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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Nadal Has Second, Highly-Experimental Stem Cell Therapy

As Rafael Nadal was recovering from an appendectomy, his doctor made a surprising announcement that has been cavalierly treated in the press, that Rafa is getting stem cell treatment on his back, and that he had previously had stem cell treatment in his knee. 

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September 28, 2014

Fed's Unannounced Training Camp for Juniors

I'm researching an upcoming post on Young Guns and the sole, common thread I can find among the top ATP prospects is that they're worked out with Roger Federer. Seriously. It seems as if Fed has bought almost all of them in, usually as a teenager, to work out with him: Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Donaldson, Dolgopolov, Theim .... 

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Nishikori Goes Airborne

Not sure if this comes from being 5 ft 10 in tall coping with ever-higher-bouncing courts and topspin shots, but Kei Nishikori seems to go airborne on his shots more than anyone I can remember. I combined thumbnails of good shots from Scott Kelby on G+: 

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Pat The Dog on the Head

Not claiming the biomechanics of a quarterback throwing a pass are analogous to tennis strokes -- that is beyond my ken. But it is interesting to note some similarities. The so-called "ATP Forehand" involves taking the racket back on the side, not behind as in the "WTA forehand".

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Is Fed Developing a 'New Shot'?

I've watched hundreds of Fed matches, but I saw Fed hit some backhands near the net with a stroke I'd never seen before, or at least didn't recognize. He leapt onto his front foot while leaning forward to put away a high sitter near the net. Is it just me? Have I missed this, or is it new to you as well?

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Jack Socks' Explosive Forehand

Jim Courier told us that Hawkeye measured Jack Socks' forehand as producing the greatest topspin of anybody not from Majorca. Plus, he hit one at 120 mph, which is the highest groundstroke velocity I've ever heard of. Fernando Gonzalez was once clocked at 118 mph. 
Let's take a look at how he does this.

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An Unusual "All Swiss" Davis Cup Final

Ready the Toblerone and Lindt. No matter what happens Swiss players will win this year's Davis Cup final. No, I'm not guaranteeing the result. 
I suspect this is unprecedented. Since every player from both teams likely to take the court in the final of the Davis Cup will be from one country - Switzerland -- I assume the Swiss can claim victory regardless of the outcome. 

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September 24, 2014

Are Tall Player's Taking Over Tennis?

The upset win by 6 ft 6 in Marin Cilic at the U.S. Open has resuscitated that age-old claim that "Tall players are taking over tennis". Really? Don't the "giants" have to start winning more titles before they "take over"?  

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September 08, 2014

Roger Federer Ran Furthest of 4 Semifinalists

People are continually interested in knowing how far tennis players run. Per these stats from IBM, Roger Federer racked up the most miles of the 4 semifinalists, running 6.5 miles, two miles more than the winner Marin Cilic. 

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