January 21, 2016
I don't know, given the paucity of data on trends. But there are some indications that ATP pros are hitting with more spin than ever.
Here's at the top of this image what the NYTs published back in 2012, based on data from www.tennisplayer.net. You see Fed's forehand at an average of 2,700 RPMs and Rafa's at 3,200. Flash forward.
November 30, 2015
This graphic is hot. Neither I nor, more importantly, Jim Courier have seen anything quite like it. This combines HawkEye's "Service toss cluster", which shows where the ball is when players hit in while serving, with a ray-trace for the subsequent ball path. As Courier notes, you can see a "tell" for Djokovic that he'd never realized.
October 20, 2015
Here's a special issue dedicated to Roger Federer's hot new shot, the SABR. As you know by now, that stands for Sneak Attack by Roger. I have stats you won't find anywhere else, video of every single, SABR he hit in Cinci and the US Open, and select image captures.
October 16, 2015
Tennis Fanz, -- Oct 15, 2015
Ok so my prior transmission should have been called "Tennis Longs". But I had promised the Young Guns summary eons, back so I had tons of research to share. Hope you got something out of them. Back to the usual format this time.
The Shanghai Masters (not to be confused with the year-end WTA Finals, also in Shanghai), enters the quarters. Djoko is on cruise control. Good wins for Anderson over Nishikori, Tomic over Gasquet, and Nadal with a modest measure of redemption over Fognini.
October 02, 2015
Tennis Shorts -- Oct 2, 2015
In the second part of my Young Gun Scouting Report, I turn to the WTA's next generation. I promise I'll put the "short" back in Tennis Shorts, next issue.
September 28, 2015
Tennis Fanz, -- Sept 27, 2015
Good time during the interregnum twix the final Slam event of the year, and the upcoming Asian and then Euro indoor, hard court swings to pause for a look at the young guns on the ATP side at this link. WTA later. But first ...
Yes, this has been longer in writing than James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". At least, i didn't go blind in the process. And it has more punctuation (literary joke).
You'd have to be crazy to project where young players will end up given all the variables -- injuries, blind luck, motivation -- which makes me eminently qualified to pontificate <g>. I list many but certainly not all, interesting young prospects with short scouting reports, links to follow and more. The ATP comes this week and the WTA when I recover from mental-carpal tunnel Post Typing Syndrome.
September 14, 2015
September 12, 2015
Saturday Women's All-Italian Final, Vinci vs Pennetta, 3pm ET ESPN
Sunday Men's Final, Djokovic vs Federer, TV start 4 pm ET ESPN
Please double-check your TV listings, since Web sites for the US Open and ESPN show 3, different times :(
September 06, 2015
Tennis Shorts -- Sept. 6, 2015
Your prior issue of Tennis Shorts was a hit with flaming typewriters, yoga poses and lizards that set a high (low?) bar, but we'll match it with some steamy photos of Rafa in his underwear.
Now that I've got your attention, on to tennis.
Quote of the tournament so far:
"With Rafa leading 2 sets to love you have to go to Lourdes. I went there." -- Fabio Fognini