My name is Rakshit. And I am a tennis addict. I got interested in tennis sometime around 2007. And I haven't looked back since. One year later I was sitting up till 3 AM alternating between elation and dejection as Roger played Rafa in probably the greatest match ever.
Thanks for the fan add, Rakshit. Yes, I do take an interest in the entire ATP tour, though as you figured the assignments and stories B/R prefers are the headlining ideas about the Big Three. I think it's fine to still give them most of the coverage if they are winning and we can add fresh perspectives, but there are so many other great stories out there behind many types of players--young talents, journeymen, etc.
Good ideas you proposed as well. Last December I had mostly completed an article about Federer's all-court game along with comments from Sampras' biography that detailed how much more difficult it is to mature into an all-court game. You also remind of an interesting point and trend of players a few decades ago who grew up in a climate of all-court tennis with more limited technology. I will look to revisit this topic around June--Wimbledon, since I thought it would be most timely with Federer and possibly someone like Dimitrov making a run. I'm trying to time some of these "secondary stories" and link then with the Big Three so that BR will let me still tackle them. So don't worry if I come back to clay or Nadal/Djokovic as stories unfold.
I think many of the BR Community like yourself have excellent perspectives to offer about tennis and I appreciate when we civilly discuss and share them. I'll continue to try and engage readers, however it turns out, as long as we don't get too many knuckleheads screaming and ranting like a bad fan blog. Thanks again.
Thanks your your comments—I take them in a positive way.
Would like to do a subsequent article on Delpo, for, as you rightly point out there is a lot more to say.
When you think of more players to add to your list, do let me know. I think Janowicz might find a place there, but perhaps early to say.
I think you are right that Raonic is one of the most interesting and talented new players who could challenge. I did do an article on him in advance of the Tokyo final—his play was really impressive in that tournament. It is here if you want to have a look:
If he was a player from a country with a bigger tennis fanbase he might see more press already, but his game certainly warrants greater attention.
I like your suggestions and have to admit that a comment you made about Nadal having more articles than other players, even when he is not playing, to be spot-on and very funny.
I am a new writer at B/R, so I am still finding my way. Thanks for your input— and in case you saw the del Potro - Federer matchup today, I'm sure you will agree Juan Martin looked a dream. A great result for the Argentine.
Feel free to contact me anytime about anything on the tennis page
Rakshit, you might want to have a look at a new article about a player outside of the big four
I saw your comments about coverage of mainly top olayers. Would be good to know what you think- and thanks for your comments on Janowicz article.