Federer Into Stuttgart Final & We’ve Got Tennis Schwag

Be honest: did you think the mention of schwag meant I'd gone ahead and created some Mcshow Blog schwag? More honesty: would you be reaching for your wallet? I'm going to take that as a double yes, which turns-out to be Kyrgios-like, given his eight DFs today in the Stuttgart SF v Federer. Mcshow Blog …

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Rafa Reigns, Takes Rome and No. 1 Heading into Paris.

"Reigns" -- get it? Yeah, you saw my last post, no? Probably the most spot-on, articulate post of ATP matters I've ever written. Zverev losing the first set 6-1 (destroyed, after breaking Nadal in the opening frame), then winning 9 of the next 12 games, taking the second set 6-1 and finding an early break …

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Mcshow on R16: 1-8?

The disaster is not my picks although I've missed everyone! Does this mean Nadal is in trouble?  Lol. Clay is social justice tennis. Other than the insane inequality of Nadal, everyone else, no matter his or her ranking, serve, FH, etc., is on equal footing. This is the everyman surface, a sort of blue-collar version …

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Barcelona Final: Nadal’s Legacy

Claydal -- another part to this rough-draft of the "meditation" of said player's sculpture that graces the lawns of our imagined Tuileries Garden-like oasis of tennis greatness The Barcelona Final Claydal How about this for the past, present and future of Rafael Nadal: tomorrow's final, where the #1 seed takes on 19 year-old and #44 …

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Tsitsipas Over Thiem is Not an Upset

I have my second Claydal meditation pretty much ready to write; look for it later today or tonight. Here's why you need me; the lame brain tennis media can not reconcile the following: Tsitsipas' form over the last few months, highlighted by QF appearances in Qatar and Dubai, should give some indication that he's been …

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Is Clay Nadal’s Weakness?

To paraphrase so many in the tennis world right now (but this isn't news nor revelatory at all): Nadal's dominance on clay is phenomenal; I would say absurd. Before I go on: Congrats, Rafa! But you know me: time for a little perspective ala Mcshow. Let's talk about the clay a little bit more. French …

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Style of the Men’s Game

Tennis is a sport to be enjoyed for a lifetime both in and out of competition, which means player sustainability is inherent. I suspect this is overlooked, that people have come to see some of these male professionals as practically of a different species, supernatural, and mythical. This seems to go hand-in-hand with the oversized …

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Day 6 at the U.S. Open

The carnage and chaos continue. There's some of this to expect in such an unpredictable sport. I've done some light investigative work (part of which is simply looking at scores) and seeing that the HC of NYC have been totally fucked-with. Before the tournament even began, people on-site said the tournament had dumped a bunch …

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