Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Pete Sampras currently hold the records for most weeks spent as the number one player in the world. He spent 286 weeks on the top, one more week than Roger Federer who has 285 weeks.
Fed can win Wimbledon as long /as he can walk. He is meant for the low bouncing grass of Wimbledon. He always has a punchers chance.
2. 30 is the new 24
Twenty four seemed to be when a tennis player entered his/her prime, but recent history has proved other wise. Francesca Schiavone won her first grand slam two years ago at age 29, Fed himself made the French Open final at 29, Serena Williams made the US Open final at 29, and many others are finding success in the latter years of their career.
3. No Injuries
The man is a machine. It is hard to remember the last time he missed a tournament. Not once in his junior or professional career did he withdraw during a match. His two biggest opponents, Nadal and Djokovic seem to have a glass wrist and glass shoulder. They are more injured than most of the men on the tour. His fluent style of play takes a lot of pressure off of him physically.
4. Who Else Will Beat Djokovic ?
Federer is the only man standing in Djokovic's way. He beat him at this year's French Open and was a match point away from beating him at the US Open. Djokovich has beaten Nadal in 6 finals this year, so until Nadal proves otherwise, he is not a serious opponent to Djokovic.
5. He is Still in the Top 5
He has been ranked inside the top 10 for more than 8 years now. He is still one of the best on all surfaces.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tennis is a great sport, but the people who play it can tend to be...well...quite rough. If you are an avid tennis player, you are bound to find out for yourself.
1. The Cheater
We have all played players who call tough line calls, but it is another thing to play someone who if your ball is on the line, it is a mile out and if their ball is 3 inches out, it is clearly in.
2. The Procrastinator
I recommend to any player, to take their time. Taking your time and taking up your opponents time are two different things. If your opponent has their hands on their hips across the net for more than 10 seconds, your taking too long.
3. The Psycho
Tennis is not a sport for people with chemical imbalances. We have all played people who are not playing with a full deck of cards. Those who scream "C'monnnnnnnn!!!!!!!" after the first point of the match.
4. The Detective
It is horrible playing someone who questions every single call. Some players do not realize that they own the capacity to make a mistake.
5. The Kid Who Does not Care
Playing someone who hits a forehand slice when they should just put the ball away is no easy task. Having to deal with someone who serves and volleys on their second serve can be tricky.There is always that one person who woke up and decided they did not want to play tennis, but played that day anyways. Instead of dropping out, they decide to make your match hell, even if you bagel them.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Born: December 21, 1954
Country: United States
Education: High School
Plays: Right Handed
Career High Singles Ranking: 1
Career High Doubles Ranking: 13
Career Prize Money: $8,895,195
Career Highlights: Austrailian Open Champion (82, 82); French Open Champion (74, 75, 79, 80, 83, 85, 86); Wimbledon Champion (74, 76, 81); US Open Champion ( 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 82)
Chris Evert is one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Her 18 Grand Slams titles puts her only behind Steffi Graf and equal with Martina Navratilova in the Open Era. Her game consisted of one of the best two handed backhands of all time and a level of consistency that has still gone unmatched. She was one half of one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports along with Martina Navratilova. The two played 80 times in singles competition with an overwhelming amount of the meetings being in either semi-finals or finals. She currently has the highest winning percentage of any player. Chris is known as the queen of clay, winning more French Open titles than any woman.
Chris has since gone on to run The Chris Evert Tennis Academy. It has taken over The Bollettieri Academy as the highest ranked tennis academy in The United States. She is also a commentator for ESPN.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The season ending championship has almost come to a close. The final will be Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. This match has many implications. If Federer wins, he will only cement his current place among the top players in the world. It will only be another wa yhe can stick it to his skeptics.
