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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Tennis Tactics from French Open

A few random if interesting discussions from Roland Garros:

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May 27, 2014

Who Has the Fastest Ground Strokes at the French Open?

John Isner? Nope. Rafael Nadal? Not even close. 

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May 26, 2014

In Defense of the Split Step

Having heard TV announcer Chris Fowler claim that using a split step while returning serve slows you down, I feel compelled to offer this. 

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May 25, 2014

Fed on Announcers, Fans that "Know Edberg's Impact"

And this means you Justin Gimelstob 

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Recognize This Swing?

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.

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Fed's Drive Volley

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: 

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