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After several down years with tepid draws, the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford rebounded this year with a good player list and some good matches. Hats off to TD Kim Hall. My initial sadness when Wimby champ Petra... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim's blog
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By now, we all know that Rafael Nadal wears a $500,000 watch. Actually, it's now a $690,000 watch because apparently, the extra $190,000 for the second version is worth it to get the weight down to 19 grams, though the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim's blog
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I do the research so you don't have to <g>. You're welcome. Links, resources, TV schedule and more. Pic: WimbyMensChampPlate from Wimbledon.org via Twitter http://t.co/hfa5RdIMvU Regular play begins Monday from 11.30am BST on outside courts, 1pm on Centre and No.1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Congratulations to Rafa and Maria for their repeat wins at the French. The "bull" and the "cow on ice" triumph <g> Here are some interesting (I hope) tidbits in the interregnum betwixt clay and grass, including: * Rafa on visualizing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Jim's blog
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There is much bourhaha about NBA star LeBron James being unable to finish the first game of the NBA playoffs because of cramps. Now, the air conditioning in the San Antonio Spurs' area was out, which produced stifling heat.. {see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Jim's blog
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People have ridiculed the NBA by saying with modest exaggeration that the entire, regular season is played simply to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers, before seemingly the entire rest of the league makes the playoffs. Tennis, in some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Jim's blog
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How are your binomial theorems? Nate Silver's fivethirthyeight.com grinds the numbers, by projecting each player's performance ratio relative to other players on an age curve, and tabs the odds of Fed hanging on to the lead in total major (aka... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Jim's blog
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A few random if interesting discussions from Roland Garros: Caption: Simona Halep reaches 2nd straight Grand Slam QF at @RolandGarros--> http://bit.ly/1hRAjbu #RG14 #tennis pic.twitter.com/8n2yeSfAJe Muguruza Different Game Plans vs Serena and Maria Garbine Muguruza, the 20-year-old out of Venezuela and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Jim's blog
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A precious-few nuggets emerged from the endless TV blather. A pair of interesting exchanges occurred from pointed questions by former great Jim Courier. First, Courier said that Nadal should go back to hitting big first serves, as he did in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Let's call this the tactics issue, since the interesting things I've seen and heard during this event all seem to be about tactics. Coverage here of: Courier on Nadal's serve and Fed's returns, Who Has the Fastest Ground Strokes at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Jim's blog
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John Isner? Nope. Rafael Nadal? Not even close. It's 19-year-old Madison Keys whose groundstrokes on average are faster than any other player, man or woman == at 80 mph. The second highest was from Andrey Golubev, a Russian that looks... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Having heard TV announcer Chris Fowler claim that using a split step while returning serve slows you down, I feel compelled to offer this. Every worldclass pro takes a split step, that is goes slightly airborne, as their opponent's serve... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Jim's blog
And this means you Justin Gimelstob Q. You play so much at the net. Is this a new key of the new Federer by Edberg or... ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I think I've always tried to come in to a... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Can you name this Grand Slam champion? Not many players have used two hands on both sides, but their share of Grand Slam titles is disproportionately large. My pix from Stanford. Click to view larger. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Jim's blog
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With the likes of Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock stalling badly, is it too early to look at the next generation of potential U.S. ATP players? Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe, the son of a club maintenance worker I've written about here... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Trying to figure out how to hit this shot, so I turned to the master for instruction. I grabbed a short replay on Tennis Channel of Roger Federer hitting a forehand, swinging volley vs Delpo at Basil, slowed it down,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Jim's blog
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With Roland Garros' first round starting today (Sunday, May 25), here's your pre-French Open update with links, TV schedules, and an overview. Some links and resources: Men's draw: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/ms/index.html Women's draw: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/ws/index.html Schedule of play: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/index.html Tennis Channel schedule: http://www.tennischannel.com/schedule/... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Here are some photos I took at March's BNP Indian Wells tennis tournament. To see an album of over 60 shots, click here then click an individual image and click through, or play as a full-screen slideshow by clicking the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Here are a couple of different types of looks at one of the best serves on the ATP tour, that of Ernests Gulbis. And, here is your very-own Gulbis Bobble-head doll <g>. I find this image strangely-compelling <g>. It does... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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In case you haven't heard after his AO14 win, the tattoo on Stan Wawrinka wrist is: A quote from Irish poet Samuel Beckett ''Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.' Stan did more than that.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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... Or a Rastafarian Tennis Ball The hard courts in Indian Wells and Miami are so slow that, as Martina Navratilova put it: "You can sit on the sideline and still get up and run down an approach shot." Here's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Great pic from TennisTV, showing that Nadal will literally run from doubles sideline to doubles sideline to hit a forehand, while only hitting backhands out of a tiny, 4 meter lane on his far right. That's why players that have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Del Potro surgeon Richard Berger:"Given degree of damage discovered in Juan Martin’s wrist, it is amazing he was able to play at all" Delpo posted: "Hi everyone, here I am, still sore from the surgery. Luckily everything went well..." That's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Imagine if back in 2008, when Federer had passed his peak but was still a top player, that Nadal and Djokovic had retired, Murray had incurred multiple shoulder injuries that limited his career and Delpo got bored and simply didn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Novak Djokovic reached over and hit a tennis ball on his opponent, Andy Murray's, side of the net, which should have cost him a point. Instead, the chair incorrectly ruled he did not, and Murray let the blown call distract... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jim's blog