Jun/19

5

The Best of Five Kings

If you were aware of which three historical players have the best records in best of five matches, you know more than me and presumably Dan. The all time five set king is Bjorn Borg at 27-6 for an .818 percentage. Just about tied is Johan Kriek at 18-4 (also .818). Kei Nishikori’s five set […]

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Jun/19

4

The Best Roland Garros Ever?

My money was on Tsitsipas but when both players play such high quality tennis like Stan and Stefanos…it is anyone’s match and this was truly a case of “experience” over youth….. but not for long. Stan just outplayed him with amazing “gets” and hitting lines and one errant forehand by Tsitsipas and the match was gone… in a blink.

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Jun/19

3

Thiem-Monfils Match Is a Gem

Dominic Thiem has the biggest backhand on tour according to a 2018 study on backhand pace. And the Austrian, has used it today to bridge a one-set lead against Gaels Monfils in the 4th Round of the French Open today. While the women have two players today contesting matches who I’ve barely heard of, Swiatek […]

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Jun/19

1

Some Fantastic Tennis Quotes

Of which junior players make it to the pros and which ones do not, Mary Pierce said it best, in her quote in my Facing Serena/Facing Steffi Graf book, “Some (junior) players look amazing and never make it. And some don’t and they do.”

“The crowd can destroy a man too, if they fall in love with the opponent.” – Rod Laver

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May/19

29

French Dynamo Moutet Emerging At Roland Garros

 

Corentin Moutet first caught my eye last year when he beat Ivo Karlovic twice. He’s only about 5-9, another one of those smaller guys but he wins matches via smarts, talent, mindset and precision.

I wrote about him previously on this site because of play style and his off court interests in art, boxing, piano. He’s a different player and person.

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May/19

29

Osaka Driven To Win More Major Titles

Unlike all of the recent would be successors of Serena Williams, the current world no. 1 player is not satisfied with her recent conquest of the US Open and Australian Open titles and the WTA world no.  1 ranking. Nope, Naomi Osaka wants more.

Osaka revealed her mindset in this Roland Garros tournament and the rest of the women better take note because the Japanese tennis queen means business.

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May/19

29

Down Go The American Men, One By One

It has not been a good start to the French Open for the American men. Patrick McEnroe, when he was the head of the USTA Junior Development program, once claimed that (our) junior players need to hit the ball over the net 35 times in a rally, presumably to be able to play better at the French Open, but if anything this current crop of American men players is worse than prior versions.

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May/19

28

Biofile Kurumi Nara Interview

Status: WTA no. 238.
DOB:  December 30, 1991  In; Osaka, Japan
Ht: 5-1
First Tennis Memory:  I was starting tennis when I was three years old. Watching my parents. I always went on weekends to play with my parents.
Tennis Inspiration: My idol is Justine Henin.
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May/19

27

Bertens Admits She Prefers Smaller Outer Courts

Stage fright can happen in tennis too. No matter how talented and confident a pro player may be, some do not like to perform under the spotlight and pressure of a full stadium watching their every move.

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May/19

24

The Longest Point In Tennis History…29 Minutes!

You learn something every day and I learned yesterday the longest point in tennis history was 29 minutes long! Yes, you read that right, a professional tennis rally lasted 29 MINUTES long.

How did I learn such a rare nugget of tennis trivia? I will tell you. I messaged Jean Hepner a few weeks ago asking about her four and a half hour match with Barbie Bramlett at US Open which included nearly 20 match points.

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