Category Archives: Tennis

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Closed To The Open

Have you been watching the French Open?

Yes? Good for you. I applaud your constancy as a tennis fan. Because, frankly, between the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Final, and traveling across this land (Wyoming Wednesday, Iowa yesterday, Pittsburgh tonight), I haven’t seen one damn serve nor one damn rally of the thing.

Stan: a man, not The Man

Why have I made no effort to watch any of it? I blame Roger Federer. . Continue reading Closed To The Open

Logo for the DFR Audible post categoryMelbourne Musings

I’ve given it about a week, but I’m still having some trouble processing what I witnessed during the recently-concluded Australian Open.

This may be due to brain damage caused by repeated–indeed, relentless–exposure to that goddamned Visit Melbourne poem commercial.

Nevertheless, we must persevere on. What did we just witness? A revival by the sport’s great champions, one that portends more unforgettable matchups to come? Or a fluke occurrence that we’ll never see again, once the rest of the ranks reassert themselves?

Roger Federer wins the Australian Open: more interesting times to come?

My best guess: a little from column A, a little from column B. Continue reading Melbourne Musings

Is The Open Door Open?

Things may be perking up in the world of tennis, at least on the men’s side.

There’s been enough shifting going on in the men’s U.S. Open draw–and even before that, in earlier tournaments–that folks are starting to ask whether or not the era of the “Big 4” is coming to an end. The New York Times led into the Open with a long rumination on whether we’ve come to the end of days, at least as far as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray are concerned. This space too has speculated on occasion on whether we’ll ever see anything truly great from Nadal or Federer again. So we’ve been building towards this point for a while now; the question is, are we really there yet?

Gael Monfils: is the time ripe for a Big 4 overthrow?

The answer is, yes, it’s finally here — if someone new actually breaks through and wins the U.S. Open.

Continue reading Is The Open Door Open?