Here's one insane trick shot played by Gaels Monfils in a competitive match vs defending champ Tommy Haas at Halle, Germany yesterday. This is why I describe Monfils as the Cyndi Lauper of the ATP tour -- the Frenchman just wants to have fun.
June 14, 2013
June 10, 2013
Good video, high quality vid condenses key points into 10 minutes of high-quality full-court attacking grass court tennis. Good antidote to the gridnerball of the last two weeks of Roland Garros13. Tommy Haas upsets Roger Federer to win the Gerry Weber (aka Halle) in 2012. This is the first grass court tournament on the WImbeldon swing.
June 08, 2013
After his desultory performance in the French Open aka Roland Garros13 quarterfinals, Roger Federer hasn't won a tournament yet this year and, if he does not defend his Wimbledon title in a few weeks, will drop to number five in the ATP rankings just before his 32nd birthday.
People will analyze this match extensively, but after over four-and-a-half hours of intense ball striking it comes down to this: Novak Djokovic was up a break at 4-3 in the fifth set when he tired and started making errors. Unlike their epic Australian Open final, where Djokovic seemed more energetc toward the end, Rafal Nadal was fitter this time.
June 02, 2013
The around-the-net-post forehand must be one of Roger Federer's personal favorites, he's certainly hit enough of them. Here is today's from his come-from-behind victory over Giles Simon, putting Fed in his 36th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal. Fed was on cruise control until he tripped on his own racket and either hit his right knee or sprained his ankle, according to conflicting reports and played badly for 45 minutes before righting the ship.
Is it an optical illusion, or did Fed have to curl the ball with sidespin because he didn't have a line of sight to Simon's backhand corner?
May 21, 2013
Two vidcaps from Rafael Nadal's matches in Rome succinctly show how he is dominating this year's clay court season leading up to the French Open.
May 09, 2013
There are two problems with the old cliche' of keeping your eye on the ball: You can't, and if you could your brain couldn't keep up. Other than that, it makes sense.
April 15, 2013
The only way you can see what top, tour pros do on strokes such as their serves and forehands is to look at slow motion video and still photography. Even those pros frequently can't explain what they're doing, although they can repeat the stroke reliably.
Here's an interesting example (and I am not trying to criticize this player; I could have picked others such as misstatements by Novak Djokovic):