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I've ceased posting here and will eventually take this blog down. Meanwhile, thank you everyone that visited and to those that commented. I post photos on Flickr, and various items on Twitter and G+. Best wishes to everyone. / jim Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Jim's blog
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ATP's stat guru Craig O'Shannessy thinks so. Look at the steady climb in return stats But .... remember back when I compared late-2015 to Nole's previous best year, 2011, his return stats were actually down. In 2011 Nole won 39%... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Jim's blog
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Teen turns his back and walks away on break point -- then pounces for the pass. https://youtu.be/lN_xw7udaJM Or: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/tiafoe-fake-and-bake-dallas-challenger-hot-shot-2016 Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Jim's blog
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Or, why is best, forehand technique called the "ATP Forehand" because few on WTA use it? To quote the ending of The Coen Brothers' Most Underrated Movie: "Burn After Reading" “What did we learn, Palmer?” Simmons asks. “I don’t know,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Jim's blog
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ESPN showed a fascinating comparison of Novak Djokovic's and Andy Murray's forehands during their Australian Open final. I've overlaid two screencaps from analysis by Patrick McEnroe. Caption: Two images from ESPN coverage of the AO16 final, superimposed. We see that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Jim's blog
I agree with you Martin. Raonic has upped his game a lot, apparently largely by changing tactics. I like it! I saw Milos in person the 3 times he won at San Jose (nearby) but after getting excited about his potential, I was discouraged the last few years. He seemed stuck. Now, he looks great. Yeah, Djokovic is the favorite at this point in their careers/ at their ages. I console myself that they play great points. / jim
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2016 on Are ATP Pros Hitting with More Spin? at Jim's blog
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I don't know, given the paucity of data on trends. But there are some indications that ATP pros are hitting with more spin than ever. Here's at the top of this image what the NYTs published back in 2012, based... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Jim's blog
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This graphic is hot. Neither I nor, more importantly, Jim Courier have seen anything quite like it. This combines HawkEye's "Service toss cluster", which shows where the ball is when players hit in while serving, with a ray-trace for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Jim's blog
Martin, Yes, after Fed won in the Round Robin I felt let down by their final. But I don't agree that pro players don't change strategy. Fed and Djoker both change constantly. Fed's strategy in his Round Robin win was totally different than how he beat Djokovic in Cinci. Fed stayed back, and used the gritty court to kick his second serve up. Also, in the key first-set break, Fed suddenly changed from moving Djokovic all around and using lots of slice to hitting high, maybe 3,600 RPM forehands up the middle, which surprised Djokovic and led to the break opportunities. Then, in their final, 3 adaptations Djokovic made from his Round Robin loss to Fed was to be far less aggressive, changing from blasting hard at Fed to hitting 85% shots, hitting wide-short spin forehands to pull Fed off the court, and going for more kick on his second serve (copying what Fed did to him in the loss). Result: Fed was not able to attack. Easy for us to say he should attack, but he has to be able to. Thanks for feedback and comments. // jim
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2015 on Tennis Shorts: US Open Finals Preview at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, This Sunday features a pair of intriguing finals that are fitting for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Fed and Rafa meet for the first time in nearly 2 years, this in the finals of Basel,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, Here's a special issue dedicated to Roger Federer's hot new shot, the SABR. As you know by now, that stands for Sneak Attack by Roger. I have stats you won't find anywhere else, video of every single, SABR... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, -- Oct 15, 2015 Ok so my prior transmission should have been called "Tennis Longs". But I had promised the Young Guns summary eons, back so I had tons of research to share. Hope you got something out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Jim's blog
