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October 31, 2012

Is Juan Martin Del Potro Set to Make a Major Run in 2013?

In our what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, tennis commentators seem to have written off Juan Martin Del Potro. 

Have people forgotten that wayyyy back in 2009 (sarcasm intended), Delpo pulled off the rare double of beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back to win the U.S. Open making him the only player outside the top four to win a Grand Slam-level tournament since .... what was it William Renshaw? I was convinced Delpo would challenge for number one in 2010.

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When Serena Williams Played ATP's Karsten Braasch

Since Serena Williams' remarkable run has predictably led to bad-TV-announcer hyperbole, such as the dreadful Pam Shriver saying Williams' serve is better than the averge for the ATP tour, I feel compelled to drag out the old story about Serena and her sister Venus challenging an ATP journeyman to a match.

Actually, any excuse to bring up the colorful Karsten Braasch is too good to waste. (cont below image)

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How One BBM Turned Serena Williams' Season Around

After Serena Williams' embarrassing emotional breakdown that led to her first-round exit at the French Open, she rebounded to post a remarkable winning streak, taking Wimbledon, Olympic gold, the U.S. Open, and the year-end WTA round-robin title. 

Williams credits one, simple text message -- which led to a new coaching relationship.

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Wither One-Handed Backhands?

Since a friend asked during doubles about whether the one-handed backhand was disappearing from tennis, I decided to put this table together showing how many top ATP pros still use the elegant if retro stroke. 

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October 30, 2012

Pete Sampras' Service Motion in Photos

Looking through photos I took of Roger Federer and Milos Raonic serving inspired me to resurrect this set I took of Pete Sampras showing off his legendary motion at an exhibiton last year, February, 2011 at the sadly soon-to-end SAP Open in San Jose, CA.

Fed and Raonic emulate many aspects of Sampras' "platform serve". That is Pete starts with his feet fixed, instead of using the trendier "step-up" leg move used by pros from Maria Sharapova to John Isner. Since all three aim for placing their serves near the lines and moving them around, I suspect the stable platform, and less movement, contribues to their accuracy

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