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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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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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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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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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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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Rafael Nadal – From Peak to Plateau

Rafael Nadal – From Peak to Plateau

All good things come to an end. It is the inevitable tragedy of life, although of course it also allows for greater appreciation of the moments we do have. And so it is with tennis greats, whether the current twilight ...

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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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