1. Rafael Nadal: A Phoenix Rising, Nadal Wins Monte Carlo

    “ It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. ” Anne Baxter And he's back...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 1,060 reads 16 comments

  2. For Love of the Clay?

    Each year as we enter the first stages of the clay court season, I like to reflect on how much I love this time of year and also, how so many fans despise it...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 417 reads 16 comments

  3. To the Philadelphia Eagles: Be Careful What You Wish For

    "You don't realize what you have until it is gone" The quote above is something most of us have heard at least once in our lives. Sadly, it is also some of the words of wisdom we follow least...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 240 reads 7 comments

  4. Rafael Nadal: Shades of Melbourne 2009?

    As I watched Rafael Nadal blast an incredibly in-form Jo-Wilfried Tsonga off of the court late last night at the Key Biscayne tournament in Miami, I was reminded often of Melbourne, Australia and by that I mean of course, the Australian Open...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 639 reads 22 comments

  5. Nadal v. Nalbandian: A Third Round Slugfest

    Shortly after his Australian Open win last year and arguably at the height of his power, Rafael Nadal fought an epic match against David Nalbandian at the BNP Paribas Masters enroute to winning the coveted hard court title...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 1,036 reads 2 comments

  6. Rafael Nadal Is Back! The Fist Pump Says Everything

    A tennis ball floats through the air on a warm Thursday night at Indian Wells, in a match between Rafael Nadal and Thomas Berdych...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 4 years ago 1,848 reads 6 comments

  7. Brett Favre: Will The Real Prima Donna Please Stand Up?

    It took months. Months of hand-wringing. Months of hoping beyond hope that he would come back. Then it was gone. With a week before training camp, Brett Favre said no. After everything...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 472 reads 0 comments

  8. Rafael Nadal Learning That Being The Best Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

    "It's a marathon, not a sprint" is a quote that can be used for a wide variety of situations and events in life. Rafael Nadal is learning this life lesson now as he sits at home without the possibility of defending his Wimbledon crown...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 726 reads 30 comments

  9. No Repeat For Rafa! Nadal Withdraws From Wimbledon

    Rafael Nadal is out at Wimbledon. Earlier, at a press conference, Nadal decided that entering Wimbledon was not a feasible option. Nadal labelled his decision as "one of the worst moments of his career...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 267 reads 1 comments

  10. Should Rafael Nadal Consider Knee Surgery As an Option?

    I am no doctor. To say that I fully understand the nuances of medicine is laughable. But over the last few years, we have watched as Rafael Nadal has dealt with knee tendinitis that causes him ...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 2,826 reads 8 comments

  11. Knee Injuries: What Should Rafa Do?

    It is no secret that Rafael Nadal is champion. That he will go down as one of the hardest working, and most competitive players ever is without question...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 957 reads 13 comments

  12. Rafael Nadal: Only in Defeat Do We Witness His True Beauty

    “Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about 5 years ago 1,833 reads 11 comments

  13. My Letter of Anger and Frustration to Rafael Nadal

    Dear Rafa, Your are my favorite player. I root for you in every match you play. I cheer when you win at the French Open and when you lift the glittering trophy and add another slam title to your resume...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 810 reads 17 comments

  14. Weapons Check Series: Today's Best Graded

    At the moment, the top ten in Tennis are comprised of players who have differing styles and games. Each has their own weapons that are to be feared by the person standing across the net. A blistering forehand, a ripped backhand, footwork, endurance, etc

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 553 reads 4 comments

  15. Players Who Transcend the Sport of Tennis

    Most great players leave a mark on the game of tennis, but only a select few in history transcend the game and enter into pop culture forever...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 864 reads 5 comments

  16. Team Captains Dictate Punishment for Fellow Players

    As you can tell I am a die-hard Penn State fan. Over the last few years we, like so many other programs across the country, have had our fair share of problems with our student athletes...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 55 reads 0 comments

  17. The King of Grass: Is It a Worthy Title?

    The King of Clay. Sounds great right? Yeah, it has a certain ring to it. It rolls off of the tongue so easily. Of course, when you're talking about being a king of any surface, Rafael Nadal's name certainly is at the top of the conversation...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 478 reads 16 comments

  18. Who Wants a Backhanded Compliment?

    If you were a woman and someone said to you "I like your dress very much. It does wonders for your figure," what would you think? Initially, you might think that you are on the receiving end ...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 878 reads 7 comments

  19. Some Kind of Monster: Gasquet's Dalliance with Cocaine

    If you have been following tennis in the last 4 years or so, Richard Gasquet is likely a name you will have remembered. Most people would agree that there are only a handful of players on tour with his kind of talent...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 515 reads 5 comments

  20. What The Rome Trophy Presentation Taught Us

    Rome itself taught us many things this year. Rafael Nadal is well on his way to completing a clay sweep, and while Djokovic is giving Nadal a good battle on the surface, he is still far from good enough to beat Nadal at Roland Garros...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 186 reads 4 comments

  21. I Just Want To Say Thank You To Roger Federer

    Instead of contributing another article asking Roger Federer to win another slam, or promote my own ideas as to how to get the ship back on track, I decided that it might be nice to write something a tad more positive...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 117 reads 2 comments

  22. Career Projection Series: Roger Federer

    There are few names in the sporting world that are more well known than Roger Federer. Just the mention of his name will bring up comments of adulation and delight. Fewer still have taken the sport of tennis by storm like Federer has...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 1,227 reads 9 comments

  23. Career Projection Series: Rafael Nadal

    Given the interesting state of men's tennis these days, I thought it would be interestinig to take stock of the top players careers, where they will go from here, and ultimately where they will stand at the end of their careers...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 28 reads 4 comments

  24. Great Expectations: Will Andy Murray Live Up To Them?

    Imagine for one second, the pressure that a tennis player places on himself when he plays. Now imagine that you not only have to live up to your own expectations, but that of the country you are playing for...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 171 reads 1 comments

  25. Do We Take Our Legends for Granted?

    Every sport has them. A young, talented and hungry player comes through the ranks of their sport and begins to dominate. There is something about that particular athlete that makes some of us immediately take notice...

    Michael Lanich Written by Michael Lanich about over 5 years ago 160 reads 3 comments