Developing Story at the French: Djokassi

Greetings, my tennis fiends (Not a typo. Indeed, you are my "friends," but with the French underway, and the sport's history on the men's side embellishing our dangerous tennis drunkenness: you and I are no better than fiends of this ghostly tale of legends and champions). Having opened with that. . . nothing too interesting …

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Before the Dawn, The Collapse

The end of the year is near, hence the dawn of a new calendar that comes with another year of old traditions, the possibility of new ones, new or some of those repeated expectations, hopes and the manifestation of dreams. All of these things and more come when we turn from December to January. In …

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What Took You So Long

People are worrying about Novak now, coming-up on mid-December, rumors flying and Becker sent packing. I even hear die-hard fans now starting to come to terms with Novak's limits. First of all, what took you so long? You can read my blog for free. With just a few clicks you can stay hydrated on ATP …

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The End of Becker

I haven't written too much about the Becker-effect, but I did retrieve this from a July post after Wimbledon 2016:  "Look at Djokovic’s career arch and you can see the affect of Becker (unless this is just strange coincidence😉. Djokovic became pretty relevant in the greatness discussion in 2011 when he was actually only being coached …

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Final Thoughts on WTF

There are a few more thoughts on London and 2016. We could talk about 2016 in light of the return of Del Potro, Roger and Rafa's difficulties, the Stanimal, Pouille, Zverev, et al., and we will! But we're focusing here on the tour's top two, the guys that just played that whale of a final in London …

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Impressions of Wimbledon

First of all, congratulations to Andy Murray. Getting that third major does back-up his two odd-ball majors in 2012 (USO) and 2013 (WB) when Djokovic's form took a long-term dive, Nadal was typically erratic and Federer was in the midst of his steady decline. I watched as much of the match (taped) as I could, but, frankly, …

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More SF Reaction and Final Preview

I wrote the "Roger Wilting" piece about ten minutes after the match, while at work. That post, then, was a quick reaction to the Raonic v Federer match: the image of Roger wilting was as vivid as Raonic rising. This image has almost obscured other images of Federer in our tennis imagination. Of course, even …

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