Chris, Good question. I'm a big fan of Grigor, but a frustrated one. I'd suggest the regression in his game comes from a combination of problems. First, Grigor hasn't been able to control his nerves. He gets extremely tense when he is about to close out sets, and often gives them away. I've watched this happen as he served for sets against Djokovic multiple times, only to tighten up and be unable to serve. In other cases lately, when Dimitrov gets to big points he way over hits. Second, it's typical for players with full court games to take longer to put all their options together. That was true for Fed, for example. But Grigor seems to be stuck. This relates to perhaps the biggest problem in his game, which (to this fan) is his shot selection. Grigor seems to get enamored of a given shot, then hit it in bad situations. One in particular, is his down-the-line backhand slice. I've watched him hit it against players such as Nishikori, who simply put the ball away to the open court. Perhaps, constantly changing coaches has hurt him in this regard. Dropping Magnus Norman's camp to move to Roger Rasheed, known principally for his physical training, seemed like a focus on the wrong issue. Finally, I'd say his regression this year comes in part from making some bad decisions. It was peculiar that Dimitrov decided to change rackets, which looks like he is copying Fed again. For Fed, it made sense. He was leaping from a 90 to a 97 to help on his serve. It took over a year for Fed to adjust to his new stick. Dimitrov's game was also set back as he adjusted to his new, open-string racket. But, why? More power? More spin? What Grigor needs is more consistency, and this was a step in the wrong direction. Combine all those and you get a talented player that lacks confidence, gets tentative and overhits at bad times. All that is solvable, but that's harder the longer he waits. One person's opinion. Thanks for asking. // jim
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2015 on Young Guns Scouting Report at Jim's blog
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Tennis Shorts -- Oct 2, 2015 In the second part of my Young Gun Scouting Report, I turn to the WTA's next generation. I promise I'll put the "short" back in Tennis Shorts, next issue. A few notes on my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, -- Sept 27, 2015 Good time ... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Yes, this has been longer in writing than James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". At least, i didn't go blind in the process. And it has more punctuation (literary joke). You'd have to be crazy to project where young players will end... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Jim's blog
Thanks for the feedback, Martin. Agree on Djokovic benefitting from the unfortunate slowing down of pro tennis courts. Unfortunately, Fed's down-the-line back hand just wasn't there Sunday. Sigh.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2015 on Tennis Shorts: US Open Finals Preview at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, -- Sept 13, 2015 Well, a 34-year-old won a Slam title Sunday, it just wasn't Fed. Martina Hingis actually won 2 slam titles this weekend, with 2 partners, both from India -- Sania Mirza, and Leander Paes. Q:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Fanz, They're set: Saturday Women's All-Italian Final, Vinci vs Pennetta, 3pm ET ESPN Sunday Men's Final, Djokovic vs Federer, TV start 4 pm ET ESPN Please double-check your TV listings, since Web sites for the US Open and ESPN... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Shorts -- Sept. 6, 2015 Tennis Fanz, Your prior issue of Tennis Shorts was a hit with flaming typewriters, yoga poses and lizards that set a high (low?) bar, but we'll match it with some steamy photos of Rafa... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Shorts -- Aug 27, 2015 Tennis Fanz, Here's your preview for the U.S. Open. Serena Williams faces a tough draw in her pursuit of the "real" Grand Slam, the "calendar slam", which would give her a tie with Steffi... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Shorts - August 24th, 2015 Tennis Fanz, Ever wonder what pros say to each other when they shake hands at the net? The mike picked up this amusing exchange after the second quarter final in Cincinnati: Feliciano Lopez: "You're... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis Shorts - August 13, 2015 Rarely are first-round matches this exciting -- in good ways and some, ah, not so much. In your issue: * Yet more of my photos! What's not to like <g> * Nick Kyrgios misbehaves.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Tennis shorts: August 10, 2015 Tennis Fanz, I ran into several of you last week at the WTA Stanford tournament. Thanks for your kind words on "Tennis Shorts". Enjoyable event despite top seed carnage and IMG's mis-management. Most every time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Jim's blog
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Averages can be deceiving. Here's what Hawkeye recorded when Fed took a short ball around the service-box-T and hit an approach into the forehand corner at -- 3,427 RPMs. From his stroke, it wasn't the most top spin Fed can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Jim's blog