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Tennischick's Articles – February 2010 Archive (5)

Why touch is important in doubles

2010 Medibank International - Day 6

Today’s New York Times online has a lovely article about the importance of touch as a form of non-verbal communication that may enhance sports performance. In the accompanying picture appears a shot of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic giving each other a chest bump during the fund-raising event organized by Roger Federer as a prelude to the Australian Open.… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 23, 2010 at 6:56pm — 2 Comments

Agassi, Tiger, and the drama of control

AT&T Pro-Am Woods

...And my theory is that from day one, Tiger was shaped into being a golf machine. In this he reminds me of Agassi who, in his gut-wrenching memoir, recounts the lengths that his father went to in his bid to shape a tennis champion. Earl Woods was an LTC in the Army and an expert in prisoner investigation. I’ve read that he used some of these mental techniques when… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 19, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Serena Williams: Nail Technician??

Australian Open 2008 - Day 9

Lord have mercy. That was my first reaction when into my inbox appeared a link to with a picture of Serena doing somebody’s feet. Apparently Serena has decided to purchase a nail salon and, like any good business woman, has perhaps elected to educate herself from the ground up. So there she was with an orange stick and somebody’s not-so-attractive feet, as… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 18, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

28 down: Rival of McEnroe & Connors


...I attempted to do the crossword puzzle in the airline magazine. I was doing swimmingly until I ran across 28 down. The clue read “rival of McEnroe and Connors”. And for the life of me I could not remember the answer. I started thinking of the contemporaries of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Both of these men took up a lot of the oxygen in the 1970’s, their unique rivalry… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 14, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

El Gordo y El Flaco diss Federer

Madrid Tennis Open - Day Nine

Everything ran late this morning because of an ice-storm over the weekend. My first two patients had already called in late so there was no rush. I started getting ready for work at a leisurely pace. So I’m flicking the remote control between the various ESPN alternatives, hoping of course for some more celebration of Roger’s win yesterday. Instead I ran across Mike and Mike,… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 1, 2010 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

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