I am basically your Average John *cough* sorry Joe,
Play tennis regularly,
Tennis and Football fanatic,
Love the G.O.A.T that is Roger Federer,
My favourite football team is Arsenal,
Gooner Til' I Die,
Hey John, I might be able to take on this kind of topic for the middle of next week/a few days before the USO gets started. I have to fulfill my BR assignment for Friday--one of their topics assigned to me--but would be interested in profiling a few young guns just for an alternative topic. (The only obstacle would be if BR handed out an assignment too similar to someone else, but I would find a way to write it differently. I hate plain informational articles anyway, so don't be surprised if it were to also include other ways of thinking.)
Readers heavily demand the big three but I like the times when I can write something a bit off the beaten path. And traditionally, the US Open has had some young players break through...
Honestly, I don't care what Ruffin says. His comments usually end up with me laughing. At least he is doing something good...lol
Thanks for the prop. Just to follow up on our backhand series: I wish I were more rounded at the net, but I stick so much more to the baseline and live and die by it. My serve is very solid and I often get back a lot of short balls to put away. I never look to chip and charge or get stranded at net as a strategy. Old habits die hard.
Thanks for the kind feedback on my article. I appreciate it!!
Good for you in using the one-hander. I know doubles are all the rage, but one hander is so much better for approach shots and slice--which you mentioned. When I switch to a slice I also have to switch my grip--from extreme Western to more continental. I should try to integrate slice more but the double is just so much better for topspin. I think your all-court game will be better to take on different styles--at least I've usually had more problems with the one-handers because they can disguise shots and come in better--keeps me off balance instead of choosing to just hit away.
I do think it is harder (my personal experience anyway) to develop the one-hander and I read Sampras's autobiography in which he switched at age 14 and said it took him two years to make the transition--losing to guys he used to cream. But then he said it became his weapon behind that serve and a way for him to dictate against grinders like Chang and Courier. (I don't think there's any doubt that Sampras and Federer are so skilled in their versatility because of the one-hander.)
Hey, John. Any tennis question is a good one. I started out with a terribly weak one-hander and floundered with it for about seven years. Then I got a two week course with a great regional instructor and he switched me to a double. Fifteen years later, it's my most consistent shot and I will either hit it with very heavy, deep topspin or flatten it up the line or at a sharp angle to the ad court. It's also why I am such a big fan of Agassi and Courier. I tried emulating their backhands--Agassi's is of course much better, but mine looks most like Courier's--part baseball swing. (I love a power baseline game because of my legs and quickness, but just don't have the the feel for a net game. I envy Sampras and Federer for their all-court game. Of course I can only pop a serve in the 80s and maxed out at a junior college partial scholarship. That's it.)
How about you? Whose game do you most resemble?
We have assignments to take but still produce many of our own topics. There are some agreements we make with this...
Yes, the big three articles are the majority of topics because they do bring in the readers. As you put it, the other players simply do not generate the same interest for most readers. I understand how it would be good to include them more, but tennis like all sports is still driven by its superstars. I'm fascinated with the psychology and surrounding stories to stars as well and prefer writing rather than just reporting.
So, yes, I think it's fine most articles are about the big three so long as we can find good angles and write well. The worst is when people simply throw out a Federer or Nadal topic as fast as they can knowing it will get reads but posting obvious and stupid points. But that's the beauty and curse to BR.
Hope you don't mind ;). If you do, there's plenty of pictures of Roger with the winner's trophy in his hands (I can easily change):D
Thanks for enjoying my articles. I got your question about next topic; though I was set to to look at the grass court draw in a couple days may have something related to USO for tomorrow...still in progress with this. Also depends upon the topics my assignment editor will have...