowledged it was because she was having a hard time eating, I think she said she was too anxious to eat and to keep food down. She did gain some of that weight back.

    I am impressed she is willing to play small ITF tourneys, or at least she is scheduled to play them this fall. I don’t expect her to be a top player again, but she shouldn’t be at her current ranking of No. 151, either.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Apparently Kapinski assisted other Canadian youngsters as well. A couple, whose names I forget, also helped Denis and other young players. I think it may have been Casey Curtis, Milos’ childhood coach, who suggested Shapo to Kapinski, but would have to check on that. The tennis community in Canada has to be quite small, so I imagine there are a lot of links like that.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Naomi has too large a presence on chat shows and on social media.
    She should cut this out.

    Most of her fans sound completely inane and appear to know nothing about tennis.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Osaka has the larger than life thing going. It’s a lot of money.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    No one’s going to remember how much money you made.

    ‘The price is forgotten. The quality remains’. Or something like that.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    The Tennis Podcast twitter has this question:
    “If you could have one woman and one man, from any era, to come out of retirement at their peaks, and teleport into the Australian Open, who would you choose and why?”

    How would people here answer that question?

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Men’s side, McEnroe or Rios to me, because the game should be reminded what their tennis looked like.

    Women’s side, Navratilova or Seles, as they changed the game.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    It’s a bit of a pointless question because we’re assuming this player will be competing with players now – which would obviously be a bit silly.

    I’d say probably Evonne Goolagong but of course she played on grass at her peak in the AO. Same with BJK, my other choice. (not sure when they changed from grass)

    Man ? Probably Ken Rosewall. But as I say, I don’t think it’s a very well thought-out question.

    Grace and technique my reasons.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    True, no one will remember that Capriati was sponsored by Oil of Olay. Or Agassi’s Rebel commercials for canon.

    That said: for some time now on the women’s tour no player has been as interested save Kerber and the Williams of their place in the history books. There’s been a total disconnect between the tennis and whatever else is swirling around them. I don’t recall an era like this.

    The men’s side it’s all legacy, all history books all the time. The women’s game is let’s win one slam and bask in the glory and live off it. It creates a nice any given day mentality, but it also makes one wonder why they’re in the game other than they like the lifestyle and perks.

    We might yet have 20 people on the women’s tour playing with slams to their names in the next few years. As Serena Williams struggles to get the total slam record, everyone else is collecting a slam or two.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Andrew – how did Navratilova change the game ? She played a classic serve/volley style and played it to perfection but she didn’t change anything.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Catherine, Navratilova – best SV player women’s game had ever seen? I’m surprised few mention her greatness these days.

    I thought she changed the game with her training and regimen. It’s now all standard fare (for the most part) of having a physio/trainer. Thought that plus her aggressive SV style puts her up there. I’d like to think Graf, Seles ushered in the modern power game.

    Another reason I’m glad at least Bolletieri has a video collection for students. If few will think about these games and playing styles then hopefully coaches will have it for reference.

  • catherine · September 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Andrew – probably the reason people don’t mention Martina’s greatness these days so much is that no one plays S/V anymore, except occasionally on a few points in a match. Yes, I know about Taylor Townsend but she’s not going to be winning slams. Martina also modelled her game on BJK’s – who I consider Martina’s equal when we’re discussing greatness.

    Players did do fitness training and conditioning (even Margaret Court did in the 60s) but Martina made a big thing of it – so that may have encouraged women to hit the gym more. Men began to do this as well – it was a general change in the sport.

    Bianca might be interested in her place in the history books – it’s a bit early to say. As for Gauff – we already know because she’s mentioned it once or twice – she’s going to be the GOAT.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    My choices were Rod Laver, because I’d never seen him play. But it was tough, I also wanted to choose Edberg. My other choice was Martina. I saw her live near the end of her career, but would have loved to see her at her peak. It’s not hard to guess that I am a big fan of serve and volley.

  • Hartt · September 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I had my Bianca winning the USO treat today. A Slam required a much bigger treat than usual. Bloor West Village, my local shopping area, had a big Ukrainian festival today, so I took the easy way out and got perogi. They are so popular in this area, which has a big Polish population, as well as Ukrainian, that I figure they can count as a Canadian treat. The Romanian poster on Match Call Migrants tells me they aren’t eaten in the area where Bianca’s family comes from.

    But my other treats are definitely Canadian – “Cracked Canoe” beer from the Moosehead brewery, and a lovely fruit tart with every type of berry imaginable.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Nothing like a good pierogie Hartt, have a bite for me.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 14, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    But the Nadal academy will pay or reward the most talented junior prospects they can get to train there. Bollettieri did that by giving free passes to the best American juniors to train in Longboat Key at the Colony and the other lesser talented kids (wealthy families) paid full price. That’s how it works. Nadal following the same formula. Mouratoglou same thing.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Have we ever heard one player say their coach was bad and he screwed up my game and my head? It’s automatic that every player only says good things about his former coaches. Meanwhile, almost every coach (over 90%) gets fired (part ways) at some point. Think about that.

