Reaction to 2021 Men’s USO Final

© TENNIS PHOTO NETWORK The loss or the win — however the fuck you want to see this match (you can’t have it both ways). This was an extraordinary match. We didn't expect such an outcome. But hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Extraordinary. No other way to describe how this men's final unfolded. Novak …

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Partial Reaction to the USO Men’s Final

The first part (will write and publish all parts -- see Table of Contents -- throughout the day, between work responsibilities). Stay-tuned! The loss or the win — however the fuck you want to see this match (you can’t have it both ways). This was an extraordinary match. No other way to describe how this …

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2021 U.S. Open Men’s Final

Well, that was how I thought the Djokovic vs Zverev match might go. The biggest question in my preview was how much resilience the German would use to stick around and make Novak dig, perhaps nervously, for that next step in his quest for all-time tennis supremacy. I liked a fairly one-sided affair for Djokovic, …

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The Business End of the U.S. Open 2021

I have been wielding some daily commentary on Twitter. Definitely a different community, so this different genre has been my vehicle of choice these days. Twitter is faster, easier (granted, less thoughtful) and has curbed my appetite to blog. I should also mention that this outlet, as most of you know, is rife with cultural …

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SF Brief

First, I hope you all are enjoying le Tour. Great countrysides, towns, villages and sprawling fields interrupted by languid rivers, and made more adventurous and even dangerous by the ancient mountain ranges. The athletes and their narrators (thank you Phil and Bob — RIP Paul) make for such great television. The Euros have reached a …

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Breaking: Wimbledon Quarterfinals!

Sure I'm being cheeky. This tournament has been underway a week and a half and I've been sitting on my ass blog-wise, but be assured I have many better things to do than watch guys (and gals) try to get their grass feet beneath them in what has amounted to a blink of an eye …

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Djokovic’s Ascendancy

I just wrote that title to start this and as corny as it sounds, I'm keeping it. That's all this is really about, the 2021 French, the SF, F, etc., etc., etc. Some of Nolefam and many of his other social warriors talk about how Novak doesn't get the respect despite already (especially in their …

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2021 Roland Garros Final

Let's start by saying the Nadal vs Djokovic match was really one of the most compelling tennis matches we've ever seen. For a number of reasons, but the genius begins with the tennis, how these two battle, break serve, somehow save their serve, come-up with the clutch dig, the lob, the sheer strength and elegance, …

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French SF Friday

Both matches are exactly what we wanted. The set-up is perfect, really. The parallel is ideal. The legends against the best this crap youth can muster in a major championship competition. Put all of the Aslan the Great comedy, the big Russian invasion for that matter, the Berrettinis, the . . . uh that's about …

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