epa03339339 Mardy Fish of the USA returns a ball to Xavier Malisse of Belgium in their semifinal match during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, DC, USA, 03 August 2012. Fish defeated Malisse 6-3, 6-4. EPA/SHAWN THEW |
It is unfortunate to hear about what the NCAA has done with deciding to revise college tennis. Coming into effect September of 2013, doubles will be a regular 6 game set and singles will have a 10 pt tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Here are just a couple of ways this is bad….1) There is now no reward for the hard work training off the court and in practice. 2) The platform of developing juniors into top level professionals will take a substantial hit. For coaches, it makes the job of trying to recruit an individual who is considering turning pro much harder with just the 10 pt tiebreak for a 3rd set. Those players will think it’s a joke….which it is.
Hopefully, there will be a way to make this stop before it happens. I encourage everyone who wants to voice out against what the NCAA is doing. What they are doing is hurting tennis all across the board.
Editor’s Note: Tennis fans and players please tells us what you think of the changes.
Hello from New York City. It took awhile but finally arrived. This column has laid dormant. Sorry, that's what happens when one hangs with "Global Chick " We hit the ESPY awards, the Emmy awards and we got lost in the Hamptons, but we are here NOW!
The office here is gloomy. The day is sunny and bright but no one feels sunny and bright. We all feel so disappointed that our hero Roger didn't walk away with his gold trophy. He saved a championship point. He pulled out five sets. He had his beautiful Mirka there.. He had the whole dream team.
London. Wow. What a great city. One of my favs on earth. Grass court tennis. There is nothing finer. Queens was great. So was the Boodles @Stoke park , so was Birmingham and Eastbourne. But nothing on the planet can match the lawns of the mighty All England Lawn Tennis Club.
It has been a rough week for Americans in Basel, Valencia, and in Singapore. Steve Johnson lost his Swiss Indoors Basel opener to Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-4. John Isner and Stefan Kozlov, the only two USA representatives in the Valencia singles draw, lost in the first round. Even Serena Williams suffered a shocking 6-0, 6-2 defeat to Simona Halep at the women's year-end championship.
We wondered, after this was over, if Serena was having trouble with her knee. But she said otherwise, simply attributing the result to playing poorly. In term of scoreline, one of the poorest results of her career. And it means that, yes, the #1 ranking is still in play, although Maria Sharapova will have to step things up.