August 24, 2014

US Open Tennis Preview and Resources 2014

Main draw play starts Monday for the final major of the year.

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August 13, 2014

Lots of Winners at Stanford's Bank of the West Classic

After several down years with tepid draws, the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford rebounded this year with a good player list and some good matches. Hats off to TD Kim Hall. My initial sadness when Wimby champ Petra Kvitova withdrew with an injury was erased when two wild cards produced good runs: 16-year-old Naoki Osaka won her first-ever main draw match upsetting world number 19, while 19-year-old Sachia Vickery won a pair on top of her qualification matches. 

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Is Serena's Watch More Expensive That Rafa's?

By now, we all know that Rafael Nadal wears a $500,000 watch. Actually, it's now a $690,000 watch because apparently, the extra $190,000 for the second version is worth it to get the weight down to 19 grams, though the use of "carbon nanotubes, aluminum lithium and titanium". That and the Richard Mille's "complex tourbillon". Honest, I did not make any of that up. Perhaps that is why Rafa's forehand is faster this year. 
 

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June 21, 2014

My Wimbledon 2014 Preview

I do the research so you don't have to <g>. You're welcome. Links, resources, TV schedule and more.

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June 15, 2014

Thoughts Betwixt French Open and Wimbledon

Congratulations to Rafa and Maria for their repeat wins at the French. The "bull" and the "cow on ice" triumph <g> Here are some interesting (I hope) tidbits in the interregnum betwixt clay and grass, including:
 
* Rafa on visualizing points before he plays them, why he gives Fed problems, and crying when Fed won the French.
* A player that lost his entire French Open winnings gambling
* Assessing the ATP battle for number one going into Wimby, and WTA rankings shuffle
* Roddick and Gilbert diss LeBron's cramps
* French in the rear view mirror. 
* Murray's surprise replacement for Lendl as coach. 
* Some highlight clips of good points

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June 07, 2014

Pity Poor LeBron James

There is much bourhaha about NBA star LeBron James being unable to finish the first game of the NBA playoffs because of cramps. Now, the air conditioning in the San Antonio Spurs' area was out, which produced stifling heat.. {see  column by Kareem Abdul Jabbar)

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June 04, 2014

Of Nadal, the NBA, and the French Open Draw

People have ridiculed the NBA by saying with modest exaggeration that the entire, regular season is played simply to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers, before seemingly the entire rest of the league makes the playoffs. 
 
Tennis, in some ways, is worse.

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Math Geeks Say Rafa Won't Pass Fed. Probably. Maybe.

How are your binomial theorems? Nate Silver's fivethirthyeight.com grinds the numbers, by projecting each player's performance ratio relative to other players on an age curve, and tabs the odds of Fed hanging on to the lead in total major (aka Grand Slam) titles as 88%. Of course, if Rafa gets this year's French his odds improve a bit. 
 

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Tennis Tactics from French Open

A few random if interesting discussions from Roland Garros:

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Jim Courier Questions Nadal's Serve- and Fed's Return-Tactics

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. 

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