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From Small to Big (Titles): When Young Players Breakthrough

From Small to Big (Titles): When Young Players Breakthrough

One of the holy grails of tennis speculation is being able to differentiate between those young players who will become stars and those who will not. Right now we’re amidst somewhat of a tide of upcoming  young players: from highly ...

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Why We’ll See A New Slam Winner in 2017

Why We’ll See A New Slam Winner in 2017

Fact: In the history of Open Era tennis, going back to 1968 through 2016—a span of 49 years and 195 Grand Slam tournaments—there has never been more than two years in a row without a new Slam winner. Of those ...

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NextGen 2016 in Review and 2017 Outlook — Part Two: The Sun Also Rises (1997-2000)

NextGen 2016 in Review and 2017 Outlook — Part Two: The Sun Also Rises (1997-2000)

In Part One we looked at the players born from 1993 to 1996, with a resulting outlook which was pretty grim. There are several players who should be good players, even possible Slam contenders, but in general they continue a ...

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Looking for the Next Great Player – Part Two: Candidates of Greatness

Looking for the Next Great Player – Part Two: Candidates of Greatness

Revisiting the Benchmarks: the Pace of Greatness To recap the last installment, we have clear benchmarks that all true greats (6+ Slam winners) hold in common: Before their 19th birthday: Ranked in the top 100 Before their 20th birthday: Ranked ...

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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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Historical Smash Shots 1: Generational Diversity in the 1974-75 Rankings

Historical Smash Shots 1: Generational Diversity in the 1974-75 Rankings

While researching Part Five in my Open Era Generations series (coming later this week), I ran across an interesting little tidbit that I wanted to share (and in so doing decided to start a new segment for this blog, with ...

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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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