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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September 06, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- U.S. Open Labor Day Progress Report

Tennis Shorts -- Sept. 6, 2015

Tennis Fanz,
 
Your prior issue of Tennis Shorts was a hit with flaming typewriters, yoga poses and lizards that set a high (low?) bar, but we'll match it with some steamy photos of Rafa in his underwear. 
 
Now that I've got your attention, on to tennis. 
 
Quote of the tournament so far: 
      
           "With Rafa leading 2 sets to love you have to go to Lourdes. I went there." -- Fabio Fognini
 
 

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August 31, 2015

Tennis Shorts -- U.S. Open Preview Edition

Tennis Shorts -- Aug 27, 2015

Tennis Fanz,
 
Here's your preview for the U.S. Open. Serena Williams faces a tough draw in her pursuit of the "real" Grand Slam, the "calendar slam", which would give her a tie with Steffi Graf for 21 career, slam titles. 
 
Caption: Actual photo of yours truly typing frantically to compile your US Open preview.
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Cincinnati - Dust off the Mark Twain quotes

Tennis Shorts - August 24th, 2015

Tennis Fanz,
 
Ever wonder what pros say to each other when they shake hands at the net? The mike picked up this amusing exchange after the second quarter final in Cincinnati:
 
Feliciano Lopez"You're f**n flying all over the court."
 
Roger Federer (who turned 34 weeks ago): "I've got a few years left."
 
Indeed. 
 

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Mid-Rogers Cup Update

Tennis Shorts - August 13, 2015

Rarely are first-round matches this exciting -- in good ways and some, ah, not so much. 
 
In your issue: 
 
   * Yet more of my photos! What's not to like <g>
   * Nick Kyrgios misbehaves. In other news, dog bites man.
    *  Did IMG deliberately misrepresent player lineup at Stanford? 
    * Serena profiled yet again.
    * Top female jockette earners
    * Bringing live stats to tennis coaching
 

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Kerber the Bulldog

Tennis shorts: August 10, 2015

Tennis Fanz,
 
I ran into several of you last week at the WTA Stanford tournament. Thanks for your kind words on "Tennis Shorts". 
 
Enjoyable event despite top seed carnage and IMG's mis-management. Most every time I attend a WTA event I'm struck by how much more engaging women's pro tennis is in person than on TV. There are several reasons for this, but one is the players' tremendous athleticism and competitiveness that stands out in person simply does not come across on TV, which emphasizes radar guns and big shots. This email is short on text, mainly comprising a few, early takes from my photos. Many more to come <g> 

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November 16, 2014

One Example of Pro Spin

Averages can be deceiving. Here's what Hawkeye recorded when Fed took a short ball around the service-box-T and hit an approach into the forehand corner at -- 3,427 RPMs. From his stroke, it wasn't the most top spin Fed can hit, more drive than top. 

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