A few random if interesting discussions from Roland Garros:
June 04, 2014
A precious-few nuggets emerged from the endless TV blather. A pair of interesting exchanges occurred from pointed questions by former great Jim Courier. First, Courier said that Nadal should go back to hitting big first serves, as he did in his first, US Open victory, instead of relying entirely on his left-spin serve.
May 27, 2014
John Isner? Nope. Rafael Nadal? Not even close.
May 26, 2014
Having heard TV announcer Chris Fowler claim that using a split step while returning serve slows you down, I feel compelled to offer this.
May 25, 2014
And this means you Justin Gimelstob
Can you name this Grand Slam champion? Not many players have used two hands on both sides, but their share of Grand Slam titles is disproportionately large. My pix from Stanford.
With the likes of Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock stalling badly, is it too early to look at the next generation of potential U.S. ATP players? Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe, the son of a club maintenance worker I've written about here before, is now the top junior.
Trying to figure out how to hit this shot, so I turned to the master for instruction. I grabbed a short replay on Tennis Channel of Roger Federer hitting a forehand, swinging volley vs Delpo at Basil, slowed it down, put in some stop action and captions. Most of what I see reinforces what you hear about hitting the "modern, ATP forehand" groundstroke, with some specifics to this stroke. Video at the link, with a vidcap of his swing path here:
With Roland Garros' first round starting today (Sunday, May 25), here's your pre-French Open update with links, TV schedules, and an overview.