When the greatest player of all time has not lost in his last three tournaments, it is not a good idea to pick against him. Federer has also beat Tsonga in their most recent meetings. This court is great for both the players, which in the end helps Federer since he is the better all court player.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Roger Federer is arguablly the greatest tennis player of all time. He has won more grand slams than any other man in history. Despite his success, his critics are more skeptical than ever about where his place and future place in the game will be. Between his ranking drop to four in the world and him entering into his thirties, the suspicions are valid. He has not won a slam since the 09 Australian Open, which for Federer is an unprecedented amount of time. Despite all of this, Federer's future still remains bright. He made this years French Open Final (beating an undefeated Djokovic in doing so), made the US Open seminfinals in which he had a match point against Djokovic, and has won his last two tournaments. Regardless of whether he is ranked 1,2,3, or 4 in the world, his chances of winning a slam are still the same. The top 4 (Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, and Federer) can all beat each other on any given day and on any surface. Federer's motivation is also as high as ever. He already talks about how he wants to win gold in the 2012 Olympics. As he gets older he will have to plan his schedule out more carefully. The first thing many older players do is cut out the clay court season. Federer will have to weigh whether he wants to get an early start on winning Wimbledon (his best chance of a slam) versus having a good shot at winning the French Open. Time will tell.
Todays matchups are going to be excellent. We have the Serbians facing off with, Djokovic vs. Tipsarevic and Ferrer vs. Berdych.
Matchup: Djokovic vs. Tipsarevic
It is hard to imagine why anyone would pick against a man who has won three of the last four slams, but this time it is different. Djokovic is suffering through a very bad shoulder injury. His opponent has been playing with him on Serbia's Davis Cup team for years. He is not in anyway initimidated by Djokovic.
Matchup: Ferrer vs. Berdych
Very tough call. Both players have been playing lights out. Berdych gets the tie-break due to the fast court surface and having more weapons. Look for Ferrer to fight Berdych tooth and nail.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Jimmy Connors played singles in his hall of fame career for more than 25 years. He recorded a singles record of 1241-277, making him the most winningest male singles player of all time/
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The third day of matches is about to begin for the season ending championship. The matchups are David Ferrer vs. Novak Djokovic and Thomas Berdych vs. Janko Tipsarevic
Ferrer vs. Djokovic
Ferrer has not played a whole match yet due to Murray pulling out the round before. On the extremely fast court surface it is hard to see Ferrer penetrating the world number 1.
Tipsarevic vs. Berdych
Tipsarevic is a last minute addition to the tournament. He does not have the same preperation as the other guys. Berdych has had the much better year and has a fast court to help him.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It took Roger Federer just one hour to beat Rafael Nadal at the ATP year ending Championship. The score was 6-2, 6-0. It was one of their most lopsided encounters in the 26 times they have met. Federer attacked Nadals second serve and took his time away. With the win, Federer clinched a spot in the semifinals. Nadal will have to beat Tsonga next to advance.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Born: June 3, 1986
Education: High School
Plays: Left Handed
Current Singles Ranking: 2
Current Doubles Ranking:
Career Prize Money: 43, 824, 377
Career Highlights: Australian Open Champion (09); French Open Champion (05, 06 , 07, 08, 10, 11); Wimbledon Champion (08, 10); US Open Champion (10); Olympic Gold Medalist (08)
Rafael Nadal has already established himself as one of the greatest players of all time and certainly as the king of clay. He is one of only two players (Andre Agassi) to win all four grand slams and the Olympic gold medal. He also has multiple Davis Cup Championships for his country Spain. He has recently ran into a brick wall named Novak Djokovic, losing to him at the US Open and Wimbledon. He is certainly going to be a threat for years to come.
Women's tennis is going through an unprecedented phase. There is no one clear top player in the world and there are 10 or more players that can win a grand slam. Most view this competition, good for tennis, but the field is becoming too deep and lacks any rivalry that women's tennis used to thrive on.
