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Finding Roger Federer Meltdown footage on YouTube is like finding a seat on the Number 4 Lexington Avenue subway at 9:30 in the morning. [Non-New Yorkers, take note: it's rare.] The Greatest of All Time usually deals with blown shots by dragging his middle finger across his forehead and tucking his hair behind his ear. Not this time. This was a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida. Djokovic just broke Fed in the third and deciding set and was up 15-0 when the Greatest of All Time took his eyes off a routine approach shot that could have evened the score. Federer went through lots of racquets when he was playing the junior circuit; wonder if he felt a little wave of nostalgia upon banging this one hard into the court.

On the Sideline

Entries from July 1, 2012 - July 31, 2012


Imagining Shirtless Men's Tennis

If the ATP tour would sanction shirtless play, tennis tournaments may look more like this: from left, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens cheer as Michael Phelps closes in on gold. Courtesy Daily News.Tennis matches are being played during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but who can concentrate when there's men's swimming to ogle?

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Worthy Opponents: Good and Plenty

My teammates watching Karen and Ellen win their match.No, that wasn't their names.  But one gal wore pink and the other wore black, and they were plenty good.

My Manhattan USTA League 3.0 team is in the divisional playoffs, and Antoinette and I were teamed up again for 1st Doubles.

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Worthy Opponent: Rain

From left, Henry, Mark and Nelson prepare for an unbeatable opponent: summer thunderstorms.Haters, this time of year has me dodging raindrops as often as I dodge hard volleys at my head. Our foursome of Nelson Simon and Henry Strozier vs. Mark and me was happy to get in 2 sets before the skies opened up.

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A Lesson From Timothy Gallwey

Since first reading the invaluable classic, The Inner Game of Tennis, I've wanted to take a lesson with Timothy Gallwey.  I yearned to experience for myself what it would be like to have coaching that focused on my innate ability to navigate the physical world, instead of a series of positions that I needed to master.

I got my wish when I found on YouTube this archival footage of Tim Gallwey teaching a complete novice how to play tennis.  It was featured on ABC's "The Reasoner Report" with Harry Reasoner in the 1970s.

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My Tennis Brat Envy

And he was still winning: Charlie Herman uses my Tournagrip to keep his old tennis shoes together.Charlie Herman continues to get the better of me.  After trouncing me in his inaugural entry in the annual WNYC Pie Throwdown, Herman was beating me, 2-1, at Prospect Park Tennis Center over the weekend.

"I haven't played in a long time, go easy on me," he pleaded as we warmed up.  Oh, please.  When he wasn't taking tap, learning French, or otherwise overachieving, little Charlie took tennis lessons.

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