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    No one said great players are simple. I am convinced they are all a bit crazy. I actually don’t even believe that McEnroe stands out at all in terms of his temperament. If they didn’t have Hawkeye how many McEnroe type players would we see?

  • Andrew Miller · September 14, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Kerber: that was disappointing. Riske was tough. Kerber’s serve was fluffy – no surprise players aren’t breaking Kerber when she serves so softly.

    Watching Riske there’s hope for unorthodox style on tour. She bludgeons the ball. It’s not pretty. Not a whole lot of artistry. But to her credit she took advantage of weak serving from Kerber, and took the match.

    Congratulations Riske. But Kerber…oh boy. She needs to work on that serve because otherwise she’s in Dementieva land.

  • catherine · September 15, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Andrew – yes, Angie’s serve lost her the match. And Riske went out to Zheng later so she’s no world beater as yet. I’m very surprised that over the years Angie, her coaches and all the resources of the DTB haven’t been able to fix her serve. Torben Beltz was interviewed not long ago about working with Vekic cf Kerber and when he discussed Angie he never mentioned her serve. It was as though only Donna had a serve worth bothering about. As Angie gets older you’d think a decent coach would help her here because it would save her so many miserable losses.

    I still believe Fisette was the best coach for her and he did try to tweak her serve. But he departed and Angie is who she is. She does a lot of gym work and she’s strong and fit – why can’t she get something on her serve ? It’s frustrating. Easier said than done of course, for us sitting in front of a screen.

    I hold out no great hopes for Angie in Japan. She’ll just repeat her loss to Riske.

  • Jeff · September 15, 2019 at 2:21 am

    McEnroe on getting rejected by Felix for Laver CUp:

    “His team and agent wanted him to go and play Chengdu,” McEnroe said. “I’m not often at a loss for words, but definitely got me on that one.”

  • Hartt · September 15, 2019 at 6:45 am

    My theory is that Felix did want to play on the same team as Kyrgios. His comments on Kyrgios after FAA defeated Nick were so out of character for Felix that he must feel very strongly. He praised Nick’ skill. “His tennis qualities are incredible.” But he went on to say: “So you have to look at the two things, there’s the tennis player and there’s the person. I really don’t like associating with a person like that.”

  • catherine · September 15, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hartt- ‘Felix did NOT want to play’ ? If this is true then good for Felix being able to make up his own mind and decide who he wants to be around. It’s not as though Laver Cup is a GS.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 15, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Won’t see Felix ever say anything as offensive as this. Don’t think kyrgios accepted this disrespect well. My guess is kyrgios said something to Felix about it and they are enemies. Hope they play soon and we will see the signs and hints of a grudge.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 15, 2019 at 8:58 am

    There is no way Nick Kyrgios tolerated this verbal public disrespect from a teenager without some kind of retaliation. I guarantee you that.

  • Hartt · September 15, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Catherine, this is my theory. But I don’t believe the decision to skip the Laver Cup was made by just his team.

    In the interview that I quoted, Felix had a lot more to say. I’ve never heard him be so negative about another player, so I actually took notes. Stephanie Myles conducted the interview in French, but she provided English subtitles over the video.

    FAA also said: “I think he’s a good tennis player, but I never will be friends, or close with someone like that. Because we’re way too different.”

    Although Felix won the match, he said it was very difficult to concentrate with Nick’s antics. As usual, Nick had a running feud with the ump, and when it was clear he would lose he tanked the last couple games. After the match he threw his racquet onto a path where people were walking. You can see how someone like Felix would be appalled by all these actions.

  • Hartt · September 15, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Yes, I meant to write that Felix did not want to play. My morning coffee had not kicked in.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Note to player: can’t control the elements. A Kyrgios match is like a change in the weather. Kind of have to deal.

    Given Medvedev “antics” at US Open, we should expect more antics to come…from everyone. Bad boy tennis is back in style whether someone wants it or not.

    I’m sorry to state the obvious here, but the big three are also experts at bad boy tennis as well. Nadal silences a crowd with his play, Djokovic imagines a crowd that turned against him is cheering, Federer punches down when Evans suggests favorable scheduling helps the guy (helps everyone, do too playing most matches on the biggest courts instead of the outer courts).

