Thoughts Post USO 2019 Part I

First, congrats to Rafa on winning his fourth U.S. Open, and his second major of the year, giving him, as we all know, 19 majors overall. Some are calling Rafa a 2019 year-end #1, as well. I suppose if Novak is really injured, then that's a fair assessment, but there is a lot of tennis …

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U.S. Open SF Preview

My delay in posting is because of work and because this tournament has very little intrigue other than wondering if one of these blokes has enough character to beat Rafa with his bag of tricks on full display at this depleted U.S. Open. Nadal is shameless. His time violations are well-documented. This particular "trick" is …

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Labor Day R16 Conclusion

The bottom-half of the men's draw, the wild wild west we'll call it, with its trusted lucky winner (a little twist of course since he's so often associated with a LL) Rafa Nadal at the head of this class (of misfits). I'm being a little rude, a little insensitive, for sure, but this is only …

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Dumpster Fire

Nothing new here with this absolute no-show from some of these so-called "top seeds." Nothing new that these youngsters have zero class/character/balls/kairos/confidence etc., etc. Thiem, Khachanov, Tsitsipas (tough draw, which we called), Zverev (he went five again -- he's done; in fact, he gets Tiafoe next. I'll take the American in five), and Bautista Agut …

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Kyrgios Wins the Point

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1O3q0sgW5o/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link But he lost the match, and has totally lost the plot, as well as anyone who might defend him (me). He's a complete liability on the court for the fans (who might be offended by his behavior, who might be betting on the match -- gambling is legal in many parts of the world …

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From What Planet Hails the ATP?

Source The ATP site will most likely move-on from this announcement, lead image/story since the 2019 Wimbledon semi-finals just became set for play on Friday with Djokovic vs RBA in one and Fedal in the other. Perhaps this Nitto ATP Finals "news" is just a position holder while the staff frantically get their stories written …

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Halle and Queen’s Club

Federer is set to begin his run in Halle shortly, actually in about 15 minutes, against the Aussie Millman. Interestingly enough, they're 1-1 H2H, the Millman win coming in the 2018 U.S. Open R16, one should recall. Tough little grass introductory draw for the Swiss. Tsonga awaits in 2R, Gasquet/RBA QF, and a likely rematch …

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My Ass and Grass

One last bug up my ass I should dislodge. The Nadal win over Federer in the RG SF was pretty predictable, but poor on-top of that given the shitty conditions. I still liked Federer's court position and ability to get into Nadal's serve, etc., which may have been enhanced in more neutral conditions. We hadn't …

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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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