ARBITENNISNESS

Go to You Tube. Type ‘Novak hits a lineswoman’. You will find a 2:16 minutes long clip of Nine News Australia. Watch the lineswoman’s theatrics which should have fetched her the Razzies, but did not. What’s clear is that Novak had intended to loft the extra ball towards the ball boy (since his serve game…

NICK KYRGIOS NEEDS TO CALM DOWN

If a six feet four inches tall man does not understand that throwing down a racquet on a hard court from his height would cause it to bounce and slide, and break it into small pieces which might fly at random angles, he is either being dishonest or is plain stupid. Nick Kyrgios did not…

Just when You think they’re Done, the BIG 3 Strike Back

Just when you think, they are done and dusted, one of the Big 3 pulls a rabbit out of his hat, wins a Slam against all odds, awakens the others two and the race begins all over again. Just when the NextGen, the GenNextNext, the adolescents or the toddlers think that their time has finally…

WHAT WOULD NOVAK DO? (Poem)

At two sets down, and out of sorts, Meddy asked, “What would Novak do?”, The bumpkins of Melbourne didn’t like, What else could they do, but ‘siuuu’. (4) No way would Nole ever give up, Djoker shall always find some way, He shall keep coming back at you, His spirit cannot be wished away. (8)…

John V. McEnroe- Portrait of a Perfectionist as a Troubled Man

“Can you show me the mark? Please! Why not? No, why not? Why can’t you show me the mark? That’s all I am asking. Show me the bloody mark. You can’t see your shoelaces! Oh, he made up the mark! Can’t fucking believe it! He just put his finger on the line, on the line!”…

The DJOKER V. Meddy Bear – The Tenth Duel @RolexParisMasters

Daniil Medvedev had overpowered Novak Djokovic in the US Open final barely two months back. A dejected Djoker had proceeded on a long break to rejuvenate himself, and has returned with renewed resolve to finish the Year End as the Number One for a record Seventh time. This target was achieved after a hard-fought semi-final…

Nole did Cry, but Djokovic Won’t Trade his Soul for Love

“Do not ever demand or plead for love, command it.” Clark Gable is reported to have replied when asked for tips on romance. Although I have never found any proof that he actually said it, yet the statement makes a lot of sense. If you have to beseech for love, what you end up receiving…

Pete Sampras on Scoreboard – The Story of US Open 1990

Pistol Pete took the carburettor out of the Lendl Automobile in the quarters, thus denying Ivan the Machine ‘its’ ninth straight USO final run. The Czech had won three back-to-back titles in 1985-87, and lost five finals in 1982-84 and 1988-89. In 1990, the 30-year old warhorse had run into Pete Sampras, who had just…

Icarus Burnt, but Djokovic shall Fly Again

When Novak Djokovic forced himself onto the Serbian mixed doubles campaign on the evening of 26th July, he was well aware of the stuffy and sapping conditions prevailing in Tokyo. He had already won his Round 1 and 2 Singles matches, and had spoken regarding the gruelling conditions. Add the pressure of being in the…

Nick Kyrgios – Balancing Tennis Life with Rackets, Balls & Words

That Nick Kyrgios can beat any player on his day, and most players on his bad days is not mere empty rhetoric. Novak Djokovic and Kyrgios squared up against each other twice in a fortnight in 2017. They ended up playing four sets at Acapulco and Indiana Wells, yet the Serbian could not take even…