Category Archive: Random Stuff

Jul 10

Numbers of Tennis Things: An “It Depends” Guide with Carl Bialik

If you aren’t lucky enough to be sampling tennis live (and unless you are one of the golden few in the International Tennis Writers Association, you won’t be most of the time), you will be consuming tennis via the medium of television. This comes with certain benefits – or ideally benefits. Replays of important points. …

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Aug 06

In Brief: Tennis Odds and Ends you might have missed

Tennis – it just never stops does it. If people aren’t winning and losing, they’re not being fit enough to enter┬átournaments, or groups of people are trying to stage them, with varying degrees of success. And there’s wild cards too – when are there not wild cards? Here are some bits and pieces that are …

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Jan 12

Some Ongoing Tennis Themes of 2014

The tennis off-season is long gone. With Christmas negotiated (or not for Arabic, Israeli, Japanese and other readers) the mayhem of matches, draws, ranking and points is back underway and the Australian Open is almost upon us. So before the complete descent into irregular sleep patterns (for most of us), the punching or the air …

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Dec 02

Five Tennis Men of 2013

It’s time to get nostalgic and reflective in this thing they call the tennis off-season and there’s no more cliched and unimaginative way to do it than pick out individuals and highlights. So here are five men who made a passing, but in their own way significant impact in 2013 like they hadn’t before. Enjoy …

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Nov 21

Liberate the Libyans from frustration: Davis Cup final’s global appeal

While the Davis Cup sits in terrible trouble, with no interest, the top players not playing and so on, it turned out there were a few global tourists who fancied getting an eyeful of the very Eastern European struggle between the Czech Republic and Serbia in Belgrade. Either that or the desire to see one …

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Nov 11

The Kings of Qualifying for 2013

With the ATP Tour season now done, it’s time to reflect on those heroic, mostly un-sung draw fillers, known as qualifiers. Known for their ability to be scheduled at unsociable hours on court three, and many other attributes, their place in the draw is an excitingly randomly democratic experiment. Looking over the season of course, …

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Nov 07

Do you go to a land down under? The race for the Australian Open

While the ATP Tour and the number one position is almost done, the frantic Challenger race for pay cheques is also about to reach it’s climax, as players scrap for the necessary points that might get their 2014 off to a sunny start in Australia with direct entry into the Australian Open and a very …

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Sep 02

US Open – One Week Down

Denis Istomin in orange

Week one of the US Open lacked the mayhem factor of the preeceding slam at Wimbledon but there are a few things worth reflecting on as the business of slicing up the major prize money is left to the biggest of the tennis cheeses. A few players have exceeded expectations, but there are some who …

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Jul 07

Looking ahead to Newport – a decade of oddities

This blog has made no secret of it’s love for the ATP event in Newport, Rhode Island. It has it’s own feel with the Hall of Fame celebrations, fields of widely varying quality and grass courts usually the speed of the Jamaican 4 x 100 metre relay team. So with this year’s event almost upon …

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Jun 21

Wimbledon Preview: Its Pella versus Levine

The turnaround between Wimbledon and the French Open is absurdly swift, although in the future there will be a precious extra week to re-charge. But it normally leaves the pre-Slam feeling increasingly familiar, as the 32 seed draw allows the progress of the usual suspects into the last week, to the point where even the …

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