Thoughts on tennis' new alpha rivalry, more from mailbag
A small vacation-based, post-Wimbledon bag ...
• I still think its better viewed as a three-way rivalry. Obviously because of their ages and their recent average of meeting once a month, Nadal-Djokovic is the talk right now. But don't forget the last three head-to-heads: Federer def. Djoko; Nadal def. Federer; Djoko def. Nadal.
Andy Murray first needs to win
• I wouldn't say mental, so much as strategic. But, yes, he could use a coach. (Neil Harman surmises that Murray hires a coach before summer's end. Maybe he and Tsonga can get a package deal.) To me, Tsonga is such an intriguing player. There are is so much to like about his (surprisingly complex) game but too often the gears get jammed.
• Yes. I can't tell from the time code when you sent this, but they played together at Wimbledon. Give them a few weeks to get in better and get accustomed to playing together; and they would be a top team right now.
• Great thought. And I love the concept. But if you're going to buck convention and make a data-driven decision -- which we commend -- you still want to pick your spots. Hit a second serve at first-speed pace? Great. But don't do it at 5-4 deuce in the first set of a Grand Slam semifinal!
• I will stop at nothing to plug tennis in the Philadelphia area. But are we really expecting players to compete in Paris, hightail it to Philly and then cross the ocean again to go back Wimbledon?
• What makes the G.O.A.T. discussion both fun and frustrating is variables like these.
• Mean to post this a while ago from Mark Darby, ATP Supervisor: "Just a clarification regarding your comment about players getting an injury time-out for cramping. The rule is that a player cannot receive a medical time-out for cramping. He or she may be treated during a changeover, however. The player does not make the call on whether it is cramping or not. That is done by a physiotherapist employed by the ATP/WTA."
• J.P. of Chicago: "On a non-Wimby note, I'm reading the great book
• Meet Mason Oelrich of Dunn Loring, Va.,
• Trivia: Diego Rivera painted a large portrait of what tennis star? (Hint: the painting hangs in the Tate Modern.)
• Mano Mendes of Sao Paulo: "The magic mirror into the racquet. A brief story about a Queen of Tennis and her Magic Mirror Racquet, this time with an unhappy ending. When Sharapova looks to the racquet, it seems that she's looking into the mirror, and it is not difficult to imagine what was she saying, or praying: Magic mirror on the grass, what should I do to stop my opponent to become a star? And the mirror responds: Stop screaming just once, my Majesty. I am sorry to compare Miss Sharapova like this, but fortunately the good tennis prevailed. Let's start a campaign for 'Stop Screaming in Tennis,' face it, it is a good and appropriate moment to start it. It is terrible to watch someone screaming in every point, completely out of control, in my opinion. It is a education matter, better, reeducation. By the way, congratulations to Kvitova, to show the world how to play tennis in an old fashion."
• Robert B. of Melbourne, Fla.: "Though Grigor Dimitrov has not yet exactly lived up to the billing of being the 'next Roger Federer,' one cannot deny that his strokes bear an extremely uncanny resemblance to those of Federer. Just
• Here's another book recommendation, this one a
• Ben of Hong Kong has lookalikes:
Have a good week everyone!