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Dealing With Uncertainty image

Dealing With Uncertainty: What is iSWAG?Tennis is characterized by a pecking order. When players know one another, the outcome is often determined before the first ball is hit by the expectations of both competitors. However, when players are strangers, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding a match. it helps to have …

AO Men's Singles Final 2020: Keep Your Eyes Open image

It’s always interesting to go to the stat sheet and see what it tells us about today’s AO Men’s Singles final. Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem by 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. My own theory is that (as the commentators noted with slow motion film) Thiem often closes his eyes right at contact. Seriously?! He may as well play the big points …

AO 2020 Women's Final: Match Analysis image

It’s always interesting to go to the stat sheet and see what it tells us about today’s AO Women’s Singles final. Sophia Kenin defeated Gabriella Muguruza by 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Infosys has greatly improved the match statistics that are provided to fans in order to raise their enjoyment of the matches. With a bit of sleuthing, I was able to put …

Watch the Ball image

Any competitive player knows the importance of keeping their eyes on the ball … so much so that the phrase “they took their eyes off the ball” is now in common usage as a way of describing any situation where someone loses focus. However, we also know from W. Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis (1974) that telling yourself to watch …