Indian Wells and Miami Review: Separate Ways

The “Sunshine Double” better known as the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments over the last few weeks certainly provided enough compelling storylines and surprise champions. Whether the results in the desert and in South Florida translate into long-term trends for the rest of the season is still very unclear, but it certainly proved that the ATP and WTA – though joined together at these combined events – are on different paths – at least when it comes to dealing with the lack of a dominant player or group of players week in and week out.

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Tennis Year in Review – 2017

Normally at the end of each year, I write up a best and worst list of all things tennis. For a lot of reasons, mostly lack of time, I’ve decided to just write a more concise year-end review with my thoughts on the players, matches, and off-court events that stood out the most to me in 2017.
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Dimitrov Wins Unexpected ATP Finals Title.

Unusual. Unknown. Unlikely. Unforeseen.

These were just a few of the words starting with “un” that were used throughout the week in various media reports to describe this year’s ATP Finals in London. And one can’t blame some of the writers for doing so. After all, for those that don’t follow the ATP Tour week in and week out, the sight of some “unfamiliar” (yet another “un” word used) faces in the elite eight lineup was cause for head scratching and double takes at the lineup. Especially considering the two men in that draw who dominated the tour all year – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
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WTA Finals 2017: Several Statements But No Definitive Answer

The WTA Finals wrapped up this weekend in Singapore. Before the event began, no one could predict an outright favorite in a field of equals – these being the top eight WTA players of the 2017 season. Ultimately the event, much like the season itself, proved at times unpredictable, entertaining, and satisfying – for some yes, and for others, probably not, in the end.

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Review – “Battle of the Sexes” Aces With Humor and Humanity.

Early on in the Fox Searchlight release “Battle of the Sexes”, former tennis great Bobby Riggs (played to near perfection by Steve Carell) finds himself in a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. As he introduces himself, he stuns those attending by saying “Life’s a gamble. That’s what makes it a thrill”, before proceeding to tell his fellow addicts that what they really need to do is a figure out a way to stop losing, not stop gambling.

That line sums a lot about this very well done film and the actions of its larger than life characters in Riggs and tennis icon Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone). For indeed King and Riggs were both gamblers, not only for competing in the most publicized tennis match of all time back in 1973, but also in their personal and professional lives.
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Laver Cup Proves a Success in Debut

What should we make of this weekend’s Laver Cup? The brand new exhibition, although many of those participating said it was not that at all, just ended in Prague. Roger Federer, who spearheaded the event as a way, in part, to honor the legacy of his idol, Rod Laver, helped seal victory for Team Europe over Team World in a dramatic come from behind win against Nick Kyrgios who was left in tears after the match.
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2017 US Open Review: Opportunity Costs

“Opportunity” had to be the single most used (and perhaps overused) word of this year’s US Open. And certainly no one is to blame for doing so considering what took place in New York, even before the tournament started. Ultimately, while the men’s and women’s singles finals proved anti-climatic, the respective champions earned satisfying and well-deserved wins, even if one was a complete surprise and the other, though not a surprise, added yet another impressive chapter in a legendary career.

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