    If everyone were friends…that’s not the tour at all. Players like some players and not others. You have to compete against them whether you want to or not.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 10:17 am

    A few players that came back from doping such as Odesnik, suddenly began winning again and players lined up to beat him and suddenly played worse because they were so focused on how much they disliked him and wanted him off the tour that their play suffered.

    Players have to remember to stay focused. Otherwise a player like Roddick will hand a racquet to a ball kid as a way to catch a breath and you’ll lose your QF like Younes did.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Pliskova vs Kenin – Pliskova plays around too much out there. Kenin did well to make her pay for that strategy. This is one that Pliskova should have wrapped up in two sets. I don’t see Pliskova winning a slam based on this kind of playing.

    Kenin needs to get faster. Windsprints or something. Her footspeed is slow for the top fifty.

    Watched highlights of Mladenovic vs Martic. Martic surprised me with her all court game at the US Open. Mladenovic did well to make the semis in Guangzhou. Not sure what the game plan was going into the match – Mladenovic has a similar kind of profile to the great Mary Pierce. If I were her team including the talkative Bajin I’d pull some Mary Pierce video and watch it. Mladenovic should have made this harder on Martic rather than make Martic seem like a super player.

    Martic is “good”, good athlete, good all court game, fast, does everything well. Mladenovic should have been able to get a set here.

  • Hartt · September 15, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Pliskova won the final pretty handily. From the WTA site:

    “No.1 seed Karolina Pliskova overcame rain, an early deficit and a nemesis opponent to capture a Tour-leading fourth title of 2019 at the Zhengzhou Open, defeating No.7 seed Petra Martic 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 36 minutes.

    The final of the inaugural Premier event had been delayed by nearly six hours after torrential rain all day, and there would be two further breaks in play during the match. But it was the Czech who ultimately came through the testing conditions to take victory, striking seven aces over the course of the day and, from 0-2 down in the first set, winning 12 of the next 15 games.”

  • catherine · September 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I never know why Ka Pliskova wins anything. Must be a reason.

    Too many WTA tournaments seem to be going on at the same time in Asia – result: weak fields.

    Reason Cahill and Simona are back together – Simona wants the Grand Slam in 2020 + Olympic gold medal.

    1952/1970/1988 – 3 great players – so which great players had the chance and missed out ?

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Matchups. The players were worse. Kenin is not as good as Kpliskova. Martic, despite her all court game, isn’t as good as Pliskova. As much as we rag on Pliskova, she’s a better player than the players she faced this week. She’s not a little better – she’s substantially better. And with multiple WTA events for any week in the same region Pliskova is going to make a final and win a tournament when her better opponents lose and more favorable matchups are left for her.

    If Pliskova didn’t win that would be surprising.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Even if Martic owns Plisko. Ok so Plisko got one on her nemesis and kryptonite Martic. I don’t get why Martic is a challenge for Plisko. Maybe because she’s faster. I dunno.

  • catherine · September 15, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Yes – I’m being unfair. I just don’t like Pliskova’s game very much. Not her fault.

    Re the Grand Slam – if Bianca continues to fulfill her promise I can see her doing it sometime because her style is suited to all surfaces. I always expected Steffi to do it twice but didn’t happen. In 1972 BJK won 3 but I don’t think she went to Oz and in 2015 Serena had a good chance but got distracted before the USO. So it’s not easy.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Andreescu, who has so many slams!

    Reality check. Three straight years, each year with four different women winning grand slam titles.

    Andreescu is a very good player. Very promising and delivered beautifully on that promise in winning two Masters and one slam in 2019 as a young player. That’s a half of fame year, she can retire right now.

    But as for her future slams…let’s see what she has in the tank for the next few months. Will she have the famous let down of other players as in the pressure grows as the game grows, and suddenly backing it all up feels impossible, and the player is relieved…to lose?

    Or does Andreescu want another slam so badly that she’s ok with the inevitable stumbling blocks ahead?

    Only Osaka pulled off the back to back slam thing as of recent date with her US Open win in 2018 and her 2019 Australian. Andreescu might be able to repeat the Osaka feat…maybe. Osaka then promptly got rid of the best coach she’s ever had, maybe and likely because Bajin had issues that the Osaka camp couldn’t tolerate (whatever those demons may be – perhaps another female player, perhaps worse than that if some totally unsubstantiated rumors are true) and his underappreciated thirst for the spotlight himself a la Brad Gilbert.

    Andreescu will avoid the coaching nonsense of Osaka, but not necessarily the pressure to pull a rabbit out of a hat again or the soon to grow capabilities of her opponents in finding an Adreescu weakness and giving her more of a run for her money. Remember now a win against Andreescu will be a career highlight for another player. Giant killers such as Putinseva might relish this chance.

  • Andrew Miller · September 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry to put Martic down. She’s good. Just looked a little less good.

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