Navratilova- Evert, Graf- Seles, Williams-Williams. Whatever way you put it, rivalries are a big part of the history of women's tennis. They used to be the selling point of the game. If you heard Martina was playing Chris, you made sure you were going to watch. If the hard hitting Seles was playing Graf, you knew you were watching. It would be impossible to definitively say who the top 2 players in the world are currently. There is no selling point. Look at the women who won grandslams this year. Li Na, Petra Kvitova, and Sam Stosur. All first time slam winners. This is an extremely rare event. Two women need to step up and assert themselves as the clear two best in the world. My hope is Serena can stay healthy and Wozniacki can add more weapons to her game to challenge her.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The first day of the season ending tournament was very exciting. Two three set matches. Federer beat Tsonga in a tightly contested three setter and Nadal barely edged out Fish in three very close sets. Tuesdays matches should be exciting as well :
Tsonga vs. Fish
Fish and Tsonga will be a great match. Offense vs. offense. Tsonga is the better mover of the two and has more expereince in big tournaments. Fish has nothing to lose in this one and we'll see how he holds up after todays heartbreaker vs. Nadal.
Federer vs. Nadal
This matchup needs no introduction. Two of the greatest players against each other. Both bring out the best and worst in each others games. On this fast of an indoor court with Federer's momentum, its hard to pick against him. Nadal will have to figure out how to penetrate Fed's backhand on such a fast court.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Sunday starts the beginning of the 2011 ATP season ending championship. The top 8 ranked players in the world will be competeing.
The Top 8:
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Murray
4. Roger Federer
5. David Ferrer
6. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
7. Thomas Berdych
8. Mardy Fish
The first matchups:
Federer vs. Tsonga
Federer plays his best when he is playing loose and free-flowing tennis. A round-roubin match vs. an opponent he has beaten in his last match, but still views as a threat, is a perfect oppurtunity for Fed to pull out a win.
Nadal vs. Fish
Nadal has too good of a record against Fish to pick against him. Fish could make it very interesting, considering he has nothing to lose. Fish will probablly try to be more agressive than usual, but that style can only last so long against Nadal. A fast indoor court, should help Fish.
Murray vs. Ferrer
This one is very tough to call, but Murray has more experience in big matches and has much more of an arsenol of weapons.
Djokovic vs. Berdych
Also, very tough to call. Novak's shoulder injury along with the fast court surface gives the slight edge to Berdych.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thomas Muster made a "comeback" to professional tennis at the age of 44. He offically announced his "re"-retirment after suffering a first round loss at the Erste Bank Open. His record was 2-24 in his return (most of his tournaments being lower level events). "I don't regret anything," said Muster, who fought back tears after the match. "My comeback was not about winning or losing, it was about the feeling of being able to compete at top level again." Muster also added, "My family needs me more than tennis does."
It is hard to believe that Muster would have the same attitude if he had been making tournament finals. I'm not sure how much credit he deserves. There have been many other comebacks that have been much more interesting. Connors run to the US Open semi-finals at the age of 39 certaintly qualifies. What about Kuertan's return to the red clay of the French Open after his hip surgery. Navratilova's capturing of the US Open mixed doubles title at age 49 certainly proves my point. Age matters in tennis. People have been talking about a 30 year old Federer slowing down, so what does that mean to a 44 year old Muster ?
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Martina Navratilova is the oldest women to hit an ace in an offical match at 49 years old.
Tennis is not the most physical sport. It is not the most popular, but it is a great sport that we all enjoy. Here are the top five things people don't know about what it takes to be a tennis player.
1. We are in great shape
- To play tennis you have to be in great shape. The amount of cardio it takes to complete a match is ridiculous. The constant stopping and starting it takes really goes unnoticed. Just ask John Isner who played a twenty-hour match at Wimbledon.
2. We are mentally tough
- In soccer, basketball, hockey, and most other team sports, you can rely on your teammates for support. In tennis, you are on an island. You cannot be substituted out of the game if you are playing bad. You have to figure out a way to win.
