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I'm researching an upcoming post on Young Guns and the sole, common thread I can find among the top ATP prospects is that they're worked out with Roger Federer. Seriously. It seems as if Fed has bought almost all of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Not sure if this comes from being 5 ft 10 in tall coping with ever-higher-bouncing courts and topspin shots, but Kei Nishikori seems to go airborne on his shots more than anyone I can remember. I combined thumbnails of good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Not claiming the biomechanics of a quarterback throwing a pass are analogous to tennis strokes -- that is beyond my ken. But it is interesting to note some similarities. The so-called "ATP Forehand" involves taking the racket back on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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I've watched hundreds of Fed matches, but I saw Fed hit some backhands near the net with a stroke I'd never seen before, or at least didn't recognize. He leapt onto his front foot while leaning forward to put away... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Jim Courier told us that Hawkeye measured Jack Socks' forehand as producing the greatest topspin of anybody not from Majorca. Plus, he hit one at 120 mph, which is the highest groundstroke velocity I've ever heard of. Fernando Gonzalez was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Ready the Toblerone and Lindt. No matter what happens Swiss players will win this year's Davis Cup final. No, I'm not guaranteeing the result. I suspect this is unprecedented. Since every player from both teams likely to take the court... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim's blog
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The upset win by 6 ft 6 in Marin Cilic at the U.S. Open has resuscitated that age-old claim that "Tall players are taking over tennis". Really? Don't the "giants" have to start winning more titles before they "take over"?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Jim's blog
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People are continually interested in knowing how far tennis players run. Per these stats from IBM, Roger Federer racked up the most miles of the 4 semifinalists, running 6.5 miles, two miles more than the winner Marin Cilic. {Note: I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Jim's blog
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With Nadal's unfortunate withdrawal from the U.S. Open, he'll continue one of the stranger streaks in tennis. Despite having 27 Masters titles, more than anyone, and 14 Grand Slam (major) titles, Nadal has never successfully defended a title on any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Last week, Greenhills Lawn & Tennis Center witnessed the greatest shot in tennis history. I'd never exaggerate about such an important subject. After a good rally, my hitting partner, Jack threw up a high lob that landed barely inside the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Jim's blog
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Main draw play starts Monday for the final major of the year. With defending champ Rafael Nadal out with yet another injury, this to his off-arm's wrist, and many of the top contenders from Novak Djokovic on down suffering a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Jim's blog
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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 Aug 13, 2014 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 Aug 13, 2014 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