2019 Roland Garros Aftermath

Aftermath: 1) the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event. 2) new grass growing after mowing or harvest. Ha ha. The second definition there is perfect reference to where this bumbling tour is going next, no? In other words, the two definitions provided by my source both perfectly address where the tour just was, …

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Nadal vs Thiem for FO 2019

We will discuss the tournament after tomorrow's final, including the two SFs, some other observations, etc. Two things seem quite apparent right now. This year's French Open has solidified my own impression of this tournament, built through a 40+ year appreciation of the sport. I have heard this sentiment echoed throughout much of the tennis …

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Semi-final Friday

Rain rain -- the red clay The winds of change, leaves falling A glass of champagne ___________________________________________ There's rain in the forecast. Conditions could be tricky for all four. Rafa and Djoker have already reserved their spot in the final, in the popular tennis imagination. They are heavily favored to win their respective matches. The …

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PSA: We Beliem in Thiem

Fuck Serena. Even some of the scheduling, the Tennis Channel programming, the laughable "quality" of the WTA. This "agenda" -- whatever "they" think is "right" and "fair" -- is bad. I have said this here and there on this blog: women's tennis used to be a legitimate competition with legitimate champions and leaders and a …

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Domi(nant) Thiem Wins Barcelona

What a run from Dominic Thiem. I don't see this just in terms of a win over Nadal in the Barcelona SF in straights, in total command, on the court named after his lofty opponent, where the Spaniard has won 3 million times (11 times actually); I see this as the Austrian's continued move to …

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QF Thursday Indian Wells

Due to distractions (work), I can't formulate too many thoughts on the first two QF matches today, so let's make this simple: I might say a slight upset would be Thiem beating Monfils today. I guess watching either on Saturday (trying to be transparent here) will be a joy. I prefer Thiem's style and, quite …

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KISS (Keep it Short, Stupid)

I'm talking about the match, not my posts. Ha ha. Thiem losing in the second round is not very shocking. His style (strategic approach to the point) perpetuates this difficulty he's having. He had a tough first round match, which we discussed. Paire is a talent (a petulant asshole, but a talent). But Thiem needing …

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Tsitsipas Triumphs, Thiem Toes-the-Line

As we know, Tsitsipas beat De Minaur, the ultimate two-hander, for the Milan NextGen crown, which, like our Thiem v Coric Paris-Bercy bout, amounts to a short trial of the sport's ferociously antagonistic style ideologies. Hear hear! Nice to see the more elegant, classic and sophisticated doctrine rise in the defeat of the younger, adolescent, …

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