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    Which Players Are Playing Davis Cup?

    Searching the web but can’t find info on top players committed to Davis Cup. Except Nole’s announcement. Cup website shows images of Berretini, Novak, Medvedev, Shapo, PCB and one other player, can’t remember who. PCB as a headliner not too appealing. Thinking of going to Madrid for semis and...
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    VIJAY AMRITRAJ - No Time To Die

    Born a little too late. Played when "Lawn Tennis" converted to "tennis". His 14 titles would have been considerably more a decade earlier (I assume a combined amateur/pro career) but they started tearing up the grass. Still, 5 Slam QFs, US Indoor title, Newport Casino title when it was still...
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    Mac The Mouth - for the people

    Love this interview excerpt from yesterday at Laver Cup, where Mac turns a question into "consciousness raising" about the wealthiest persons paying virtually zilch taxes. He doesn't give a sh-- that soon-to-be-billionaire mogul Roger Federer is sitting right next to him...
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    USTA Nationals in Orlando - Anybody Know Anything?

    Or Senior Nationals, maybe. I was informed by USTA I qualified for a 50-and-over division for the National Tournament in Orlando in April. But when I inquired was informed no details yet. Do any of you know about this, any details, or just how the National tournament works in general? I only...
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    WHO WILL BE THE FUTURE CHAMPIONS?

    I am imagining it is November 17, 2024, and Dominic Thiem has just won the ATP Finals, finally, and after failing to win a single Round Robin match the previous two years. The 2024 season completed, at this point in their careers, who among this "new generation" will have fulfilled their...
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    Djokovic/Nadal 2013 Revisited

    Watching the titanic battle between Nadal and Djokovic at the RG SF, available for now at the Roland Garros website, directed my attention to review 2013. In particular, I wondered whether Rafa was the real No. 1 or it should have been a shared crown, such as 1989. This RG corker determined...
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    Match Winning Percentages

    Sticking to players after The Great War, and requiring at least 750 matches played, I believe that the following are the top-25 career winning percentages. I used TB data to put this list together. 1. Borotra - 83.7% 2. Nadal - 83.2% 3. Djokovic - 83% 4. Borg - 82.6% 5. Federer - 82.2% 6...
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    Racket Recomendations for Athletic Beginner, Youthful, Middle-Aged Women?

    My fiancee has only played tennis a few times in her life, these since we met. But she does very well for a beginner. 49-years old. If we get enough opportunity to play, I think she could become a pretty decent player. Want to buy her a good racket, something clearly above a beginner's...
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    Borg or Budge

    Who is the greatest player under the age of 25? Borg or Budge? Why? Sampras? Lacoste? Nadal? Hoad? Rosewall? Becker? Vines? Anyone else? If so, why? Thanks for your consideration.
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    Big Three - A Simple Points Comparison

    There was much unnecessary GOAT talk in the media after today's wonderful match. Humbug. But the media gets into one's thinking, and so I thought to devise the most simple system I could to compare the relative achievements of the Big Three. I certainly do not advocate that this is the most...
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    Breakthroughts Finally, Maybe?

    Years selected are just selected. I think there are reflective of the recent history. But if there is any imprecision, you good folks can correct that. Headed for onslaught of new champs, or still premature? Your thoughts. 2011. Zero (0) new M1000 champion; zero new ATP Finals champ...
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    Breakthroughs?

    Years selected are just selected. I think there are reflective of the recent history. But if there is any imprecision, you good folks can correct that. Headed for onslaught of new champs, or still premature? Your thoughts. 2011. Zero (0) new M1000 champion; zero new ATP Finals champ...
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    24-Month Runs

    Inviting ideas for which player had the greatest 24-month stretch since 1920. I will lay out some examples, but I certainly don't know the answer. You can use two seasons, or, take any 24-month period. Examples: Tilden, April 4, 1920 to April 2, 1922: 105-9 record. Seven Majors (2 US, 2...
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    Sunshine Double: Slam Equivalent Or Just Rubbish?

    I have been hearing for years about the Sunshine Double, of winning Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in the same year. Bud Collins even listed it as a special achievement in the last edition of his Tennis History. But what justification does it have? I realise that IW is a kind of...
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    Best Seasons w/o a Major

    Since 1920, counting as Majors the traditional, plus WHCC and '24 Olympics, the WCS and three pro Majors and T.O.C. 1957-59, nothing else. Strange idea of exceptional seasons without winning a Major. Here are my initial ideas. Please add. 1922 - Johnston 1926 - Richards 1926 - Tilden 1927...
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    Are Aces Overrated?

    Hi My question will probably take three posts. And some might think it obtuse. Still, here goes: Why are Aces such a big statistic? They are not home runs. Perhaps they are like strikeouts? Or, are they like a beautiful pass in football (soccer) - they advance the cause the same as an...
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    The Evolution of the Service Rule

    Merry Christmas, comrades. In July 1958, the ILTF amended the service rules. Prior, The Server shall "Not touch, with either foot, any area other than that behind the baseline within the imaginary extension of the centre mark and sideline" Amended to: "The server shall not, by slight...
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    Best Five-Year Match Records

    I happened to be comparing Lendl's 1985-87 match record against other top three-year records in Open Era and it occurred to me (1) why not open it up? and (2) a lot of you guys insist on a "five-year peak" sort of analysis. So, using TB primarily, I started at 1920 and used a five-year scheme...
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    Prestige Amateur Tournaments on the Continent

    Which were the top amateur tournaments in Europe between the late 1920s and 1967, besides the Italian, German and Monte Carlo championships? I have the idea that the Cannes tournament was important, but I can't find any records, except indirectly and it is confusing because I think many years...
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