3. We get the girls
- Most movies about high school or college, the over muscled football jocks always to seem to be surrounded by beautiful women. In many cases this is true, but don't overlook how tennis players fair with the ladies. Ever see Andy Roddicks or Hewitt's wives who are both professional models ? How about Pete Sampras's wife, actress Bridget Wilson ? Even the tennis girls do good with men. Anna Kournakova's husband Enrique Inglesias for example.
4. Were not all spoiled brats
- Tennis known as a sport of the rich. An elitest sport. But, some of the greatest triumphs in tennis history are at the hands of middle-class or even poor players. The Williams sisters grew up in Compton California. Their dad locked the gate, while they practiced. Martina Navratilova gew up under Communism in Czecholovakia. She had to take a two-hour train ride to and from tennis practice. What about Evonne Goolagong who was so poor she used balls made out of rubber bands to play with.
5. Were a diverse bunch
- Tennis is no longer a sport for the white. Tennis's diversity is one of it's biggest strenghts. American professionals are presented by LGBT, African-American, Asian, and white Americans. The entire tour spans the whole globe, making it the worlds sport.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It is safe to say that Russia has completely dominated the last decade of womens tennis. Russia has won the Fed Cup title, an unbelievable four time over the last ten years. Lets look at the top women and there results.
- Dinara Safina
Career Highlights: Australian Open Final (08, 09); French Open Final (08); Beijing Olympics (Singles Silver Medal)
Career Highlights: Austrialian Open Champion (08); Wimbledon Champion (04); US Open Champion (06)
Career Highlights: French Open Final (04); US Open Final (04); Beijing Olympics (Singles Gold Medal)
Career Hihglights: French Open Champion (09); US OPen Champion (04)
Career Highlights: Wimbledon Final: (10); US Open Final (10)
Career Highlights: French Open Champion (04)
Career Highlights: French Open Semifinals (03), (05)
Monday, November 14, 2011
Born: September 24, 1992
Country: United States
Plays: Right Handed
Current Singles Ranking: 367
Current Doubles Ranking: 362
Career Prize Money: 295, 560
Career Highlights: 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles (with Melanie Oudin); Second round US Open
Jack Sock is quickly becoming one of the next great hopes for American Tennis. With a great showing at the 2011 US Open, playing Roddick extremely tough and winning the mixed doubles, he is certainly going to be a threat. After his great run, Jack hopes to build up his ranking by playing smaller challenger events.
What does the future hold for mens tennis. There are some very important questions we must ask ourselves and are the most important to the makeup of the field.
1. How long can Roger Federer keep it up ?
- I ask this because he is getting up there in age and is certainly past his prime. Despite this, he has made a grand slam final this year and won his last two tournaments.
2. Can Andy Murray Break Thru
- Andy Murray has been a big thorn in the side of all the top players over the last few years. With many big wins over Fed, Nadal, and Djokovic, he is definitly a contender. With all of his success he has lost in straight sets in every slam final he has ever appeared in. He seems to get passive and less aggressive in the big stages. Can he win the big one ?
3. What does Novak's Injury Mean?
- Novak Djokovic has had one of the greatest years in tennis history. Unfortunately he just suffered a shoulder injury. Injuries for Djokovic are a dime a dozen, but this one seems to be serious. Serious enough to pull out of his last tournament.
4. Can Nadal Keep Playing the Way he Does?
- Nadal is known as a roadrunner on court. His style definitly takes a toll on his body. He already has suffered many knee and wrist problems, especially in his only French Open loss to Soderling.
5. Can Anyone Step Up
- Tennis has been dominated by the big four for so long now. Very few have been able to consistantly crack their streak of success. The obvious choices are Del Potro who beat Fed in their US Open final showdown. Does David Ferrer have enough in his arsenal to beat one of them in the big states...probablly not. What about the big serving Americans like Roddick and Isner?