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Tennischick's Articles – March 2010 Archive (5)

There’s a lotta life left in Looby’s legs

BNP Paribas Open

Just a couple of days ago I was questioning whether James Blake has any tennis left. The answer was a somewhat qualified No. And last night I watched as Ivan Ljubičić sent Rafael Nadal packing out of Indian Wells and it did not even occur to me to ask that question. So then I had to ask myself, how come? What is it that I think that Looby has at age 31 that Blake doesn’t at age… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 21, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Does James Blake have any tennis left?

James Blake of the USA

I don’t understand the timing of Blake’s decision to part with his coach. I’m not saying that it was the wrong decision. On the contrary, I used to wonder why he hadn’t done it years ago.



Changing coaches must be one of the most difficult decisions a pro can make. On the one hand there is the comfort and familiarity factor, especially in situations like Blake’s… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 17, 2010 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Young men dream dreams, Old Farts carry grudges

Mexican Lucha Libre Wrestlers Battle In London

DampAss contemplated the offer. On the one hand he knew that he was in good enough shape to play. But he really resented having to play for free. He didn’t see why Nike or some other corporation couldn’t fork over the money to make it worth his while. After all, everyone knows that you have to spend money to make money. And since he was the top bill, he figured that for one cool… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 15, 2010 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Well hello there Sloane Stephens

BNP Paribas Open

One of the pleasures of being a tennis fan is the constant introduction to new talent just as your favorites begin inevitably to decline. One of the difficulties of being a tennis fan is the constant introduction to new talent just as your favorites begin inevitably to decline. It’s a conundrum I have been struggling with ever since the era of Boris Becker who is the first… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 14, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Big fish, small sea, unique problems

TEN Delray Beach International Tennis Championship Feb 27

When Ernests Gulbis won his first singles tournament at Delray Beach, FL, last week, I felt a sense of pride for him that was out of proportion with his achievement. You’d swear he was from the Caribbean or something. I could only be prouder if and when Dustin Brown of Jamaica finally makes his own breakthrough. There’s something about people from small countries achieving big… Continue

Added by tennischick on March 2, 2010 at 8:34pm — No Comments

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