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Looking for the Next Great Player – Part One : The Pace of Greatness

Looking for the Next Great Player – Part One : The Pace of Greatness

INTRODUCTION: Wake Me When We Get to the Bridge; or, Living Under a Serbian Reign When I was a kid living in Vermont we would drive to Long Island, New York, a couple times a year to visit family for ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Fifteen: Gen 13 (1994-98) – A New Hope?

Open Era Generations, Part Fifteen: Gen 13 (1994-98) – A New Hope?

The Young Punks As the saying goes, history repeats itself. In this case, we see a kind of harmonic in tennis history between these past few generations and the first few generations of the Open Era. The first generation of ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Fourteen: Gen 12 (1989-93) – The Lost Generation, aka the Donald Young Guns

Open Era Generations, Part Fourteen: Gen 12 (1989-93) – The Lost Generation, aka the Donald Young Guns

Why the Name? Donald Young is not among the best players of this generation, but to me he exemplifies it, one of the very first of what is looking to be the weakest generation that the Open Era has seen ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Thirteen: Gen 11 (1984-88) – Reign of Spain, err, Serbia

Open Era Generations, Part Thirteen: Gen 11 (1984-88) – Reign of Spain, err, Serbia

Generation Nada…kovic? Just a little over a year ago we could have safely called this Generation Nadal. After Djokovic’s remarkable 2011—and even more remarkable 2015—he is now vying with Rafa for the best player of their generation. Expectations around Novak ...

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FRITZMANIA!

FRITZMANIA!

I’m starting to get a bit excited about one Taylor Harry Fritz. Who is Taylor Harry Fritz? He’s an 18-year old American who just lost to Kei Nishikori in the final of the Memphis Open. OK, the Memphis Open is ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Twelve: Gen 10 (1979-83) – Generation Federer

Open Era Generations, Part Twelve: Gen 10 (1979-83) – Generation Federer

Why the name? What else could it be called? Roger Federer dominated his peers unlike any player since at least Bjorn Borg. Consider that he is the only player born in the fourteen-year span of 1972-85 who has more than ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Eleven: Gen 9 (1974-78) – A Transitional Era

Open Era Generations, Part Eleven: Gen 9 (1974-78) – A Transitional Era

While one of the weakest generations of the Open Era — by my account, third after Gen 2 (1939-43) and Gen 12 (1989-93) — I personally find this one of the most interesting. I’m not exactly sure why, but I ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Ten: Gen 8 (1969-73) – American Supernova

Open Era Generations, Part Ten: Gen 8 (1969-73) – American Supernova

Last of the Great Americans The United States has always been central to men’s tennis, from early greats like Richard Sears, William Larned, and Bill Tilden to the “golden age” of the 30s to 50s, with stars like Ellsworth Vines, ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Nine: Gen 7 (1964-68) – Mats, Stefan, and Boris

Open Era Generations, Part Nine: Gen 7 (1964-68) – Mats, Stefan, and Boris

Where the last generation had two all-time greats, this generation had three: Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, and Boris Becker, each with very different careers – as we will discuss in a moment. This is the generation that rose in the ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Eight: Gen 6 (1959-63) – “You Cannot Be Serious!”

Open Era Generations, Part Eight: Gen 6 (1959-63) – “You Cannot Be Serious!”

Into the 80s While the tennis of the 1970s was already quite different than the decade before it, both because of the Open Era but also a shift in the way the game was played, the 1980s saw even further ...

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