March 02, 2014

Dimitrov Downs Murray in Acapulco Semi, Then Takes Title

Tremendous tennis from Grigor Dimitrov coming from a set down twice to beat first Ernests Gulbis in the quarters then Andy Murray. Last night he took the title over Kevin Anderson. 

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February 25, 2014

Roger Federer Photos Re-imagined

Rooting around in some of my old tennis photos, I decided to spend time manipulating some to rescue otherwise flat, poor light images. Kind of like the results. On two I used Topaz's Simplify to outline and emphasize lines, created sketch-like images. On the other two I used+Nik Photography to heighten local contrast, and color contrast. 

Click here to see the four images. All images from BNP Indian Wells tournament. 

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February 12, 2014

Testing Babolat Play Computerized Racket

In some ways, science and metrics are slower to come to tennis than other sports from ski jumping to football. But we're seeing some exciting experiments at democraticizing technology for everyday tennis players. One is the Babolat PLAY Pure Drive tennis racket that incorporates accelerometers that can measure how you hit the ball, down loads this data to your computer, phone or tablet, and show your results compare to those of other users. This racket and software are available for $399. 

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January 28, 2014

Video: Laver and Federer Discuss Playing Each Other

Charming video chat with two great tennis players: Rod Laver and Roger Federer. 

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January 27, 2014

From US Open's 'IT Girl' To Dodging Debt Collectors

Remarkable story of the struggle to keep a pro on the road if they're not at the very top, and one parent's questionable route to financing his daughter's game. Jon Wertheim: "The USTA recently estimated that the annual expenses of a fledgling pro, including coaching, equipment and travel, total roughly $143,000. Most players in the WTA and ATP computer rankings are members of the tours' working poor... one sponsor said: "They ripped me off the way they ripped off all these other people and figured it would go away," he says. "People say, 'Oh, it's the dad.' But she's 22 years old." 

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Australian Courts are -- Faster, Same, Tilted?

Amusing collection of reactions to the court speed at Australian Open on Tennis.com Short version:

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ATP Forehand Compared with WTA Forehand

Not only is the technique different, but that also helps explain dominance of the WTA by a handful of the biggest hitters, as described in this YouTube Video by Christophe Delavaut.

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Absurd Aussie Heat Rules Ridiculed

With temperatures at 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit), and much higher on court, and an estimated 15,000 fans staying away, the controversy over the Australian Open's heat policy predictably returned. 

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What Every Pro Does Better Than Roger Federer

A tennis article from The Atlantic of all place, so you know its going to be intellectual and indeed it covers Simpson's Paradox, or why one of the greatest tennis players of all time has absolutely the worst record of any player at a key statistic -- and yet "that might prove he's the greatest of all time". Head spinning like Fed's racket being twirled?

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Stan's The Man

Nobody beats Wawrinka 27 times in a row!

 

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