The Madrid Tea Leaves and Rome . . . and Roland Garros

There are a couple of major story-lines as we reflect on Madrid, and order another beverage on our stop-over in Rome, en route to Paris with the anticipation and excitement for the potential drama of the 2019 French Open. Maybe this little hint at "a couple of major story-lines" is for the readership, for the …

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2019 Miami Semi-final

Very interesting: this change in complexion of the more recent business-end of big tournaments. The Canadians have crashed the party. Too far-fetched to think that the 2019 Miami Open Final could be a match between 18 year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and 19 year-old Denis Shapovalov? 😀 😀 Or do we get that more familiar ghosty complexion …

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R16 Indian Wells

Let's face the facts: I'm overly interested in the quality of the competition of Semi-final Saturday since I will be there in person. This means I'm most disappointed in Djokovic's loss not for his sake, but for mine. 😀 Are we surprised by the upset of Novak? Sure we are. Yet we've been high on …

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Early Thoughts on Early AO ’19

I have the gargantuan time difference to contend with, what I am calling shitty Tennis Channel and ESPN coverage and other day-in-and-day-out distractions that together curtail my ability to watch all of the early tennis taking place in Melbourne. What's a guy like me supposed to do?  Watch the one-handers, the players who play the …

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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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Tsitsipas Defeats Djokovic

An interesting match. Novak never really seemed under much pressure, the TB underscoring this observation. His opponent was attacking, he got down a set, but he was able to play some really nice tennis in that TB to even things up. But the Greek kept coming. This is a very interesting development though probably not …

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Coupe Rogers Semi-final Saturday

What's the more interesting storyline here? 2017 Federer ? or ATP Youth On the Rise? 😉 The second SF is rich, very rich. Sure, the first entails Federer's continued 2017 epilogue, which is nothing short of spectacular, but that's a known quantity, a known quality, if you will. We don't want to discourage any hype surrounding …

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