January 21, 2016

Are ATP Pros Hitting with More Spin?

I don't know, given the paucity of data on trends. But there are some indications that ATP pros are hitting with more spin than ever.
 
Here's at the top of this image what the NYTs published back in 2012, based on data from www.tennisplayer.net. You see Fed's forehand at an average of 2,700 RPMs and Rafa's at 3,200. Flash forward. 

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November 30, 2015

What New Hawkeye Data-Images Reveal About Novak, Fed Serves

This graphic is hot. Neither I nor, more importantly, Jim Courier have seen anything quite like it. This combines HawkEye's "Service toss cluster", which shows where the ball is when players hit in while serving, with a ray-trace for the subsequent ball path. As Courier notes, you can see a "tell" for Djokovic that he'd never realized. 
 

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October 31, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- Back to the Future with this Sunday's finals

Tennis Fanz,
 
This Sunday features a pair of intriguing finals that are fitting for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. 
 
Fed and Rafa meet for the first time in nearly 2 years, this in the finals of Basel, while Maria Sharapova, who hadn't played a complete match since Wimbledon won her side of the WTA Singapore round robin, before her flux capacitors discharged in the semis. Two upsets give us Petra Kvitova vs Aga Radwanska for the title. So, Kvitova and Aga both lost 2 of 3 in their round robins, while Sharapova and Garbina Muguruza went 3.0, but Kvitova faces Aga could win it all. Peculiar year for both. Kvitova under-achieved while overcoming mono. Meanwhile, Aga had a terrible start, fired celebrity coach Martina Navratilova and is in the final. Muguruza was, by far, playing the best tennis of the event but after playing every day between doubles and singles, ran out of gas. She's still in the dubs finals with Navarro vs Hingis-Mirza.
 
  Back-to-the-Future

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October 20, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- Special Federer SABR-Rattling Edition

Tennis Fanz,
 
Here's a special issue dedicated to Roger Federer's hot new shot, the SABR. As you know by now, that stands for Sneak Attack by Roger. I have stats you won't find anywhere else, video of every single, SABR he hit in Cinci and the US Open, and select image captures. 

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October 16, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- Asia swing update

Tennis Fanz, -- Oct 15, 2015
 
Ok so my prior transmission should have been called "Tennis Longs". But I had promised the Young Guns summary eons, back so I had tons of research to share. Hope you got something out of them. Back to the usual format this time.
 
The Shanghai Masters (not to be confused with the year-end WTA Finals, also in Shanghai), enters the quarters. Djoko is on cruise control. Good wins for Anderson over Nishikori, Tomic over Gasquet, and Nadal with a modest measure of redemption over Fognini
 
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October 02, 2015

WTA Young Guns Scouting Reports

Tennis Shorts -- Oct 2, 2015
 
In the second part of my Young Gun Scouting Report, I turn to the WTA's next generation. I promise I'll put the "short" back in Tennis Shorts, next issue. 
 

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September 28, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- Fall Tennis Schedule

Tennis Fanz, -- Sept 27, 2015
 
Good time during the interregnum twix the final Slam event of the year, and the upcoming Asian and then Euro indoor, hard court swings to pause for a look at the young guns on the ATP side at this link. WTA later. But first ... 
 

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Young Guns Scouting Report

Yes, this has been longer in writing than James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". At least, i didn't go blind in the process. And it has more punctuation (literary joke).
 
You'd have to be crazy to project where young players will end up given all the variables -- injuries, blind luck, motivation -- which makes me eminently qualified to pontificate <g>. I list many but certainly not all, interesting young prospects with short scouting reports, links to follow and more. The ATP comes this week and the WTA when I recover from mental-carpal tunnel Post Typing Syndrome. 
 
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September 14, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- US Open De-Brief

Tennis Fanz,               -- Sept 13, 2015
 
Well, a 34-year-old won a Slam title Sunday, it just wasn't Fed. 
 
Martina Hingis actually won 2 slam titles this weekend, with 2 partners, both from India -- Sania Mirza, and Leander Paes.
 

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September 12, 2015

Tennis Shorts: US Open Finals Preview

Tennis Fanz,
 
They're set: 
 
     Saturday Women's All-Italian Final, Vinci vs Pennetta, 3pm ET ESPN
 
    Sunday Men's Final, Djokovic vs Federer, TV start 4 pm ET ESPN
 
Please double-check your TV listings, since Web sites for the US Open and ESPN show 3, different times :( 
 

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