Notes on a Wednesday

The grass continues to befuddle a few of our higher ranked players and, in fact, as you know, London this week has become a kind of journeyman's journey. The top three seeds are vanquished at Ageon Championships with Murray getting beat in straights by lucky loser Thompson from Australia, Raonic getting over powered by Aussie …

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2017 Grass in Progress

Stuttgart final four: French connection of Pouille v Paire and M.Zverev v Fel. Lopez Zverev took-out the German sharp-shooter (Haas) 4 and 4 and Lopez took care of Berdych in three after losing the first set TB. Pouille, a WB QFinalist last year, got by Kohlshreiber in three today and Paire beat Jankowicz in straights. Looking …

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2017 Dubai and Acapulco Takeaways

I did not get my post up fast enough prior to the Federer loss, but my brain and responsibility to the blog both wanted to articulate the importance of Murray winning this tournament; having the loss of Federer at hand, such a post would sound like meaningless rationalization. Should've tweeted it. 😀 Much of the …

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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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Murray and Djokovic Colliding in Doha

Doha has gone according to plan although as I tuned-in today Djokovic limped into a 2nd set TB with Verdasco, already down a set. The TB started-off and Djokovic proceeded to go down 2-5 on a point that looked very much like a guy throwing-in the towel. He then faced five MPs. Five. Verdasco has …

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2017. . .Here We Go

It's December 31, 2016. I have a couple of weeks to dial-in some ATP action as the athletes get their shits together for some 2017 tour action and subsequently some 2017 Australian Open form! Hope you all had a great holiday/are continuing to celebrate whatever holiday you're all about. Let's take a quick look back …

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Vienna: the Calm Before the Storm

Just a quick look at this 500-level event with some interesting match-ups and rankings ramifications. We have all seen or heard the scenarios for Andy's ascension or Novak's drop, depending on how one looks at this. Novak, because of burn-out, etc., is off until Paris. Andy goes this week in Vienna. I listened to a …

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Right. On. Cue.

Sneaking in a quick quip about Shanghai and touting my blog. Who doesn't like his or her observations and arguments to be more or less verified by events in the real world. I wrote that series of articles about Novak post-U.S. Open (the objective look at his career arch) and a week later he announces …

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Pre-Shanghai Rolex Masters

Congrats to Murray on his China win and Kyrgios on his win in Tokyo. The only tennis I really tried to watch when I could find the time was Pouille v Dimitrov Beijing R16. I thought this would be good given Dimitrov's current play and his now mythic ceiling. He has been a massive disappointment career-wise; but …

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The ATP Future in St. Petersburg and Metz

We had a very interesting couple of finals in two ATP 250 tournaments last weekend. The reigning U.S. Open champ, call him the sport's current champ, Stan Wawrinka, was on display along with three of the future of the men's game. No question these three youngsters (Zverev, Thiem and Pouille) along with Kyrgios, seem fairly capable …

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