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American Hope – Is Men’s Tennis in the US on the Rise?

American Hope – Is Men’s Tennis in the US on the Rise?

A few years ago I wrote a couple blog articles on the sad state of American tennis, one a bit more straightforward—Houston, We Have a Problem—and one a bit more mythological: American Men’s Tennis and the Cycle of Ages. At ...

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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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Slam Results – Consistency and Era

Slam Results – Consistency and Era

I have often been struck by how amazingly consistent some of the contemporary great players are, and how it seems they are far more consistent in terms of Slam results than in past eras. I wanted to see if my ...

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Ongoing Commitments

Ongoing Commitments

As intimated earlier in the week, one of the more fascinating battles going on this week has been waged not between players, but between the media and the English language. This has entailed an exhaustive quest for original ways to ...

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Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf on the Mysteries of Success

Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf on the Mysteries of Success

“It is an illusion to think that setting goals and achieving them makes you happy.” By Stefan Wagner. Reprinted with permission from The Red Bulletin.  THE RED BULLETIN: Together you’ve won 30 Grand Slam tournaments, earned fortunes, achieved worldwide popularity and business success.  You raise ...

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Nadal the Great, Part 1: Rafa’s Window of Opportunity

Nadal the Great, Part 1: Rafa’s Window of Opportunity

[This is the first of two thematically-linked articles focusing on Rafael Nadal and his quest for greatness; the second article will be out in a day or two.] Rafael Nadal turned 27 years old a few months ago, about a ...

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American Men’s Tennis and the Cycle of Ages

American Men’s Tennis and the Cycle of Ages

Photo by Neon Tommy (Creative Commons License) Consider the following as an addendum, or second part, to the previous blog in which I looked at the decline of American men’s tennis. In this entry we’ll look at the big historical ...

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Houston, We Have A Problem: The State of American Men’s Tennis

Houston, We Have A Problem: The State of American Men’s Tennis

Preamble Mardy Fish retiring from the US Open got me thinking about the state of American men’s tennis. Here is a current list of the American men in the top 100, with their age in parentheses: #14 John Isner (28) ...

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