June 21, 2014

My Wimbledon 2014 Preview

I do the research so you don't have to <g>. You're welcome. Links, resources, TV schedule and more.

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June 15, 2014

Thoughts Betwixt French Open and Wimbledon

Congratulations to Rafa and Maria for their repeat wins at the French. The "bull" and the "cow on ice" triumph <g> Here are some interesting (I hope) tidbits in the interregnum betwixt clay and grass, including:
 
* Rafa on visualizing points before he plays them, why he gives Fed problems, and crying when Fed won the French.
* A player that lost his entire French Open winnings gambling
* Assessing the ATP battle for number one going into Wimby, and WTA rankings shuffle
* Roddick and Gilbert diss LeBron's cramps
* French in the rear view mirror. 
* Murray's surprise replacement for Lendl as coach. 
* Some highlight clips of good points

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June 07, 2014

Pity Poor LeBron James

There is much bourhaha about NBA star LeBron James being unable to finish the first game of the NBA playoffs because of cramps. Now, the air conditioning in the San Antonio Spurs' area was out, which produced stifling heat.. {see  column by Kareem Abdul Jabbar)

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June 04, 2014

Of Nadal, the NBA, and the French Open Draw

People have ridiculed the NBA by saying with modest exaggeration that the entire, regular season is played simply to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers, before seemingly the entire rest of the league makes the playoffs. 
 
Tennis, in some ways, is worse.

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Math Geeks Say Rafa Won't Pass Fed. Probably. Maybe.

How are your binomial theorems? Nate Silver's fivethirthyeight.com grinds the numbers, by projecting each player's performance ratio relative to other players on an age curve, and tabs the odds of Fed hanging on to the lead in total major (aka Grand Slam) titles as 88%. Of course, if Rafa gets this year's French his odds improve a bit. 
 

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Tennis Tactics from French Open

A few random if interesting discussions from Roland Garros:

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Jim Courier Questions Nadal's Serve- and Fed's Return-Tactics

A precious-few nuggets emerged from the endless TV blather. A pair of interesting exchanges occurred from pointed questions by former great Jim Courier. First, Courier said that Nadal should go back to hitting big first serves, as he did in his first, US Open victory, instead of relying entirely on his left-spin serve. 

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French Open Update pre Semifinals

Let's call this the tactics issue, since the interesting things I've seen and heard during this event all seem to be about tactics. Coverage here of: Courier on Nadal's serve and Fed's returns, Who Has the Fastest Ground Strokes at the French Open?, Muguruza the Serena slayer; Halep's anti-patterns; Simon on playing Raonic; Gulbis on playing Fed. Plus, the TV schedule for the semi's and finals. 

 

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May 27, 2014

Who Has the Fastest Ground Strokes at the French Open?

John Isner? Nope. Rafael Nadal? Not even close. 

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May 26, 2014

In Defense of the Split Step

Having heard TV announcer Chris Fowler claim that using a split step while returning serve slows you down, I feel compelled to offer this. 

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