Paris Masters Commentary

A great few days of tennis, which brings me to this question: how can I argue that once again, men's tennis isn't worth a shit when we get this kind of higher-end competition on tour? Well, we're still looking for a heartbeat outside the Top 3 (or even the Top 1 at this point) and …

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The Rise of Tennis Discourse

This 2017-2018 chapter in the men's game has been quite annotative on the careers of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic; we're thus provided with more clarity on their contributions, championship legacies, etc. As I have been suggesting with Nadal's latest clay campaign, and extending this line of reasoning to the other two players, these recent times …

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Essay on Social Media (Kinda)

Is that title effective SEO? I somewhat come-clean with my parenthetical disclosure. Yeah, I have a sentence or two about potential ills of said industry/tools, but I take aim here, again, at some of the participants/tools who use these global conversational mechanisms. And good Thursday to you! A lot on tap today/night in Los Cabos …

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Djokovic’s Highest Form Ever (DHFE)

The summer is a glorious time of year on the ATP since we get a chance to see the year's strongest athletes outlast those weakened by the long and arduous season that began in early January (or the ones who's games just tend to wilt on this most even and rigorous surface). The firm quickness …

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In What Direction Do We Go?

The ATP is slowly getting its collective feet ready for the N.A. hard courts, with Atlanta this week and then Washington D.C. next. These will give way to the back-to-back weeks of Masters HC (Montreal and Cincinnati) before the short breather (Salem) prior to the year's final major in NYC (tennis' HC capital). Meanwhile, the …

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The Palantír: Chaos, Chaos and Andy and More Chaos

A palantír (sometimes translated as "Seeing Stone" but literally meaning "Farsighted" or "One that Sees from Afar"; cf. English television) is a crystal ball, used for both communication and as a means of seeing events in other parts of the world or in the distant past (Encyclopedia). You might recognize the reference from J. R. …

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Federer is From a Different Era

No, I am not getting all starry-eyed on Federer. When I say he is from a different era, I am not making some mystical reference to his celestial origins, as if I think Federer's game is just "out-of-this-world." Ha ha. You all know that I don't waste the space on fanatical rants or emotional poetries. I have …

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Federer is Ruining Tennis

I wrote a series of posts last year arguing that Federer's role in this golden era, in the history of tennis for that matter, has been very consequential. Introduction. . .Tour Structure and Numbers. . . Federera. . . Roger Created a Monster (or Two). I left-off needing to deal with the Djokovic effect, his role …

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Miami 2017 Finale

I hope this post isn't as anti-climactic as Sunday's final. Here's how I began my preview of the Miami final a few days ago: "The Fedal final tomorrow is a bit anti-climactic to be honest. If you’re caught-up in the Fedal rivalry, you’re probably a bit confused. If you need any clarity on that, search …

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