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What If: Andy Roddick’s Career Without Roger Federer

What If: Andy Roddick’s Career Without Roger Federer

Andy Roddick, newly elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame, had an excellent career. He didn’t make the cut to make it into my Top 20 Players of the Open Era, but he’s just outside it. He’s among the better ...

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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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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 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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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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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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Inside Out: The Era of Forehand and Movement

Inside Out: The Era of Forehand and Movement

As Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer prepared for their thirtieth meeting, a familiar sense of nostalgia grew inside tennis fans. Still very much among the top three best players in the game – rankings notwithstanding – Federer and Nadal were ...

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