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National Tennis Careers – Part Three: Spain

National Tennis Careers – Part Three: Spain

Rafa & The Conquistadores Among the five greatest tennis nations in this series, Spain and Switzerland share something in common: they are completely dominated by a single player, one who is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. ...

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National Tennis Careers – Part Two: Sweden

National Tennis Careers – Part Two: Sweden

ONCE UPON A VIKING… Of the five great tennis nations covered in this series, three are no longer what they were: the United States, Australia, and Sweden. Whereas American dominance spread out over the majority of the Open Era in ...

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National Tennis Careers – Part One: United States

National Tennis Careers – Part One: United States

Introduction to the Series Imagine if each country had a tennis career. Rather than individual players, you have nationalities; rather than an individual career, you have a national one. As a thought experiment, I decided to compile the top Slam-winning ...

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Where Were They (When They Were as Old as Roger Federer)?

Where Were They (When They Were as Old as Roger Federer)?

I didn’t get a chance to watch the Indian Wells final, but intermittently checking the ATP World Tour’s live scores I was somewhat distracted from making and eating dinner. When the match was over, I felt the usual disappointment for ...

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15 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch in 2015 / Jonathan Northrop

15 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch in 2015 / Jonathan Northrop

As the first tournaments of 2015 wrap up, it is almost shocking to think that the Australian Open is just around the corner on January 19. As always, we’ll all be watching the top players with the usual questions: How ...

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Has Rafa Improved Since He Was 19? / Jonathan Northrop

Has Rafa Improved Since He Was 19? / Jonathan Northrop

The Spanish Meteor I realize the question must seem silly and/or rhetorical, but bear with me. As I was reading through some conversations about Rafael Nadal on the Tennis Frontier discussion forums and looking at his career statistics page on ...

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Second Tier Players

Second Tier Players

Most tennis fans, whether casual or serious, tend to follow the elites – the best players in the game who are perennial contenders for Grand Slams, ranked in the Top 5, and assemble resumes for the history books. Think Roger ...

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Top 20 Greatest Players of All Time (Yet Another Take)

Top 20 Greatest Players of All Time (Yet Another Take)

Here’s another take on the Top 20 of all time – they’re always fun to talk about and never fail to get someone’s panties in a wad. The caveat is just that: it is a take and is not meant ...

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Age-Related Discussion

Age-Related Discussion

One of my favorite topics is the relationship of age and career performance, questions such as: What are the different phases of a career? When is the most common peak range? Are players peaking later now? Etc. For the sake ...

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Best Players Never to Win a Slam

Best Players Never to Win a Slam

A couple weeks ago there was some talk about who was the best player ever never to win a Slam – people were using an acronym, which I can’t remember. I don’t quite have the time or patience right now ...

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