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  1. How Philipp Kohlschreiber became my Favorite. Player. Ever.

    (more coming from my IW memory bank later this week. But I wanted to share this story)
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    Favorite players tend to require more than an appreciation of their game. There’s a fond memory, a sense of connection, an “Aha!” moment. There’s something that reaches out to you and says “here’s a good reason to love me”.

    I’d like to think I have had some decent favorite players over the years that I have loved the game of tennis. ...
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  2. The Monday List! For March 10, 2008

    The Monday ATP Player

    Andy Roddick



    Note to the ATP DJ – no need to cue up Bocelli’s “Con Te Partiro” when announcing Roddick’s arrival at Indian Wells this week. Despite being possibly the most obituarized top player on the Tour, Roddick, the self-described “world’s best bad tennis player ever” knocks off both the #2 and #3 players in Dubai, and takes his second title ...
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  3. The Monday List! For March 3, 2008

    The Monday WTA Player

    Elena Dementieva



    Doesn’t it seem like Elena Dementieva has won more than 9 titles in her career? Or maybe it’s just a testament to the consistently strong performance that Elena has brought to the courts over the years. Winning Dubai this week returns her to the Top 10 (and, if she can stay there for another 2 weeks, she will hit 200 weeks ...
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  4. The Monday List! For February 25, 2008

    The Monday WTA Player

    Vera Zvonareva



    She might not have taken the title, but how nice is it to see a mini-Renaissance coming off Vera’s side of the court. A career best performance in a Tier 1 event, culminating with taking a set off the undefeated-in-2008 Maria Sharapova in the Doha final. I don’t ...
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  5. The Monday List! For February 11, 2008

    The Monday ATP Player

    Nicolas Almagro



    Say you’re Emilio Sanchez. You’ve got two top 30 veterans, one being one of the biggest servers, and the other having one of the biggest forehands in the game. So which do you pick as your 2nd singles player when Rafa and Daveed become unavailable for your tie against Peru? Neither. ...
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