The FederPotro Saga and Tsonga

Tsonga should handle Pouille in the Austrian tennis tournament final tomorrow. But you never know. If Jo Willy prevails, it's his, I think, fifth title of the year. Holy shit! Go, Jo Willy (though I like that other guy's game, too, despite his sophomore slump). Federer should handle Del Potro tomorrow in Basel, but this …

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Fed: “pas assez” to this French Revolution

An autumnal 2017 French uprising is underway, my fellow Tennisians. On this eve of the season's final Masters, in picturesque Paris, some French tennis players have attempted an early siege of this final leg of the European indoors. In Vienna, Gasquet took-out first-round opponent Feli Lopez, but more significantly, the tournament's second-seed, and virtual hometown …

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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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Bang Bang Bang (Quick Post – Ka Pow!)

I watched a bit of the Tsonga v Kyrgios Open 13 SF and was abundantly pleased, expectations met. Tsonga has such a tremendous ability on the court, can raise his level and beat ANYONE in the sport. This potency has waned of late, with age of course, but we are always on the look-out. Rotterdam …

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Reader Poll!

Just kidding. I prefer the actual discussion of these questions that websites and blogs often offer their readers. Sure polls and surveys are "fun" and interesting and easy, I suspect. But let's hear what you have to say, rather than "see" what button you push. 😀 Who needs an Acapulco win more: Djokovic or Nadal? …

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Indian Wells Preview: ATP 250 & 500 Action

The build-up to Indian Wells has intensified with some business-end of tournament play in Rio, Marseille and Delray Beach this weekend, followed by some big boy tennis next week in Dubai and Acapulco. In Rio, the lone 500 this week, we have maybe a Thiem v Dolgopolov final in the cards though Thiem has to …

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February Tournament Play and Early 2017 Contenders

I watched Tsonga get his 2nd set break-of-serve of Goffin up 5-4 in their Rotterdam final, which became a run-away title for Jo-Willy 46 64 61. I was literally thinking, if he loses to Goffin here, it's over for Jo-Wilfried. That tenth game of the 2nd set was so typical Tsonga. Microcosm of his career. He …

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QF and SF Action at the AO

Do I wish I was sitting court-side for many of these matches and interviewing, reporting and analyzing the action daily, hourly? You bet your life I do. But I have a damn job (that I love) and a small family (that I love and keeps me honest), so some of my commentary gets delayed a …

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Australian Open at the R16

There has been some brilliant tennis down under in Melbourne and we have even bigger matches still to come. Are you all excited about this major championship right now, or what? Let's go through the draw, starting actually at the bottom, in that half that has absolutely exploded with possibility after the exit of world …

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U.S. Open at the QF

I have so many thoughts on what's happening in NYC I'm not sure where to begin. I am going to keep this very short (sorry), but it's late, and there are so many bigger conversations I want to start in terms of the tennis here and now and, of course, the bigger  picture - what …

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